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Different era, same brilliance

Which players from the past would have done well at Twenty20? We put our thinking caps on.

Martin Williamson and Siddarth Ravindran

September 13, 2007

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Although Twenty20 is in its infancy, there is little doubt that the format would have suited some of the great players of yesteryear. Here is our best XI from the past, not a balanced team but XI of the best. Who would be in your all-time XI? Let us know.

Don Bradman: class will out © The Cricketer
Don Bradman
Bradman's record as a run machine is well documented, but while he scored quickly and efficiently, he was no big hitter. He hit six sixes in Tests, and only one of those came before he had made a hundred. His simple logic was that if you don't hit the ball in the air, you don't get out. He could thump it when he needed to and, in 1931, responded to suggestions he could not play Chuck Fleetwood-Smith with a calculated onslaught. It is inconceivable that someone who dominated the game to such an extent would not be able to adapt to the challenges of Twenty20.

Viv Richards
Perhaps bowlers would prefer facing Richards in the Twenty20 format because the frenetic pace of the game offers less time between deliveries for the contemplation of either long-term therapy or a change in career. Richards' strokeplay was characterised by power, flair and innovativeness - in other words, perfect for Twenty20. These qualities were best exemplified by his walk-across-the-stumps hoick to deposit a Mike Hendrick full toss on the off stump beyond the square-leg boundary in the '79 World Cup. In the event of a batting failure he could change a game with his fielding - as in the '75 World Cup final - or his tidy offspin.

Garry Sobers
It is hard to imagine any post-war player better suited to the format than the multi-dimensional Sobers. As a belligerent batsman alone he would be worth his place - he was the first player to smash six sixes in an over - but throw into the equation his brilliance as a close fielder and his ability to bowl both slow and fast as well as almost anyone and he'd be a shoo-in for an all-time XI in Test, one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

Kapil Dev
Indian cricket folklore is littered with instances of Kapil's whirlwind hitting rescuing the side. He possesses an eye-popping ODI strike-rate of 95 that puts even latter-day biffers like Sanath Jayasuriya in the shade, and remains India's leading six-hitter in Tests. His natural athleticism kept him in good stead in the field - most memorably when he plucked a running catch to dismiss the marauding Richards in the '83 World Cup final. And, of course, there's the small matter of his retiring as the highest wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs.

Denis Compton: a master of improvisation © The Cricketer

Denis Compton
What made Compton stand out from the crowd was his ability to improvise - often to such a degree that he would toy with fielders, deliberately hitting into an area from where a fielder had just been moved, and sweeping and cutting balls that lesser men would not even think about attacking. All this he did with panache, and he scored quickly as well. In 1948-49 he smashed the fastest triple-hundred of all time, in three hours. He was also a surprisingly effective chinaman bowler, a bonus in a format where slow men are among the most effective.

Ian Botham
There wasn't much the charismatic Botham couldn't do on the field - score a Test double-century, take 13 wickets and hit a century in the same game, single-handedly turn a match on its head as he did at Headingley in 1981, slam 32 runs in an over in a first-class game. Botham's power-hitting packed stadiums and by the time he retired he possessed, among others, the records for the fastest fifty and double-century in Tests, and for the most number of sixes hit in an English summer. What makes him an even more perfect fit for Twenty20 is his exceptional fielding: he was something of a legend at second slip and his powerful arm made many batsmen waver when thinking of taking a second run.

Keith Miller
Like his old sparring partner Compton, Miller was a playboy of the post-war period. With film-star looks and a happy-go-lucky attitude, the World War Two fighter pilot's approach was summed up by his famous quote: "Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not." Initially a batsman, in 1945 Miller clubbed 185 at Lord's in a innings that left spectators amazed, and included seven sixes deep into the stands. As a bowler he was among the fastest and most deadly. "A pitch-perfect ball, snaking off the seam, might easily be followed by a leg-break or googly or a round-arm offcutter," Wisden noted. "His run-up comprised nine easy paces - ostensibly. As likely as not, he would come off a few yards and let loose a snorting bouncer that sucked the crowd breathless." Perfect.

