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Three one-time middle-order batsmen and one pure opener are in the running for the first two spots

Suresh Menon

August 3, 2010

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Sunil Gavaskar of India sweeps during his century, sixth Test, India v Australia, Bombay
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Selectors of all-time XIs have two advantages over national selectors, who have to choose the team for the next Test match or next series. One, they can pick players they have never seen in action. Vijay Merchant played his last Test in 1951; only a couple from our jury were alive that year.

The other advantage is that all-time XIs, unlike current ones, do not have to be picked on potential alone. No place, therefore, for someone like Salim Durani, who fell short of greatness as an allrounder despite 29 Test matches, a century in the West Indies and his role in India's first-ever series win against England in 1961-62 (23 wickets, 199 runs). No potential, then, or such things as "entertainment value", just proven performance.

The Best XI is not necessarily the Ideal XI. According to Don Bradman, the Ideal XI would comprise two openers, one of whom is a left-hander; three middle-order batsmen, one of whom is a left-hander; one allrounder; one wicketkeeper who can bat; one fast bowler to bowl with the wind; one fast-medium bowler to bowl into the wind; one offspinner; and one left-arm spinner (or legspinner).

Any attempt to force a left-hander to open for India would keep out more deserving candidates whose only drawback is that they are right-handed. Nari Contractor was the first left-hander to open regularly. India believed for long that the way to get their money's worth out of a wicketkeeper was to make him open the batting.

This thinking was also partly inspired in the pre-Gavaskar days by the conviction that openers were sacrificial lambs anyway, their main duty being to protect the middle order from the new ball. No one, not even Vijay Merchant and Mushtaq Ali, began as openers.

Some volunteered to open knowing that was the only way they could fit into the XI; enlightened self-interest, it was called. It is ironic therefore, that for over half a century India held the world opening record of 413 (Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad).

If all-time teams seem unfair to players of the distant past, it is partly because the later players have had more opportunities to strut their stuff upon the world stage. Also, more recent players have the luxury of better equipment, covered pitches, physical training and psychological inputs, and are thus better prepared than their predecessors, with the records to show for it. A googly might have worried Victor Trumper (or indeed Bradman himself in his final Test), but the modern batsman deals with it comfortably. All projections that give the nod to a former great over a recent candidate come with the understanding that given the same opportunities, the old-timer would have performed just as well, or better, adapting his game to the needs of the situation.

The candidates

Sunil Gavaskar
In the all-time XI, one end would seem to be reserved for Sunil Gavaskar, the first man to 10,000 runs, and a bulwark against extreme pace in the pre-helmet days. In his early days Gavaskar was seen as a clone of Merchant, whose first-class average is second only to Don Bradman's, but who played just 10 Tests (average nearly 48), all of them against England.

Vijay Merchant
If Gavaskar disqualifies himself because of opinions expressed rather too strongly for the cricket board's or the ICC's comfort, then Merchant would be the automatic choice. In fact, whatever the final XI, a case can be made for an equally balanced alternative XI - with Gavaskar opening in one and Merchant in the other.

Virender Sehwag
To open with Gavaskar and Merchant might be over-egging the pudding. Partnerships blossom by dint of differentiation and with Sehwag at the other end, India can have the best of both worlds - a top-class defensive batsman at one end and a creative, attacking one at the other.

Navjot Sidhu
Three of the four in the list (Gavaskar being the exception) began as middle-order batsmen. Sidhu began as a strokeless wonder before blossoming into an aggressive six-hitter, whose calculated attack on Shane Warne first made the great spinner look ordinary.

We'll be publishing an all-time India XI based on readers' votes to go with our jury's XI. To pick your openers click here

Suresh Menon is a writer based in Bangalore

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Posted by Biophysicist on (August 5, 2010, 17:31 GMT)

Many people are preferring Gundappa Viswanath and Dilip Vengsarkar for a middle order place and not VVS Laxman, who has a better overall record above them as a batsman and who is also an outstanding slip fielder. His batting average is above 46 (both Viswanath and Vengsarkar have ~42). In different countries the average of VVS ranges from a low of 37.42 in Pakistan to a high of 54.05 against Australia. On the other hand, Viswanath's average ranges between 26.1 (NZ) and 47.3 (India), whereas Vengsarkar's ranges between 24.94 (WI) and 55.59 (Eng). Clearly VVS has not only a better average, but is also more consistent across all playing conditions. Finally, neither Viswanath nor Vengsarkar scored an innings that can be compared to his 281 in Kolkata!

Posted by Silverstar on (August 5, 2010, 17:01 GMT)

HA Sehwag against: Marshall Garner Ambrose Holding Bishop Roberts Hall Griffith..? hahahahha better have 2 helmets. they were the reasons for the "2 bouncers an over" rule. dont rate this dead wicket bully.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2010, 16:37 GMT)














Posted by   on (August 5, 2010, 16:27 GMT)

Whoever is questioning Dhoni's abilities as a test batsman has perhaps forgotten the innings he played at Lords(2007), against Australia at Nagpur(2008), against Pakistan at Faisalabad(2006). The innings at Lords was perhaps the best attempt ever by a Indian Wicket-keeper in successfully saving a test.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2010, 15:57 GMT)

Sunny and Viru are no doubt the top two openers. However let us give Kris Srikkanth his due: Statistics cannot convey the impact he had as a player on the game. His murderous assault made batting easier for everybody. The cricinfo audience is knowledgeable enough to know the impact of his 38 in the WC final compared to a century against Zimbabwe on a cement pitch. The memory of a helmetless Srikkanth walking out against the fearsome foursome in 1983 at Lords, going on one knee and cutting Roberts to the boundary still brings goosebumps. The 1985 WCC chanpionship team was built on the foundation of Srikkanth's aggression, Shastri's tenacity and L. Siva's virtuosity.

If Sunny was incomparable like Lata, and Viru irresistible like Asha then Srikkanth was ebullient like Gita Dutt who had a comparatively shorter career but who at the peak of her powers could hold her own against anybody and whose best hits are still amongst the greatest ever Hindi film songs!!

Posted by thisgameislife on (August 5, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

it is amusing to read comments about players of a much earlier era. i feel it is our nature to romanticize the past. that one bruised inning here, another defiant one there, one morning of banana swingers, an afternoon of spitters, and so on. however, every single player in the all time xi has to be a man who was always a winner in his mind - be it any era, a true winner will prevail. and, here, we have people voting for players who were not even able to prevail in their own era? on that count we have two winners in the opening combination - gavaskar and sehwag. bring on the middle order now...

Posted by shrastogi on (August 5, 2010, 15:48 GMT)

My Indian team from the players I've seen (after 1974) - Sunil Gavaskar, Virendra Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, GR Vishwnath, MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, BS Bedi. Those who closely miss out are: M Amarnath, D Vengsarkar, BS Chandrasekhar, Harbhajan Singh, EAS Prasanna. With Kapil Dev coming at seven the extra batsmen is not required so can play four bowlers out of which three can be pushed to bat a bit. The team has option of Dravid or Vishwnath at three though my choice is Dravid.

Posted by crram on (August 5, 2010, 15:11 GMT)

My team will be having Kirmani as my keeper as he is the best of all for keeping skills and I cannot accomodate Kumble as Chandra was magic. Kumble can walk into X1 if Chandra has a weary arm. My offspinner will be Shewag as Vinoo Mankad will be my 2nd allrounder after Kapil Dev. I couldnt accomodate Jimmy Amarnath or VVS or Gangs or Vijay Manjrekar who can easily walk into the team with their exploits. It is a tough 11 to pick. Sunny Gavaskar Shewag Dilip Vengsarkar Sachin Tendulkar G.R.Viswanath Rahul Dravid Kapil Dev Vinoo Mankad Syed Kirmani J.Srinath B.S. Chandrasekhar 12th Man Anil Kumble

Posted by GujranwalaWaqar on (August 5, 2010, 15:09 GMT)

Can't believe someone's mentioned Nayan Mongia for the wicketkeeper's role.. couldn't bat and his keeping was abysmal at times.. all-time XI 1) Gavasker 2) Sehwag 3) Dravid 4) Tendulker 5) Azheruddin 6) Ganguly 7) Dhoni 8) Kapil Dev 9) Srinath 10) Kumble 11) Madan Lal

Posted by thisgameislife on (August 5, 2010, 15:05 GMT)

:-) we will have 1000 fans listing their whole xi when we have to select the 3 middle order bats, and again when we have to select the allrounder, and the keeper, and the seamers, and the spinners :-)

Posted by GujranwalaWaqar on (August 5, 2010, 15:03 GMT)

Can't believe someone's mentioned Nayan Mongia for the wicketkeeper's role.. couldn't bat and his keeping was abysmal at times.. all-time XI 1) Gavasker 2) Sehwag 3) Dravid 4) Tendulker 5) Azheruddin 6) Ganguly 7) Dhoni 8) Kapil Dev 9) Srinath 10) Kumble 11) Madan Lal

Posted by HarishVS on (August 5, 2010, 14:50 GMT)

contd. The nominations for batsmen is quite easy with Great Sunil Gavaskar and Thundering Sehwag as No.1 and 2. No.3 might go to Rahul Dravid (though few have questioned his records against Aussies and SA against both of whom he has got a no. of big fifites including 90s). No.4 will be ofcourse Sachin Tendulkar unanimously. No.5. Dilip Vengsarkar need to be there and Mohinder Amarnath/ Gundappa Vishwanath will also join this position together in co-ordination just in case any one of the three is out due to loss of form or injury. No.6 is open to Azharuddin or Laxman or anyone from past era whom I have never seen batting. Thanks.

Posted by HarishVS on (August 5, 2010, 14:42 GMT)

I am taken aback by seeing Zaheer Khan's name in this ALLTIME XI list. I am not able remember how many times he has been missing test series due to injury or loss of form and I dont remember him much playing in subcontinent regularly. India has never had any world class pace bowler other than Kapil Dev and Srinath to play consistently as strike bowler and take top batsmen's wickets, say around 50 test matches. And Kapil Dev is not only a pace bowler but the greatest ever All rounder India could see in any form of cricket. It will be a tragedy to include Z.Khan in India's All time XI irrespective of whatever test record he has. India has been a team of great spinners who won most of the tests for India. I can rememember Only two names Kapil and Shrinath who could really pace out the opposition of any class and win tests for India CONSISTENTLY. So my team of XI from Number 7 onwards will be 7.Kapil Dev, 8.Anil Kumble/Subash Gupte, 9.Prasanna, 10.J Shrinath & 11. Chandrashekar, cont.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2010, 14:33 GMT)

My India All Time Test XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Bishan Bedi, Javagal Srinath And Zaheer Khan

Posted by Bamarolls on (August 5, 2010, 14:15 GMT)

@Nampally: Thanks for including Kapil. I like your team a lot. Especially for recognizing Umrigar and Vinoo. They were contemporary match winners. Having said that I like your selection a lot, I don't care for Nissar - he was a genuine pace bowler, but how many wickets did he take? At what rate? May be India All time XI doen't have a genuine partner for Kapil to share the ball with. For keeper, I prefer Kirmani, even though Engineer might be a better bat. Kumble, Chandra, and Prasanna - each have shown multiple times, their ability to run through an opposition and to win matches in many different circumstances. Outside of that I would consider Hazare's position is probably most tenuous. But I want to see what the Cricinfo Jury want to throw at us. Truthfully, I was not very impressed with their menu of openers, even though Sunny and Sehwag are automatics.

Posted by Procter on (August 5, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

My all time Indian Test XI would be Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare (c). Vinoo Mankad, Kapil, Engineer (wk), Kumble, Prasanna and Srinath. Mankad makes it in my team as he was truly a world class all rounder in league with Kapil Dev. And Hazare was the best and the classiest batsman India had till Gavaskar followed by Tendulkar and Dravid turned up. Farokh was a keeper who could bat v/s our current captain who is a class ODI (and not test) batsman who can keep. Best wicket keeper India had was Tamahne but could not bat as well.

Posted by waspsting on (August 5, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

completely off-topic - since the West Indies all time 11 thread has been closed, I figured I'd make the point here about the inclusion of the Lance Gibbs ahead of a fourth paceman. Gibbs' strike rate in both test and first class cricket is about the same as... Viru Sehwags! I don't see how you can possibly justify his inclusion in an all time WI eleven.

Posted by S.K.Chowdhury on (August 5, 2010, 12:45 GMT)

Let Imagine a clash among All time XI of all the test nations, Indian all time XI would be packed with some feared batsmen the game has ever produced!! but still this team would be at number 6th or 7th position because India never had a quality bowling attack and great bowlers only exception A. Kumble!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by chirankumar on (August 5, 2010, 12:16 GMT)


Posted by nag42408 on (August 5, 2010, 12:15 GMT)

my all time XI will be Viru Sunil Rahul Tendulkar Guddappa Vishwanth 5 batsmen kapil dev allrounder MSD wicket keeper Kumble E Prasana as spinners and Javagal and zaheer as fast bolwers.Captain Kapil Dev

Posted by Pajny on (August 5, 2010, 11:27 GMT)

Hey TRIC ! Many have about Sir John Berry Hobbs, an english cricketer who contributed immensely to cricket.And By the way the spelling of Hobbs is Wrong.Don't boast after copying the statistics from Wiki.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2010, 11:14 GMT)

Here is the list of 17 Player u can chose top 11 according the condition and situation:

Sunil Gavaskar Virender Sehwag Gautam Gambhir

Rahul Dravid Sachin Tendulkar V.V.S. Laxman Dilip Vengsarkar G. Vishwanath V. Mankad


Kapil Dev

Anil Kumble Harbhajan Singh I Prasanna B.S.Bedi

Zaheer Khan Javagal Srinath

Posted by jaanson on (August 5, 2010, 10:05 GMT)

wow! what a jury! just two test players and nine who are just wordsmiths and who have never played a hard game of cricket in their entire lives and they are going to pick an all time indian eleven. wow! ideally the jury should consist of those who played against the players. to give examples say guys like ray illingworth, tom graveny richie benaud everton weekes bob willis ian chappell zaheer abbas,arjuna ranatunga. these respected players cover almost the entire time since india became a test nation.these guys saw or played against almost all who will be in contention and who thus know how they stack up. they will know what skill was and what temperament was what pressure means and how the candidates fared in all these aspects. what will the wordsmiths know about these aspects of the game? with such a jury one can almost predict what the final eleven is going to be. too much personal likes and dislikes will come in. good luck

Posted by Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on (August 5, 2010, 9:26 GMT)

Since the rules allow for only 1 specialist spinner and 3 seamers, to accomodate the fact that India traditionally has won due to spin bowling, I would consider Vinoo Mankad as the all-rounder (treating Kapil as a seamer), have Kumble as the spacialist spinner, and maybe even have Shastri as an opening batsman. Only way to have 3 spinners for a typical Kotla/ Wankhede/ Chepauk turner.

Posted by TRIC on (August 5, 2010, 7:13 GMT)

Hey guys, cricket is not all about sachin, bradman, sobers. Has any one ever heard of Sir Jack Hobs , better go and have a look at his statistics. One the best ever in the game of cricket. Below are his statistics for info Full name John Berry Hobbs Born 16 December 1882(1882-12-16) Cambridge, England Died 21 December 1963 (aged 81) Hove, East Sussex, England Nickname The Master Batting style right-handed (RHB) Bowling style right-arm medium pace (RM) Role opening batsman International information National side England Test debut (cap 157) 1 January 1908 v Australia Last Test 16 August 1930 v Australia Domestic team information Years Team 1905-1934 Surrey Career statistics Competition Test First-class[a] Matches 61 834 Runs scored 5,410 61,760 Batting average 56.94 50.70 100s/50s 15/28 199/273 Top score 211 316* Balls bowled 376 5,217 Wickets 1 108 Bowling average 165.00 25.03

Posted by really_7 on (August 5, 2010, 6:46 GMT)

my all time India Test XI team: Sunil Gavaskar,Virender Sehwag,Rahul Dravid,Sachin Tendulkar,Dilip Vengsarkar,Vinoo Mankad,Kapil dev,MS Dhoni,Anil Kumble,Javagal Shrinath, Zaheer Khan

I choose Vengsarkar instead of Laxman because in the era when Vengsarkar played. He played against likes of fab 4 of west-indies(marshal,garner,holding and Roberts), Imran,Hadlee,botham etc. Personally i believe Laxman is not up to the mark when it comes to facing super express bowlers. Here we are selecting all time XI and i guess in any all time XI of respective country mentioned name will be sure in the list.

Posted by raghanna on (August 5, 2010, 6:45 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar and Virendra Segwag

Posted by montys_muse on (August 5, 2010, 4:25 GMT)

well looking at the no. of comments about the all-time India XI, cricinfo can diectly go ahead and publish the names of the XI without anymore nominations!!!

Posted by sanandkumar on (August 5, 2010, 3:58 GMT)

I don't know why people preferring dhoni ahead of Nayan Mongia and Krimani Is he a better Batsman than both....

Posted by SuperTechnique on (August 5, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

What!! Siddhu as candidate for all time XI .This tells u about the scarcity of India openers .I am sure if this list was made 4 years later Gambhir would have come in place of Siddhu. As far as the middle order I am sure the current 3 Laxman,Dravid ,Tendulkar would fit in instantly.

Posted by RATNESH64 on (August 5, 2010, 3:34 GMT)

Gavaskar,Sehwag,Rahul Dravin,Tendulkar,V.V.S.Laxman,Kapil Dev,Dhoni,Zaheer Khan,Shrinath Jagawal,Kumble,Harbhajan & Mohinder Amarnath as 12th man, in my dream all time Indian Cricket Team...Dhoni as Wicket Keeper,Gavaskar as captain & Kapil Dev as vice captain...

Posted by Ronav on (August 5, 2010, 3:27 GMT)

Why not have the most attacking team and keep it exciting all the way Srikanth/sehwag/azharuddin/sachin/yuvraj/dhoni/kapil/srinath/zkhan/kumble/harbajhan;

Posted by mpandya on (August 5, 2010, 3:13 GMT)

My personal view is not MS Dhoni should not be included only because he is a successful captain of India. We're debating on ALL TIME INDIAN XI. Surely, it'll have S Gavaskar who along with S Tendulkar, who are amongst the best readers of a cricket game. We will also have K Dev, a WC winning captain and some of other people who would have lead Indian at some point in time in their cricketing career. Don't think Dhoni is in the category of Ranatunga/I Khan/A Border/ Mark Taylor yet to be included because of his leadership ability. Neither doubting his batting or wicket keeping skills but just suggesting not to look at MS Dhoni's successful leadership track record till date to decide whether he should be included in the ALL TIME INDIAN XI or not.

Anyway, we're only deciding openers here - So my take would be (A) S Gasvaskar (one of the finest ever) and (B) Sehwag (most destructive Test batsman in the world - better than Gilchrist)

Posted by   on (August 5, 2010, 2:02 GMT)

@Nampally please keep your comments to yourself. Hazare as opening bowler!What a laughable choice. Hazare at best was a medium pace trundler. Getting Bradman out doesnot mean that he was any great shakes with the ball.

Posted by kiholo on (August 5, 2010, 1:21 GMT)

My Team: 1. Sehwag 2. Sourav Gunguly 3. 10dulker 4. Azaharuddin 5. V mankad 6. R Dravid 7. Kirmani 8. Kapil Dev 9. Anul kumle 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Srinath

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 23:53 GMT)

Is kumble a better spinner than Bedi and Prasanna? Most of us are ahead of selection options and Kumble seems to be highly favored. Is it because he is recent. He has taken more wickets. But is he really a better spin bowler than mesmarizing Bedi. Chandrashekar is the most effective bowler India ever had. On his day, he simply destroyed batting line ups. Harbhajan, Sashtri are good spinners but not in the class of famous spin quartet of the 70s.

Posted by arvin on (August 4, 2010, 23:16 GMT)

it is a no brainer... there should not have been more than two names on the list... gavaskar and sehwag...

Posted by peterhrt on (August 4, 2010, 22:47 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag and Merchant should all be in this team. As you say, the last two were not originally openers. Merchant has to appear in the middle order. His first-class career average in England, achieved during two wettish summers, is higher, incredibly, than any English-born batsman that ever lived!

Posted by Rake1 on (August 4, 2010, 21:54 GMT)

If Vijay Mechant is in the team along with Vijay Hazare, this may happen : when India was playing against Australia in Melbourne city, Vijay Merchant and Vijay Hazare, they were at the crease and Vijay Merchant told Vijay Hazare, "Look Vijay Hazare, this is a very prestigious match and you must consider this match very carefully. So considering the consideration that Vijay Hazare gave Vijay Merchant, Vijay Merchant told Vijay Hazare that ultimately we must take a run and when they were striking the ball on the leg side, Sir, the consideration came into an ultimatum and ultimately Vijay Hazare went to Vijay Merchant and said…

Posted by Sajjan... on (August 4, 2010, 21:15 GMT)

Is there no replacement of dravid as many times he looks fit only for the more longer version(more then 5 days) of cricket. my all time x1 is 1.sehwag 2.gavaskar 3.laxman /vishwanath 4.sachin 5.azharuddin 6.dhoni 7.kapil dev 8.zaheer 9.srinath 10.kumble 11.bhajji/bedi

Posted by Raj_Kalyanaraman on (August 4, 2010, 21:08 GMT)

This is strange that in the opener's list we have Sidhu ahead of Chetan Chauhan !! Although I agree that Sunny and Sehwag are the best. Chetan was courageous opener with Sunny, and had even faced Thompson and other fast bowlers of that era. Sidhu at best was a flat track bully and could man handle only the spinners. Was clueless against pace bowling.

Posted by SalMonMariner on (August 4, 2010, 20:56 GMT)

My team in batting order: Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, V Mankad, Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Kumble, Srinath, Subhash Gupte. In my opinion the slots under contention would be Kirmani for Dhoni and another seamer for Srinath.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 20:51 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vishy, Dhoni, Kapildev, Shastri/Durrani, Kumble, Prasanna, Srinath perhaps? - Bedi as twelfth man?

Posted by Dravulkar on (August 4, 2010, 20:22 GMT)

Surprisingly, Vinoo Mankad is missing from most of the comments, and the way cricinfo is selecting team, it is a possibility that he may be omitted. Most likely he will be nominated as allrounder where the only place is reserved for Kapil (justifiably). But Mankad's overall utility as a brilliant batsman and a left arm spinner merits him a place in any all time Indian XI. SO i will have two allrounder in Kapil and Vinoo Mankad My team-

Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Gundappa ,Vinoo Mankad, Farookh Engineer, Kapil Dev, A Kumble, J Srinath, Z Khan

This way the team has everything. It bats till Eight. Number Nine and Ten are century and half century makers respectively. It has a left hand batsman for variety in the middle. It has a left arm spinner an aggressive, a world class leg spinner, a right arm pacer, a left arm pacer....

XII Man- B Chandrashekhar or Subhash Gupte

Posted by Nampally on (August 4, 2010, 19:43 GMT)

Bamarolls; I am sorry for omitting Kapil Dev from my All Time team India. I think he will replace Amar Singh in my team which may not be perfect but still covers the entire spectrum as follows: Sehwag, Gavaskar, Umrigar, Tendulkar, Hazare, Dravid, Kapil Dev, Engineer, Mankad, Nissar, SP Gupte. I had truly missed Kapil from my list and thanks for pointing out. He was a truly the best all rounder in India of all times.It is a shame that I could not find a place for an off spinner, which has to be Sehwag & Umrigar. But Gupte & Mankad can bowl for hours on any wicket. Nissar was the best fast bowler India ever produced & will open with Kapil & Hazare a mediun pace. Engineer is lightening quick as WK & a dashing bat like Sehwag.

