Cricket is just another religion in our country. We all know that the ICC Test championship going around and India has been on top of the table by whitewashing South Africa in the recent tour. In this T20 era it is really difficult to engage the audience towards the Test cricket and so by bringing the Test championship into the picture this makes all the cricketing nations to take the test cricket into the next level and thereby it brings more competitiveness in the game.
Being a 90’s kid, you would feel that something is missing in today’s game, and that is lack of competitiveness you would see that most of the matches today are one sided. Let’s take a look back at some of the legends who will make World’s Best XI.
India’s most destructive opener, he is one of the most attacking batsmen the world has ever seen. He is a kind of batsmen who likes to destroy the strongest bowling attack right from the word GO. What made Sehwag so unique is the way he scored them, from the begging of the innings to the end of the innings he always tries to stay ahead of the bowlers by attacking them. He is the first Indian batsmen to score a Triple century in a test match. So he will be my number one batsmen.
Matthew Hayden is a kind of player where the bowlers used to fear not only for his Physical Appearance but also the amount of destruction he used to create with his attacking batting at the top order. Hayden is one of the main pillars of the Australia’s golden era in the 90’s, also he holds the highest individual score in Tests for Australia by hammering 380 against Zimbabwe and he will be the other opener.
When it comes to the players who bats at No.3 position in the batting order, you would mostly remember Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid. It’s hard to choose between these three legends, but it’s “The Wall” Rahul Dravid whom I would I like to see in the team. Dravid has played so many memorable innings. He has helped the team in many occasions whenever the team was in trouble. Dravid was a team man, and he played many roles in the team as batsmen, captain and as a keeper whenever the team required, now he’s guiding the young Indians as U-19 coach and NCA director. He will be my No.3 and also the captain.
November 16, 2013, it’s been 6 years since Sachin has retired from the cricket but still you will listen the chants “Sachin…Sachin…!” In the stadium where ever the team India plays, that was the impact, charisma sachin brought in to the game.
We call him as the “Master Blaster”, “God of Cricket” Sachin was not just a name, he was an emotion. He has inspired many people not just in India, but all over the world to take up the sport. It was always entertaining to watch Sachin bat, his elegant straight drives and the trade mark cover drives are pure joy to watch. With over 30,000 runs (including all formats) in his international career, who wouldn’t want Sachin playing in the team and so he will be my no.4 Batsmen.
Brian Charles Lara, Price of Trinidad he was an Entertainer, A match winner in the West Indies Cricket. He is one of the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen in the modern cricket, it was always a sheer joy to see this stylish left handed batsmen when he was in form. If a team score a 300-400 runs in a test match then you would say that it’s a good score but can you believe a single batsmen scoring 400* runs in a test match ?
Brian Lara has achieved this feat. Lara holds the record of highest individual score in Tests by hammering 400 against England, which is still yet to be broken. This left handed batting legend will be my No.5 in the team.
Probably the perfect All-rounder the world has ever seen in the modern era of cricket. He is the only player to score over 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both the Test and One-Day format. Kallis has been rock solid in the South African Middle order, he was the trump card for South Africa, when everyone in the team are failed he stood against the opposition in so many occasions and delivered match performances not just with the bat but also with his bowling. So he will be my No.6 and the All-rounder in the team.
Gilly was the most fearless and dashing wicket keeper Batsmen Australia has ever produced. If you ever wanted to compare gilly with any marvel character then “Mighty THOR“ would be very well suited to him. Just like Thor, Gilly used to Hammer the bowlers all around the park, he used to give a lightning start to Australia by opening alongside Mathew Hayden in the One-day’s and used to save from sinking while batting at the Lower order in the test matches. He was part of the Australian team which has won three consecutive world cups in 1999, 2003 & 2007 and in all the three world cup finals gilly did exceptionally well. He was also too good with the gloves on at both spin and pace bowling. So he will be wicket keeper and NO.7 batsmen in the team.
This Sri Lankan spin wizard holds the record of highest wicket taker. Murali has taken 800 test wickets and 534 ODI wickets in his career with his magical off spin. He was very good at turning the ball with subtle variations and out foxing the batsmen to pick wickets at crucial times. During his time murali was one man army in the Sri Lankan bowling attack, he was one of the main persons captain look at for wickets to break the partnerships. Undoubtedly he will be my off- spinner in the team.
Arguably Warne will be one of the greatest bowlers that has ever played the game. Even though Warne has involved in many controversies off the field but that does not affect him much with his on field performance, he stood as the second highest wicket taker with 708 test wickets right behind muralitharan. Warne has bowled many gem like deliveries to get the batsmen out in his career, one of which is called as “Ball of the century” to Mike Gatting in his first Ashes tour. Indeed, he was also a decent batsmen, he scored when many valuable runs in the lower order for Australia and so he will be my leg spinner.
Unlike Brett Lee, McGrath wasn’t the quickest bowler. He was very consistent with his Line and length and very good at making the batsmen draw outside the off stump to slips. He was the leader of the Australian Bowling attack in their “Golden Era.” His on field battles against Sachin, Lara, Kallis were a treat to watch. He will be my fast bowler and No.10.
How many people know that Wasim Akram has never played first class cricket before making his International debut, in fact he could not even picked into his college team. His life was changed when he participated for the trials conducted at Gaddafi Stadium, there he has impressed Pakistan’s senior cricketer Javed Miandad and got included into the National Team. Later on we all know how the story went, This Ace Pakistani bowler became “The King of Swing” in the cricketing world. His ability to swing the ball on the both the sides and go through the batsmen’s defense at ease makes him so special. He was the first bowler to take 500 Wickets in the ODI format. He will be the 11th man and swing bowler in the team.