Wasim Akram: all-round excellence © Getty Images

Wasim Akram
Arguably the game's best left-arm fast bowler, Akram's trademark was his ability to move the ball prodigiously in both directions. Despite four international hat-tricks and once having taken four wickets in five balls, his two magic deliveries in the '92 World Cup final are probably his most famous. Those two balls illustrate some of his versatility - the first swung in and held its line after pitching to hit the stumps, beating Allan Lamb's outside edge; the second jagged viciously in off the pitch to bowl Chris Lewis, going past his inside edge. Akram's batting averages weren't spectacular and he wasn't the greatest runner between the wickets but his record of clouting sixes is comparable to Ricky Ponting's in both Tests and ODIs.

Learie Constantine
Statistics don't do justice to Constantine, whose appearances were limited by his time spent playing the far more lucrative league cricket. He too scored at around 80 runs an hour, was never restricted by adherence to the coaching manual, and believed that attack was the way to bat. At Lord's in 1933, on being bowled a deliberate beamer by a fast bowler tired of being hit, Constantine swivelled and smashed the head-high ball over the wicketkeeper for six. He was a genuine fast bowler as well, accurate enough to have bowled Bodyline at Douglas Jardine, and his fielding verged on the breathtaking in an era when few bothered to make more than a cursory effort.

Brian Lara
For a man with Lara's massive appetite for runs, needing to play only 20 overs would be a mere aperitif. Then again, this is a man who once scored 174 runs in a single session of a first-class match. Twenty overs would be more than sufficient to unveil the dazzling array of strokes, all starting with that thrilling back-lift, to leave the opposition facing an unreachable target.

Gilbert Jessop
A century on, it is hard to gauge how effective some of the old-timers might have been. But Jessop appears to have been a man ahead of his time, one who would have excelled in limited-overs cricket. His strike-rate was close to 80 runs an hour - at a time when his peers averaged between 40 and 50 - and he hit the ball high and hard. The public loved him. HS Altham wrote: "No cricketer that has ever lived hit the ball so often, so fast and with such a bewildering variety of strokes". Jessop was also considered to be the best cover fielder the game had seen until that time.

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Posted by Aditya_mookerjee on (September 19, 2007, 5:32 GMT)

I cannot, but not disagree, with the above analysis of the players, who would have coruscated in T20 cricket. But, I wonder, what about a certain Mr Salim Durani, who never got the chance to play International Cricket, much, but who might have shone in a format like T20 cricket. Also, Richard Hadlee, and Imran Khan, were notable omissions in a format of cricket close to that of One Day Cricket.

Posted by Adzzy786 on (September 16, 2007, 12:38 GMT)

Hiya, Just wondering, Do you not think Waqar Younis would have done really well in Twenty Twenty, WIth the best Strike Rate in the history of the Game

Saeed Anwar also, With his great agressive Starts to the game...

Imran Khan??

Posted by kushan. on (September 16, 2007, 6:19 GMT)

Im thinking they left out lance klusner and aravinda de silva..... How bout saeed anwar he scored da highest one day score anywayz. and imran khan, and.. umm Romesh Kaluwitharana would be good as an pinch hitter and an excellent keeper...

Posted by ruzzy on (September 15, 2007, 18:15 GMT)

may be if we had waseem now, we would have won the bowl out (which is a stupid rule, IMHO) and i would like to remind every one that i) this article is on retired cricketers, and moreover 11) cricketrs who would have been at home with T20 Imran khan was a cool, balanced player, he would not have been at home with is impulsive game... just my .02 cents

Posted by gloveler on (September 15, 2007, 17:26 GMT)

mark waugh-sachin-Richards-lara-kapil-klusner- sobers-clive- wasim- mcgrath - warne. To me the 11 here form the greatest 20/20 side. No one can ignore warnne and mcgrath in any form of the game and ignoring clive and klusner, arguably the biggest hitters the game has seen! Mark waugh was so fantastic in the 50 over games that i cant find any reason why u should ignore him. Along with sachin i thnk they wud be a deadly opening duo!

Posted by slow20 on (September 14, 2007, 22:08 GMT)

You all forgot Gavaskar & Boycott - they should open the cricinfo XI team :) and then Kallis in no. 3. Throw in Mohinder Amarnath (slowest fast bowler)and Romesh Powar (arguably the slowest bowler on earth) -you got a great boawling combo.


Posted by Mahraj on (September 14, 2007, 21:43 GMT)

Oops, what blunder by you guys, leaving out Imran Khan of all cricketers of the past. Don't tell me, he was considered but he didn't make the grade!

Posted by Subanesh on (September 14, 2007, 20:44 GMT)

Ya Lance Klusener should have been a choice given his bowling....And how about Kris Srikkanth he use to score a odd 30 to 40 runs in no time and he is not a poor fielder too..