Posted by Fanofbaseball on (August 4, 2010, 19:41 GMT)

Best all time 11. Openers - Gavaskar, Sehwag No.3 - Dravid No.4 - Tendulkar No.5 - Laxman/Azhar ( difficult choice) No.6 - Dhoni - Captain (keeper batsmen ) No.7 - Kapil dev (bowling all rounder) No.8 - Anil Kumble No.9 - Javagal Srinath No.10 - Zaheer Khan No.11 - BS Chandrashekar (picks himself based on better strike rate)

While Kirmani might been a better keeper compared to Dhoni, Dhoni would offer better team balance and would be ideal skipper(Imran Khan mould) for this team. Bowlers pick themselves up based on strike rates.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 18:23 GMT)

Gavaskar and Sehwag absolutely to open!! A combo of method and madness; one takes away the shines while the other smashes away the shine; one grinds the bowlers while the other blasts them. With all respect to Merchantji, I have not seen him play but he may have to give that position to Sehwag.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 18:09 GMT)

India's Best 11 (Ever) 1. Gavaskar (Vice Captain) 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Azharuddin 6. Dhoni 7. Kapil 8. Srinath 9. Harbhajan 10.Kumble 11.Zaheer Non Playing Captain: Ganguly

Posted by siva999 on (August 4, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

Check out this IMPROBABLE XI. 1.Aakash Chopra 2.Anshuman Gaekwad 3.Maharajah of Vizianagram(c)4.Praveen Amre 5.Ajay Sharma 6.Pathiv Patel(wk) 7.Manoj Prabhakar 8.Chetan Sharma 9.Rajesh Chauhan 10 Nilesh Kulkarni 11.Sreeshant. Any recomendations to this great XI ?

Posted by sachinmagod on (August 4, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

This is my team guys: 1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2. Virender Sehwag, 3. Rahul Dravid, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Gundappa Vishwanath, 6. Kapil Dev, 7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 8. Anil Kumble, 9. Javagal Srinath, 10. Erapalli Prassanna, 11. BS Chandrasekhar.

I understand it is a long tail, but we have both Kapil and Dhoni who are considered Batsmen. And there cannot be an Indian team without BS Chandrasekhar. If there is a need for an extra Batsman, then there will a battle for spot between Kumble and Prassanna. That extra Batsman could be: Laxman, Azhar, Umrigar, Pataudi, Vengsarkar, Amarnath, Mankad, etc...But I feel that the first proposed team is the best.

Posted by Stromeon on (August 4, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

My All-Time India XI would be 1.Sehwag 2.Gavaskar 3.Dravid 4.Tendulkar 5.Azharuddin 6.Kapil Dev 7.Kirmani 8.Kumble 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Bedi 11.Srinath.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 17:26 GMT)

most commentrators here are killing all the joy by coming up with their XI when just asked about the openers

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 17:15 GMT)

Some of you who is selecting Dhoni over Kirmani is drunk.. Get sober and then lets talk. If we are talking about all time Indian team we should go with the best specialist and there was no one better than Kirmani. Keep in mind we are talking about Test X1 not ODI X1. Similarly selecting Zaheer over Srinath is criminal. You need to go back and see how Srinath did in dead wikckets of India and with ery less injury and drama..So following are certainly in Indian eleven

Gavaskar Sehwag Dravid Sachin XXXXX XXXXX Kapil Dev Kirmani Kumble Srinath XXXXXX

So basically all the questions are around 2 middle order slot and one bowler slot. Contender for that middle order slots are Hazare, Mankad, Vishwanath, Vengsarkar, Azhar, Laxman, Amarnath, Shastri. Vishwanath and Mankad ( Due to his all round abilities) seems to be strong contender but there can be arguments for others too. For one bowler position contender are Nisar,Zaheer, Bedi, Chandra, Parsanna, Harbhajan, Venkat.

Posted by the_Srikanth on (August 4, 2010, 17:13 GMT)

I know that Vinod Kambli will unfortunately be left out of the list of nominees for the middle order, but just look at his stats. An average of 54 is second only to Sachin's among Indians and 2 triple hundreds so early in his career. Its true he messed up, but that should not matter as we are purely looking at records and talent here. Now some of you may argue that he had many flaws, but you dont make 4 big hundreds in your first 17 tests by fluke. you got to give it to the guy. and since this feature does not take into account things like attitude and behavior, I think Kambli must be an automatic choice into the middle order. If Shane Bond having played just 18 tests can find a place in their all time X1, why not Kambli.

As a post script, i would like to add that nominating Sidhu ahead of Gambhir is simply ridiculous

Posted by Silverstar on (August 4, 2010, 16:44 GMT)

Posted by thisgameislife on (August 03 2010, 16:38 PM GMT) "for all the romantics - sehwag facing the pace battery of the 70-80 aussie/windies - with those guys' pace, the fielders would not dare interfere in the ball's journey from the bat. everytime sehwag connects - someone will have to throw the ball in from the ropes. and then gavaskar frustrates them with leaving a ball 2 inches out side off stump, before turning the one pitch straight for a single to rotate strike." LMAO LMAO LMAO.. thats a joke right? ... have you wondered why they have those strike rates? have you looked at their strike rates? i would love to see Sehwag hit Ambrose for a six ... he would need a wall to protect himself from ( Ambrose, Marshall, Holding, Garner, Roberts, Hall, Griffith) . then when its King Viv's turn to bat he would school you on how you ASSAULT BOWLING.... the Real beater. worse yet with the likes of pie chucker Zaheer Khan and Kumble lol HAAHAHA u . this INdian 11 cant beat WT 2nd 11....

Posted by Saravjit on (August 4, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

Dravid 's Record Against Australia , SA is poor or Average compared to the Weaket Teams

So Does he Merit a Place instead of Amarnath

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (August 4, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

Gavaskar is a must because of his sheer consistency and his record against the best team in the world. The choice is between Sehwag and Merchant. Merchant was in my opinion, more of flat track/weak team bully as the difference between his international and first-class averages indicates. His style is also too similar to Gavaskar. The thing however was that he batted in a weak team and on uncovered pitches. It's very hard to choose but Sehwag is such a different batsman and one who scored quickly, scores big and puts fear into the opposition. Thus, Sunny and Sehwag

Posted by Nampally on (August 4, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

I was confused by the heading of this article "Top Four". Actually the topic is "All Time India XI" in which you just picked the suggested top 4 opening batsmen. You should be doing the the same for the top four fast bowlers, spinners, All rounders, Middle order btsmen & wk's. Most of the current readers are unaware of of Greats like Nissar & Amar Singh, Umrigar , Hazare,Mankad, Gupte, Nadkarni, Prasanna, Engineer to name a few. It must also be recognized that the batting helmet, Chest, thigh, Elbow gaurds only came in recently. So all the afore mentioned cricketers had no bodily protection of the modern cricketer.You had to belong to a rich family to play cricket.Also the number of games/year now are far in excess of total games the old timers played. Today top cricketers like SRT or MSD would be earning $10 Million/year. So to give a fair chance to the old timers these factors have to be included.The above mentioned players shone despite poor gear, food, travel & accomodation.

Posted by riders12 on (August 4, 2010, 15:13 GMT)

hello, Mohammad Kamran... u don't have any knowledge of cricket... wat r u thinking about M.S.Dhoni? who is he????????????

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 14:53 GMT)

Openers: Gavaskar Sehwag Middle Order: Dravid Tendulkar Pataudi All Rounder: Kapil Keeper: Dhoni Fast Bowler: Srinath Medium pace: Zaheer Off Spinner: Chandra Legspinner: Kumble 12th Man: Vengsarkar

Posted by Bamarolls on (August 4, 2010, 14:41 GMT)

@Steepy, I do have a lot of respect for the WI XI. But remember "Gavaskar" alone can bring tears to the eyes of West Indian fans. For playing against WI, all we need is 3: Gavaskar, Kapil and Mohider Amarnath - any 8 others would do.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 14:32 GMT)

@FaisalKhan,, May be Pakistani fans feared Lara more than Sachin...but that doesnot make any difference. You are entitled to your choices but that is no parameter alone (or for that matter relevant)v on which Sachin's greatness has to be judged. Nextly in India Afridi is feared more than Mohd Yousuf forhis ability for devastating batting even though that t would happen once in a while. ?? Does it make Afridi a greater batsman that Mohd. Yousif ??? If yes then you have no understanding of the game and if no then your argumnent stands on shaky grounds.

Posted by harshilpatel on (August 4, 2010, 14:24 GMT)

that is not doubt sehwag and gavaskar is best.gavaskar is standard bat.and sehwag is aggresiv bat.both of they wonder ful opener

Posted by ROXSPORT on (August 4, 2010, 14:20 GMT)

My All Time XI will be : Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Vishwanath, Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev, Syed Kirmani, Ramakant Desai, E Prasanna, BS Chandrashekhar. 12th man : Eknath Solkar

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 14:17 GMT)

@Cricphobiac I agree with all choices except Hazare. Hazare only success in Australia came in Adeliade where he scored twin hundreds and Adelialde even then was a flat featherbed.

Laxman and Viswanath would and should get a lookin head of him. Also

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 13:50 GMT)


Posted by riskrao on (August 4, 2010, 13:46 GMT)

i am an indian but a very strong SA supporter. i want to see how an all time indian will look like and who makes the cut and who misses and even the nominees. interesting to see nari contractor missing and what the hell happened to the greatest partnership for india which was done by vinoo mankad and pankaj roy, atleast they would have been mentioned as nominees. i said it will be interesting it has just started and just wait for more embarrassment to come in selecting the middle orders and others. that's why i was waiting to see the all time team. ok my choice in this would be sunny and viru.. quite contrasting in the approach to the game... they are equally good with lots of talent............................

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 13:44 GMT)

Sub continent team : Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Azharuddin/Vangsarkar, Laxman/Vishwanath, Kapil Dev(c), Kirmani(WK), Kumble, Srinath, Chandrashekhar.

few might feel that this team has too many players of this be frank....we actually had good players specially in this era only.....sehwag, dravid, tendulkar, laxman, kumble.....irreplacable in any era!

I havent picked dhoni as we will need a specialist keeper in this squad and kirmani is far better keeper than dhoni....we already have plenty of batting firepower in the team anyway!

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 13:33 GMT)

My all time India X1-1.Sunny,2. viru ,3. (Dravid/G Vishwanath),4.Sachin,5.(Hazare/Lakshman),6.Kapil,7.Kirmani,8.Srinath,9.Zaheer,10.(Chandrashekhar/Kumle),11.Bedi , this could be idle also

Posted by Scorpions_sting on (August 4, 2010, 13:24 GMT)

My All Time XI - Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vishwanath,Engineer, Kapil Dev, Amar Singh,Kumble, Mohd Nissar, Prasanna

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

Opening-Sunil Gavaskar & Veeru...Middle Order-Dravid, Sachin, Gunda Vishwanathan, VVS Laxman...Allrounder-Kapil Dev(Capitan)...Wicket Keeper-MS Dhoni(Vice-Capitan)...Bowlers- Kumle, Srinanth, Zaheer...This will be the best combination..Team led by Kapil Dev....

Posted by ssenthil on (August 4, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

Who ever Selecting Dhoni as W/K batsman for Tests then he is not at all fit for say anything about Test Cricket. This People must started to watch cricket after 2007 World T20 only. Don't forget, this selection is for Test matches not T20.

Posted by itssachin on (August 4, 2010, 12:57 GMT)

My XI will be.. Sehwag,Gavaskar,Dravid,Sachin,Viswanath/Laxman/Azhar/Ganguly.Kapil,Kirmani/Dhoni,Kumble,Srinath,Bedi/Prasana/Chandra... 12th Man Solkar....

Posted by avinash11may on (August 4, 2010, 12:48 GMT)

Hey.. someone was reluctant to pick Azhar on ethical grounds!!!!!!! doesn't make any sense. Cricket, though gentleman's game, has seen many unethical things. I think that Jardine, Larwood, Imran Khan, Waquar Younis, Wasim Akram, Salim Malik, Mark Waugh, Shane Warne, etc. have done things which are no way ethical. Still they were considered for selection. I think it would be a privilege to watch Azhar and Laxman bat in full flow, at the top of their games, together. And there is no point in going with five bowlers. Fifth bowler is seldom used and India has never won a series by playing five bowlers. It is because apart from Sastri and Mankad, we never had world class batting all rounders and even these two are not a captain's dream bowlers like Sobers or Botham. My team is Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Azhar, Laxman/Vishwanath, Kapil, Kirmani, Kumble, Srinath and Prasanna/harbhajan/Gupte/Chandra.

Posted by ChanduRockers on (August 4, 2010, 12:46 GMT)

Surprising!!!! Sidhu in the list , its not laughter challenge. He is good player but not much to be in the list. Must accept pair: Gavaskar, Sehwag. Next line up: obviously Dravid and Tendulkar. Keeper: Dhoni, Alrounder: only one we have Kapil pa ji, Spinnar: Kumble (any other choice?!!); Fast Bowlers: Srinath,Zaheer ; Middle Order: Azhar, Vengsarkar, Gundappa Viswanath

Posted by Percy_Fender on (August 4, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

There simply can be no doubt about the openers. It has got to be Gavaskar and Sehwag.It is quite likely that the qualities of one may have rubbed offon the other. That would have been a sight for the Gods.

Posted by apaar.garg on (August 4, 2010, 11:21 GMT)

gauti deserve place in the nominations at least. he is not the best indian opener but is at least better than a siddhu

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 11:04 GMT)

here ..choice seems pretty obvious .... world class technique and defense at one end out of the world aggressive character on the other end ... there would be hardly a few to go with a combination other than SUNNY and VIRU ....the next two places will also be ultimate choices ..RAHUL and SACHIN ..

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 10:47 GMT)

My All Time Eleven Players for India as per Batting Order Will be: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazaare, Ganguly (C), Dhoni (WK), Kapil Dev, Kumble, Srinath, Binny.

I know this team can rule the world...

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 10:37 GMT)

Jesus...The article is only for the openers...Why are everyone fighting for wicketkeepers and fourth bowlers??

Posted by docrocks on (August 4, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

hi Navjot Singh Sidhu on this list? If he can be on this list,then why not Gautam Gambhir?He has scored nearly the same no. of runs as Sidhu at an avg 10 runs higher than him... Would have loved to see Ravi Shastri and Vinoo Mankad on this list as they would have opened more all round options however among these,No questions asked Sunil Gavaskar and Viru...

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 10:28 GMT)

huhh....sehwag and gavaskar....all the way

Posted by kartiks3 on (August 4, 2010, 9:59 GMT)

Wow, the nation with a billion voices seems surprisingly consistent in its choice for an all time XI. Anyways, here's my take: Gavaskar,Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vishwanath,Mankad,Engineer,Kapil Dev,Kumble, Srinath, Prasanna.

Posted by riteshshah07 on (August 4, 2010, 9:14 GMT)

Easy selection for opening brainer Sehwag and Gavaskar..

My All Time India has to be Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Sachin, Gangully, Kapil, Dhoni, Kumble, Bedi, Zaheer and Srinath

Posted by rajithchp on (August 4, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

well its not hard for picking openers,we dnt had so much great batsmen as openers,so my pich will be veeru n sunil,but middle order is bit hard to pick ,we have so much talent thr,likes of sachin,dravid,azhar.vvs.vengsarkar.vishi.ganguly,kambli the list will go on ,modern genaration dnt knw abt the players of 60s n 70 far as wicket keeping my pick will be nayan mongia,on of the best when spin is around,ill pick kapil&sreenath as pacers and kumble&bhajji as spinners,because i dnt knw much abt chandra,prasanna ,bedi etc

Posted by cricconnossieur on (August 4, 2010, 8:52 GMT)

Ability to perform against the best teams and win matches should be the foremost criteria for this selection. Jimmy Amarnath has a fantastic record against the best teams of that era, WI, Pakis and Aussies and he clearly upstages Vengsarkar and Vishwanath but VVS Laxman comes trumps on all of them As he not only averages brilliant against the best teams but also has more match winning knocks. Similarily, Bedi and Chandrasekhar have excellent bowling averages both home and away as compared to Kumble and Harbhajan but The latter have taken over 50% of wkts in winning causes; moreover bowlers of present era are bound to have worser averages because of batsmen friendly pitches. Some cricketers should not be mentioned in the all time list at all : Azharuddin,Ganguly & Shastri. Azhar has averages of 19,23 & 39 in WI, SA and Aus.He scored 16 of his 22 hundreds in the sub-continent. Ganguly has averages of 32,33,35 against the same good sides and few match winning innings.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 8:05 GMT)

My all time India team will be

Gavaskar , Sehwag , Dravid , Sachin , Laxman , Kapil , Kirmani/Dhoni, Kumble , Bedi / Chandra, Zaheer ,Srinath

Posted by Saravjit on (August 4, 2010, 7:57 GMT)

Would Sehwag been sucessful against Lillee / Thomson , Mcdermott, Imran/ Waqar, Marshall , Ambrose , / Walsh , Roberts, Hadlee , Willis / Botham.

I Doubt

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 7:53 GMT)

Azharuddin along wid sunny and Sachin shud b another automatic choice... He was a legend...PS: all the allegations were not proved in the court so how can we blame him 4 no reason... Rememba even sachin was alleged of matchfixing and also had many bookies in his wedding???

Posted by Umangbhatt on (August 4, 2010, 7:41 GMT)

Sehvag is essentially not an Opener. Although He has done exceptionaly well as an opener, I feel he should bat as One Down Batsman. Howvever He Should bat as an opener in One Day or T20 Cricket. I would still like to have him in my side as One Down batsman. My Choice for Indian Elevan is Gavaskar and Merchant as opernerfollowed by Sehvag, Tendulkar and Dravid as middle order Batsman. For Next Slot we should have All Rounder, Wicket-Keeper Batsman then followed by Bowlers. Let us wait for Shortlisted Players.

Posted by SudhirBang on (August 4, 2010, 7:33 GMT)

My set of All-time Indian XI would be as below: 1.Sunil Gavaskar 2.Virendra Sehwag 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Mohinder Amarnath 6.Kapil Dev 7.M.S.Doni 8.Anil Kumble 9.Zaheer Khan 10.E.A.S.Prasanna 11.Srinath or Bedi (as per playing conditions)

M.S.Dhoni or Kapil Paaji would lead the team.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 7:26 GMT)

my all time indian team like this...sunil gavasker,virender sehwag,rahul dravid,sachin tendulker,gundappa vishvanath,kapildev,m s dhoni(w.k.),bhagavat chandrashekhar,anil kumble,javagal srinath,mohammad nisar..&12th man..vvs lakshman....i think its best team 4 all time 4 india........

Posted by hunnysharma on (August 4, 2010, 7:23 GMT)

Test XI....Gavaskar, Viru, GR Vishwanath, Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Dhoni, Kapil Dev,Parsana, Srinath, Zaheer Khan ODI XI.....Sachin, Ganguly, Viru, Yuvraj, Kapil Dev, Dhoni,Yousaf ,Irfan, Bhajji, Zaheer, Srinath Captain :- Ganguly

Posted by NEWTON_JGEC on (August 4, 2010, 7:13 GMT)


Posted by VK10 on (August 4, 2010, 7:06 GMT)

I think only batting posn 5 & 6 and the choice of the other spinner merit a serious discussion. Merchant unfortunately did not play enough # tests. SMG, Sehwag, Dravid, SRT, Laxman, Hazare/Viswanath, Dhoni (c), Kapil, Kumble, Zahir, Gupte. 12th: Solkar/Azhar.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 7:05 GMT)

Ok...Im not a great fan of the current chariman of selectors(even in his commentator avatar). But should not Srikanth be listed in one of the contenders atleast? If I recall he and Gavaskar formed stable opening pair for almost five years1?!?!

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 7:02 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar,__5___,__6___,Kapil, ___8__, Kumble, Srinath, __11___

5, 6 - Vengsarkar, Viswanath, Azharuddin, Hazare 8- Kirmani, Dhoni, More 11 - Zaheer Khan, Venkatraghavan, Prasanna

Posted by binkaf on (August 4, 2010, 6:51 GMT)

One as solid as a rock n one as explosive as dynamite: Sunil Gavaskar & Virender Sehwag, obvious choice; Sorry 4 others, no one even comes clozer, period

Posted by Cricphobiac on (August 4, 2010, 6:23 GMT)

My all time India XI will be Openers- Gavaskar,Sehwag Middle orders- Dravid,Tendulkar,Hazare Allrounder-Kapil dev, Mankad Wicketkeeper- Kirmani Fast Bowlers-Srinath, Zaheer Spinner- Kumble 12th man- Azhar. This team is the best choice for Sporting tracks where there is something for everyone.Hazare has a close competition with Laxman.Vishwanath,Vengsarkar,Umrigar,Sardesai,Ganguly and Azhar but Hazare was our first batting hero post-independence and scored runs against top class fast bowlers in Aus/ Eng. In Case of fast seaming bouncy pitches/turning tracks Mankad will be replaced by Nissar/Prasanna.

Posted by Saravjit on (August 4, 2010, 6:14 GMT)

Gavaskar , Sehwag , Dravid , Sachin , Laxman , Amarnath , Kapil , Kirmani , Kumble , Bedi / Chandra, Zaheer / Srinath

Posted by Qzjawed on (August 4, 2010, 6:07 GMT)

Much surprised seeing siddhu here in this list of all time XI competing for opener spot... Choice is so too easy.. Gavaskar and Viru..

Posted by vinjoy on (August 4, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

Most of us have diluted the fun and excitement of selecting India XI by naming our favourite XI. The post was for openers only, now what we discuss and share when cricinfo offers us to select middle order, all rounder or a wkt keeper? (Will we repeat our comments?)

Lets stay objective and calm and keep our comments meaningful for the particular article! It is important to enjoy the process, and not only to say everything what we want to.

Posted by Saravjit on (August 4, 2010, 5:22 GMT)

Does Dravid Merit a Place in this Team considering his poor Test Record of Last 4 Years plus Poor overall averages against Australia , South Africa

Just 4 of his 100's are against these 2 Top Teams of last 15 Years

So it has to be Sachin , Laxman in the Middle order alongwith Mohinder Amarnath

Posted by cool_manager on (August 4, 2010, 4:59 GMT)

I am withdrawing my thought about gambhir last day. Best opening pair for india is Sunny & Viru but gauti have to nominated instead of Sidhu..........who does not have technique to face some good seam attack........ please when u people listed fast bowlers kindly consider that thought they was hunt in pairs and best pair is Shrinath & Prasad so please nominate them. for the place of third pacer + allrounder is Kapil Paji so kindly nominate kapil as allrounder not for the post of pace bowler....... for the skipper ganguly is still best of the best....

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 4:54 GMT)

For Openers Sehwag & Sunny Gavaskar is my choice & my team wud b as follows 1.Virender Sehwag 2.Sunny Gavaskar 3.Rahul "The Wall "Dravid 4.Sachin "GOD"Tendulkar 5.Gundappa Vishvanath 6.Mohammad Azharuddin 7.Kapil Dev 8.Mahendra Singh Dhoni 9.Anil Kumble 10.Zaheer Khan 11.Javagal Srinath

Posted by anshu.sunny on (August 4, 2010, 4:52 GMT)

Posted by postsituationist on (August 03 2010, 17:57 PM GMT)

Posted by anshu.sunny on (August 03 2010, 03:57 AM GMT) Srinath?? Are you mad? And you even spelt it wrong.

Srinath is the right spelling ..any ways he was a far better bowler than u assume him to be.easily the fastest indian ..shooo........

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 4:28 GMT)

Why isnt Gambir in the shortlist? The list given doesnt even give scope for a small debate.

Posted by emarald on (August 4, 2010, 4:19 GMT)

sehwag or merchent similar to what happened bet HAYDEN AND VICTOR trumper for aussies 11...trumper got the place and merchent most probably..merchent is the brown bradman...averages next onlt to don in first class cricket...i request people to go to player pages to know about them..i personally think selecting india 11 was delayed to fit sehwag and dhoni into the team..(this all time 11 started a year ago..) i picked my choice a year would be.......gavaskar,merchent,dravid,tendulkar,vishwanath,kapil dev,engineer,prassana,chandra,srinath,amar singh.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 4:10 GMT)

8 of them pick themselves... 1. Gavaskar, 2. Sehwag, 3. Dravid, 4. Sachin, 5...., 6.Kapil, 7...., 8.Kumble, 9. Srinath, 10. Zaheer, 11...., (12....) The competition is basically for the other 3 + 1 spots...

