Australias top 6 best T20 batsmen of all-time. Making his debut as a 16-year-old against Pakistan, Tendulkar showed his potential early on with solid displays against a bowling attack which had Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir and a young Wasim Akram. Very Very Special Laxman will very much be a part of this very very special dream team. As a lower order batsman, Dhoni has played some spectacular innings in the Test arena, including classics against Pakistan in Pakistan and Australia in Chennai. In the past few years, he has been able to bat at the top of the order destructively. There has been a wide range of formats, from domestic leagues to international games. Mankads career batting average is merely 31.47, but it goes up to over 40 as opener. However, if we modify the cut-off to 10 wickets we have one candidate. All Rights Reserved. No Indian batsman, not even Sachin Tendulkar, has been able to amass runs at the breathtaking pace that Sehwag did throughout his career.
He also has the capability to bat slowly and pace and innings if required. As Team India completes its 500th Test match with a spectacular win, there is no better time than this to look at Indias all-time Test XI. No.4 is occupied by probably the best all-rounder of cricket so far, Jacques Kallis. Dhoni has the ability to finish off tight games and also win games from nowhere at the death. Also, no Indian fan can resist the chance to see MSD and Kapil Dev tee-off together at 400/5 after this top order sets the stage. All Indian captains since Azharuddin owe at least half of their Test wins to this soft-spoken giant. But, T20 cricket has been played for almost two decades now. In 311 T20s, AB De Villiers has scored 8708 runs at a batting average of 37 and at a strike rate of 150. 3 he picked the little master Sachin Tendulkar, one of the two Indians in his team. READ: Wasim Akram took the art of swinging the old ball to the level of full-fledged course in sorcery, 11. Yet, post his spectacular innings at Eden Gardens, Laxman transformed into one of Indias best crunch performers, repeatedly orchestrating close second innings victories for his team with an air of elegant ease Laxmans second innings average surpasses even that of Tendulkars and Dravids. His most memorable innings of 231 too came at the top of the order, when he and Pankaj Roy added 413 against New Zealand the the highest ever opening partnership. AB De Villiers is equally effective against spin and pace bowling and on his day no bowler can bowl to him. It is for precisely this reason that Laxman beats other stalwarts to make a Very Very Special entry into the list. Over the next 84 years, the Indian cricket team transformed itself from being one of the games minnows into its current status of being a powerhouse of the modern cricketing world winning two one-day international (ODI) World Cups, a T20 World Cup and being ranked the top Test team in the world in the recent past. His consistency, while playing massive innings is mind-boggling. Some of the younger readers of this column might only know him as a ranting cricket analyst frequenting our primetime shoutathons. Hes the best of all wicketkeeper batsmen to have ever played for India. He has lightning fast reflexes as a wicket keeper and also perhaps the best behind the stumps. 10:00 IST | 04:30 GMT, 01 Jul, 2022 Pollard is a hard-hitting batsman, who can adapt his batting to suit the teams needs. And for the doubters, Sehwags aggression was no flash in the pan either. These two would form a perfect opening pair. 11 but by the time he retired he was opening batting. READ: Shane Warne: The man who breathed life into the dying art of leg-spin bowling. Warner single-handedly helped the Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first IPL title in 2016.
Pollard has been one of the ambassadors of T20 Cricket. This is a superb skill to possess, since T20 games can be changed in a single over. His explosive batting style, spectacular running between the wickets and calmness under pressure are just what the Indian lower order would need. Main Image Credit: Zaheer makes it to the list on the strength of his performances as Indias pace leader, espeically overseas, ever since Javagal Srinath left the international scene. Shiamak Unwalla takes up the challenge and endeavours to create a dream XI of Test all-rounders. Team selector: Youve got the best players in the world available to you who gets in your World Test XI? Vinoo Mankad in the galaxy of the worlds greatest all-rounders. He also has the ability to hit the ball out of the park with the bat. Kohli averages 51 in International T20 Cricket and 41 overall in T20 Cricket. They are the Aussies, Mitchell Johnson, and Glenn McGrath. Averaging 49.34 in Test matches, he just misses the 50-average benchmark the gold standard for Test batsmen. Also tell us if you have a different pick. As a finisher, he is amongst the best that has ever played the game. Then again, the cricket of the Nawab of Najafgarh had never been as much about the numbers as it was about the unbridled joy he was able to spread across the world with his batting.