Posted by dhamaka on (September 14, 2007, 20:37 GMT)

why not imran khan & saeed anwar and please forget wasim akram his 300 wickets of 400 in ODIs are of tailenders

Posted by a.k.srivastava on (September 14, 2007, 9:26 GMT)

Some cricket stars like Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Eddie Barlow would have been useful. Richie Benaud, the outstanding captain in the tests would have been an outstanding leader here in the T20 version also.

A.K.Srivastava, Mysore

Posted by pspspspspsps on (September 14, 2007, 7:29 GMT)

I can suggest that one very good reason why Tendulkar has not been included, much to the chagrin of some readers, is because he is still playing. My understanding is that this is meant for players of a different era.

Posted by butch on (September 14, 2007, 7:24 GMT)

Rohan Kanhai would be terrific in this type of cricket, or any other for that matter, yet he's never mentioned. He was Viv Richards before Richards. A batsman of a rare combination of elegance and ferocity, he remains, in my opinion, one of the best to have played the game.

Posted by HasanMobeen on (September 14, 2007, 7:14 GMT)

Why not Imran Khan is here.. He won the World's Allrounder Challenge back in the 80's against the World's best allrounders of that time...

Posted by jarjunk on (September 14, 2007, 5:55 GMT)

I hope cricinfo guys aren't selectors. How can one just select anyone on basis of just one performance? Just because Compton had once hit a triple in 3 hrs, he is suitable for T20? Wise thing is to select players who have played ODI consistently. Ian Botham was never a great ODI player. Apart from Richards, Kapil, Wasim, and Lara, none above have a consistent track record in the ODIs. Bradman was the best, but in Tests and moreover he never faced an attack with variety. In Tests, you have enough time to get in and u can always play for a draw but in ODI u either win or lose. And very little time to settle down. What u guys should have looked is for a person with a proven consistent track record in ODIs. Anyway I think you are entitled to your opinion and thank god u named it Cricinfo XI. My list "JARJUNK XI" (in order of batting) is as follows: S Tendulkar, M Waugh, B Lara, Viv Richards (Capt.), D Jones, Kapil Dev, I Healy, W Akram, S Warne, D Lillee, J Garner. 12th Man: J Rhodes.

Posted by Divinetouch on (September 13, 2007, 22:45 GMT)

Rohan Kanhai should be included in any and every Cricket team of note. So do Gary Sobers, Fred Trueman, Michael Holding and Lance Gibbs.

Posted by sasimyname on (September 13, 2007, 22:09 GMT)

Lance Klusener would have been more bludgeoning...his slower delivery was one of those lethal weapons he possessed in his armory...his hard-hitting can never be forgotten.....even Brian McMillan-the former SA great would have had a very great influencing effect...had SA been captained by Hansie Cronje they would have been the front runners for sure.....

Posted by mnayak on (September 13, 2007, 20:42 GMT)

I think T-20 is basically about explosive batsmen and bowlers who can contain. I would surely have curtly ambrose/joel garner,malcolm marshall/courtney walsh and glenn mcgrath as my 3 main bowlers.symonds wasim akram/kapil dev and ian botham would be my 3 allrounders.Adam Gilchrist my wicketkeeper. So I have to choose 4 powerful hitting batsmen. I would choose viv richards, tendulkar, lara and gary sosobers/ponting. my 12th man would be chris cairns...wish we could choose more than 11...

Posted by DSKXI on (September 13, 2007, 20:14 GMT)

Why is Cricinfo so unfair to Sachin Tendulkar. Half of your readers are his fans. Please be fair. He has a strike rate of 80+ and am sure this is higher than Lara. He is the highest runscorer in international cricket. No one can ever break this record. Please Sir, include him for fair god sake.

Posted by the_shadow on (September 13, 2007, 19:33 GMT)

You can't go past Lance and Chris Cairns - the greatest Father / Son double act in cricket. Add in Nathan Astle in his prime - fastest test double hundred, also with his frustrating bowling and you are starting to get somewhere....

Posted by Koushik_Biswas on (September 13, 2007, 19:25 GMT)

I think this list is wonderful, but you have missed Kris Srikkanth! The whisp of his nose and crack of his bat would have lit up the 2020 stands! Don't you think so?

Dean Jones and Anil Kumble would also make my 11 - the former for his arrogant hitting, the latter for his intelligent bowling.