Posted by BullayBaaz on (August 4, 2010, 3:58 GMT)

@Rajas Kane - what's wrong with Azhar? Tremendous cricketer, excellent captain....are we letting off field allegations have in an impact on picking the best? We are picking them for their performance on the field not for being morally good people - not that I am insuinating that Azhar was not a good person, I didn't know him as a person.

Slight amendment to my earlier post - I wiould give captainship to Kapil from Sunny. Also, if playing in India, I would play only two quicks Kapil and Srinath, the 11 spot would go to either Shastri or Vinoo Mankad or Chandra depending on opponents and ground on which being played. Against WI, I might bolster batting by playing Mohinder Amarnath instead of Srniath or Zaheer.

So, my 16 is Gavaskar, Sehwag, Vishwanath, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kapil, Kirmani, Kumble, Zaheeer, Srinath, Bedi, 12th- Azhruddin, Reserves: Vinoo Mankad, Ravi Shastri, Chandrashekhar, Mohinder Amarnath

Posted by sanandkumar on (August 4, 2010, 3:36 GMT)

Anyone like to comment on dhoni...

Posted by sanandkumar on (August 4, 2010, 3:32 GMT)

Dhoni as keeper is poor choice... dhoni is not even fit to play cricket, has anyone seen dhoni playing a good cricketing shot... Has anyone ever seen dhoni ever playing a cover drive

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 3:31 GMT)

Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Amarnath, Azhar, Kirmani, Kapildev, Vinoo Mankad, Kumble, Zaheer and Srinath would be my twelve. Toss up for the 12th man would be between Vinoo Mankad and Azhar depending on whether we play 6 batsmen or 5...

Posted by RKJoshi on (August 4, 2010, 3:25 GMT)

Openers: 1.Gavaskar 2.Sehwag Middle Order: 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Md.Azaruddin All Rounder: 6.Kapil Dev Wicket Keeper:7. M.S.Dhoni Fast Bowler: 8.Srinath Flippers and Top Spin: 9. Anil Kumble Off Spin: 10.EAS Prasanna Legspin Googly: 11. BAS Chandrashekar Optionals: 12.G.R.Vishwanath,13.Bishan Bedi, 14.Zahir Khan, 15.Dilip Vengsarkar 16.S.M.H Keermani

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 3:10 GMT)

How can one even think of Azharuddin? He shouldnt be included in any such list.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 3:08 GMT)

I am going purely by stats for my 11 players. For all players I considered number of matches played. For batsmen and wicket-keepers I considered runs and batting average. For bowlers I considered wickets and strike rates. And also for wicketkeepers I considered dismissals and number of dismissals per innings. 1.Gavaskar 2.Sehwag 3.Dravid 4.Sachin. #5 I was stuck between Hazare, Laxman, and Azhar. Hazare has the best average. Laxman has more runs, but a much lower average which is propped up by many not-outs. I went with Hazare at 5. #6 goes to Kapil. Wicket-keeper at #7 was between Kirmani, Dhoni, and Engineer. Kirmani has played most matches so he has most dismissals. Engineer has more dismissals per innings. But I will go with Dhoni because he is good with the gloves and a much better batsman. 8. Kumble. 9. Srinath. 10. Zaheer. #11 was between Chandrasekhar and Harbhajan. Paaji has more wickets with more games, but Chandra is my #11 with better strike-rate, average, and economy.

Posted by BullayBaaz on (August 4, 2010, 3:03 GMT)

Gavaskar picks hmself. Sddhu was good but all time, nah. Didn't see Merchant and for the way he destroys bowlers, gotto pick Sehwag.

If it is India, one might think one has to go with 3 spinners, two quicks, a keeper, 3 middle order speicalists and two openers but Javagal Srinath has broken his back for India. Kumble beats Chandra for leggy, Sehwag and Tendulkar will have to play part time off spinners. Bedi beats Harbajan.

My 1st team: Sehwag, Gavaskar (cap), Gundappa Vishwanath, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kapil, Kirmani, Zaheer, Srinath, Kumble, Bedi 12th Man is Azharuddin

Posted by pritkulk on (August 4, 2010, 2:52 GMT)

My all time Eleven

Sunil Gavaskar, Virendra Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Gundappa Vishavanath, Kapil Dev, Sayed Kirmani, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Prasanna, Bapu Nadkarni Chandra looses out to Anil Kumble but since both are leg spinners so I opted for Prasanna. Chose Nadkarni over Bishen Bedi since he was a classy and very economical left arm spinner with Career Economy rate of 1.67

It might be a good idea to include Vinoo Mankad or Ravi Shastri as the third spinner both also provide a good batting option over Bapu Nadakarni.

If we have to go with Cricinfos formula for All time Eleven i.e. Two openers, Three Middle order batsman, One All rounder, 3 Pace ballers and a spinner then my team will be Sunil Gavaskar, Virendra Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Gundappa Vishavanath, Vinoo Mankad Kapil Dev, Sayed Kirmani, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan. I would play Kapil as the Pace bowler and include Vinoo Mankad as the all rounder.

Posted by sjohn on (August 4, 2010, 2:45 GMT)

Sunny Gavaskar, Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble and two spinners from the famous spin quartet. Kapil allows you to go for five bowlers.

Posted by ilovesachin10dulkar on (August 4, 2010, 2:13 GMT)

Viru & Sunny are the invariable choice for the opening slot. While one can attack like anything, other provides the stability. Dravid is the best possible no.3 and Sachin @ no. 4. G. Vishwanath will be best suitable candidate for no.5. While Nawab Pataudi can bat at no.6, followed by Kapil Dev at no.7. Wicket-keeping can be handed over to Said Kirmani who can come at no.8. This is followed by two spinners, which has always been the strenghth of India: Anil Kumble and Chandrashekhar & 9 and 10. The last man should be Jawagal Srinath.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 2:06 GMT)

This article is pretty much like asking " Please pick the best bowler among following Malcom Marshal, Denis Lilee, Manoj Prabhakar and Venkatesh Prasad"..

Of course it is Sehwag and Gavaskar.. and Yes Dravid would be at #3 and Sachin at #4. Lets start discussing #5 please.. Vishwanath, Laxman, Azhar, Dilip, Hazare ????

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 1:58 GMT)

No doubt abt opening pair, Its Sunil Gavaskar and Virendra Sehwag.

Posted by Antir on (August 4, 2010, 1:56 GMT)

Well that was easy, next please :)

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 1:45 GMT)

Openers V. Sehwag, S. Gavaskar, Middle order R. Dravid, S.Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Optional G. Viswanath, S. Ganguly, M. Amarnath, Md. Azaruddin All rounder Kapil Dev, Optional : Ravi Shastri Keeper Syed Kirmani Optional F. Engineer Spinner A. Kumble Optional S. Venkataraghavan/ BS Bedi / BS Chandrasekar/Harbajan Singh (for sheer number of wickets) Fast Bowler Z. Khan, J Shrinath Optional Venky Prasad

Posted by   on (August 4, 2010, 1:16 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, GR Vishwanath, Mohinder Amarnath/Ravi Shastri, Kirmani, Kapil Dev, Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Anil Kumble.

Kapil had to be considered in the fast medium category vs. an alrounder due to the shortage of genuine world class pace bowlers. I would either pick Amarnath as a batting alrounder who bowled gentle medium pace or Shastri , who could bat and bowl left arm spin.

Posted by ironmonkey on (August 4, 2010, 0:32 GMT)

Obvious picks : Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kapil, Kumble. Not so obvious : Sehwag, Chandrashekhar, Dhoni Even less obvious : Srinath, Ganguly, Bedi 12th man/advisor : Solkar

This is going to be a fun series of articles.

Posted by Neutral_Human on (August 4, 2010, 0:07 GMT)

I think most players chosen by all are common, exxept a couple who not only have ganguly in the team but also as the captain. well look at the stats before including him in the team. he averages meerely 42 odd in tests. a por runner and very fielder, does not deserve to be in the all time 11, not for tests, may be we can thik of him for ODIs. Neither was he a good sportsman, whhi refused to tae out drins, when he was the 12th man , and hwo refuse to stay in the same hotel as his bengal team mates were staying. he instead opted to travel 2 hour journey everyday for five day in the ranji trophy game and made 2 and 13 in two innings while trying to mae his come back in to the national side. to some others who think that dhoni is not a good WK kirmani and engineer, no doubt you are absoluelty right, he may be not great but a very good WK and is an established batsman. unlike kirmani who averages 27 and engineer who has mush decent average of 31, dhoni has an average of 43 in tests.

Posted by mrohit on (August 3, 2010, 23:33 GMT)

The current team is no 1 test team, never happened in history.. so just for fun i think the all time great team is this

Sehwag, vijay, dravid, sachin, raina, laxman, dhoni, ishant, mithun, ojha, amit

Posted by hatrick26 on (August 3, 2010, 23:12 GMT)

@Roger_Allott_11.29am, according to you India's would be the weakest? and the batsmen would be at least on par with other teams? What are you talking about? Couple ofIndia's top 4 - Sunny,Viru, Dravid, & SRT could fit in an All-Time XI and would be one of the best front 4 comparing with the other teams. For instance, I would close my eyes and take Sunny/Viru over Trumper/Morris, Greenidge/Hunte,Hanif/Anwar. Only England's Hobbs/Hutton or BRichards/Smith could be better overall.

Of course, for the middle order Aus would be better than SRT/Dravid/? because of the The Don, WI/SA could be better as well, but India's could easily match England's 3 of Pietersen/Hammond/Barrington or Pakistan for that matter.

I agree on your point that the pace bowling would be weak but the batsmen/spin bowling dept. have plenty of great choices.

Posted by sbansban on (August 3, 2010, 22:57 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare/Laxman/(maybe Ravi Shastri), Vinoo Mankad, Kapil Dev, Dhoni, Kumble, Zaheer (Nissar or Amar Singh?), Srinath. The fifth slot is the most uncertain - India have never had a truly great number five batsman. Viswanath's many fabuous 30's and 40's may have been all the rage in those days, but his style and reliabilty on difficult wickets don't quite make up for his somewhat disappointing final numbers for someone with his talent. I would have considered Mohinder Amarnath as well in the fifth batsman's position but whereas Hazare and Laxman are quite a bit better as pure batsmen, Shastri (with 151 wicktes in 80 matches to Mohinder's 32 in 69), while somewhat worse as a batsman, was more of a regular bowler and brings that additional skill into the mix. Azhar and Vengsarkar (Ganguly?) are worthy of an honorable mention. I will absolutely insist on Vinoo Mankad as he is the only other great allrounder India has produced. Too bad no offie here.

Posted by siva999 on (August 3, 2010, 22:48 GMT)

I am bored reading the same names again and again. Check out this IMPROBABLE XI. 1.Aakash Chopra 2.Anshuman Gaekwad 3.Maharajah of Vizianagram(c)4.Praveen Amre 5.Ajay Sharma 6.Pathiv Patel(wk) 7.Manoj Prabhakar 8.Chetan Sharma 9.Rajesh Chauhan 10 Nilesh Kulkarni 11.Sreeshant. Any recomendations to this great XI ?

Posted by kkv007 on (August 3, 2010, 22:29 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 22:04 GMT)

One question , who picks the jury ? Cause whoever did it has done a fantastic job..I cant imagine a better "selection committee"..its an all star team..Cheers!!

Posted by laksad on (August 3, 2010, 21:56 GMT)

My 11 would by Gavaskar, Sehwag, Vishwanath, Vengsarkar, Sachin, Dhoni,Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Kumble,Srinath, Zaheer, 15 would be: Merchant, Kirmani,Chandrasekar, Dravid

Posted by mrohit on (August 3, 2010, 21:55 GMT)

Gambhir cannot get the opener slot, but he deserve to be on the list ahead of Merchant and Sidhu

Here is my team, Two all rounder is definately good for this team Sehwag, Gavasker, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Dhoni, Kapil, Shastri, Srinath, Kumble, Zaheer

Posted by M0NARCH on (August 3, 2010, 21:53 GMT)

This is my version of all time 11: 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Vengsarkar 6. Laxman 7.Kirmani 8. Kapil Dev 9. Srinath 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Kumble

Posted by Bryan999 on (August 3, 2010, 21:41 GMT)

My votes is for Gavaskar and Sehwag in the all time India test XI in the opening slots. They form an excellent attack-defence pair(if not left-right hand combo). I was expecting Gambhir's (current ave. 52.83 from 32 tests) name in 'the candidates' list too if they include Vijay Merchant (ave. 47.72 from 10 tests) and Navjot Singh Sidhu (ave. 42.13 from 51 tests).

Posted by rahulnihalani on (August 3, 2010, 21:19 GMT)

[Sunil G, Virendra S, Rahul D, Sachin T, Kapil D, Kumble, Zaheer] UNDISPUTED, ***Laxman (best man to have at no. 5 with most consistency, can switch position between 3 and 5, reliable on most wickets, best bet against the toughest opponent Australia...), ***Dhoni (unfortunately we have no better WK/Batsman at this position and sorry there is no place for a wk batsman in the fab indian top order batting line up) ***Srinath (Second best strike rate amongst fast bowlers, has pace, bowls his heart out, complete team man, no controversy through out or after career, was used as a pinch hitter in one-days... hahahahahaha (that was the moment i wanted to die out of laughing) ***Chandrashekhar: Simple reason, i do not like harbhajan's average (high 31s), strike rate 67+, lack of overseas wickets, failure to pick wickets in crucial matches when we need him the most... I believe since T20 harbhajan has changed as a bowler because of his attitude to contain rather than attack and take wickets...

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 20:49 GMT)

I prefer Gavaskar and Sehwag as openers for all time XI. Gavaskar is the defending batsman and Sehwag is attacking. So it would be the right combo.

Posted by sreeb on (August 3, 2010, 20:48 GMT)

how can one forget greatest offspinner from india??? Venkat raghavan ? how much ever ppl crib around zaheer khan its of no use. he is a big time choker he is not availible when teams needs him the most. the likes of zaheer,dhoni these are not the ones in all time XI they are just fresh so do not put them in this list.likes of Vishy,Venkat,Amarnath,etc deserve to be there and btw u have been talking bt the best opening pairs why in the world would you do not even name Ravi shastri?? is is one of the accomplished players ever seen in india cricket history. Sidhu has never ever contributed in a team cause. see ravi shastri who was the major contribution in Australian victory back in 85'. The problem is there are too many heros in indian cricket All time XI would not be sufficient to treat all our heros with due respect for the deeds they have done for the mother land.

Posted by OutdoorMiner on (August 3, 2010, 20:48 GMT)

Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Dhoni, Kumble, Harbajan, Zaheer, Srinath

Posted by sreeb on (August 3, 2010, 20:48 GMT)

how can one forget greatest offspinner from india??? Venkat raghavan ? how much ever ppl crib around zaheer khan its of no use. he is a big time choker he is not availible when teams needs him the most. the likes of zaheer,dhoni these are not the ones in all time XI they are just fresh so do not put them in this list.likes of Vishy,Venkat,Amarnath,etc deserve to be there and btw u have been talking bt the best opening pairs why in the world would you do not even name Ravi shastri?? is is one of the accomplished players ever seen in india cricket history. Sidhu has never ever contributed in a team cause. see ravi shastri who was the major contribution in Australian victory back in 85'. The problem is there are too many heros in indian cricket All time XI would not be sufficient to treat all our heros with due respect for the deeds they have done for the mother land.

Posted by mk49_van on (August 3, 2010, 20:40 GMT)

SG,VS,RD,SRT,VH or VVS or MA (the younger son) ,MSD,KD,JS,AK,BSB,EASP. Phew!

Posted by phaedrus_j on (August 3, 2010, 20:31 GMT)

For those who care to read it goes - Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman (never saw Vishy play !), Kapil, Kirmani, Kumble, Prasanna, Zaheer, Bedi/ Srinath (turn/ seam wicket). 12th man - Azhar .

Posted by manishsuman007 on (August 3, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

shivsundar das,aakash chopra,deep das gupta,dinesh mongia,m kaif,s banger,m sk prasad,v rv singh,s bahulete,n kulkarni,kuruvilla, 12 man munaf patel

Posted by phaedrus_j on (August 3, 2010, 20:13 GMT)

you had to give a fourth name ... did'nt you ? gambhir would have been the left hander option .

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 20:06 GMT)

@ bismoy

Reasonable comparison:

IF ( Tendulkar = Murali), then (Dravid = Warne)

Posted by manishsuman007 on (August 3, 2010, 20:03 GMT)

my all time hit indian team is............sunil gawaskar,virendra sehwag,rahul dravid,sachin tendulakr,vvs luxman, kapil dev,ms dhoni,jwagal srinath,zahir khan,anil kumble,Erapalli Prasanna..................12th azahrudin

Posted by Guruprasad_Kusugal on (August 3, 2010, 20:00 GMT)

Hi friends Here is my all time greats of india. Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, GR Vishwanath, Laxman, Kirmani, Kapildev, Srinath, Kumble, Prasanna/chandrashekar.

Posted by knowledge_eater on (August 3, 2010, 20:00 GMT)

Ohh yeh Sidhuji will be first default choice in Commentary. hehe He is awesome.

Posted by knowledge_eater on (August 3, 2010, 19:58 GMT)

Would have been happy if few Temp. openers were at least mentioned here. Well, Sunil Gavaskar and Sehwag is obvious choice here, all though Sehwag has long way to go, but still he has done enough in such a short time. (Viru, Gavaskar, Dravid, Sachin, Ganguli, Laxman (over Azhar yeh thats right let him suffer) Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Kumble, Zak are default choices. Personally, I like to add J. Shrinath as well. But it is very difficult to leave out Bhajji as well. Let's see Tight competition in lower order. Let's see. I would request Jury to add more nomination if possible, we all know that even though others aren't going to make it, but its kind of pride at least get nominated. Peace

Posted by FourSomeFearSome on (August 3, 2010, 19:58 GMT)

my pick Master Gavaskar and Vijay Merchant:

sehwag is too risky .. i loved siddhu. although, he was exceptional with spinners .. not so good with fast bowlers.. Suppose if this team has to compete with other countrie's all time XI, I dont find virendra sehwag and sidhu to fit the bill.

sorry no veeru to face wasim, imran,waqar or holding, marshall and ambrose.... or lilli, mcgrath etc.... he himself said he is not comfirtable with wasim.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 19:47 GMT)

Sorry Guys, opening slot is a no brainer. Its Gavaskar and Sehwag. However looking at the WICKETKEEPING SLOT, I have to disagree with most of the comments . I have not seen Mr Dhoni done enough in Tests in terms of BATTING to deserve a place, leave aside his wicket-keeping skills. We would be absolutely unfare to Kirmani or Mongia if we do not pick them. Sorry !!! Dhoni will be in the All Time One Day X1, but not in tests, no matter what his average might be

Posted by Rake1 on (August 3, 2010, 19:46 GMT)

How about this XI: Vikram Rathour , Arun Lal, Raman Lamba, Ajay Jadeja, Hemang Badani, Kirti Azad, Partiv Patel (wk), Ajit Agarkar, Madan Lal, Gopal Sharma, VRV Singh

Posted by Rake1 on (August 3, 2010, 19:37 GMT)

My XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Vinoo Mankad, Dhoni (wk), Kapil Dev, Kumble, Srinath & Nissar.

Posted by Bamarolls on (August 3, 2010, 19:33 GMT)

@ Nampally:

Absolute injustice to Cricketer of the century: Kapil Dev. Without him, Indian cricket does not exist in stature, respect and all the associated goods. His bowling ability to take wickets, despite Indian slip fielders, would get him strong mention in Worlr XI. Until you rectify your obvious slip of pen, I would boycott reading your selection. First World champion team India produced was led in performance, heart, and spirit by Kapil. Please revise your selections. Thanks!

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 19:30 GMT)

Sachin is a very good player, no offense to his fans, but growing up as a Pakistani Fan, We always feared Lara not Sachin, We knew Lara would take the ga,e away from us and he did it on many occasions, 1993 Sharjah final, where Basit Ali just steamrolled Caribbean quicks including Ambrose, and we set a almost impossible target, Lara came in and played a whirlwind knock of 150 plus and the game was in their bag. Sachin could not do that for at least 10 more years, So please dont take him to the very top we know there are other beautiful pplayers there as well and big match winners than Sachin.

Posted by amarchandra on (August 3, 2010, 19:26 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vinoo Mankad, C. K. Nayudu, Kapil Dev, Kirmani, Md. Nissar, Kumble, Chandrashekar. I hope Nayudu is not short-changed for others like Vishwanath. Also, if Merchant was not lumped in the opener pool, I would have chosen him over Mankad.

Amar Singh, Javagal Srinath (fast bowlers), Bedi, Prasanna, Gupte (spinners), Hazare, Umrigar, Vishwanath (middle order) Engineer, Dhoni (wicketkeepers) will be the other nominees.

Posted by NISH67 on (August 3, 2010, 19:24 GMT)

My picks - Gavaskar , Sehwag , Dravid , Tendulkar , Hazare , Mankad ( Vino ) , Kapil Dev . Kirimani , Srinath , Kumble , Prassana

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 19:22 GMT)

As don bradman said, two similar pow look nasty shewag, the unpredictable n SIR Gavaskar class n patient make it best openers ......hope gambir soon comes before gavaskar ....

Posted by farazzubair on (August 3, 2010, 19:21 GMT)

I think the choices are pretty straight forward. Merchant didnt play enough to justify his claim to the top. Gavaskar would probably make it to the World Xi as an opener let alone the Indian Xi except for facing stiff competition between himself Hobbs, Hutton and Sutcliffe as the all time greatest openers. Sidhu was avery exciting batsman but one has to agree with Gavaskar at one end, batting would be solid but less enchanting, pick Viru and boy do you have a combination, while bowlers try and get Gavaskar who eventually ends up making a century Viru would already be 250. I think there are enough great batsmen and solitary bowl performers in India to pick an Xi from here straight away. My XI for India 1. Gavasakar 2. Viru 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. V.Mankad 6. Kapil 7. Dhoni 8.Kumble 9. Bedi 10. Chandrashekhar 11. Srinath. The bowling however, pne has to say wouldnt be the strongest but the batting is any team's dream.

Posted by Steepy on (August 3, 2010, 19:12 GMT)

All great teams i see here, though not one of them, in any combination, would beat the all time West Indies eleven.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

dhoni in all time XI..???? r u kidding me...??? i dunno but surely kirmani/engineer would do better than XI would be..1.gavaskar 2.sehwag 3.darvid/vishy 4.sachin 5.laxman/azhar 5.sastry 6.kirmani 7.mankand 8.kapil 9.sreenath/zaheer 10.kumble 11.prasanna...i hope this is good...12.vengeskar...dhoni will certainly be in all time ODI XI but not in test XI..captain wud either azhar or kapil..

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sachin, Kapil dev are automatic choices. Sehwag, Kumble, Dravid are likely to be non controversial. GR Viswanath, Bedi force their way into the team due to their contributions at exceptional moements. Dhoni or Kirmani, Juvagal Srinath or Zaheer Khan would be two other choices. Last but not the least, is Chandrashekar,on his day, the most unplayable bowler ever and played a key role in turning India into a winning test team.

My Final team: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, sachin, Viswanath, Dhoni, Kapil dev, Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Bedi and Chandra shekar.