He believes in his team and creates such an atmosphere that those who play under him thrive more often then not. His batting average 38 and strike rate of 142 sits amongst the top batsmen in T20 Cricket. On his Test debut playing against what was probably the greatest team of all time, in their backyard Gavaskar became the first Indian batsman to score over 700 runs in a series, knocking off 774 runs at an average of 154.80, setting a debut series record which no Indian has managed to cross till today. A toss up between Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan. A World Cup winner in 2011, Tendulkar defined Indian cricket for the two decades that he played and will, along with his great rival Brian Lara, be remembered as one of two batsmen from the modern era who are also all-time greats of the game. Both Farokh Engineer and Syed Kirmani provide MSD with considerable competition for the keepers slot. He is only one of four batsmen in the history of the game to cross 300 in a single innings twice. However, his strike rate elevates him to a different level. An untraditional legspinner, Kumble used his unerring accuracy and bounce rather than swerve and spin to become one of the most feared fourth-innings bowlers in modern history. 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT, Wasim Akram Cleans Up Michael Atherton With A Beauty During A Charity Match-Watch Viral Video, First Test Between Sri Lanka and Australia To Be Dedicated To Shane Warne, Birthday Special: Top Five Bowling Performances Of Wasim Akram, This One For Warnie.. Samson's Heartfelt Message For Warne Should Not Be Missed, Watch, Jos Buttler Recalls Shane Warne After Heroics Against RCB, Joins Virat Kohli In Elusive List | IPL 2022. 2. Test XI of all-rounders (in batting order): Vinoo Mankad, Wilfred Rhodes, Garry Sobers, Jacques Kallis, Clyde Walcott (wk), Tony Greig, Imran Khan (c), Keith Richards, Richard Hadlee, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne. After an average start to his career, he came into his own after the 1996 World Cup. READ: Sir Garfield Garry Sobers: The greatest all-rounder of all time, 4. Swarajya - a big tent for liberal right of centre discourse that reaches out, engages and caters to the new India. 15:30 IST | 10:00 GMT, 08 Jul, 2022
Lets see how our All Time Dream Test XI for India looks like. Pollard has taken 288 wickets in T20 Cricket, at a bowling average of 24 and at an economy rate of 8. He will open bowling with Hadlee in this line-up, and blast some massive sixes at No. He concluded by saying: Mitchell Johnson who made life pretty uncomfortable when we played Australia down under a few years ago.
Openers. Apart from being one of the worlds best teams on the cricketing field, India is also the major economic driver of the modern game. In 514 games, Pollard has scored over 10,000 runs with the bat at an average of 31 and a strike rate of 151. 4. The childhood tragedy didnt seem to hamper him much as he used the arm to deliver a vast array of speedy leg breaks and googlies, sometimes by his own admission without even knowing what he was going to bowl next. he scored a century against England in the group stages. Our business model is you and your subscription. READ: Jacques Kallis: A marvel that comes less than once in a lifetime, 5. However, Dhonis superior batting average allows him to just edge out the charismatic Engineer. READ: Imran Khan: Mesmerising cocktail of talent and dashing looks, 8. He won the first ever World T20 with India as captain in 2007. He was the highest-wicket taker at the 2019 IPL. READ: An Indian All-Star Cricket XI, 1. Keith Miller (Australia): If there is ever a most charismatic XI, Miller would possibly be the first name to be entered. Here is the team, in the batting order. He has the ability to finish off games with the bat but can also play the anchor role if required. At The Cricket Lounge , we create and curate cricket specific stories with the sole intent of entertaining the cricket lovers all around the world. While Gavaskar would be about patience, Sehwag would be about destruction. IPL 2022: Can CSK Still Qualify For The Play-Offs? His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla), 29 Jun, 2022 His captaincy is aggressive and he likes to use his fast bowlers to intimidate opposition batsmen. Subscribe here. Dhoni is a smart captain and a patient captain. Dwyane Bravo is the highest wicket-taker in T20 history. As expected, Indias greatest ever all-rounder and best fast bowler walks into this team the only man who could have conceivably beaten Sachin Tendulkar to be voted Indias Cricketer of the 20th Century (Fact). A formidable match-winner in his own right, Dravid also served Sourav Ganguly Indias greatest ever captain as his redoubtable deputy before assuming leadership himself during the tumultuous Greg Chappell years. A consummate team man and famously cerebral, Dravid was the ideal foil to Sachin Tendulkar, providing the Mumbai maestro with a solid foundation for his strokeplay. A charismatic leader on and off the pitch, Kapil will forever be remembered as the man who galvanised Indian cricket by leading his team to its first ever World Cup and setting the stage for the nation to become the cricketing behemoth it is today. Had it not been for a certain Brian Charles Lara, Dravid could have even claimed the mantle of the greatest of the modern era in that position. An unquestioned match-winner, especially abroad, Chandra bowled with his right hand which bore the aftereffects of a childhood polio attack. Have a go below and share your XI with friends.
