Ahead of India’s landmark 500th Test, an interesting Twitter conversation between my friends Bhaskar and Srikanth has triggered me to come up with this blog post.
Let’s see who all make it to my All Time India Test XI
Well, this is a no brainer. Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag own these positions. No second thought. Run machines in their own right, this pair can demoralize any frickin’ bowling attack in the World. With Sunny digging it out and Sehwag piercing the off side cordon to precision, it’d be a treat to watch for any Test cricket lover.
#3 & #4
Our 3 and 4 would also make it to All Time World Test XI. Do we have to look at stats? We all know them by heart.
#5 & #6
Now there are 4 contestants for these spots – V. Kohli, Azharuddin, Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
Not going by stats, Ganguly would make it to my playing XI for his captaincy skills and also being the sole left hander in the Top 6.
VVS misses out from the playing XI (tough call) to accommodate V. Kohli. The kind of consistency and class being showcased by Kohli, one just cannot remove him from the playing XI.
MS Dhoni would be my Wicketkeeper of choice (ahead of Syed Kirmani and Engineer by miles) for showcasing longevity in the long format of the game and for the tactical help he can provide to Ganguly.
The batting All Rounder position which has been eluding India for years now.
Replacement for Kapil Dev: Error 404. Not Found.
Early call, but R Ashwin makes it to my list. 6 Man of the Series awards in 36 Tests speaks volumes about his match winning skills. Can also chip in with the bat (especially if opposition is WI).