(Reserves: Merchant, Vinoo Makad, Ganguly, Laxman, Vengsarker, Azharuddin, Kirmani, Farookh Engineer, Juvagal Srinath, Mohinder Amarnath, Prassanna, Venkat Raghavan, Bapu Nadkarni)

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

My Indian all time test XI would be this :

1. Sunil Gavaskar ( captain ) 2. Virendra Sehwag 3. Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5. Vijay Hazare 6. Mulvantrai (Vinoo) Mankad 7. Kapil Dev 8. Syed Kirmani ( Wicket keeper ) 9. Anil Kumble 10. Javagal Srinath 11. B.S Chandrasekar

12th man ( Gundappa Vishwanath)

13. Vijay Merchant or Gautam Gambhir 14. Bishan Bedi or Erapalli Prasanna 15. Mohd. Nissar 16. Mahendra Singh Dhoni ( 2nd keeper )

Posted by amitava0112 on (August 3, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

My openers are Gavaskar & Sehwag....for sure they will be chosen by 99% of people. Both had been impact players...Sunny faced some of the best fast bowling in games history w/o a helmet & also played spin well...with great record both overseas & home..he instilled the confidence amonsgt fellow batsmen after which India was endowed with great batting riches since 1970s till date..Viru has actually earned his place in this team..He's been a great impact player with great record both at home & abroad..a middle order player becoming one of the most feared openers in games history..great record vs both pace & spin..played 2 of the alltime great spinners Warne& Murali with great success..& what a test record ! 2 triple 100s one 290 & most of his 100s are big ones..a record which Sunny wud hv been proud of...& scoring all his runs at such hectic pace...he can win(or lose) a match on his own..a perfect foil for Sunny..together they can make a great pair..Merchant,Mustaq,Sidhu,Chika no chance.

Posted by vaidyar on (August 3, 2010, 19:00 GMT)

Lol...277 comments and counting already for the openers...can't wait for it to get to the middle order and then for the spinners! Cricinfo might just have a server overload! :D

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 18:56 GMT)

No arguments and no more analysis. The All time Indian XI opens with Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. Period.

Posted by salildixit67 on (August 3, 2010, 18:38 GMT)

my all time XI is like as ; gavaskar, merchant, tendulkar, dravid, sehwag, ck nayudu, v.mankad, kapil dev, amar singh, kirmani, & kumble .

Posted by FrodoBaggins on (August 3, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

Three of the top four are easy picks.

Sehwag has done more to revolutionise opening Test batting than pretty much anyone else in the last 50 years - he is a true great. It'd be insane to leave him out Gavaskar perhaps shades it over Merchant for the other opening slot.

As for No.3, there is really no choice. Dravid has been incomparable. Ditto No.4 for Tendulkar. I'm eager to see who cricinfo picks for 5 (Ganguly?- the team needs a captain too but so much talent going on there) the 'keeper at No.6 (Farokh Engineer, surely?) and the bowler's slots. Likely to be Srinath and Kapil, and endless arguments over the spinners.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag

Posted by pradeep_dealwis on (August 3, 2010, 18:22 GMT)

Gavaskar would be the obvious 1st pick, i guess Sehwag would have to be the the guy at the other end. @ bismoy... Dravid and Tendulkar is definitely not like Prasad and Wasim in the difference of quality, more like Murali and Kumbe, all time greats but still a noticeable difference...both would be obvious picks.. .(and btw Bradman would be the first pick for a all time WXI not Tendulkar)

Posted by Bamarolls on (August 3, 2010, 18:17 GMT)

Even though I am from Dhoni's region, how does one pick Dhoni ahead of Kirmani/Tamhane is beyond my comprehension. Kirmani is the best keeper India has produced...technique and display on the field included. I believe, Kirmani still has the world record number of balls collected without yielding a bye. The bowlers he was keeping for were as diverse as Kapil, Gavaskar, Bedi, Prasanna, Chandra, and Venkatraghavan.

Dhoni may be chosen for captainship (he is from my region yaar)... but I cannot imagine all time India team without Kapil and Vinoo - both pretty good captains also.

Having chosen Sunny and Sehwag to open, let's first review the choices for middle order.

Posted by postsituationist on (August 3, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

Posted by Ashok Guha on (August 03 2010, 13:15 PM GMT): Well said, Ashok. "fancy preferring Srinath to Nissar & Amarsingh,Dhoni to Kirmani/Engineer,forgetting Vinoo Mankad and Chandrasekhar, Hazare and Mushtaq Ali.Hazare averaged 48 in Tests against Lindwall, Miller, Bill Johnston, Bedser,Trueman,Laker,Lock, Fazal,Khan Mohammed, Ramadhin & Valentine without minnows (not even New Zealand) to help boost his figures--and because of the war he only got to play Tests at the age of 32, when our contemporary "greats"(all except Sachin) have been well past their primes. As for the nominations, who was it that decided to include Sidhu at the expense of Mushtaq and indeed of Mankad (forget his bowling- he scored 2 centuries opening against Miller & Lindwall in Australia, 184 and 72 against Bedser, Trueman & Laker at Lords and held the world record for the highest test opening partnership for fifty years)."

Posted by Rhushi on (August 3, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

Well.. I know Gavaskar and Sehwag are obvious, unanimous choices for opening slots for India. But nomination itself is also prestigious. We have seen with the other all time XIs that most of the players who have touched some greatness get a nomination. Considering that, I think Gauti deserved a nomination here. Was Sidhu a better opener than Gauti? I highly doubt that.

Posted by Hari_k on (August 3, 2010, 18:14 GMT)

Why the hell these people forgot, the famous pair Sachin - Gangluy , and Kris srikanth? tooooooooooo much politics ?????????

Posted by nilotpal_c on (August 3, 2010, 18:13 GMT)

Considering that this team is supposed to play against the all time West Indies XI, I would rather go for openers who have a very good technique. I would go for Merchant and Gacvaskar. Sehwag would be in my team, though, as a number 5 or 6 to kill the bowlers after the top order batsmen have blunted the opposition bowlers, and what a sight it would be, Kapil and Sehwag batting together often. My team: Gavaskar, Merchant, Vishwanath, Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag, Kapil, Kirmani, Srinath/Zaheer Khan, Subhas Gupte, Erapalli Prasanna (if playing on pitches outside the subcontinent) And Gavaskar, Sehwag, Vishwanath, Tendulkar, Dravid, Kapil, Kirmani, Srinath/Zaheer, Gupte, Prasanna and Kumble/Chandra if playing in the subcontinent.

Posted by Hasso29 on (August 3, 2010, 18:11 GMT)

I think dravid is much better than sachin

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 18:10 GMT)

gavaskar sehwag dravid tendulkar ganguly laxman dhoni kapil kumble zkhan srinath 12 man harbarjhan

Posted by rson on (August 3, 2010, 18:06 GMT)

I would go with Gavaskar and Sehwag as the openers with Vinoo Mankad as another option.Canm't believe there is so little support for Polly Umrigar,or Hazare for that matter.A generational thing I guess.I would open with Gavaskar and Sehwag followed by Tendulkar,Hazare,Umrigar,Engineer.Mankad,Kapil Dev,Amar Singh,Kumle or Chandrasekhar and probably Srinath.The batting would deffinitely be stronger than the bowling but with attacks like the West Indies,Pakistan,Australia and England it would have to be.

Posted by delta20 on (August 3, 2010, 18:05 GMT)

I looked at some past cricketers' stats and read the reviews. Somehow I had to change my all time Indian XI. The team now looks like 1) Gavaskar, 2) Sehwag, 3) Dravid, 4) Tendulkar, 5) Hazare, 6) Kapil Dev, 7) Kirmani, 8) Zaheer Khan, 9) Kumble, 10) Srinath, 11) Prasanna, But still I think Sehwag would have proved to be a mere mortal against 80's bowlers. So, I still think the next opener position can anytime belong to Vijay Merchant. Though the batting looks good within itself but doesn't fare well against other all time XI for eg. Consider this batting line up with WI all time XI where Garry sobers comes in at no. 6 ...... this is a joke......This team is surely strong enough to win against Sri lanka, New zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe all time XI

Posted by maverickmunaf on (August 3, 2010, 18:04 GMT)

Hello all, my pick would be as mentioned below.

Virender Sehwag Sunil Gavaskar Rahul Dravid Sachin Tendulkar Mohammed Azharuddin ( Capt ) MS Dhoni ( WK) Kapil Dev ( Bowl/ Bat ) Javagal Srinath (Bow) Zaheer Khan (Bow) Anil Kumble ( Bow) Chandrasekar(Bow)

12th man: VVS Laxman/ GR Vishwanath/ Gautam Gambhir( Given his excellent opening record with Virender Sehwag)

I would probably say gauti be d opener, that makes sunil to the middle order and thus making it a little more stronger, Kapil and srinath wud be regular starters with kumble and Chandrasekar in the subcontinent, outside the subcontinent it wud be Zaheer khan instead of Chadrasekhar, so that makes a very solid team with kapil adding the alround option for the team............God's sight of a test team..............awesome..........

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (August 3, 2010, 18:03 GMT)

Gavaskar and Sehwag are automatic choices here. There's no way you can remove Gavaskar only because he's outspoken off the field. Merchant, as the article points, played only 10 matches, all against England, so there's no way you can select him. And Sehwag would've done well in any era. There's no way you can ignore someone who's made two 300s and one 290. Besides, he's won several matches completely on his own.

Posted by postsituationist on (August 3, 2010, 18:02 GMT)

Or, probably, you splet Srinath right---sorry, in that case---but still he doesn't make it. Nisar and Amar Singh far better. Also, consider Zaheer Khan, who has served Indian cricket with distinction in its bleakest hour.

Posted by intcamd on (August 3, 2010, 18:01 GMT)

I don't think Indian team should have just 3 middle order batsmen, 1 all-rounder, and 2 pacemen. Kapil is the obvious all-rounder (unless we pick Kapil as a fast bowler and slot in Mankad as the all-rounder); beyond Kapil, we just dont have 2 pacemen good enough to be in any all-time 11. I put in Zaheer, others may include Srinath, but that slot is the weakest link of this team. No need to make it worse by including 2 pacemen besides Kapil.

So we should have 4 middle order batsmen (excluding Kapil); Laxman deserves to be there, and I think Vengsarkar can fill the other place.

Viswanath - don't believe he is good enough to be in the all-time best Indian 11.

As others said, we simply need to have 2 spinners; forcing 3 pacemen, 1 all-rounder onto us is the worst ever thing the selection panel can do.

Posted by RamShankarS on (August 3, 2010, 17:57 GMT)

as ppl quoted, the obvious first person in any team where HE is available for selection should be Sachin Tendulkar. my XI goes here: V.Sehwag, S.Gavaskar, S.Ganguly, S.Tendulkar, R.Dravid, M.Azharuddin, M.Dhoni, Kapil Dev, A.Kumble, J.Srinath, Z.Khan.

well, our pace attack is too limited.... cant think of anyone else apart from Zaheer being the last of the 3 paceman....

Posted by postsituationist on (August 3, 2010, 17:57 GMT)

Posted by anshu.sunny on (August 03 2010, 03:57 AM GMT)

Srinath?? Are you mad? And you even spelt it wrong.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

I would selectr Sunil Gavaskar & Virender Sehwag for sure. But I do not like when someone belittles the others.

@ Xolile, pls do not belittle Vijay Merchant. If it was so easy for ME Gough, why did other male players at that time not average so much? So if you put it in proper perspective, VM would be there at number 3 on the list of openers (back up opener), not bad eh?

Posted by bharat_rao on (August 3, 2010, 17:50 GMT)

Sehwag , Gavaskar, Dravid, Sachin, Azhar/Saurav, Amrnath, Dhoni(wk), Kapil, Kumble, Prasanna, Zaheer...Itching to put Ganguly into the lineup. Though not a great test player,he's an inspiring leader. Just his sheer presence might do wonders for the team. So it can be either Saurav or Azhar in the middle order. If Azhar plays Dhoni should captain the side.

Posted by postsituationist on (August 3, 2010, 17:50 GMT)

Just for democracy's sake, I'd go for Vijay Merchant and Chetan Chauhan---Sidhu would still not be there.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 17:46 GMT)

My Pick: Sehwag, Gavaskar, Gambhir, Sachin, GK Vishwanath, Dhoni, Kapil, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Prasanna, J Shrinath

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 17:41 GMT)


Posted by Paki.Fan. on (August 3, 2010, 17:36 GMT)

I don't know about Vijay Merchant much but Sidhu stands no chance against the brilliance of Sehwag & Gavaskar, Gavaskar will be the opener of my combined All Time XI

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 17:24 GMT)

this is going to be a boring selection: gavaskar, sehwag, dravid, sachin pick themselves in the top order. kapil, kumble, dhoni, srinath, picks themselves also. only 2 middle order batsmen to choose between: laxman, manjrekar, Vishwanath, ganguly, Vengsarkar and azhar and 1 spinner from: Bedi, Chandrasekhar, prasannna, Sivaramakrishnan

MY PICK: gavaskar, sehwag, dravid, sachin, azhar, laxman, dhoni, kapil, kumble, srinath, chandrasekhar.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (August 3, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

My all time 11 would be: 1.SM Gavaskar(C) 2.V Sehwag 3.RS Dravid 4.SR Tendulkar 5.GR Vishwanath 6.Mhd Azharuddin 7.MS Dhoni(Wk) (VC) 8.Kapil Dev 9.Anil Kumble 10.J.Srinath 11.Bishen Bedi I think this 11 would beat many a teams if they were playing together............. 9.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 16:59 GMT)

sehwag gavaskar dravid sachin ganguly azharuddin dhoni kapil dev harbhajan zaheer kumble..... d bst possible 11.....

Posted by bismoy on (August 3, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

@ pakspin

Rahul dravid over tendulkar is like saying picking venkatesh prasad over wasim akram........hope u know the difference.......

india list is a simple one with sachin been the first one to be selected ........ infact sachin should be first one to be select in world best 11 forget india.......

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

Joke of the year 2007 was Dhoni in TEST team and joke of the century Dhoni in All-time XI

My pick:

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, GR Vishwanath, Kapil Dev, Nayan Mongia(wk), Kumble, Sreenath, Zaheer and Chandrashekar

12th Man: VVS Laxman

Posted by Shripathi on (August 3, 2010, 16:57 GMT)

All time XI:

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Vinoo Mankad, Kapil Dev, Kirmani, Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Kumble

Three pacers, picking Vinoo Mankad gives us two classy spinners, and you have part-timers in Hazare and Sehwag.

Sorry, but Nissar, Amar Singh etc. did not play enough tests, nor have stupendous stats to be considered over either Srinath or Zaheer Khan. Likewise with Merchant who would have replaced Sehwag but for Sehwag's Richards-like prowess backed with solid stats and destruction of all kinds of bowling.

Posted by Vasi-Koosi on (August 3, 2010, 16:57 GMT)

how can we leave out the other genuine opener, Kris Srikanth. After SG/KS we have only Viru/Gauti as a settled down opening pair.

Posted by Saravjit on (August 3, 2010, 16:57 GMT)

It Should be Gavaskar , Sehwag , Tendulkar , Dravid , Laxman , amarnath , Kapil , Bedi , Zaheer , Chandra , Kumble.12th Man: Vishwanath

Posted by frank_martin on (August 3, 2010, 16:56 GMT)

V. Sehwag, S. Gavaskar, R. Dravid, S.Tendulkar, S. Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, F. Engineer, Kapil Dev, A. Kumble, Z. Khan, J Shrinath would be my India all-time XI.

Posted by SRIDWI on (August 3, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

It will be great to have sunny and viru open followed by dravid, sachin, vishy, ravi shastri or yashpal sharma or sandip patil (5th bowler option), KAPIL DEV, KUMBLE, kirmani, Srinath and prasanna or venkat

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 16:45 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vengsarkar, Laxman, Dhoni, Kapil, Srinath, Bedi, Sivaramakrishnan

Posted by Atul on (August 3, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

Three years ago, I had Gavaskar and Merchant etched in stone in my all time Indian XI, but I must say Viru had earned his place. Also, Sunny and Merchant might be too similar batsmen for an opening pair. Sidhu is way behind these three, which also goes to show how much the Indian team has lacked quality openers.

I'm eager to see Cricinfo's nominations for the middle order - too many to choose from - Hazare, Mankad, CK Nayudu, Lala Amarnath, MAK Patudi, GK Vishwanath, Azhar, Vengsarkar, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman..... phew!!!

Posted by rajithchp on (August 3, 2010, 16:41 GMT)

my openers will be veeru and sunil....... n my team:veeru,sunil,dravid,sachin,vishi,ganguly,kapil,kirmani,kumble,sreenath,zaheer

Posted by thisgameislife on (August 3, 2010, 16:38 GMT)

this is one area where the india xi can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any other all time xi in this series - gavaskar and sehwag. it is true that we have very few all time great openers to choose from. however, these two are as good or better than any other combination for any other country. for all the romantics - sehwag facing the pace battery of the 70-80 aussie/windies - with those guys' pace, the fielders would not dare interfere in the ball's journey from the bat. everytime sehwag connects - someone will have to throw the ball in from the ropes. and then gavaskar frustrates them with leaving a ball 2 inches out side off stump, before turning the one pitch straight for a single to rotate strike.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 16:36 GMT)

Veeru & Sunny would the pick, which would not be that tough to choose. India All Time XI would be : 1. Sehwag 2.Gavaskar 3.Dravid 4.Tendulkar 5.Viswanath 6.KapilDev 7.Dhoni 8.Srinath 9.Kumble 10.BS Bedi 11.Zaheer Khan

Posted by ThePieChucker on (August 3, 2010, 16:28 GMT)

My all-time XI: 1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2. Virender Sehwag, 3. Rahul Dravid, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. V.V.S. Laxman, 6. Sourav Ganguly (capt.), 7. M.S. Dhoni (wk), 8. Kapil Dev, 9. Anil Kumble, 10. Javagal Srinath, 11. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar

Posted by jskm4235 on (August 3, 2010, 16:26 GMT)

@Xolie That is because in 1930s and 1940s english people were bowling in first class cricket in India.

Posted by Silverstar on (August 3, 2010, 16:17 GMT)

not as exciting as the WI all time 11.... pretty Automatic choices. for the middle order and the bowling dept. too. BORING!

Posted by Krishnaniyer on (August 3, 2010, 16:15 GMT)

My All Time XI would be, Sunny Gavaskar(C), Virender Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin,Vishy,Kapil Dev,Engineer,Kumble,Prasanna/Bedi,Zaheer,Srinath. 12th Man, Vijay Merchanth.

In this list, I think guys at the top can play top class fast bowling and quality spin bowling as well. And we have a gr8 allrounder in Kapil and a classy keeper in farokh.

Posted by qalandar4 on (August 3, 2010, 16:12 GMT)

PS-- I am very far from suggesting that older is necessarily better, especially for a country like India where a disproportionate % of its all-time greats will be from the last 3-4 decades, but I hope that Cricinfo does include the likes of C.K. Nayudu, Mushtaq Ali, Nissar, Chauhan, Hazare, Umrigar in its various short-lists for different position players...

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 16:08 GMT)

I can't accept any all time 11 of India without Eknath Solkar a person with catching average of 1.96 at forward short leg and other similar positions. Although Little Master with stroke master in opening slot.

Posted by Nampally on (August 3, 2010, 16:08 GMT)

On closer review I realized that the The Jury is trying to pick the All Time India XI. Hence it would be logical to see at least one Jury member from each of the decades. I had proposed names like Nadkarni, Pataudi, Wadekar & Abbas Baig in the jury to add credebilty to the selected team. My All time India XI is: Gavaskar, Sehwag, P.Umrigar, SR Tendulkar, V.S.Hazare, R.Dravid, F.Engineer, Nissar, Amar Singh, V. Mankad, S. P. Gupte. There are many deserving individuals from the 1950 - 1970 era in the team. Umrigar, Hazare, Gupte & Mankad were the sheet anchor of the Indian team at one time. Similarly Nissar & Amar Singh were the best Fast bowlers India has ever produced. This would be "News" for the present jury who never heard of these names. Most of the old timers were poor amateurs who played the game for the love of it. Many had regular jobs and earned a bit in Lancashire League.Batsmen had no other protection beyond, gloves, abdomen & Leg gaurds. So they deserve great credit.

Posted by SOORYAPRAKASH on (August 3, 2010, 16:07 GMT)

My Indian All Time XI will be : Gavaskar, Vinoo Mankad, Dravid, Tendulkar, M. Amarnath, Sourav Ganguly (C), Kapil Dev, Engineer, Kumble, Prasanna, Nissar

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 16:04 GMT)

thats not at all a difficult one to pick as sunny and viru makes a perfact combination,one is best on atteck while the other one is best at defence. my dream 11 is:- gavaskar,sehwag,dravid,sachin,vishwanath,mankad,kapil,kirmani,chandrashekhar,prassanna,sreenath/jaheer........azhar will be the 12th man.sorry for bedi and kumble.

Posted by qalandar4 on (August 3, 2010, 15:59 GMT)

I think it isn't that difficult to choose the Indian bowling attack IF we try and follow the formula as with other teams (i.e. all-rounder; seamers; spinner). But India's seam attack has historically been so pathetic, and the spin riches are conversely so abundant, that at a minimum two spinners need to be chosen. Quite frankly all the All-Time XIs need to be XIIs so that a twelfth man can be chosen -- even all-time XIs need some options depending on whether you are playing at home or away (I might even take 3 Indian spinners if the test match is in the sub-continent). BTW, I am stunned to see people like Zaheer showing up on this list -- hello?! despite the very few matches played, I would any day pick Amar Singh Chauhan (about whom Hammond said that his deliveries came "off the pitch like the crack of doom") and Mahomed Nisar. And, although they never played for India, I hope Cricinfo will make an exception and include Duleepsinhji and his uncle for consideration.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 15:48 GMT)

while gavaskar is considered as one of the greatest opening batsman if not the best in the world with his solid defence and never ending hunger for runs enabled india beat west indies in their soil,sehwag is probably the most aggressive opener in test crickethistory with an amazingly uncanny nack of scoring massive hundreds. The most amazing part here is he manages to do so giving the bowler few chances to get him out every now and then.These two are automatic choice as openers. I will be insane to ommit Dravid n Sachin in the middle order.Dravid is the most underrated player in India being shadowed by Sachin.If these 2 were not in the same era,he would have got much more attention and accolades.Technically he is the best,I rate him even higher than sachin technically.No words for sachin as he is the god of cricket.

Posted by Lovetesh on (August 3, 2010, 15:42 GMT)

Gavaskar and Sehwag. Vijay Merchant may be good but can't pick sombody in all time XI who has played just 10 tests that too against England only. List shows the lack of proper openers India has produced.

Posted by varmachs on (August 3, 2010, 15:37 GMT)

My all time 11 is: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Viswanath, Vinoo Mankad, Dhoni, Kapildev(C), Kumble, Bedi, Zaheer 12th Man Eknath Solkar(Best Fielder).

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 15:36 GMT)

This is my all time indian XI. Gavaskar , Sehwag , Dravid/Vengsakar , Tendulkar , Azarudin/ Vishwanath , Ganguly/Laxman , Dhoni , Kapil Dev, Kumble, Srinath , Harbhajan

Posted by Nampally on (August 3, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

Suresh: Is the panel trying to select the best Four Indian batsmen, bowlers or opening batsmen? First the scope of the Jury & category of selection has to be precisely defined. Also include some senior members on the Jury like Bapu Nadkarni , Wadekar, pataudi, Abbas Baig for authenticity. Tendulkar is the greatest batsman in the world today and Sunil Gavaskar was the best opener ever to play for India. These 2 are shoe in without any opposition.For picking the other 2 cricketers the category has to be defined. Sehwag is the most entertaining opening batsman in the world right now.Dravid is amongst the top 10 run scorers in the world. But if you go beyond just batsmen, Vinoo Mankad, V.S.Hazare, V.M.Merchant, P.Umrigar, Kapil Dev, SP Gupte,Nissar, Amar singh, and many more rank very high. The four names listed in this article are just one sample referring to the openers. I strongly question the inclusion of Sidhu. There at least a dozen openers better than him & with no criminal record.

