January 24, 2002

BT Competition Winners - All Time Indian XI

The CricInfo panel came up with a different XI to decide who would win the tickets to see India in England this summer.

All Time Indian XI - as chosen by the CricInfo panel:-

  • Sunil Gavaskar
  • Vijay Merchant
  • Mohinder Amarnath
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Gundappa Viswanath
  • Kapil Dev
  • Syed Kirmani
  • Vinoo Mankad
  • Bishan Bedi
  • Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
  • Anil Kumble

    CricInfo's Anand Vasu comments "Choosing an all time XI for any team is a task that will inevitably end in discussion about the various omissions and inclusions in the final selection. From the pool available, several people pick themselves - Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Merchant to open the innings. Sachin Tendulkar for the sheer volumes of runs he has scored. The all-rounder's slot is an easy one with Kapil Dev being head and shoulders above the competition. Syed Kirmani bags the keeper's slot and has to stand up to the legendary spin combo of Chandra and Bedi. Anil Kumble will back the spinners up with the versatile Vinoo Mankad completing the attack. The two slots for middle order batsmen however are trickier than most and Amarnath and Viswanath pip the competition at the post. Amarnath for his ability to play fast bowling almost better than anyone else and Vishy for his ability to turn any game around at number five.

    Vasu continues "Interestingly, the choices made by the audience in the UK seem quite different from CricInfo's All Time Indian XI. As is often the case in surveys of this kind, fans tend to favour players they have watched in recent times. For that reason the cavalier Srikkanth finds a space as does the dour Dravid. Dilip Vengsarkar edges out Amarnath while Srinath comes in ahead of Mankad. Another point worth mulling over is the appearance of five cricketers from the state of Karnataka in the final XI!"

    Of the CricInfo users who chose their XI, the following winners were drawn from those who came closest to the CricInfo panel's selection:

  • Rajiv Mundayat Ashford
  • Vikrant Singal London
  • G B Mehra Cardiff

    Each winner gets a pair of tickets to either India v England at Durham or India v Sri Lanka at Bristol, and will receive an email confirmation shortly.