Posted by deadlydan on (September 13, 2007, 19:19 GMT)

Did everyone just forget the Madman from Madras K Srikkanth. Cheeka would have enjoyed hitting chakkas(Sixes) in this format

Posted by Suvro on (September 13, 2007, 19:19 GMT)

The two batsmen who showed that first 15 overs of a 50 over game is worth cahing in and not just making sure that there is no wicket loss are Mark Greatbatch of NZ and Kris Srikanth of Ind. I think they easily can fit in to this 20-20 format as well.

Posted by AZY88 on (September 13, 2007, 18:58 GMT)

how can you miss the great legends Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Sunil Gavaskar Sachin tendulkar how can you miss these legends of the game Imran Khan is by far the best all rounder cricket has ever seen

Posted by ElectronSmoke on (September 13, 2007, 18:12 GMT)

Considering that 20/20 is an ideal launch pad for bits and pieces players, capable of moment of brilliance .. I'd definitely think one of the 'Cairns' needed to be in there. Ditto for Clive Rice, G A Faulkner and Franklyn Stephenson ( hello, just cuz he was a rebel ? we ignore him ? )

Donald, Walsh, Anwar, Hick, or Crowe would miss out for being one dimensional. Tendulkar , Grace or Miandad for their fielding. And lets face it Border , Chappell, Umrigar or Ponsford come with no credentials for this format .. appetite and technique alone doesn't count.

Posted by ChilledBeer on (September 13, 2007, 17:25 GMT)

Bradman in a Twenty20 team? thats the height of sycophancy for the White men. When will cricket writers stop lauding Bradman as the greates thing ever. For Gods sake, he played against just one country for most of his career, and in his home country most of his Tests.

Put Ponting or Dravid up against Zimbabwe for the rest of their careers and they'll score hundreds everyday.

Posted by aroundthewicket on (September 13, 2007, 17:21 GMT)

Good XI. It's as difficult to say which former players would adapt well to twenty20, as it would have been when ODIs were invented. Also there are a host of marginal players who may have found their niche if given the opportunity. Twenty20 is like the first and last 10 overs in an ODI innings. I can't drop any from the list but would offer the following for consideration: I think Bevan in his prime 'finisher' years would have been outstanding (not everyone in the XI must hit 6s). Graeme Pollock would have been a consistent standout if given carte blanch for 20 ovs. Derek Underwood, of all people, could have made an impact because the best bowling seems to be that with the pace taken off and he would be difficult to slog. He'd be good for 4 overs, though a firm No.11. CG Greenidge would have adapted well and been a nightmare, I'd say better than Gayle. I'd also back CH Lloyd, not only for his batting and fielding abilities, but for strategy development and leadership.

Posted by CapitalV on (September 13, 2007, 16:14 GMT)

Open with Barlow and Richards, Graeme Pollock to ensure new balls are supplied to the fielding side at regular, if monotonous, intervals, then the others will fall into place.............

Posted by tryarun on (September 13, 2007, 16:01 GMT)

What about the Graces: E.M. and W.G., Barnes, Hobbs, Hirst, Hammond, Rhodes, Woolley, Larwood, Tyson, Trueman? Spofforth, Trumper, McCartney, Ponsford, McCabe? Ranji, Duleep, Nayudu, Umrigar? Worrell, Weekes, Walcott, Lloyd, Kanhai?

Posted by fincher on (September 13, 2007, 15:55 GMT)

I don't think Bradman would have scored too many runs at 20/20, not compared to the big hitters these days. Lance Cairns would have been a great 20/20 player along with Clive Rice, Dean Jones and Graeme Hick.

Posted by trypewriter on (September 13, 2007, 15:46 GMT)

I'd pick Lance Cairns as well. Potentially destructive with the bat he also bowled at the pace which batsmen struggle to get away in 20/20. Keeper, I think Alan Knott would be worth consideration.

Posted by GuyanaStar on (September 13, 2007, 15:29 GMT)

How can you have a 20/20 team without such great stalwarts like Rohan Kanhai,Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge & the 3 - W's,(WI),Javed Miandad, Imran Khan & Zaheer Abbas (Pakistan), Sachin Tendulkar & Azaharuddin (India), Richard Hadlee (NZ), Graeme Pollock & Barlow (South Africa), Ken Barrington (UK), Doug Walters, Greg Chappel & Alan Border (Australia). Good luck on choosing the best team!