Posted by nikita_karthick on (August 3, 2010, 15:31 GMT)


Posted by santhoshkudva on (August 3, 2010, 15:30 GMT)

without a doubt gavaskar and sehwag. if sehwag maintains his current form for two years, he is going to be the greatest indian batsman in test cricket. and the second greatest to have played the game.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

My all time XI: Leaving the obvious guys: (Sunny, Sehwag, Dravid,Kapil, Sachin, Kumble). Middle order: Bat #5: There are several contenders: Sourav: God on the offside, Azhar: elegance personified, The Colonel -Lord of Lord's. However, there probably is only one batsman that every other member of the all-time Indian XI would pay to watch and wish they could play the square cut as he did. Need we even mention his name? Statistics can hardly pay justice to him: The 1974-75 series against the Windies in India was an epitome in courage and performance. The 97 not out in Chennai against a rampaging Andy Roberts (in the pre-helmet era) on a wicked pitch is almost mythical. To face an all-time great bowler from any era on any surface: Give me Vishy. I will stop whatever I am doing and go to the ground. Also: My God: R Mohan on the jury: Thank you. I tried to develop my English composition skills by reading your articles in the Hindu!!

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 15:10 GMT)

Gacaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Kapil Dev, Vinoo Mankad, Farokh Engineer, Prasana, Kumble, Srinath will be my all time eleven. Spinners would be left arm Mankad, off spin Prasanna and ofcourse the great leg/top spinner Kumble. Mankad and Kapil, the two best all rounders India ever produced.

Posted by Prashanth_Ravindran on (August 3, 2010, 15:09 GMT)

My Picks are Gavaskar and Sehwag. If forced at gunpoint to change this I might go for Merchant and Sehwag. This is possibly sacrilege, but I must confess I am 1982 born and have barely seen Gavaskar in action. I have gone by what I have seen of Sehwag, and what those who have seen both Gavaskar and Merchant say. Ram Guha for instance calls Merchant the originator of the Bombay school of Batting. Would the old timers care to chip in and educate the whipper snappers?

Posted by NALINWIJ on (August 3, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

GAVASKAR AND SHEWAG obviously followed by DRAVID AND TENDULKAR. 5TH BATSMAN IS A TOUGH CHOICE I would pick VISVANATH slightly ahead of ganguly and laxman and the allrounder is obviously between KAPIL DEV AND VINOO MANKAD and if both are picked at 6 and 7 then KIRMANI could be picked at 8 with KUMBLE A CERTAINITY AT 9 POSSIBLY AS CAPTAIN and ZAHEER KHAN a left armer with occassional brilliance ahead of consistent srinath and i would pick one from the old quartet of spinners ahead of harbajan. eventhough prassanna would provide balance to the side, my preference would be the brilliant CHANDRASEKAR. Eventhough there are variation to this Indian side THEY need 5 genuine bowlers to match the other AT XIs and 2 allrounders are needed for batting depth and Dhoni is not a great keeper like KIRMANI.

Posted by anikbrad on (August 3, 2010, 14:56 GMT)

the oppeners should be shewag and gavaskar as dravid would surely b one dn and it would be perfect if a attacking shewag is squeezed between 2 rocks of india. one interseting option is taking marchent as solid classy oppeners and shewag comes as 3rd down. my team would look like : marchent, gavaskar, dravid tendulkar, shewag, vinnu mankad, kapil, kirmani, srinath, kumble, md nissar. Only disagreement is prasanna is a betterchoise may be than vinnu but a india all time great team without the alrounder whose record was broken ulimately by botham speaks of the class appart he was and as per wickets per match he is as good as prassanna with zero support from filders for catch like solkar, yaduvendra, venkat, to name a few. second option team : gavaskar, shewag, dravid, tendulkar, viswanath, vinnu, kapil, kirmani, kumble srinath, prassanna. If played in India, srilanka. or against WI and newzeland anywhere.

Posted by Wedee on (August 3, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

why do you even have to vote !!? Its obvious and unanimous --- the storm and the calm ... Sehwag and Gavaskar

Posted by iNSync on (August 3, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

My all time XI - Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Gundappa, Vinoo, Kapil, Kirmani, Kumble, Prasanna, Mohd Nissar

Vinoo Mankad is one of the best all rounders India ever had. And there is always a need of the 5th bowler, which he can fulfill.

Mohd Nissar is perhaps the best fast bowler India ever had. No one compares to him. One can check his exploits.

Kumble despite being one of the greatest, faces tough competition from Subhash Gupte. Gupte was a better spinner, but Kumble is undeniable based on his body of work.

Kirmani and Engineer are close, but when we are choosing the best of trade, Kirmani was the better wicketkeeper.

Unfortunately from this lineup, only 2 players would have a serious chance of making into the all time World XI and they would be: Sehwag and Gavaskar. Not even Sachin.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

That introduction was as good as the candidates suggested, Mr Menon. Easy picks as I see it: Gavaskar and Sehwag. That would be a phenomenal pair to watch.

Posted by anishg1996 on (August 3, 2010, 14:49 GMT)

A real no brainer. Sehwag and Gavaskar are clearly India's best openers

Posted by Mark00 on (August 3, 2010, 14:47 GMT)

Glad to see old Sixer Sidhu get "props" for what he did to Warne. Sidhu, despite being an opener, had better footwork against spinners than all his team mates. It was he, not Tendulkar, who took the wind out of Warne's sails by effortlessly waltzing down the track and hammering him for sixes. In fact, he did the same thing to Muralitharan when Murali toured India.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 14:45 GMT)

Definitely Sunil & viru , my India xi will be Gavasker , Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin , R Shastri , K Dev, Engineer, Srinath ,Kumble , Prasnna, Z khan , this is a real balance team according to me , Guys look at my xi my fast bowling option as Zaheer, Kapil & Srinath & my spin bowlers are kumble, prasanna with shastri , many may not agree with shastri but i will love to take him in test specially look he is a left hander , who can bowl spin & can open the innings aslo , this is the perfect combination , thanks to cricinfo

Posted by sivasanthosh on (August 3, 2010, 14:42 GMT)

My all time 11 ..1.Sehwag, 2.Gavaskar, 3.Dravid, 4.Sachin, 5.Ganguly, 6.Laxman,7.Dhoni, 8.Kapil Dev, 9.Kumble, 10.Srinath, 11. Harbajan

Posted by Rajesh. on (August 3, 2010, 14:37 GMT)

One of the openers' slot goes to the great Sunny Gavaskar without saying......... and the other should go to Virender Sehwag. Unconventional his methods may be but the sheer weight of his Test Match record can't be overlooked. Amd my All-Time Indian Test XI would be :---- 1) Sunil Gavaskar (Captain) 2) Virender Sehwag 3) Rahul Dravid 4) Sachin Tendulkar 5) G.R.Viswanath 6) V.V.S. Laxman 7) Kapil Dev 8) Syed Kirmani (wk) 9) Anil Kumble 10) Javagal Srinath 11) Erapali Prasanna

Posted by buntyj on (August 3, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

sunny n merchant as openers- an all time xi should be able to play in all time test conditions including uncovered wickets and pre-helmets; i do hope viru is also considered in the middle order i would like him in my time; i was surprised not to see shastri as a choice though i would place him behind sunny, merchant, viru as shastri has a fairly successful record abroad as a test opener

Posted by 24thApril on (August 3, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

I think the Best XI for India will be:

1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Viswanath/Hazare 6. Ganguly (C) 7. Kapil 8.Kirmani (WK) 9. Kumble 10. Srinath 11. Prasanna

I think it is balanced team. There will be no question about first five position. At no. 6 I will prefer Ganguly as a captain as well as a player. No question will arise about his man-management and captaincy, his aggression as a captain. And as a player, he is only left handed in the side, have 16 century with seaming condition also. And can be utilized as third seamer. As we have 6 genuine batsman and Kapil as all-rounder we can afford a specialist WK like Kirmani. Dhoni will certainly ahead as batsman but as a keeper Kirmani is always preferable. No question will be on the place for Kumble and Srinath. And I will prefer Prasanna as second spinner for his diversity, and classical of spin bowling

Posted by vrghosh on (August 3, 2010, 14:24 GMT)

My all time 11: 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. VVS Laxman 6. Poly Umrigar 7.Farokh Engineer 8. Kapil Dev 9. Kumble 10. Prasanna 11. Srinath 12th man Saurav Ganguly... Sad to leave Vijay Hazare,Subhash Gupte, Chandrasekhar, Md. Azharuddin,Manoj Prabhakar and MS Dhoni.

Posted by HipHipHurray on (August 3, 2010, 14:24 GMT)

1. Gavaskar 2. Merchant 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Vishwanath 6. Mankad 7. Kirimani 8. Kapil 9. Kumble 10. Zaheer 11. Bedi Picked Mankad as all rounder and Kapil as pace bowler. Again the strength of an all-time is not by who is in but by who is out - Sehwag, Hazare, Prasanna, Chandra, Azhar, Vengsarkar, Amarnath, Gupte, Ganguly, Dhoni, Engineer, Wadekar, Pataudis ...

Posted by intcamd on (August 3, 2010, 14:24 GMT)

SMG is the only Indian player guaranteed a spot in an all-time World XI in my view. None of the other openers from other countries' all-time 11's can match Sunil. Gavaskar was better than Greenidge, Boycott, and other best opners of his era, at a time opening meant facing Willis, Lillee, Thommo, Imran, Hadlee, and of course the WI fab 4 on uncovered wickets, and no helmet. None of the pre-70's openers can say that they could so, and we all know how batting today aint the same as it was in the 70's/80's. And of course, SMG never got to play the weakest bowling (especially of the fast kind) of his time, namely the Indians - his average would have been padded up by 5 if he had the opportunity (not to mention, playing Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Sri Lankan opening bowlers, etc)

Posted by adikhan on (August 3, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

Here there will be no other dan Sunil Gavaskar & Virender Sehwag.... with the likes of these two sidhu obviously doesn't stad a chance.... sidhu cant beat dese two except in the laughter feild he is d champ dere..... vijay merchant's averaghe of 71 in first class is outstanding but its a india XI(international not first class).... ofcourse there is a big fact that era of vijay merchant was the era of world wars so he dint get chance to play mannt internationals and with a player playing 10 matches and having an average of 47 is good but not enough to beat the "run machine" Gavaskar and India's most aggressive strokemaker sultan Sehwag....Vijay Merchant was the gr8 of his generation.. gr8 of indian cricket's early age but not in all time XI....

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

1) Gavaskar 2) Sehwag 3) Dravid 4) Tendulkar 5) Azharuddin 6) G Viswanath 7) Kirmani (wk) 8) Kapil dev 9) Kumble 10) Srinath 11) Bedi / Prasanna / Chandra shekar 12) Laxman

Posted by ravi_hari on (August 3, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

I agree it is easy to pick openers - Gavaskar & Sehwag. If there is no criterion for selection in terms of balance of the team, my best XI would read - Gavaskar, Sehwag, Azhar, Vishwanath, Sachin, Vengsarkar, Kirmani, Kapil Dev, Kumble, Bedi, Chandra. Prasanna would be the extended XI. I think picking only XI is doing unjustice to many greats. If it is 25 it would give the right representation for many generations. - Hari Ravi

Posted by mrgupta on (August 3, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

My all time India XI: 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Sachin 5. Vengsarkar 6. Vinoo Mankad 7. Kapil 8. Kirmani 9. Kumble 10. Srinath 11.Chandrashekhar . Though as per CricInfo method ( Openers, 3 Middle Order, 1 Allrounder, 1 Keeper, 2 Spinners and 2 Fast) the Indian XI would be 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Sachin 5. Vengsarkar 6. Kapil 7. Kirmani 8. Kumble 9. Zaheer 10. Srinath 11. Chandrashakhar

Posted by Umesh6666 on (August 3, 2010, 14:17 GMT)

My All time XI will be - Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Vishwanath, Kapil (C), Dhoni (WK / VC), Kumble, Srinath, Zaheer, Chandrashekhar.

Posted by Nayeem_Kohir on (August 3, 2010, 14:15 GMT)

My all-time Indian XI for test matches would go like this. 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3.Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Azharuddin 6. Gundappa Vishwanath 7. Syed Kirmani 8.Kapil Dev 9. Zaheer Khan 10. Mohammad Nissar 11. Anil Kumble

My all-time Indian XI for one day matches would go like this. 1. Tendulkar 2.Sehwag 3.Rohit Sharma 4. Azharuddin 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. Dhoni 7.Syed Kirmani 8.Kapil Dev 9. Srinath 10. Mohammad Nissar 11. Anil Kumble

My all-time Indian XI for Twenty-20 matches would go like this. 1. Yusuf Pathan 2.Sehwag 3.Suresh Raina 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. Dhoni 7.Irfan Pathan 8.Kapil Dev 9. Srinath 10. Mohammad Nissar 11. Anil Kumble

The candidates for the captaincy would be Md. Azharuddin and MS. Dhoni. This is the perfect X1s across different formats of the game.

Posted by Divinetouch on (August 3, 2010, 14:13 GMT)

Gavaskar the best opening batsman ever joined by Sehwag. A few other spots are reserved, like Dravid at number and the best bastman in the history - Tandulkar coming after. the all-rounder Kapil Dev and the first choice spinner - Kumble.

The other batting position will be filled by Vishwanath. Dhoni will keep wicket, Prasana will be the other spinner, Sreenath to share the new ball. When playing outside the sub-continet Zaheer will be the eleventh player otherwise it will be Vinoo Mankad/Gupte

Posted by intcamd on (August 3, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Vengsarkar, Laxman, Kapil, Dhoni (C), Zaheer, Chandra, Kumble

Posted by waspsting on (August 3, 2010, 14:04 GMT)

i'd have gavaskar and merchent opening, and Sehwag in the middle order.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 14:00 GMT)

I'm surprised not to see Gambhir's name in the candidates who Sehwag has called the best opener since Gavaskar. Anyway wouldn't have picked up. I don't think there can be better openers than Sehwag and Gavaskar. It'll be hard to get a better opening pair for an All-Time World XI let alone India.

Posted by inswing on (August 3, 2010, 13:59 GMT)

You have to be aware that there were people, including some great cricketers, before you were born. The Indian team is not 90's plus Gavaskar and throw in some old spinner. If VM was playing on today's pitches with the facilities and opportunities of today, he would be scoring centuries left right and center. If he was an Englishman with opportunities to play against Aus, he would be considered an all time great. Viru is Viru, but I vote for VM for the greatness he displayed in the very few opportunities he had.

Posted by intcamd on (August 3, 2010, 13:56 GMT)

Gavaskar and Sehwag - why is thereeven any discussion on this? Let us move onto the middle order.

Posted by Manesh73 on (August 3, 2010, 13:56 GMT)

This is "NO BRAIN REQUIRE" selection. Mr. Vijay Merchant did not open for first 3 matches he played. He have open for India in 7 matches only. I dont think that will prove his permormance. He will not make it to top XI, but he shouln't get nominee. I think Guatam Gambhir will be another candidate should be there to nominee with average of 52+. It's very sad India have nothing to choose from, except Great Sunny and attacking Viru.

Posted by Whisperofdeath on (August 3, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

My choice would be Sunil and Viru. They both are exceptional...

Posted by anilkp on (August 3, 2010, 13:49 GMT)

How is Dhoni getting in to this discussion, mates? Having his name (and Gambhir-has-not-become-great, Sidhu-not-great-at-all) as all-time "greats" is nothing but mockery.

Posted by montys_muse on (August 3, 2010, 13:48 GMT)

an alternate India All-time XI can be: devang gandhi, gagan khoda, vikram rathore, hemang badani, kanitkar, vijay bhardwaj, sameer dighe, rahul sanghvi, tinu yohanan, abey kuruvila, ashish kapoor. Other big names missing...mohanty, vijay yadav, saba karim, harvinder singh, david johnson, deep dasgupta, ss das, dodda ganesh, somasundar....

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (August 3, 2010, 13:47 GMT)

If equipment, covered pitches, physical training and psychological inputs" are a advantages the older generation did not have then what about home umpires, no third umpire/UDRS and lack of video analysis of a player's game in the olden days.

Can we count how many times Miandad or Gavaskar or Richards or Bradman was not given out LBW because of a home umpire and the awe/fear these players generated? How many close LBWs, stumpings and runouts went to the batsman in those days when the motto was "benefit of doubt goes to the batsman"?

Considering more bowlers have reached 400+ wickets in the modern era with impressive averages and strike rates, we tend to oversimplify this Past v Present debate.

And, my openers would be Sehwag and Gavaskar. They are an awesome study in contrast but also the fact that they could score big runs!!

Posted by Bamarolls on (August 3, 2010, 13:45 GMT)

Openers are really easy - Gavaskar and Sehwag.

I had been waititng for the opening of India XI too. I just knew that many would pick Vishy and ignore Vinoo. For an all time great - how could anyone pick Vishy in the team - he was a liability on the field. Before I unveil my XI - I want editors to present the case of Vengsarkar, Patil, Umrigar fairly to the modern fans of Indian cricket.

Mr. Menon, what the mumble jumble on Gavaskar : "whose first-class average is second only to Don Bradman's, but who played just 10 Tests (average nearly 48), all of them against England" mean? Could you please clean up the line on the article and repost?

Posted by montys_muse on (August 3, 2010, 13:39 GMT)

gavaskar, sehwag, dravid, sachin, laxman/vishy, kapil dev, engineer, kumble, srinath, prasanna, zaheer/chandrasekhar (depending on the pitch).

Posted by Cricket__sri on (August 3, 2010, 13:32 GMT)

it's sunny and viru for sure.defensive[gavaskar]and aggressive[sehwag] is d all-time best.however,vijay merchant is gud,he wld make the option as 3rd opener in d squad.sidhu doesn't suit d all-time best but is gud opener. my all-time XI: viru,sunny,dravid,sachin,GV,Engineer,kapil dev,kumble,prasanna,srinath,zak. others: VVS,azhar,amarnath,VM

Posted by Sininsh on (August 3, 2010, 13:32 GMT)

1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Laxman 6. Dhoni 7. Kapil Dev 8. Kumble 9. Srinath 10. Zaheer 11. Bedi/Harbhajan

Posted by georgian2508 on (August 3, 2010, 13:29 GMT)

my all time XI 1. Sehwag 2. Gavaskar 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Ganguly(Capt.) 6. Dhoni(wiket keeper) 7. Kapil dev(All rounder) 8. Srinath 9. Zaheer khan 10. kumble 11. Prasana 12th man Azharuddin..

That a perfect India XI

Posted by sameer997 on (August 3, 2010, 13:27 GMT)

Easy work this.It has to Sehwag,Gavaskar,Dravid,Tendulkar,Kapil Dev,Vishvanath,Kumble,Chandershekar,Prabhakar,Srinath

Posted by Er-.S.R.shankar on (August 3, 2010, 13:26 GMT)

Openers slots are easy pick with Sunil and viru as Merchant has played very limited matches When it is shortlisted to 14 Certainly 3 V's should find place--Vinoo Mankad, Vijay Hazare and Vishwanath It is unfortunate that many missed Vinoo Mankad We can have two all rounders in Kapil and Mankad When one settles for final eleven after jostling for places the probable best X1 sould be--Gavaskar, Sewag, Dravid[Regret for Hazare]Sachin,Vishwanath, Kirmani,Kapil,Vinoo Mankad,Srinath,Kumble and Prasanna[Only either Chandra/Kumble and Prasanna/Bedi could be accommodated] My X1 would have all the variety in spin For nine places you can have consensus--For the remaining two it would always be divergent picks

Posted by RezaThahir on (August 3, 2010, 13:25 GMT)

1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Wishwanath 6. Dhoni (W) 7. Kapil 8. Kumble 09. Srinath 10. Zaheer 11. Prasanna

Posted by avis_2010 on (August 3, 2010, 13:25 GMT)

Can not go too deep in the past as i havent seem those players playing... my best XI would be - 1) Gavaskar 2) Sewhag 3) Dravid 4) Sachin 5) Vishwanath 6) Vinoo Mankad 7) Kapil 8) Kirmani 9) Srinath 10) Kumble 11) Prasanna Reserves - Amarnath, Chandrashekhar, Vengsarkar/Azhar Reserve Keeper - Farookh Engineer I think its a good mix of quality openers (Sunny/Sewhag), middle order (Sachin/Vishy/Vinoo), fast bowler (Srinath/Kapil), spinner(Kumble/Prasnna) and all rounders (Kapil, Vinoo) though Vinoo was primarily a top order bastman... Also we should have an allrounder in reserve (Amarnath), spinner (Chandra) and good fielder cum batsman (Azhar)

Posted by Jose on (August 3, 2010, 13:16 GMT)

There is nothing much to argue about the opener spots and is a simplest job for any selector. Sunil Gavaskar and V Sehwag are obvious choice and best combo to watch. Sehwag is a pretty good spinner also, hence he is better choice than Merchant & Sidhu. For those who argue about the high first-class average of Merchant, India had no great fast bowlers during his time and could get 70+ average easily for batsmen of Merchant's caliber. Best XI of my choice: 1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2. V Sehwag, 3. Dravid, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. VVS Laxman / G Viswanath, 6. Kirmani / Dhoni, 7. Kapil Dev, 8. Zaheer Khan, 9. Manoj Prabhakar / Sreenath, 10. A Kumble, 11. E Prasanna

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 13:15 GMT)

Extraordinarily illiterate comments: fancy preferring Srinath to Nissar & Amarsingh,Dhoni to Kirmani/Engineer,forgetting Vinoo Mankad and Chandrasekhar, Hazare and Mushtaq Ali.Hazare averaged 48 in Tests against Lindwall, Miller, Bill Johnston, Bedser,Trueman,Laker,Lock, Fazal,Khan Mohammed, Ramadhin & Valentine without minnows (not even New Zealand) to help boost his figures--and because of the war he only got to play Tests at the age of 32, when our contemporary "greats"(all except Sachin) have been well past their primes. As for the nominations, who was it that decided to include Sidhu at the expense of Mushtaq and indeed of Mankad (forget his bowling- he scored 2 centuries opening against Miller & Lindwall in Australia, 184 and 72 against Bedser, Trueman & Laker at Lords and held the world record for the highest test opening partnership for fifty years).

Posted by sunny1307 on (August 3, 2010, 13:07 GMT)

My X1 would be Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vengarsarkar, Ganguly(c), Dhoni, Kapil, Kumble, Zaheer, Srinath................Though many may argue that dada doesn't belong here he will be there due to his captaincy.....coz dhoni still has to prove himself in foreign conditions and it doesn't look too bright in Sri Lanka.........

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

Middle order and the spinners have been the India's strength. It is very difficult to drop any of the middle order batsmen - Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, VVS, Azhar, Vengsarkar, Amarnath, Hazarae, V Manjerakar. India is equally strong in Spinners - Kumble, Venkatragavan, Chandrasekar, Gupte, Prasanna, Bedi, Harbhajan etc.. The fact that Sachin and Dravid can reserve their spot even in World 11 shows our middle order team strength..

Posted by vatsuak on (August 3, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

I initially thought there would be a problem of plenty when it came to choose for India... I think that is probably the case for only 2 positions... the middle order and the spinners... can't see why Pankaj Roy fails to be even nominated for he was not a "forced" openner... my XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar,Vishwanath, Kapil, Dhoni, Srinath, Zaheer, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna. 12th Man Solkar... non playing captain/menotr Pataudi. Dhoni could lead this team well... for me the All time XI had to be players who can walk into the team on their cricketing skills alone rather than "captaincy skills"... so despite his captaincy and fighting skills, no Sourav or Pataudi or Ravi Shastri in the team

Posted by svasudevan on (August 3, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

1.Gavaskar 2.Shewag 3: Dravid 4: Tendulkar 5: Vishwanath 6: Ganguly (c) 7:Kapil Dev 8:Kirmani 9:Kumble 10: ChandraSekhar 11.Prasanna 12: Azharuddin Ganguly shares the new ball and should be the captain; spin is India's strength and we will have a third spinner instead of a fast bowler. And of course Kiri is a far better keeper than Dhoni.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 12:50 GMT)

Sehwag & Gavaskar !! One would destroy with aggression the other with patience

Posted by Vinit_Sharma_Singh on (August 3, 2010, 12:48 GMT)

Surely there's been a mistake- where is Deep Dasgupta?