As Trinidads legendary Calypso singer Lord Relator sung about him in the Gavaskar Calypso: You know the West Indies couldnt out Gavaskar at all. Over a glittering career of 16 years, Gavaskar scored 34 Test centuries and 10,122 Test runs both world records at the time of his retirement. Sachin would any day feature in any dream XI be it for India or the world. He has prospered in leagues such as the Indian Premier League, the Mzansi Super League and the Pakistan Super League. It would not be far fetched to say that he is perhaps the greatest bowler in the history of T20 Cricket. Sir Garfield Garry Sobers: The greatest all-rounder of all time, Clyde Walcott: One of the hardest hitters of all time, Tony Greig The man who joined Kerry Packer to change fortunes of cricketers, Imran Khan: Mesmerising cocktail of talent and dashing looks, Keith Miller: The greatest Australian all-rounder, Richard Hadlee: A phenomenon in the pantheon of the greats, Wasim Akram took the art of swinging the old ball to the level of full-fledged course in sorcery, Shane Warne: The man who breathed life into the dying art of leg-spin bowling. What would Indias All Time Dream Test XI look like? There have been numerous great batsmen and superb bowlers in cricket history, but not too many sublime all-rounders. Laxman was a wrist player of a unique kind and you cant keep him away from this team. You cant find a better all rounder in history of Indian cricket. Bravo has taken 506 wickets. The opening slot has been filled by one of his countryman Alastair Cook and Michael Vaughan. Nevertheless, the original Turbanator edges his younger version, Harbhajan Singh, and becomes the last member of the eleven. Bravo has an accurate yorker and a brilliant slower ball that can deceive batsmen. We hope you enjoyed reading our greatest all-time T20 XI. Shane Warne (Australia): If the opposition survives the spin of Mankad, Rhodes, Sobers, and Greig after being terrorised by the pace, seam, and swing of the others, they will be faced with the man who out-thought, out-planned, and out-manoeuvred his way to becoming the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket at the time of his retirement. Copyright: Swarajya. Despite not being able to achieve his one-day levels of success in Tests, Dhoni has nevertheless been a solid presence behind the stumps for India. This was the toughest call of all to make.
As any child of the 1970s and 1980s would tell you, Sunny, the original Great Wall of India, was the first Indian batsman to be counted as among the worlds best. His batting average of 27.16 makes him more than useful at No. Technically perfect and blessed with unmatched levels of concentration, Dravid operated for over a decade as the ideal number three holding the fort during tough sessions of play while using his elegant strokes to push the teams cause when the challenges were blighted. Were already excited at the very thought of it. He also made clear that Alastair Cook will captain his dream team. Rahul The Wall Dravid is, without a doubt, the greatest number three batsman India has ever produced. Chris Gayle is undoutedbly the best ever batsman in T20 Cricket. All Rights Reserved. He is one of the few batsmen to bat at all 11 positions in the line-up. Andre Russell strikes at nearly 170 in T20 Cricket on average, which is quite stupendous. MS Dhoni will undoubtedly captain our all-time best T20 XI. As it happens, he is a pretty good candidate. In the 2016 IPL season, he nearly scored 1000 runs as RCB reached the final of the tournament. India made its Test cricket debut in the year 1932, when it was still under colonial rule, under the leadership of C K Nayudu. Hadlee was once the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket and with a bowling average of 22.29 jolted the opposition in virtually every match he played. He was also an outstanding fielder with phenomenal reflexes, especially in the leg-trap. What if these Indian legends parted by eras were to play in one team? Early on in his career, he was pushed to open the batting a failure which scarred his records forever. Gayle is particularly strong straight down the ground. He helped RCB reach the final of the tournament. The modern-day 360 batsman, AB De Villiers has provided entertainment like few others. As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. He has swagger in his shots and can hit both spinners and fast bowlers with equal ease. This weekend issue cover image: Hash Milhan/Flickr. Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook (C), Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Kumar Sangakkara (WK), Andrew Flintoff, Shane Warne, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn McGrath. In 295 T20s Lasith Malinga has picked up 390 wickets at a bowling average of 20 and at a economy of just 7. Praful Shankar is a political enthusiast and tweets at @shankarpraful. Kapil Dev will make this hefty team look even more graceful and handsome. Gayle in his peak also bowled pretty well. Highest Test wicket-takers since 2000. He has dominated T20 competitions worldwide, including the Indian Premier League, the Carribean Premier League and the Big Bash League. If Sachins a legend then Kohli is the most promising batsman to match his stature. He is also among the finest left-arm spinners in the history ofYorkshire and England. His main skill with the ball is the ability to close out tight games. But Sunnys conquests did not end there. The Australian all-rounder was a vital part of Don Bradmans Invincibles of 1948. Sunil Narine slots in at number nine in our all-time T20 XI.