Posted by dpathak56 on (September 13, 2007, 15:14 GMT)

How come you forgot Martin Crowe, Nathan Astle, Saeed Anwar, Damien Martyn, Courtney Walsh and Allan Donald? I also aggree with the inclusion of Klussner, Srikkanth, Cairns, and Miandad; and exclusion of Lara! And SACHIN TENDULKAR must be there, assuming that he won't play T20 matches any more!

Posted by onejubb on (September 13, 2007, 14:42 GMT)

surely there has to be a place for Athers and Boycott in there....known worldover for terrorising bowling attacks into boredom....

Posted by WaseemDubai on (September 13, 2007, 13:56 GMT)

Try this (in batting order)1.Saeed Anwar/ Jayasuriya 2.Tendulkar 3.Viv Richards (Capt) 4.Dean Jones 5.Brian Lara 6.Gary Sobers 7.Greathbach(wk) 8.Cris Cairns 9.Botham 10.Keith Miller / Klusener 11. Wasim Akram 12. Marshall

Posted by putrevus on (September 13, 2007, 13:30 GMT)

Who ever says Imran should be in the side are nuts and .He was never a good odi player with high strike rate , he was succesfull in odis to some extent becuase he had excellent team behind him look at his batting style, he was more a grafter than hitter.

Posted by ChowLouFong on (September 13, 2007, 12:49 GMT)

just put the windies from the 70's and you have the greatest Twenty20 team! Forget the rest of the players just any from that period will do.

Posted by alatar1 on (September 13, 2007, 12:37 GMT)

Is it just me or is GA Faulkner of South Africa playing before and after the First World War the most underrated of allrounders. He could biff the ball a long way, bowl leg spin and field with the best of them. He has to be in there somewhere.

Also Chris Cairns when uninjured should stroll into the team.

Posted by trio_of_aces on (September 13, 2007, 12:23 GMT)

I am missing Javed Miandad, Aravinda De Silva, Mark Greatbatch (he was d one to start this powerplay thing, rite?), Azharuddin, Clive Lloyd and Chris Cairns.

Posted by Olonga on (September 13, 2007, 11:28 GMT)

Kris Srikkanth was made for 20/20...he was the only guy who could hook J.Garner and Co with confidence

Posted by Shahenshah-G on (September 13, 2007, 11:10 GMT)

Javed Miandad

Jadeja - i agree with kanhaiya on that score

i woulda liked caddick too:P not among the greatest but he was skilled, and he cud slap it around a bit of need to

Posted by majid_from_russia on (September 13, 2007, 10:51 GMT)

my alltime great team will be adam gilchrist,sanath jayasuriya,sachin tendulkar,muhammad yousaf,lance klusener,shahid afridi,andrew flintoff,wasim akram,shane warne,shane bond,glenn macgrath

Posted by vincing on (September 13, 2007, 10:51 GMT)

Great effort and I guess the best team possible.Except one thing, in stead of Brian Lara, will go for Bevan or Tendulkar (assuming Tendulkar i s retired from wenty20). When you have players like Sir Viv Richards, Kapil Dev, Ian Bothom, Sir Sobers...I guess not another big hitter is required. Someone who can rotate the strike, adapt to condition, hold the innings when others get out is required. Add to it, Sachin's multifaceted bowling, he will always be in a Twenty20 format. Also, Chris Cairns and Andrew Flintoff can replace Kapil and Bothom. Javed Miandad or Arvinda De Silva can be have for Great Viv Richards, but none for Don and Sir Garry Sobers. Same way Malcolm Marshall for Wasim Akram, and Courtney Walsh or Gelnn McGrath can always be for economical and wicket taking bowling.

Posted by howazzat on (September 13, 2007, 10:42 GMT)

maybe not a true 'legend' but certainly a character and an ambassador to cricket, my first choice would have to be Lance Klusener.

Posted by sri2007 on (September 13, 2007, 10:13 GMT)

My all time T20 players are: garry sobers,vivian richards,klusener,symonds,kapil dev,gilchirst,ambrose,joel garner,vettori,wasim akram

Posted by ramshankar on (September 13, 2007, 10:08 GMT)

hey but where is dean jones? the man revolutionised oneday cricket with is aggressive batting in the middle overs. He was also an excellent boundary rider

Posted by GazG68 on (September 13, 2007, 10:01 GMT)

Can't believe you missed Chris Tavare off the list. Perfectly designed for the 20-over format, surely?