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 12:48 GMT)

think this one isn't tough, it has to be SMG and Sehwag. I think Gautam Gambhir has done enough to be one of the contenders, may be alongside the given set, or in place of Siddhu.

Posted by gitacarya on (August 3, 2010, 12:46 GMT)


6. Vinoo Mankad

Traditionally India is fed with atleast 2 spinners, also, we need 3 quickies when playing abroad. So, if the spinner can bat a bit? Thatz right, hez more than just a spinner apart from stunningly defencive and also scoring opener too). I could have placed Sourav Ganguly, had it not for this logic. What a pity that India's all time great captain can not command a place in the all time XI!

7. Mahendra Dhoni (Farukh Engineer) (Probably VC) (WK)

I like Farookh Engineer, but Mahi could be a deputy for Kapil do dil do

8. Kapil Dev (C)

Can any one bring better?

9. Anil Kumble (VC)

Hahaha. He too is a captaincy material, greatest spinner, and match winner country produced, and could bat a bit. Most of the Indian teams did not bat deep, but this one with Srinath too, can be worth watching

10. Javegal Srinath

Kapil might have been feel blesed if he be there a decade ago and

11. Mohammed Nissar [Irresistible choice]/ Zaheer

Posted by AtticusFinch on (August 3, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

Dhoni??? In the alltime Indian XI? Completely laughable!!!! This is comparable to awarding Obama the Nobel Prize before he had completed his first year! If the jury thinks beyond Kirmani or Tamhane then there is something seriously wrong! My Pick would be 1.Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5.Hazare/Viswanath/Azharuddin/Laxman 6. Kapil Dev 7. Kirmani 8. Kumble 9.Srinath/Nissar 10.Zaheer 11.Harbhajan/Bedi. Sad about the paucity of the Indian fast bowlers besides Kapil.

Posted by sankar800 on (August 3, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

Easy picking! Gavaskar and Viru!

Posted by TheGecko on (August 3, 2010, 12:31 GMT)

Gavaskar is more like an automatic pick, and if you choose Merchant or Sidhu over SEHWAG, then you are terribly wrong dear jury member.

Posted by rajpalprakash1 on (August 3, 2010, 12:28 GMT)

Indian world XI...


Posted by nat_raj on (August 3, 2010, 12:25 GMT)

My perfect team: Gavasker, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Azharuddin, Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Solkar, Srinath, Kumble, Prasanna/Harbhajan.This team would be worthy of the number 1 tag.

Posted by jawana on (August 3, 2010, 12:24 GMT)

Look at the nominees, and you would see the plight of indian batting in the past. I wonder only four nominees and of them one is SIDHU... I don't think even a songle person will vote for SIDHU. So, the selection is just from 3 players. And I think most of the people will go for Gavaskar and Sehwag. So, one of the easiest picks ever. I think the most difficult would be the middle order selection for India. Even the allrounder spot would be the easiest of all.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 12:22 GMT)

hi guyz......i have just 1 thing 2 say dat if anyone who knows only even "c" of "cricket" shouldnot have any problem in picking the openers of an all time indian Xl i.e mr. sunil gavaskar and virendra sehwag!!!!!.....m i right?????

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

Is the Indian eleven so difficult to pick? :D.

Sehwag,Gavaskar,Dravid,Sachin Tendulkar,Viswanath(VVS Laxman),Kapil Dev,M.S.Dhoni,Anil Kumble,Bishan Bedi,Zaheer Khan,Harbhajan.

The captain can be either Dhoni or Kapil.

Now I am sorry for Azhar,Subhash Gupte, Vijay Hazare, Vijay Merchant and the others. I guess the wicket keeper's choice was the easiest. So was the choice for the first four. Like someone already said. It's a no-brainer.

Posted by gitacarya on (August 3, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

My all time eleven is... with reasons

1. Sunil Gavaskar

Greatest Opener. Only Indian player that can be a sure shot for the All time world XI. Can anybody bat against jockers like Brett Lee, let alone those pace quartet without a helmet?

2. Virender Sehwag

Game changer, best in the world now

3. Rahul Dravid

Who else at no. 3?

4. Sachin Tendulkar

Irreplaceable. Must be the no. 4 not only in any all time XI, but also the all time world XI

5. Gundappa Vishwanath (VVS Laxman)

I prefer Vishy for his sexy Square cut, but can not omit VVS

Posted by DravidistheBest on (August 3, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

Not even mention of Gautam Gambhir....come on! Clearly picking India's all time XI is going to be easy but that does not mean the side will be any less competent. the batting, i think, will be ultimate and ofcourse we have great spinners but it will be the pacers section i'll be looking for.

Posted by nataraajds on (August 3, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

Yes, Sunny & Sehwag are the best all time openers India has see till date. my all time best XI will be :- Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Vishy , Dhoni, Kapil ,J.Srinath, Kumble, Vinu Mankad, Prasanna. privilige to have Kapil & Mankad as alrounders and prasanna as the best off spinner. hard to omit Ganguly , Azhar ,Laxman,Kirmani , Bedi & Chandra because we can only play the TOP MOST eleven.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

Openers - Sehwag and Gavaskar

Batsmen - Dravid, Tendulkar and Vishwanath - not many would disagree here despite the agony of choice.

All-rounder - Vinoo Mankad who had a better record than Kapil. Kapil would get in as an opening bowler with his batting providing the force-multiplier effect.

Keeper - none other than Kirmani who kept for ages and never let anyone complain. Dhoni is rubbish compared to Kirmani who kept to the Chandra and co. on raging turners as well as Kapil Dev and his likes and never let anyone complain.

Fast-bowlers - Kapil Dev and one more - there are just two options: Srinath and Zaheer. Zaheer at his best offers a more varied option than Srinath at his best.

Spinners - An all-time Indian XI should always have 3 spinners because that remains India's strength - Mankad, Kumble and Chandrashekar/Prasanna - not Bedi cos he couldn't run through sides.

Posted by vennask on (August 3, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

How about Kris Srikkanth? He is one of the best Indian openers who intended to destroy bowling attacks, wouldn't he deserve to be considered for openers spot?

Posted by waqasroom250-253 on (August 3, 2010, 12:05 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar in the first choice. He is a legand who can easily make into World XI of all the times. However, to me it is Navjot Singh Sidhu who is mature opening batsman than Sehwag. Sehwag may have a good average but he does not have a class and even his footwork is ordinary.

Posted by Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on (August 3, 2010, 11:58 GMT)

It has to be Merchant and Gavaskar. Tough luck Sehwag. An average of 71.64, second only to the Don at that time is nothing to be scoffed at.

Posted by delta20 on (August 3, 2010, 11:56 GMT)

Dear all: It is a pity that Vijay merchant played only few test matches. We don't even know about his strike rate. If he was more dominant than Gavaskar then I would pick them instead of Sehwag. But it is very tricky that we haven't seen Merchant playing and we did not see Sehwag playing Ambrose/Walsh, Akram/Younis, Donald/Pollock in their prime. However, I just admire the talent Sehwag possess. I am just concerned about his batting against top quality bowling in seaming and swinging conditions. My pick is 1) Gavaskar, 2) Sehwag/Merchant, 3) Dravid, 4) Tendulkar, 5) Laxman (Sorry to the fans of Ganguly and Vishwanath), 6) Dhoni, 7) Kapil Dev, 8) Zaheer, 9) Srinath, 10) Kumble and 11) Prasanna (or any other from the spin quartet). I think the bowling is not to the mark considering others...... Batting line up is great but not exceptional........ I think this team can win only against Srilanka and New Zealand

Posted by RogerC on (August 3, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

Why Sidhu here? If Sidhu can be in, then Srikkanth can also be in. It would have been great to have seen Chetan Chauhan or Gautam Gambhir in the list.

Posted by eddy501 on (August 3, 2010, 11:51 GMT)

Very, very easy selection. Sunny, technically solid, brave as a Lion and a real bugger to get out. Sehwag, plays the game in the old fashion West Indian way i.e entertaining and hugely explosive. Not as technically perfect as Tendulkar or solid as Dravid but far far more entertaining to watch. He is the one Indian batsmen i liken to Viv or could be first ball of the day or the last ball, it's gotta go if it's gotta go! I'd even go as far as saying Sehwag is in my opinion the third greatest batter India have produced after SRT and SMG.

Posted by Hotshot007 on (August 3, 2010, 11:46 GMT)

Why is this called All time 11? Wouldn't all time test 11 be more fitting? The nominations too are centered along those lines only

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 11:41 GMT)

it has to be sehwag and gr8 little master sunny gavaskar

Posted by Rockits on (August 3, 2010, 11:39 GMT)

Simple choice here. It would have to be 1) Viru 2) Gavaskar 3) Dravid 4) Tendulkar 5) Ganguly (Capt) 6) Shastri 7) Dhoni 8) Kapil Dev 9) Kumble 10) Harbhajan 11) Srinath

Posted by apyboutit on (August 3, 2010, 11:38 GMT)

My XI for Tests. 1. Sunny, 2. Viru, 3. Rahul, 4. Sachin, 5. Vengsarkar, 6. Mahi, 7. Kapil, 8. Kumble, 9. Zaheer, 10. Srinath 11. Chandrasekar. 12th man Azhar/Solkar. Gaekwad, Jimmy, Mankad, Kirmani, Engineer, Binny, Gundappa, Doshi, Prasanna, Gavre, etc. - sorry, you miss out. My XI for ODIs. 1. Saurav, 2. Sachin, 3. Viru, 4. Jadeja, 5. Dhoni, 6. Kapil, 7. Zaheer, 8.Kumble, 9. Bajji (in India) / Srinath (outside India), 10. Chandrashekar. 12th man Raina/Yuvraj. Chika, Kirti, Jadeja, Sidhu, Prabhakar, Robin, etc. sorry - you dont make it. My XI for T20. 1. Viru, 2. Sachin, 3. Raina, 4. Rohit, 5. Dhoni, 6. Yuvraj, 7. Kapil, 8. Zaheer, 9. Bajji, 10. Ojha, 11. Srinath. 12th man Azhar/Sidhu.

Posted by judson_jd on (August 3, 2010, 11:31 GMT)

Where the hell is Srikkanth????

Posted by Roger_Allott on (August 3, 2010, 11:29 GMT)

Of all the main All-Time XIs, I think India's will turn out to be the weakest. The top 4 and the all-rounder (Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kapil Dev) will be at least on a par with other teams, but the bowling will be very weak relative to other countries.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

I wonder why there arent other openers here.. guys like Ravi shasthri, pankaj roy/Vinoo Mankad, Gambhir, just to make the selection process a lot more fun.. people would have tried to pick Gambir just for right left combination.. (as here we assume that all players are playing at the peak of their powers..)

Posted by cricconnossieur on (August 3, 2010, 11:12 GMT)

This must be easiest of picks compared to any country because India has become a cricketing power in the true sense only in the last 4-5 years , though we had some exceptional individuals like Gavaskar and Kapil dev from the past. It is now that India has shown capability to beat any side in an away series. Therefore my Test team would be : Gavaskar, Sehwag ( They will probably make it to the world XI as well ), Rahul Dravid ( India's best No.3, though Jimmy Amarnath had a a brilliant gutsy career, Rahul won us more games), Sachin Tendulkar ( period), VVS Laxman ( Nobody has taken on the greatest and the most formiddable test team, the Aussies, better than VVS and he played the innings of the century, gutsy, dependable , as much an artist as Vishy or Azhar but more solid) , Kapil dev ( Period), Dhoni ( Best wicket keeper-batsman and a thinking cricketer), Srinath ( India's best ever paceman, Kumble and Harbhajan ( Won more tests for India than anyone ever did, formidabble as a pair).

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 11:11 GMT)

Well here I am going to ignore Vijay Merchant and Sherry. I am blindly going with Sunny and Viru. Is that so difficult? :-)

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

I think my team could very well be Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, ,Azhar, Ganguly , Dhoni, Kapil, Kumble, Zaheer , Srinath and Bedi as the 12th man.

Posted by shashankvaish on (August 3, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

the most obvious choices r viru n sunny.......n then rahul sachin vishwanath kapil dhoni kumble srinath zaheer prasanna.....luks the most preferred choice.....sorry for azhar saurav vengsarkar bhajji n laxman

Posted by gyanesh_don on (August 3, 2010, 11:05 GMT)

If its for test eleven then I would request cricinfo to include srikanth,shashtri and for that matter manoj prabhakar(who played as an opener in quite a few matches).Why the list is already trimmed? We should have been given some more choices

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 11:02 GMT)

all time greats Sunil gavaskar, virendar sewag, gundappa viswanath, tendulkar,dravid,kapildev, krimani, venkatraghavan,kumble,prassanna,chandrasekar

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 10:57 GMT)

So Guys, who would be LEADING the all time XI ? I think that would be the most debatable position ? Gavaskar and Sehwag the ideal openers India has ever produced. Notable Mentions definitely has to be Pankaj Roy and Vijay Merchant

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 10:55 GMT)

My all time XI would be: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, GR Viswanath, Vinoo Mankad, Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Kumble, Prasanna and Zaheer Khan 12th Man: Srinath

Posted by Optimistix on (August 3, 2010, 10:55 GMT)

Sunny and Viru, of course.

And while it's a bit surprising to see Sidhu in the running, well, if Atherton can be compared to Hutton and Hobbes, then anything goes.

Posted by KevinJJJ on (August 3, 2010, 10:55 GMT)

Without a doubt India XI should be Sunil Gavaskar (C), Virendra Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S.Laxman, M.S. Dhoni (Wk/Vc), Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble, Bishan Bedi Reseve: Azharudhin, Harbajan, Vishvanath

Posted by U.V. on (August 3, 2010, 10:48 GMT)

Great, actually i was waiting for this. I think the best all time Indian XI should be like this - S.M. Gavaskar, V.Sehwag, R. Dravid, S. Tendulkar, M. Azharrudin, Kapil Dev (Captain), S. Kirmani, A. Kumble, Z. Khan, Shreenath, E.Prasanna.

Posted by fsdb on (August 3, 2010, 10:45 GMT)

Amazes me people can choose Kumble over Chadrasekhar, a man who bowled India to test victories at the Oval and Sydney among other places and who Viv Richards recknoned had a bouncer as quick as Jeff Thomson - go figure!

Posted by sanjumadhav on (August 3, 2010, 10:44 GMT)

Sunny and Viru. Other confirmed spots - Sachin, Kapil, Kumble, Chandra, MSD, Azhar, Vishy, Ganguly and Vinoo Mankad.

Posted by suvo1987 on (August 3, 2010, 10:43 GMT)

Selecting the team india is very hard work. Selection of opening & the 3rd & 4th position is very easy task.Openers r Sunny nd Viru.3rd and 4th position for Dravid and Sachin. 5th position is either for the Vijay Hazare (first complete batsman who ws representing the india) or VVS .Both has very similar track record.Vjayji (47.65) nd VVS(46.51).But my vote goes for Laxman for his temperament.But most tough position is 6th position.3 player deserve this position.1.Vishawanath(41.93) ,2.Dada(42.17),3.Vengsarkar(42.13).But due to the track record and experience and talent dada is better than them .I ve another reason tht he is left hander(best left hand batsman in india) and he is also allrounder.7th for Dhoni(wk/batman).8th For Kapilji(Captain and allrounder).9th position for Jumbo.10th for Srinath and 11th position for Prasannaji and 12th man is Zaheer for bouncy track.So my team is Viru,Sunnyji,Dravid,Sachin,VVS,Dada(VC),Dhoni(WK),Kapliji(C/ALL),Kumble,Srinath,Parsannaji nd Zaheer.

Posted by fsdb on (August 3, 2010, 10:40 GMT)

@Xolile "Margaret Elizabeth Gough, otherwise known as Geoffrey Boycott's Grandmother, would have averaged 71 with the bat if she played First Class cricket in India during the 1930s and 1940s."

Don't know the good lady myself. But I tell you what - the fact that you could make a comment like that about a pre-Partition (yes look up that word on Wikipedia) era which witnessed the likes of Mo Nissar, Amar Singh, Jahangir Khan, Lala Amarnath and CK and CS Nayudu bowling - indicates that Margaret Elizabeth Gough might beat you hands down in an IQ test.

Posted by sachin150 on (August 3, 2010, 10:33 GMT)

My team Openers: Gavaskar, Sehwag Middle Order: Dravid, Sachin,Vijay Hazare Allrounder:Kapil Dev WK: MS Dhoni Fast Bowlers: Srniath and Mohammad Nissar(India's best fast bowler) Spinners: Kumble and Prasanna/Chandrashekhar

Posted by jokistan on (August 3, 2010, 10:32 GMT)

where is Kris Srikkanth? He was the first attacking opener, better than Sidhu Sidhu and Sehwaj modeled themselves after him

Posted by fsdb on (August 3, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

WTF?! Navjot Siddhu? In whose demented fantasies?! He cannot even be compared to the incomparable Mushtaq Ali who (never mind about dancing down the wicket to spinners) used to dance down the wicket and sweep fast bowlers. Don't take my word for for the callibre of the man - ask Vijay Merchant, or CK Nayudu, or read Keith Miller's foreword to Mushtaq's autobioghraphy. Failing that, get Vinoo Mankad in as all round leftie and opening bat.......

Posted by essel1 on (August 3, 2010, 10:26 GMT)

India's top XI would be as difficult as the others, but Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, and Kapil Dev should be automatic choices. The top 4 could be joined by Shewag as the opener, Azzuruddin and Gangully (also Captain) in the middle order, Kirmani as the keeper, Bedi and Kumble as the spinners while the last fast bowling slot should go to Srinath, but then Vengsarkar and Vishvanath would consider themselves unlucky as would Dhoni, Chandershekar and Prassana....cheers

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 10:24 GMT)

Kapil Dev will make it as an Allrounder and also in the Opening Bowlers list. We should have 3 specialist spinners in the team. We have had occasions when India played 4 spinners. One other opening fast bowler is more than enough. Remember when Pataudi opened the bowling.Like the West Indies who had surplus fast bowlers , we have a long list of great spinners. Dont want to list because of the fear of omitting few more great spinners. Kumble, Venkat, Chandra, Bedi, Prasanna, Nadkarni, Doshi VV Kumar etc etc etc and Shivalkar too who missed out playing for India because of this surplus factor.Maybe also Muthiah Muralidharan who has dual citizen status.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 10:21 GMT)

Sehwag and Gavaskar, that was a easy one.

Posted by jayaprakaash83 on (August 3, 2010, 10:20 GMT)

Well, Most of the positions are very predictable. Their record speaks for themselves.

Gavaskar and Sehwag opening, followed by Dravid and Sachin. Kapil Dev for the all-rounder slot. Sreenath as one of fast bowlers and Kumble as the primary spinner.

So the left out positions are for Keeper, No.5, and two more bowlers.

Posted by vinod_tendulkar on (August 3, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

Disagree with the author"No potential, then, or such things as "entertainment value", just proven performance." come on, performance measurements are always subjective. if we depend on statistics alone to pick players, selectors will not be needed, a computer might as well do the job. My choice for openers would be sunil gavaskar for the sheer weigt of runs he scored against the west indies run machine, and virendra sehwag. though sehwag is a risk, it is a risk worth taking, cricket is played and won more often in the mind rather than in the field. so the risk od having someone who will put fear into the minds of the opposition is worth taking, although i wonder how he would have fared against the fearsome pace quartet of the west XI- Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vishwanath, Kapil, AmarSingh, Kirmani, Mohd Nissar/Srinath/Zaheer, Subhash Gupte(our finest slow bowler), Kumble(vastly improved player abroad in later half of his career and our deadly on crumbling wickets)

Posted by Nagaich on (August 3, 2010, 10:14 GMT)

My all time best team :- Gavaskar,Sehwag,Dravid,Tendulkar,Vishwanath,Engineer,Kapil Dev,Zaheer Khan,Prasanna,Kumble & Chandrashekhar. 12th man Eknath Solkar

Posted by raghu86 on (August 3, 2010, 10:11 GMT)

My 11 would be: sehwag, gavaskar, dravid, tendulkar, laxman, kapil, dhoni, srinath, zaheer, kumble and chandrasekhar. Missing out closely are : merchant, hazare, vengsarkar and azhar.

Posted by vikrach on (August 3, 2010, 10:08 GMT)

1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Viswanath 6. dhoni/kirmani 7. Kapil Dev 8.zaheer 9. Kumble 10. Chandra 11. Srinath

Reserves - Vengsarkar , bedi, vijay merchant.

Posted by cricketchopper on (August 3, 2010, 9:55 GMT)

Fast bowling has been the weakest department of indian team. To cover this weakness, there is a need to include two great fast bowling allrounders, I mean Vinoo Mankand and Kapil Deve. Moreover, to compensate this situation we have to include a batting wicketkeeper, therefore my team is: Gavaskar,Sehwag,Dravid,Sachin,Dhooni, Vinoo Mankand,Kapil Dev,Sri Santh, Zaheer Khan, Kumble, Herbhajan.

Posted by prashant1 on (August 3, 2010, 9:47 GMT)

@Xolile. That is nonsense. Boycott himself averaged 47.1 (less than his career avg. in India). Actually in the latter stages of a match- 4th,5th day etc. India is the worst possible place to play in. It is only in the last decade or so that Indian pitches have been holding up for the full 5 days.In any case all time greats such as Lara and Ponting too have particularly miserable records in India. Incredible ignorance on your part.

Posted by wally336 on (August 3, 2010, 9:46 GMT)

Pankaj Roy,Mushtaq Ali and Vinoo Mankad should have been there among the nominees

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 9:37 GMT)

Indian all time Test XI 1.Virender Sehwag 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Saurav Ganguly 6. Mahendra singh Dhoni 7. Kapil Dev 8. Javagal Srinath 9. Zaheer Khan 10. Anil Kumble 11 Harbhajan Singh.

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 3, 2010, 9:37 GMT)

Indian XI is probably the easiest to pick since they havnt had many greats. Gavaskar and Sehwag would be the openers.

Posted by bestbuddy on (August 3, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

Sunny and Viru for sure. Its going to be interesting to see whether cricinfo follow the same trends as other countries best XI's and only pick 1 spinner (or 2 if the second is an alrounder - not really realistic if you think that Kapil is hands down the best alrounder). Not sure it will have the best possible attack if they try that...a pity gambhir hasnt been around a few more years, he could challenge either sunny or dravid for the opening/1 down spot

Posted by cool_manager on (August 3, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

I am surprised with that why they should not add gautam gambhir in this list. He have the potencial, technique and temperament to have name in this all time XI and he is a left hander is well....... sehwag have the records & statics in his favor but his responcibilty level is very low. sidhu does not have the right technique to face semars in friendly conditions...... in my opinion this side is lead by sourav dada & for the wicketkeeper & vice captain post MS is right of candidate.....My XI is sunny, gambhir, dravid, tendulkar, sourav,kapil, MS, chandershekhar, bhajji, zaheer, ishant .....shrinath & kumble is rotation type

Posted by trepuR on (August 3, 2010, 9:32 GMT)

I must agree with just about everyone who has commented on this page: Gavaskar and Sewag, even though I don't like leaving out Vijay Merchant. I was going to go with Merchant until I looked at Sewag's stats outside of India where batting is so impossibly easy these days. Sure pitches all around the world are flatter than they used to be and the crumbling turners that Merchant batted on could be nightmares but Merchant also played 1st class cricket in India in the 40s where the standard of bowling he faced was poor. May I also point out that India have never been blessed with quality fast bowlers and that opening would be much easier than other places. It is such a shame that such a great player (and I maintain that he is great) didn't have a chance to prove himself away from home in the test arena so that we could judge him better.

