Former Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar chose his all-time ODI XI with four Indians making the cut. Current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is widely considered to be the greatest ODI cricketer today, failed to make the cut, however.
In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Shoaib Akhtar chose his ideal XI and the former streaker hit some controversial but intriguing tips.
The Rawalpindi Express stated:
“The openers have to be Gordon Greenidge and Sachin Tendulkar. In the middle order – Inzamam-ul-Haq, then followed by Saeed Anwar, you will be surprised why I put Saeed Anwar in the middle. Because if he had played In last Time he would have murdered everyone. Fifth, I would get the classic keeper MS Dhoni and a batsman. At number 6 I would get Gilchrist. “
The selection of Saeed Anwar and Adam Gilchrist in the middle row could raise some eyebrows as both have made a name for themselves as openers in ODI cricket. However, Shoaib Akhtar went to the top with the pair of Gordon Greenidge and Sachin Tendulkar.
Shoaib Akhtar chooses his all-rounder and his bowlers for ODI XI. any times
Shoaib Akhtar chose 2011 World Cup player Yuvraj Singh as his # 7 option. Meanwhile, he stepped in as the top two near-bowlers with his former Pakistani teammates Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis
Akhtar also included former Indian captain Kapil Dev, who called him the “greatest fast bowler”. In the meantime, the former Pakistan runabout went with Shane Warne, whom he pushed into No. 11, for the captaincy.
“In 7th place I would have Yuvraj Singh. In 8th place Wasim Akram and then Waqar Younis in 9th place. In 10th place, to be completely honest, I think he is the greatest fast bowler and the greatest talent Kapil Dev. Up I would keep Shane Warne in 11th place. And my captain would be, not many would agree, but my captain is Shane Warne. ” said Shoaib Akhtar.
Shane Warne is often considered one of the best cricket brains and many believe that if he had a chance, he would have been a great captain for Australia. The former leg spinner proved his skills as a leader when he led an undreamt-of Rajasthan Royals to the IPL title in the first edition of the tournament.
Shoaib Akhtar’s all-time ODI XI: Gordon Greenidge, Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, MS Dhoni (WK), Adam Gilchrist, Yuvraj Singh, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Kapil Dev, Shane Warne (C)