Posted by Ayan_Roy on (September 13, 2007, 9:47 GMT)

I think you missed out on two ideal 20/20 players.. Lance Cairns (father of Chris Cairns) or New Zealand, who was one of the best short-innings hitters of the 80's. As a bowler, Joel Garner, the most economical ODI bowler of all time, would be very difficult to get away, and should be a sure shot for the top 20/20 team. Alec Bedser and Tom Cartwright of England were two highly skilled accurate medium pacers who would be difficult to get away..and how can you forget Bapu Nandkarni of India- the most stingy of all left arm spinners

Posted by Iron-Haggis on (September 13, 2007, 9:45 GMT)

Dean Jones anyone? He is, an emphasis on the is, the text book on how every batsmen now plays the one day game. He would of done the same in Twenty20 cricket.

Posted by bigfrank on (September 13, 2007, 9:03 GMT)

It doesn't matter who you put in the team - the authors admit their side isn't balanced,and there's not even a wicketkeeper.The whole article is ludicrous. T20 is a slog,nothing more or less,and as the result is mainly down to luck,anyone can beat anyone else.Don't believe me? Do you think Zimbabwe could beat Australia (or any other Test side) in a test or ODI? I think not.T20 has no place in professional,let alone international cricket;it's what pub teams play when a match finishes early,and that is where it belongs and should be left.

Posted by KapilsDevils on (September 13, 2007, 8:50 GMT)

Salim Durrani springs to mind. Used to hit 6s on demand (literally). My All-time INDIAN T20 XI would be:

1. Mushtaq Ali: Used to step out to fast bowlers in the first over of test matches

2. K Srikkanth: Invented the opener-pinchhitter

3. Sandeep Patil: Very aggressive batsmen. Great fielder - pips Sehwag on account of his fielding.

4. Sachin Tendulkar: In his prime he could hit proper cricketing shots for 4/6 all day long. T20 is a walk in the park.

5. Kapil Dev: Indian Cricketer of the Century

6. Salim Durrani

7. MS Dhoni: Close battle with Engineer...Dhoni just pips it on the count of familiarity to this writer.

8. Irfan Pathan: Able, aggressive bat. A fantastic bowler.

9. L Sivaramakrishnan: Wily leggie. Understood the limited overs format. Better fielder than earlier Indian spinners. Could also bat.

10. Harbhajan Singh: Intelligent offie. Good fielder.

11. Venkatesh Prasad: Intelligent later overs bowler, good slower ball. Useful skill in T20.

Posted by cankiwi on (September 13, 2007, 8:48 GMT)

What about John R Reid, that fantatsic allrounder of the 50s and 60s. Twenty20 would have been his game just as it would have been for Botham and Miller.

Posted by Wazz on (September 13, 2007, 8:44 GMT)

here is my team that would have played 20twenty and would have succeeded too.

Viv Richards (c) Krrish Shrikant David Boon Arvinda De Silva Lance Klusener Moin Khan + Kapil Dev Wasim Akram Imran Khan M Hughes Courtney Walsh

Posted by mark_in_spain on (September 13, 2007, 8:32 GMT)

Your team has no wicketkeeper. Try this: Barry Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, Adam Gilchrist, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Keith Boyce (the greatest fielder ever), Imran Khan, Mike Procter, Richard Hadlee, Shane Warne. Ten and a half batsmen (sorry Shane), a w/k and 8 successful test bowlers. Beat that.

Posted by R33P3R on (September 13, 2007, 8:31 GMT)

what about Jonty Rhodes, Adrian Kuiper, Imraan Khan,Inzi,Waqar younus, and Shane warne, all these guys could well be in any team,,,, WK Mohin Khan

Posted by majju on (September 13, 2007, 8:22 GMT)

i appreciate the idea but iam sorry to say that this selection is baseless without imran khan infact he should be the captain even if the great sir don bradman is in the side. so simply he is the greatest alrounder after sir garfield sobers iam botham and kapil dev should sit on the bench as reserves. 1) desmond haynes 2) sir garfield sobers 3) sir don bradman 4) sir vivian richards 5) wasim akram 6) imran khan- captain 7) wasim bari / alan knot? 8) sir richard hadlee 9) dennis lillee 10)shane warne 11)jim laker with all due respect to others this should be the eleven.