Posted by pankajkumarsingh on (August 3, 2010, 9:30 GMT)

This is easy actually (1) Gavaskar (2) Sehwag (3) Dravid (4) Tendulkar (5) Ganguly (6) Kapil (7) Dhoni (8) Srinath (9) Zaheer Khan (10) Kumble (11) Prasanna (12th man) Ravi Shastri

Noteworthy (1) Chose Dhoni over Kirmani only because no. of matches Dhoni has won for India. In the end, thats what its all about (2) Chandrasekhar - Had to pick only one leggie. I could've gone with Chandra and Kumble but cricketing logic defied that. (3) Chose Shastri because he was India's second best all rounder and has has won a few matches for India. His strongest aspect was - you could use him anywhere in the batting lineup - from 1 to 7. As a bowler, he was a decent no 5 bowler, providing relief to frontline attack and taking a wicket or two in the process. (4) Ofcouse - all the pre- 70 era players who I never got a chance to observe.

Azhar cannot be considered on ethical grounds.

One-day team would be quite different though

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 9:26 GMT)

1)srikanth 2)sehwag 3)sachin 4)azharuddin 5)dhoni 6)yourajsingh 7)kapildev 8)kumble 9)zaheer khan 10)srinath 11)chandrasekar.

dhoni & youraj current top players they must included all time eleven

Posted by ben.pullan13 on (August 3, 2010, 9:24 GMT)

Why not have Engineer as a wicket-keeper opening the batting with Sunil Gavaskar? If not Gavaskar and Sehwag are the right pair.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 9:23 GMT)

well out of 4 nothing to choose from actually gavasker and viru have got class well its the middle order where you guys really have scarth your heads keeping fab 4 out will be not easy and well i m not considering the oldies

dravid sachin kumble kapiv dev dhoni will be there for sure not quite sure of harbhajan ganguly and laxman through

Posted by kunuko on (August 3, 2010, 9:20 GMT)

An absolute No-Brainer.... Sunny Sir and Viru Paaji of course !!! The final team would possibly be : Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Shastri, Kapil Dev, Dhoni/Kirmani, Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Kumble and Prasanna. 12th Man would be Azhar. Both Shastri and Kapil Dev were named in the Top 20 all-rounders of the world by Cricinfo and there is no doubt about that. This team effectively would play with 4 outstanding batsmen, 2 world class all-rounders (one rfm & one sla who can bat quite a bit), a keeper-batsman & 4 outstanding bowlers. It also has 2 world class slip catchers in Gavaskar and Dravid for all the edges, Kapil, Kumble & Prasanna would have induced. Having said that we can have a second and third XI with : Srikkanth, Laxman, Vengcarkar, GR, both Manjrekars, 2 Amarnaths (Lala & Jimmy), Tiger Pataudi, Sidhu, BS Bedi, Chandrashekhar, Engineer and Contractor (no pun intended), Venkatraghavan, Vinoo Mankad, Ramakant Desai, Prabhakar, Harbhajan, Venky Prasad, Nayan Mongia.....

Posted by SUNDOS on (August 3, 2010, 9:15 GMT)

Its tough to pick an all time X1,,Who would they play against,conditions playing and otherwise have changed drastically.But here's my Test X1..Gavaskar,Sehwag,Dravid,Tendulkar,Pataudi,Engineer,Kapil Dev,Kumble,Prasanna,Zaheer,&Bedi. with the" Nabob Tiger" AS THE obvious captain. The likes of Vengsarakar,Lakshman,Vishwanath,Kirmani,Chandrashekhar,Jaisimha,Ganguly,Sardesai,Wadekar,Solkar,Srinath,Venkat,Vijay Hazare and Merchant,Mushtaq Ali, Arun Lala,Durrani,Venky Prasad,all unfortunatekly miss out

Posted by kapilesh23 on (August 3, 2010, 9:10 GMT)

hey why is sidhu in this should be gavaskar and sehwag.a lot of comments point out the west indian great past bowling .but it could be clearly understood that the fiery pace bowling is a thing of past and from here onwards we will only have fast medium so sehwag and gavaskar are the best choice .

Posted by TMS8137 on (August 3, 2010, 9:09 GMT)

My all time XI would be 1&2. Sehwag and Gavaskar 3. dravid 4. tendulkar 5. Viswanath 6. Kapil 7. Kirmani 8. Kumble 9. Sriniath 10. Zaheer 11. Prasanna. But no left handers though....

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 9:06 GMT)

my pick will be sunny bhai and viru without a all time 11 is suil gav.,viru,dravid,sachin,dilip vengsarkar,saurav ganguly(c),dhoni(wk/vc),kapil dev,kumble,srinath,prassana/chandrashekhar/bedi......and at no.11 pos. i would take chandrashekhar but since there would be 2 leggies so i put in prassana and bedi all 3 are great......

Posted by King_Viv on (August 3, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

Surely there can be no discussion on the openers - Sonny and Viru! Middle order for me would all be from the modern era - Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly (c) and Azharuddin. Kapil is a shoe in for the all rounder spot, Dhoni as wk and the bowlers - Kumble, Zaheer and Chandrasekhar. Ganguly has pushed out Laxman, Viswanath and Vengsarkar since he is an attacking south paw. given this hypothetical team assumes all players at their peak, the 5th bowler would be made up of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ganguly

Posted by KBowser on (August 3, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

Sehwag and Gavaskar as openers. India's batting will be strong and its bowling weak. Even so there is no way that Kapil Dev could be picked at six - he batted 184 times for India and batted in the top 6 on 21 occasions (for an average of 25 and one score above 50 - thanks StatsGuru). Suggest Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Mankad, Kapil, Kirmani/Dhoni, Srinath/Zaheer, Bedi, Chandra. Vishy, Azhar, Kumble, Harbhajan, Laxman unlucky to miss out. Strong batting (probably as strong as Australia, England and WI) but easily the weakest bowling line-up of all of the teams along with Sri Lanka. Maybe they should consider a team of Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Azhar, Mankad, M. Armanath, Shastri, Dhoni, Kapil and play for a draw because they would never bowl Australia, WI, England out even once even with their best bowling.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

good comments by Xolile!!

Margaret Elizabeth Gough, otherwise known as Geoffrey Boycott's Grandmother, would have averaged 71 with the bat if she played First Class cricket in India during the 1930s and 1940s.

The automatic selection : Sunny & Viru

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:57 GMT)

My complete XI should look like this: Sunil Gavaskar, Vijay Merchant, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Vijay Hazare, MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Mohammad Nissar, E. Prasanna.

Posted by ChinmayD on (August 3, 2010, 8:55 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Viswanath, Laxman, Dhoni (c/w), Kapil Dev, Srinath, Kumble, Prasanna.

I guess you could swap Laxman with either Bedi or Chandrashekher if required.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:54 GMT)

I picked Merchant and Gavaskar. Sehwag is a very very good option but just can't ignore the great hero of early years in Indian test cricket. A first class average of 70+ is a magnificent achievement! Had he played more tests, he would have definitely achieved lot more.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:52 GMT)

Viay memon shud b there though unfortunately i'm sure he wnt make it...Pooor him...

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:52 GMT)

1. Sunny 2.Srikanth 3.Viru 4.Sachin 5.Azhar 6.Dravid 7.Dhoni 8.Kapil 9.Kumble 10.Srinath 11.Zaheer 12. Amarnath/Ganguly/Prasad/

Posted by Jasonharcourt on (August 3, 2010, 8:51 GMT)

To me, this list of candidates betrays a lack of class amongst Indian opening bats. Gavaskar is a no-brainer, would probably have been in the World XI when he was in his pomp, but the others aren't particularly inspiring. I went with Merchant, as his record was superb at a time when playing in India didn't necessarily mean everyone scored 200 every time they went out to bat.

Posted by thianavi on (August 3, 2010, 8:48 GMT)

Sidhu? Seriously? What happened to guys like Pankaj Roy?

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:47 GMT)

My all time 11: 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Gundappa Viswanath 6. Vinoo Mankad 7. Kapil Dev 8. Engineer 9. Kumble 10. Srinath 11.Zaheer 12th man Sad to leave Ravi Shastri, Chandrasekhar, Laxman,Mohinder Amarnath,prassana

Posted by tusharkardile on (August 3, 2010, 8:47 GMT)

1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Sachin 5. Azhar 6. Kapil 7. Engineer 8. Vinoo Mankad 9. Harbhajan 10. Sreenath 11. Kumble

Posted by RDH1 on (August 3, 2010, 8:38 GMT)

1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Ganguly (Preferred lefty over Yuvraj/Raina) 6. Kapil 7. Dhoni 8. Srinath 9. Kumble 10. Harbhajan 11. Zaheer. M certain this Indian XI would be #1 in Tests in any era; presuming all stars here playing in their best form & fitness

Posted by JK.5555 on (August 3, 2010, 8:37 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, azhurddin,laxman,Kapil Dev,dhoni(batting purpose), harbhajan, Kumble, Zaheer.

Posted by Gilliana on (August 3, 2010, 8:37 GMT)

I have noticed that all you guys had left out classic Azaharuddin. I watched this guy bat in Adeliade the last time he visited. He scored a breathtaking century in what was one of the most wristy and classical batting displays ever. I will go further and say that Azaharuddin was one of the most stylish and wristy batsman ever to don whites. Without him in the team there would definitely be something missing. Gavaskar and Sehwag are my choices to open the batting.

Posted by avinash11may on (August 3, 2010, 8:36 GMT)

To me, a Sehwag-Gavaskar combination is mouthwatering, with due apologies to the greatness of Merchant. No second thoughts for that. The middle order slots have two surities in Tendulkar and Dravid. The fight for the only remaing slot is damn intense, with the likes of Hazare, Vijay Manjrekar, Umrigar, Pataudi, Vengsarkar, Vishy, Azharuddin, Laxman and Ganguly. Given the obvious weakness in pace department, we can go with two pacers and two spinners only. Fifth bowler is always underbowled.It means Kapil will come as bowling all rounder together with Srinath or Zaheer as the new ball partner, followed by tow spinners in Kumble and either of Bedi, Gupte, Prasanna, Chandra and Harbhajan. This would allow the luxury of playing two more batsmen and we can have Azhar and Vengsarkar in the side. Kirmani will be the wicketkeepr for his better skills than Dhoni. My Team is: Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vengsarkar, Azhar, Kapil, Kirmani, Kumble, Srinath and Prasanna/Gupte/Chandra/Bedi.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:34 GMT)

Your committee is a joke. Sehwag is the greatest batsman in the world today and the best ever from India - just look at his strike rates and the quality of the attacks he has demolished incl Steyn, Murali, McGrath etc. Sidhu?????.

Based on statistics this is the best XI in batting order

Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Vinoo Mankad, Engineer, Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, Nissar and Chandra.

Srinath vs Zaheer is close and so is Engineer vs Kirmani. But weight has to be given to gents who performed overseas and those who played a lot - Merchant only played 10 tests. Nissar only played 6 but just look at its first class record - 707 wickets at an avg of 17 runs a wicket !! Vishwanath vs Dravid is a tough one, Vishy could bat at no 5 and have Hazare (avg 48 and great knocks against Australia) at no 3. Old timers had no weak teams to play against, dont forget that when judging averages. Bedi misses out because a leftarmer, Mankad was India's greatest allrounder.

Posted by sanjay324 on (August 3, 2010, 8:28 GMT)

The team: 1.Gavaskar,2. Sehwag,3. Dravid, 4.Tendulkar,5.Ganguly(C),6.Dhoni(WC),7.Kapil Dev(All rounder),8.Srinath(fast bowler),9.Zaheer(fast bowler),10.Kumble(spinner),11.Bedi(spinner) Twelveth man: Azharuddin

Posted by JK.5555 on (August 3, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman , Kapil Dev, Kumble, Zaheer,harbhajan,

Posted by asefali on (August 3, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

From the choices it seems that you are picking the team only for Test. Because if it was for ODI, Sachin and Ganguly should have been there. Though Sachin will be surely selected as middle order batsman but if you are thinking about ODI he should be Opener. By the way, this choice is very easy: Gavaskar & Sehwag

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:17 GMT)

My all time 11: 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Gundappa Viswanath 6. Vinoo Mankad 7. Kapil Dev 8. Engineer 9. Kumble 10.Zaheer 11. Srinath 12th man Sad to leave,Prassana, Chandrasekhar, Laxman,Ravi Shastri and Mohinder Amarnath

Posted by cricinme on (August 3, 2010, 8:13 GMT)

Sidhu in that slot ... laughable stock.

Posted by MFNadeem on (August 3, 2010, 8:00 GMT)

My last thoughts on this post: If you search the list of highest averages in first class averages, you will see that Vijay is just behind the great DON, which is remarkable. Can we make a First class XI too? Vijay is certainly there.

Posted by usman_nile1994 on (August 3, 2010, 7:56 GMT)

My all-time XI would be : 1. Sehwag 2. Gavaskar 3. Dravid 4 Tendulkar 5 Azharuddin/Vishwanath 6 Dhoni (wk) 7 Kapil Dev (C) 8 Kumble 9 Bishan Bedi 10 Amar Singh 11 Mohd Nissar I will pick two spinners as there are india's main strength. I will pick Amar Singh and Nissar because their short careers' stats were greater than any other indian fast bowler and their long 1st class careers in indian batting pitches shows their quality. I don't think Srinath and Zaheer could terrorise the opposition.

Posted by MFNadeem on (August 3, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

As a guess, I would choose an Indian best team before it is final. Let me see...

Sunni, Viru, Rahul, Sachin, Laxman, Ganguly/Azhar (c), Dhoni, Kapil, Kumble, Bedi, Srinath

Posted by ygkd on (August 3, 2010, 7:52 GMT)

Pity Kumar Ranjitsinhji is not available. In his absence, Merchant could partner Gavaskar, otherwise there would be too many current players and the current team is not that great as to sweep the selection field, even in the batting department. If Sehwag comes in, then Dravid would miss out, by the time you pick Mohinder Armanath, Vijay Hazare and Moh. Azharuddin. Even then Dravid might still miss. Personally, Tendulkar could well be the only current player to reasonably make it, now that Anil Kumble has retired.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 7:52 GMT)

Well its true that selecting India's all time XI is pretty easy... but It was most awaited also from cricinfo.....For openers surely Sehwag and Gavaskar....

Posted by MFNadeem on (August 3, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

In place of Sidhu, Gambhir could get a place who averages more than 50 in comparable number of test matches (32 against 51).

Posted by BaddiShining on (August 3, 2010, 7:47 GMT)

My all time XI: 1.Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Sachin 5. Vishwanath 6. Azhar 7. Kapil Dev 8. Syed Kirmani 9. Kumble 10. Srinath 11. Prasanna; 12th Man: Zaheer Khan. Basically spots 1, 2,3,4,7,9 are pretty straight forward. If we choose three spinners than one of Vishwanath/Azhar makes way for one more spinner (prolly Chandrashekhar). If we stick to the current combo then among middle order batsmen there would be debate between Vishwanath, Azhar and Vinoo Mankad. Laxman, Vengasarkar and Ganguly have inferior records (both in terms of centruries per test match, overseas record and rec ord against top quality bowling) to be considered in the same league. My choice would be in the order Azhar, Vishwanath and then Mankad. So if we pick 4 bowlers and Kapil Vishwanath misses out, if we pick three bowlers and Kapil then both Azhar and Vishwanath make it. As for bowlers, Zaheer and Srinath are quite close and can swap, no other pace bowler even qualifies.

Posted by MFNadeem on (August 3, 2010, 7:45 GMT)

Since it is not a First class team to pick here, so there is no problem in choosing Sunni and Viru (Sunni can get a place/nomination in all-time commentators list too). Otherwise, it is compelling me to check the list of those great first class players who played 150 first class matches and their averages are about 70, just like Vijay Marchant. What a career!!!

Posted by sanjayverma on (August 3, 2010, 7:40 GMT)

My Eleven will be -1.Gavasker,2.Shewag,3.Sanjay Majrekaer/Dravid,4.Sachin,5.viswanath,6Vengsarker/Laxman,7.Dhoni,8.Kapil Dev,9.kumble ,10.Srinath/Zaheer,11.Harbhajan/Chadrashekeher.

Posted by nvngupta on (August 3, 2010, 7:34 GMT)

at last the indian XI. contrary to other teams i think indian team will be largly represented by modern palyers say post 1971 or to say post SMG. the real challange will be picking 4 bowlers who can support kapil . whether it is two pacers or two spinners. my team will be gavaskar, sehwag, dravid, sachin, laxman, kapil, kirmani, kumble, zaheer, srinath with bedi/parsanna. about @ pakspin ... what a irrelevant comment. we are picking up indian XI that too only the openers. where is the question of Dravid over sachin. i think some people will never learn.

Posted by Eejalab on (August 3, 2010, 7:33 GMT)

An all time XI can also be ur ideal XI. Would've been happy for Gautam Gambhir had his name featured in this line-up. Though its an easier one., Sehwag & Gavaskar..

Posted by s.kant on (August 3, 2010, 7:32 GMT)

I think there r very few doubt regading all time best test eleve. In my vew sunny should open with veeru followed by Dravid and tendulkar. azaharuddin will be at no 05 being an excellent fielder and an outstanding skill of captaincy. mohinder amarnath will be at no 06 who can utilise at any foreign pich as a seem bowler. tough is selecting bowler and keeper. In my view batting skill of dhoni in spite an ordinary keeping skill may be considered in his favour. Kapil deo partner should be zaheer being L.H. Kumble will lead the spin deptt in partnership of parsana. 12th man will be Solkar. beautiful to see this combination.

Posted by prasanth.kongati on (August 3, 2010, 7:27 GMT)

easy pickings as they call..gavaskar and viru...and i am still waiting that is there any all time XI from all these all time XIs of specif countries??

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 7:27 GMT)

For me, choosing the two Indian openers was very easy. Sunil Gavaskar is the master of defence and resilience, while Virendra Sehwag is the master of attack. Sidhu does not deserve to be in the contention at all. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Gundappa Vishwanath will probably be the middle-order. But what will be interesting is who will be the No. 6! I would take Vinoo Mankad - India's best test all-rounder, IMO. And I would prefer him over Bedi as a left-arm spinner. Here is my team:

1.Sunil Gavaskar(c) 2.Virendra Sehwag 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Gundappa Vishwanath 6.Vinoo Mankad(vc) 7.Farook Engineer(vc) 8.Kapil Dev 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Anil Kumble 11.Erapalli Prasanna

Posted by prasanth.kongati on (August 3, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

easy pickings as they call..gavaskar and viru...and i am still waiting that is there any all time XI from all these all time XIs of specif countries??

Posted by vineetphysics2006 on (August 3, 2010, 7:16 GMT)

@xolile............... my grandmother would have averaged 102 had she played in bradman's period......................just taking few names by awe don't make them great................see how englishman speak of gough....anderson.......etc. all ordinary but listen to boycoot.........they look to be legends of game.........eglish laways tend to hype all their things.........also bradman time fast bowlers.......that's why he looks great........otherwise he would have been only reasonable

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 7:15 GMT)

the easiest of all. Sunny with Sehwag.... strong defensive batsmen with class opening with one of the most attacking batsmen. awesome combo.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 7:14 GMT)

This one isn't difficult at all. Merchant was a fantastic player, but Gavaskar and Sehwag could both stake potential claims in a World All-Time Test XI (as it stands, the former more so than the latter, but that could still change).

Posted by Sach_is_Life on (August 3, 2010, 7:13 GMT)

Where is Gambhir ?32 test matches around 3000 runs at an avg of 52 odd..and more than that one of the very few genuine openers 4 India..Still not enough 2 get his name on the list atleast? I know even if he's there..its still Gavaskar and Veeru..But common..u guys should've atleast mention his name here..Sad..!

Posted by vineetphysics2006 on (August 3, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

plz. don't go by star-power................ my choice for test is gavaskar and merchant.........

Posted by JogeshPanda on (August 3, 2010, 7:04 GMT)

I think Indian's struggle for consistent opening pair is long, the choice is obvious Sunny and Viru, a perfect foil for each other, One out and out attacking and the other a long Innings player. If you look at the link;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;team=6;template=results;type=batting Its easy to get top 5 opener of India, I would rate Gambhir ahead of Siddhu because of consistency, Siddhu was amazing against Warnie but abroad he was wanting. Although a double-century in Carrebian is an aberration. Siddhu will come in top 5 opener.

Posted by ashishkumar36 on (August 3, 2010, 7:03 GMT)

There is not any doubt about the openers - GAVASKAR and SEHWAG. My all time 11: 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Hazare 6. Mankad 7. Kapil Dev 8. Dhoni 9. Amar Singh 10. Kumble 11. Nissar

Posted by viru_fan on (August 3, 2010, 7:01 GMT)

Hands down it should be viru and SMG. simply because SMG has a solid defense and viru can win matches single handedly. Viru's record speak for themselves for all those who commented on his credibility. he will be the only indian to score a 400 by the time he retires. to add on gambhir should have been in the list of nominations. he is another fine player. if not SMG then viru and gauti would be an ideal opening pair.

Posted by Beers on (August 3, 2010, 7:01 GMT)

These 8 will be in the XI for sure after alll the voting and blah blah...10000%

Gavaskar, Sehwag,Dravid, Sachin,Kapil,Dhoni,Kumble,Srinath

Posted by AKHILESH_ANALYST on (August 3, 2010, 7:00 GMT)

India is the easiest pick for All time 11.As most of them have played or still continue in last decade.Only discussion on second spinner & 5th place Batsmen or may be someone wants to play Kapil as all rounder & like to go with five bowlers or someone wants to go with six batsmen.Last discussion on captancy Gavaskar/Kapil.Team should be Gavaskar Sehwag, Dravid Sachin Visvnath/Azhar, Kapil, Dhoni/Farukh engineer,Srinath, Kumble, Zaheer, Prsanna/Bhagwat Chandrshekhar, Mohinder Amarnath 12th Man Backup for Dravid & Kapil both. With Amarnath in team India can reduce one bowler specially on fast wicket like West indies or england.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 6:47 GMT)

For tests, anybody's India XI will include the following eight players: Gavaskar Shewag Dravid Tendulkar Viswanath Dhoni Kapil dev Kumble

From the three remaining slots, Srinath and Zaheer Khan should make it. Now we already have four who are good in bowling. To get a good balance, Mohinder Amarnath could be the second alrounder. Unfortunately, among the batsmen, there are no left-handers.

Vengsarkar, Azar, Ganguly, Laxman and Chandrasekarwould probably make the sixteen.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 6:45 GMT)

I would have to pick Gavaskar and Sehwag here. Sidhu was not considered even the best opener of his time, though he did have his moments. Vijay Merchant was fantastic, but between him and Gavaskar, Sunny gets the nod.

The team I'm thinking of: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vengsarkar/Azharuddin, Amarnath, Kapil Dev, Engineer/Dhoni, Srinath, Kumble, and Prasanna.

Doesn't sound all that intimidating, does it? Outside of the subcontinent, this team might have to play for draws, though it has enough batting to bat for days. Bowling teams out? Not so much.

Posted by Shera on (August 3, 2010, 6:40 GMT)

WOW been waiting from soo long to c the india XI ... THNKS CRICINFO!!! well for the openers as easy as it can get ... a rock solid batsmen at one end in SUNIL GAVASKAR ... n MOUTH WATERING DASHLER at de other in VIRU SEHWAG !!!