The current Team India coach is also the nations greatest match-winning bowler ever. On a lighter note, he has only himself to blame promoting VVS Laxman to number three in that classic match at Eden Gardens, thereby launching Laxmans career resurgence and his entry into our list. At N.5 comes the batting superstar and skipper of India cricket team, Virat Kohli. READ: Tony Greig The man who joined Kerry Packer to change fortunes of cricketers, 7. A two-time World T20 winner with the West Indies. On his day, Srinath was quick and deadly hitting the deck hard and moving the ball in through a host of in-swingers and cutters. Imran is also one of the most charismatic cricketers of his generation, and will lead this team. Like most of the players on this list, his fielding is also exceptional. Dhoni has won the Indian Premier League three times with the Chennai Super Kings as captain. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever. First, he picked a spinner, the highest wicket-taker in Tests, Shane Warne. Sehwag owns four of the six top scores by an Indian in a Test match (the top three are entirely his). Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. But during his heyday, Bedi was an offspinner like no other. The first few moves are very easy. He has enjoyed success with Sri Lanka at the 2014 World T20 and has won the Indian Premier League four times with the Mumbai Indians. These are good numbers, without being great. Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He never shirked away from an attacking batsman, once commenting that his response to an advancing batsman was to give the ball even more loop than usual. Laxman was one of the most elegant stroke-makers India has ever produced with an amazing ability to dismantle the fastest bowlers and the wiliest spinners with a flash of his wrists. He has scored over 10000 runs in the format and in his peak demolished bowlers like no batsman had prior to or has since. Of the remaining players, Rahul Dravid stands out with his extensive knowledge of the game, his cool head and statesmanlike demeanour. Their attitude and drama has set the world alight. Team India All-Rounder Ravindra Jadeja Unlikely To Play 1st ODI vs West Indies, KL Rahul Tests Positive For COVID-19 Ahead Of West Indies Tour. The Indian record holder with 619 Test wickets to his name, Kumble is also one of only two bowlers in the history of the game (other being Jim Laker) to have taken 10 wickets in an innings. There are those who will argue that Virender Sehwag was the greatest entertainer Indian cricket has ever seen and they would mostly be right. This is the perfect occasion to look at the very best who have donned the India whites in the Test arena. At No. He has a superb bowling average of 20 and an economy rate of just 7. Imran Khan (Pakistan, captain): One of Pakistans greatest cricketers, Imrans phenomenal numbers a Test batting average of 37.69 is respectable enough, but add the bowling average of 22.81 and you have a genuine match-winner are tough to match. His strike rate is solid as well 138 for India and 134 overall. In 404 T20s, Gayle averages 38.20 at a very impressive strike rate of 146.94. Zaheer Khan His ability to hit the ball all-round the ground and in otherwise rare areas has revolutionised T20 batting. Sanga will be his wicket-keeper. Finding a wicketkeeper with a single wicket is a challenge, much less with 100. For the West Indies, Chris Gayle has managed to win two World T20s in both 2012 and 2016. 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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. Of course, there was the small matter of the Lords Test of 1952. An ideal foil to the swing-centred Kapil Dev, Srinath is arguably Indias fastest ever bowler. 8 to smash the ball to all ends of the park. Pollard has won four IPLs and a World T20 with the West Indies, combined with all the other tournaments that he has had success in. Kieron Pollard has played the most T20 matches in the history of the format. Yet, one has to go with the wizard who played the greatest Innings in the history of Indian cricket. 10 when he walks out to bat. Then he included two pacers to complete his team. He scored half-centuries in both the semi-final and the final. 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Three Down: Virat Kohli (Captain). The most scintillating batsman to watch in our all-time T20 XI. He is also perhaps the only man on this list apart from Tendulkar whom the others wouldnt mind taking orders from. AB de Villiers, Kumar Sangakkara, and Andrew Flintoff are at No. Picking an all-time T20 XI is like a game of chess. Overall Warner has played 283 T20s and scored 9282 runs for various franchises and for Australia. Perhaps the best batsman and the best bowler ever in the format. He also bowls fast and has a mean bouncer when he chooses to use it. READ: Richard Hadlee: A phenomenon in the pantheon of the greats, 10. These numbers are the highest for any player on this list. One of the most skilful proponents of leg-spin bowling in the game, Warne will led the teams spin attack. The criteria for selection are players they have played with, against or have been influenced by. Andre Russell has played 331 T20s and scored nearly 6000 runs at a batting average of 27. In 17 games he scored 848 runs at a batting average of 61 and at a strike rate of 151.