Posted by Paul8032 on (September 13, 2007, 8:11 GMT)

hashishshaker - for a wicket-keeper might I suggest Dennis Lindsay? This would also assist theoxlades who wished to see some South African names included (BTW I'm from UK not SA!)

Posted by Diwakar on (September 13, 2007, 7:51 GMT)

Two other names that cannot be ignored in this list:

Krish Srikkanth Aravinda de Silva

Srikkanth, as we all know but rarely acknowledge, was the pioneer in exploitiing the fielding restrictions. All the talk about Greatbatch and Jayasuriya is fine but Srikkanth has not been given his due. Srikkanth has not been known to stick around for long but then who needs him to in the 20-over format? His fielding was also quite electric and he combined this with some wicket-to-wicket lollipops that fetched him a 5-for in ODIs.

The only thing that one can hold against Aravinda is perhaps his lack of athleticism. When it comes to batting, he was second to none and his off-spinners have helped his team more times than one can count.

Posted by tarique007 on (September 13, 2007, 7:47 GMT)

It is interesting that Imran Khan is not in the team. also I am missing former Indian captain Azhar here.

Posted by kanhaiya on (September 13, 2007, 6:49 GMT)

Many can disagree but I am missing former Indian captain Azhar here. Don't forget he has fastest century for an Indian in ODIs. Jadeja also would have exciting feature for Twenty20.

Posted by Adeem on (September 13, 2007, 6:45 GMT)

What about Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Azharuddin, Lance Klusner, Imran Khan, Saeed Anwer, Gordon Greenidge, Ricardo Powell, Nathan Astle...

I feel you add pre-war players just because you want to make the article less time-tied

Posted by matale on (September 13, 2007, 6:15 GMT)

I think considerble no of great are missing here in this listing su as;

Imran Khan, Ejaz Ahmed, Richard Hadlee, Mark Greatbatch, Athula Samarasekera, Rumesh Ratnayake, Rumesh Kaluwitharana, Ajay Jadeja,

Posted by hashishshaker on (September 13, 2007, 6:05 GMT)

It is interesting that Imran Khan is not in the team. What is more interesting is that there is not wicket keeper in the team. I'd pick Alan Knott for that position in the team.

Posted by pramodx on (September 13, 2007, 5:59 GMT)

You missed out on a few names who started the bang-bang trend in one-dayers. Two of them - Kris Srikkanth (India) and Mark Greatbatch (NZ); though the latter isn't an all time great, Srikkanth was a much feared force in the limited overs version of the game.

Posted by theoxlades on (September 13, 2007, 5:52 GMT)

Colin Bland deserves a place - he seems like the perfect Twenty20 player - bats well, bowls economically and was arguably the best fielder of all time - plus there is no South African currently on your list.

Posted by MaraudingJ on (September 13, 2007, 5:17 GMT)

Where's Mike Procter? How could you forget Mike Procter! Equally comfortable bowling at express pace or vicious off-cutters. Probably the most destructive bat in county (and South African domestic) cricket in an era featuring the likes of Richards, Richards, Botham and friends. Few destroyed bowling attacks like Procter. Add his snake-like ability to pouch ridiculous catches, and I'm amazed that you left him out.

Posted by ruvvy on (September 13, 2007, 5:17 GMT)

Will include people whom I have seen only :) - Gordon Greenidge - Krish Srikanth - Ian Botham - Viv Richards - Ricky Ponting - Gary Sobers - Adam Gilchrist - Wasim Akram - Kapil Dev - Michael Holding - Derek Underwood

And ofcourse another 100 guys in reserves!

Posted by cricket4shafiq on (September 13, 2007, 5:10 GMT)

Where is Imran? is any team possible without him? If Sobers,Kapil, Botham, Miller are there, then why not Imran---- He will probably the captain of the side! by the way , last 10 years of Imran can get in any batting test side of all times. Am i wrong? Very intersting effort anyways....cheers

Posted by Atit.Warriors on (September 13, 2007, 5:06 GMT)

Acc. to me players who would be in the dream team for T20 format are:

1)Vivian Richards 2)Desmond Haynes 3)Gary Sobers 4)Srikanth 5)Kapil Dev 6)Ian Healy 7)Curtley Ambroose 8)Courtney Walsh 9)Shane Wrane 10)Wasim Akram 11)Glenn Mc.Grath

12)Malcom Marshall 13)Deniss Lille 14)Brain Lara 15)Vishwanath 16)Javed Miandad

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