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

I thing most of them forgetting the dada, he is one the best captain and best player in test and odi

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

Sunny/Sehwag of course. To be followed by Dravid, Sachin, Azhar, Mankad, Kapil, Engineer, Kumble, Zaheer, (Srinath on a green track/Prasanna on a turner... Karnataka boys rock) Sad to leave out Viswanath, Ganguly (can we have a non-playing captain?) and Laxman... but Azhar was incredible. And if anything, I will suggest Azhar captain. Keep the mobile phones away, that's all.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 6:36 GMT)

i think list is too short and players like Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Makad are forgotton from this list. STRANGE

Posted by aruntheselector on (August 3, 2010, 6:33 GMT)

Sunny is an automatic selection and Viru with the number of runs he has scored and the centuries and more imp the way he has scored will be partnering sunny.Merchant might have been a gr8 batsman,but truely speaking,other than Sunny and Viru,India has not produced any opener who was a world beater.Merchant & Sidhu feature in the list only because there was nobody else who could fill the numbers.It is only in the middle order, spin and wicket keeper there will be a good number of players who will make it to probables.Even though Sachin & Rahul are certainities,there will be a tough fight for the 3rd middle order batsman and wicket keeper too.If we take wicket keeping alone,then Kirmani,Engineer,More,Mongia all were good andmaybe even better than Dhoni.Fast bowling is a sad situation with only ZAK and Sri.Ideally the all-time India-11 must have 3 spinners and 2 fast bowlers.My team is Sunny,Viru,Dravid,Sachin,Vishy/Hazare,Kapil Dev,Kirmani/Dhoni,Srinath/ZAK,Kumble,Prasanna,Chandra/Bedi

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

Vijay Merchant & Sidhu are included here only to increase the length of this article since Sunny & Viru is automatic selection.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

One'd think that Gambhir - with his grit and consistency - has done enough to be short-listed. But, it's moot because there's just no looking past Gavaskar and Sehwag. Argubly, the best opening combination of any of the All-Time XIs.

Unfortunately, this is the only category where India can lay claim to be the best. Its best fast bowler, Kapil Dev, would struggle to make any of the top 5 sides.

Eight of XI are easy selections: Dravid, Tendulkar, Vinoo Mankad, Kapil, Kumble and Dhoni. Javagal Srinath too, and that just leaves 2 spots!

But the only way the Asian teams can even dream of competing against the star-studded XIs of West Indies or Australia, is to field a combined XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Miandad, Sangakkara, Imran, Kapil, Akram, Kumble & Murali.

Posted by abhi_cricinfo on (August 3, 2010, 6:24 GMT)

There is no Left handed opener ??

Posted by skbmithur on (August 3, 2010, 6:23 GMT)

Easy to pick Gavaskar & Sehwag.. same way it will be easy for next two before giving the option.. Wall dravid and master tendulkar....

Posted by Satish.V on (August 3, 2010, 6:16 GMT)

If Sidhu can make it to the list of contenders, so can Gambhir, Chethan Chauhan et al!

Posted by Alex10 on (August 3, 2010, 6:13 GMT)

A correction perhaps: Sidhu wasn't the first to make Warne look ordinary. In mid-90's, Salim Malik successfully attacked in Pak. Even before him, Kambli hit Warne for 20 in 1 over in a '94 Sharjah ODI (Siddhu could not hit Warne at all in Sharjah those days). Since Merchant only played 10 tests, the opening pair of SMG and Sehwag is a cinch. In fact, an all-time India XI merits head scratching on only who is bat at 5 & 6 and on which two spinners to pick. All other 7 are automatic choices.

Posted by Satish.V on (August 3, 2010, 6:13 GMT)

Opening batsmen have never been India's forte, bu Has India produced just 2 world class Openers from the time we started playing cricket?! Wonder why Sidhu is a part of the list!

Posted by waseemsarwar on (August 3, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

Sehwag with Sunil makes my fav. Attck with calmness, a great combination.

Posted by Sach.S on (August 3, 2010, 6:04 GMT)

This should be one of the easiest choices - Gavaskar and Sehwag are the two best.

Posted by cricfanraj on (August 3, 2010, 5:57 GMT)

May not be that tough pick. Gavaskar and Sehwag . Vijay Merchent is a very good player but Sunil and Viru will amke a perfect pair. My All time 11 - Gavaskar,Sehwag, Dravid,Sachin,GR Vishwanath,KapilDev,Dhoni,Sreenath,Prabhakar, Kumble and Prasanna /Chandrashekar

Posted by AB99 on (August 3, 2010, 5:56 GMT)

The team: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly (c), Vengsarkar / Laxman , Kapil Dev, Engineer / Kirmani (wk), Prasanna, Kumble, Srinath / Zaheer. Twelveth man: Eknath Solkar Ganguly knit the present Indian team (much like Border) that has become world no. 1 and therefore shd be the captain. MSDhoni is an average wk compared to Kirmani or Engineer. My choice would be Kirmani who was a better keeper of the two. For the second fast bowler, I would opt for Zaheer as he brings in the LH variety. Ganguly and Viru can be the additional bowler depending on the conditions. It can be Laxman (if vs Aussies) and Vengsarkar (if vs England)

Posted by Neutral_Human on (August 3, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

I always thought it would be much harder to choose when it came to India for me. but it wasn't when is I see some one like "Sidhu" with a medioce average of 42 odd in tests as the pick. May be there was no one else to be piced up from. I thin my team could very well be

Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vishwanath, Dhoni, Kapil, Kumble, Zaheer,Srinath and Bedi/Prasanna, with Azhar as the 12th man.

Posted by kushur on (August 3, 2010, 5:45 GMT)

Not much to choose there.. couldn't have been simpler - Gavaskar and Sehwag. No doubt.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

This is an easy pick. Not any of this generation (born 1980 and later) have seen Vijay Merchant bat therefore Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag makes a perfect opening pair for All-time India XI.Wish one of the two was a left-hander.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 5:42 GMT)

i was waiting for this since cricinfo started picking up all time xl for all the test naions..... i think some names are definately going make this Xl Gavaskar n sehwag as openers dravind n sachin at no 3 n 4 kapil dev at no 6 (all rounder) anil kumble(as leading spinner) G.vishawnath at no 5 lets wat will be the team ..

Posted by yomeshk on (August 3, 2010, 5:38 GMT)

It is Sunny and Viru....not much thinking to do in this.....VM was good but I would place Viru with awesome combination of class and attack together...lovely to watch.....

Posted by errapalliprasanna on (August 3, 2010, 5:34 GMT)

My all time 11: 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Gundappa Viswanath 6. Vinoo Mankad 7. Kapil Dev 8. Engineer 9. Kumble 10. Prasanna 11. Srinath 12th man

Sad to leave Subhash Gupte, Chandrasekhar, Laxman, and Azharuddin

Posted by Mani_1976 on (August 3, 2010, 5:30 GMT)

I think picking India's All Time XI will be the easiest as there are very few all time greats. Sunny & Viru for openers. Its a no brainer

Posted by BellCurve on (August 3, 2010, 5:28 GMT)

Margaret Elizabeth Gough, otherwise known as Geoffrey Boycott's Grandmother, would have averaged 71 with the bat if she played First Class cricket in India during the 1930s and 1940s.

Posted by Woody111 on (August 3, 2010, 5:28 GMT)

Bit of a thin list guys! Looks like Gavaskar and Sehwag walk it in.

Posted by Nipun on (August 3, 2010, 5:22 GMT)

Has to be Gavaskar & Sehwag !!!!

Posted by Supratik on (August 3, 2010, 5:14 GMT)

Just 4 in the shortlist of openers for India, goes to show how difficult India had it till one SMG came along. And the other 3 were converted openers! The selection would be easy if Sehwag goes to improve his consistency outside the sub-continent. Unfortunately the bowling that he has faced in the 21st century has been a far cry from the days of Merchant and SMG. My choice however, is Gavaskar and Sehwag simply because of the contrast and if Gavaskar and Srikkant were such a hit, then imagine what Gavaskar and Sehwag combo could do since the latter is several notches better than the current chairman of selectors!

Posted by vibhanshubisht on (August 3, 2010, 5:14 GMT)

The Indian XI must be among the easiest to pick - the openers (gavaskar, sehwag), two middle order batsmen are sealed ( tendulkar, dravid), allrounder (kapil dev), one pacer (srinath) and one spinner (kumble) are all sealed. The only open spots are the number 5, the keeper, the second pacer and the second spinner.

Posted by PiyushD on (August 3, 2010, 5:13 GMT)

It has to be S M Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag, no doubts over that one.

Posted by nlambda on (August 3, 2010, 5:12 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar & Virender Sehwag, it will be. Followed by Dravid and Tendulkar. Actually Indian XI is not hard to pick. Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, then 2 other bastmen, Kapil, Dhoni, Kumble, then one pacemen and one spinner. Sadly, the paceman is down to Srinath and Zaheer, and spinner is down to Bedi and Harbhajan. Only the two other batting slots will see competition.

Posted by arun_39 on (August 3, 2010, 5:02 GMT)

A few pick themselves by default in a XI of this sort: Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Dravid. However surprises abound when a jury adjusts for eras. It will be sad if they opt for Vishy & Hazare in the m-o over Dravid. The spinners will be where the contention will be the most. Kumble has to be there as India's most successful bowler ever regardless of how he spun the ball / adjusting for eras. If one considers strike-rates and victories abroad - Prasanna and Chandra inch forward. Based on several conversations I've had with one of India's spinning quartet I understand Gupte is held in high esteem as the father of Indian spin bowling. Likewise the same person considers Tamhane the best ever keeper on wicket-keeping abilities alone. So here's my projection, with surprises that the jury could throw in parentheses: 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Viswanath (Hazare) 6. Kapil Dev 7. Kirmani (Tamhane) 8. Kumble 9. Prasanna 10. Srinath (Nissar) 11. Chandra (Gupte).

Posted by bks123 on (August 3, 2010, 5:00 GMT)

Its not at all difficult. Gavaskar and Sehwag should be the automatic choices. I don't care what Merchant averages in first class cricket. To get selected in test team you at least need 3000 test runs (if you are from pre 1980 era considering few matches played on those days). But if you are from post 1980 you should have at least 5000 runs to be considered.

Posted by navin_agarwal on (August 3, 2010, 4:59 GMT)

Five years ago Vijay Merchant would have walked into the openers shoe into All Time india XI, but I am afraid not the case today. Have to pics Sehwag with Gavaskar, Figures dont lie. Only triple centurion from India, highest double centuries for India. Doesnt score big against minnows but milks the top teams. It is Sehwag and Gavaskar for me.

Posted by indfriend on (August 3, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

Sehwag & Gavaskar. yay!!!

Posted by Sitting-on-a-gate on (August 3, 2010, 4:57 GMT)

I think the Indian all time XI picks itself. Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Viswanath, Kapil, Engineer (wk), Srinath, Kumble(Capt), Chandrashekhar, Prasanna, Laxman (12th Man)...

Posted by aditya2008 on (August 3, 2010, 4:51 GMT)

no brainer really. gavaskar and sehwag.

Posted by dillipu on (August 3, 2010, 4:43 GMT)

Sehwag and Gavaskar are the best openers in India...but gambhir should have nominated..

My All Time India Team 1. Virendra Sehwag 2.Sunil Gavaskar 3. Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5. Saurav Ganguly/Md Azaruddin/Dilip Vengsarkar 6.MS Dhoni(wk) 7.Kapil Dev(c) 8.Zaheer Khan 9.Javagal Srinath 10. Anil Kumble 11.Harbhajan Singh/E Prassanna/BS Bedi

As India has not quality fast bolwers expect Zaheer, kapil dev and Srinath....India should go with two spinners . i think only two spots as mentioned are bit difficlut to pick...but nine spots are atutomatic selection.....

Posted by SubodhLal on (August 3, 2010, 4:41 GMT)

Here is a panel of names; for each of the 11 positions in the team: Openers: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Merchant Nos 3, 4,5: Dravid, M Amarnath, Vengsarkar,Tendulkar, V. Manjrekar, Vishwanath, Pataudi, Azhar, Laxman, Ganguly No 6,7,8: Kapil,V Mankad, Dhoni, Kirmani, Umrigar, Nayudu,Durrani N0 9,10,11: Kumble, Zaheer, Srinath, Prasanna, Bedi, Harbhajan

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:40 GMT)

Impressed by the composition of jury.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:37 GMT)

It has to be Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar. Very automatic.

Posted by Kunal-Talgeri on (August 3, 2010, 4:35 GMT)

I have often had the same problem with the all-time XIs that the author mentions: in the India case, only 2 from the jury have any sort of exposure or close connect with say Vijay Merchant. This affects the final XI, as was the case with South Africa if I remember correctly. My point is: how can a young audience, confined to the Internet, participate in an all-time XI? Even for the jury, how can they choose between a Sehwag and a merchant? Maybe, a historian of Guha' stature is well equipped. SOLUTION: Maybe, there has to be a national XI or World XI chosen by eras. That way, audiences and jury can be fair to the time and quality of players, even at the cost of imagining a Srikaanth open with Sehwag in a ODI XI, or Tendulkar batting with Gavaskar.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:35 GMT)

Choosing India all-time XI is THE SIMPLEST of ALL TEAMS. Sunny-Viru-The Wall-God who bats @ # 4 - Vishy - Azhar - Dhoni - Kapil - Kumble - Sreenath - Zaheer

Posted by arunish on (August 3, 2010, 4:32 GMT)

as they pick their shots wid also...thy pick thmslves !! sehwag & gavaskar !!

Posted by Shredderwoods on (August 3, 2010, 4:30 GMT)

I was eagerly waiting for this... Thank you Cricinfo.

Posted by vevenks on (August 3, 2010, 4:29 GMT)

No second thought...Viru and Gavaskar all the way!!!

Posted by SubodhLal on (August 3, 2010, 4:25 GMT)

1. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Virendra Sehwag 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Mohd Azharuddin 6. Kapil Dev 7. M.S. Dhoni, 8. Anil Kumble 9. Javagal Srinath, 10.Zaheer Khan 11.Erapalli Prasanna 12th Man: Polly Umrigar

Posted by hollandindian on (August 3, 2010, 4:22 GMT)

I think it would be a shame if you have to think about this one. Ofcourse Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag!!!!

Posted by usman_nile1994 on (August 3, 2010, 4:20 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir should also be in the list. Though i would not pick him ahead of Gavaskar and Sehwag but still he needed to be mentioned. This is not a hard one Sehwag and Gavaskar will form a great combination. One would use defence and one would attack. I m wondering about India's fast bowling bowling. With the exception of Kapil Dev there are no great fast bowlers. May be the jury would pick Amar Singh and M Nissar.

Posted by crazyhead on (August 3, 2010, 4:19 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar and Virendar Sehwag..

You can throw million nominations here, no one can dispute those 2 names. period.

Anyway for the sake of argument, Cheeka could have had a honourable mention and so, Gambhir..Not to forget others like Gaekwad and Chetan Chauhan.

Posted by New_Wind on (August 3, 2010, 4:19 GMT)

My all time India11 is - Sunil Gavaskar, Viru Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Vijay Hazare, MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Srinath, Kumbale, Bedi, Chandra with regrets for Vinu Mankad, Merchant, some middle order batsmen like Vishwanath, Vijay Manarekar and spinners like Prasanna, Gupte, etc.

The team looks biased towards modern greats but just look at the win percentage of various eras for Indian team and it justifies itself.

Ofcource hoping we wont be forced to include 3 pace and 1 spin attack :-) that will be joke here.

Posted by Chatha-empire123 on (August 3, 2010, 4:18 GMT)

My money is on Sunil Gavaskar and Sehwag. Gavaskar is probably the best opener I had ever seen. And Sehwag is a dashing opener.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:18 GMT)

sehwag and gavaskar are the automatic (and right) choice for the perfect 'jugalbandi' of attack and defense , madness and method ..and any more antithesis one wants to add

Posted by simz504 on (August 3, 2010, 4:13 GMT)

2 spots and 3 worthy candidates. Sehwag, Gavaskar and Vijay "the Brown Bradman" Merchant. (Sorry Mr.Sidhu, but at least you would be an automatic selection for the all-time Indian broadcast team...tokho taali)

As much as I want to include Merchant for his unreal avg of 71 in first class matches, Viru's unmatched pace for scoring and hunger for converting hundreds into 150+ scores get him in with Gavaskar in my book. Others may disagree/agree and thats fine, but Sehwag gets in at the No.2 spot for me.

Gavaskar is an automatic choice here. To score 10.000 runs first and that too in an era where fast bowlers were a terror to face (see Windies all-time XI bowling attack) with the new ball, is enough to make Gavaskar the automatic choice for the No.1 spot.

Posted by CricFan78 on (August 3, 2010, 4:12 GMT)

Sehwag and Gavaskar .... must say Merchant is very unlucky to miss out and Sidhu was never in fray.

Posted by dr_sachinfan_chennai on (August 3, 2010, 4:12 GMT)

What a perfect foil? S.M.Gavaskarr with V.Shewag... One man can kill bowlers by his defence and skill and other murders with his stroke play...

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:08 GMT)

So where is the most recent classical opening couple Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly!!!

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

oh common...there will be no doubt in this....gavaskar and sehwag..what a combination...!!!

Posted by ashishdas01 on (August 3, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

This is a no-brainer - Gavaskar & Sehwag. what is dissapointing though is there are only 4 choices to pick from ..and one of them is siddhu - is he is the list 'coz he didnt make it to the jury list ;-)

Posted by andrew.henshaw on (August 3, 2010, 4:06 GMT)

Definitely Gavasker, a tough one between Sehwag and Merchant as Merchant's average would have been alot higher playing in todays conditions. I'm going Gavasker/Merchant but i think the majority will go for Sehwag...

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (August 3, 2010, 4:05 GMT)

Finally...the India XI is here...dont know why it took Cricinfo so long...guess it's more to build the anticipation and interest...

My take would be the most obvious one...Sunny Gavaskar and Viru Sehwag...purely for the records and the impact that these players have on the opposition...

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:04 GMT)

any doubts!!!.... it has to be sehwag and gavaskar... however... u should have picked just for his flamboyance... Kris Srikanth.... although he would never make it into the final XI.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

any doubts!!!.... it has to be sehwag and gavaskar... however... u should have picked just for his flamboyance... Kris Srikanth.... although he would never make it into the final XI.

Posted by rohan024 on (August 3, 2010, 4:00 GMT)

its a no brainer...whenever a team is to be drawn down for India's great, the first name on that list should be of Virender Sehwag, even before Tendulkar, before Dravid and before Gavaskar. Its a shame that media galore kept calling the Indian middle order as Fab 4 when the matter of fact is that it was Fab 1 'Sehwag' at the top, which made middle order look better than it actually was. In the last 3 years, Dravid and Laxman have only focused on scoring their own runs with least regard to team needs and they should owe their inflated batting averages to Sehwag, who sets up the game for them. Hes the numero uno Indian cricketer.

Posted by anshu.sunny on (August 3, 2010, 3:57 GMT)

Gavaskar Sehwag Dravid Sachin Azhar Vengasarkar Kapil(C) Kirmani/Farokh Engineer Srinath/Lala Amar Singh Prasanna Kumble

Done N dusted

Beat this

Posted by manish_hrc on (August 3, 2010, 3:54 GMT)

Gavaskar & Sehwag all the way...

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 3:53 GMT)

I'd have to go with Sunny and Viru. Merchant has incredible First class stats but Viru is just a downright dominant force when he's out there. Oh, and I'd mention Gambhir here instead of Sidhu any day.

Posted by vinjoy on (August 3, 2010, 3:50 GMT)

I would go for Gavaskar and Merchant. I know Sehwag should be as much an automatic choice as Gavaskar is... but I would have loved to see how he woulld have 'opened in 1990s and early 2000 with Ambrose/Walsh, Akram/Younis, Donald/Pollock, and McGrath/Warne. I do not fancy too much success for him, may be scores of 4, 17, 172, 39, 5, 0, 95, 2. I do not vote for such players.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 3:49 GMT)

Gavaskar and Sehwag!! is there any choice. Love to choose Vijay Marchent, but not sure you can ignore SG and VS.

Posted by BillyCC on (August 3, 2010, 3:47 GMT)

Gavaskar secures one spot. I have seen Sehwag and Sidhu play but not Merchant. However, take one look at Merchant's record and you need to pick him, just like you need to pick the likes of Headley, Hobbs and so on even if you haven't seen them play. Sehwag is a better pick than Sidhu because he is also a mighty matchwinner, but don't forget, Sehwag can also be a match loser. Nevertheless, class is permanent and I would pick Sehwag if not for the record of Merchant's.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 3:46 GMT)

This is an easy pick..Indians for ages have had opening problem and those who emerged were far and few but exceptional. Gavaskar and Sehwag, the chalk and cheese of Indian cricket, would be my pick. I feel Chetan Chauhan merited a mention as much as Navjot Siddhu. I also do not understand the comments on Gavaskar disqualifying himself. Whatever his comments, he was the best India produced. Infact he would be picked by many as the best opening batsman of all time in the world.

Posted by srb3md on (August 3, 2010, 3:45 GMT)

i would say a very easy one for the jury.. Gavaskar and Viru.. simple and straightforward..

Posted by Jithinz on (August 3, 2010, 3:41 GMT)

have you guys forgotten Gautam Gambir? he doesnt deserve a place in the probables atleast?

Posted by ns_krishnan on (August 3, 2010, 3:39 GMT)

No arguments what so ever. Gavaskar and Sehwag.If Gavaskar can't see off the shine, sehwag will smash it off.

Posted by TMS8137 on (August 3, 2010, 3:39 GMT)

WAS there ever a doubt? With apologies to merchant, an opening combo of sehwag and gavaskar just seems to fit India.

Posted by pakspin on (August 3, 2010, 3:35 GMT)

My pick...Rahul Dravid over Tendulker...all the way...less selfish and more of a match winner and match saver...the wall..

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 3:30 GMT)

Sehwag and Gavaskar, hands down :)

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India Jury

Sambit Bal
Sambit Bal
Editor, Cricinfo
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Mankad, Kapil Dev, Dhoni, Srinath, Anil Kumble, Prasanna
Harsha Bhogle
Harsha Bhogle
Cricket commentator, presenter and writer. Has covered nearly 100 Tests and over 400 ODIs
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Viswanath, Umrigar, Mankad, Kapil Dev, Kirmani, Kumble, Srinath
Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha
Historian and cricket writer. Author of A Corner of a Foreign Field, Wickets in the East, Spin and Other Turns, and editor of the Picador Book of Cricket
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, CK Nayudu, Mankad, Kapil Dev, Kirmani, Kumble, Prasanna, Nissar
Arun Lal
Arun Lal
Played 16 Tests and 13 ODIs for India between 1982 and 1989. Currently a cricket commentator
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Mankad, Lala Amarnath, Kumble, Srinath
Pradeep Magazine
Pradeep Magazine
Has written on cricket for the last three decades for various Indian newspapers. Author of the book Not Quite Cricket. Currently advisor, sports with the Hindustan Times
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Mankad, Kapil Dev, Kirmani, Kumble, Srinath, Prasanna
Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar
Played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India between 1987 and 1996. Now a cricket commentator and presenter for ESPN Star
XI: Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Mankad, Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Prasanna, Gupte, Srinath
Ayaz Memon
Ayaz Memon
Sportswriter for 30 years. Former editor of Sportsweek and former sports editor of the Independent and the Times of India. Has covered over 100 Tests, more than 250 ODIs, and six World Cups
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Mankad, Kapil Dev, Dhoni, Kumble, Zaheer, Nissar
Suresh Menon
Suresh Menon
Former sports editor of the Pioneer and the Indian Express in New Delhi, Gulf News in Dubai, and former editor of the New Indian Express in Chennai. Currently a columnist with publications in India and abroad
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare, Mankad, Kapil Dev, Dhoni, Srinath, Prasanna, Kumble
R Mohan
R Mohan
Resident Editor of the Deccan Chronicle, Chennai. Formerly cricket correspondent of the Hindu and The Sportstar for nearly two decades. Has reported live close to 150 Test matches and more than 300 ODIs, including five World Cups.
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Merchant, Tendulkar, Hazare, Kapil Dev, Dhoni, Mankad, Srinath, Kumble, Prasanna
Vasu Paranjape
Former Mumbai and Baroda player, and former coach of Mumbai and of the National Cricket Academy
XI: Gavaskar, Merchant, Tendulkar, Hazare, MAK Pataudi, Phadkar, Kapil Dev, Mankad, Tamhane, Gupte, Prasanna
Sharda Ugra
Sharda Ugra
Senior editor, Cricinfo. Cricket writer for two decades with Mid-Day, the Hindu and India Today magazine
XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Mankad, Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Kumble, Srinath, Zaheer