September 28, 2010

ESPNcricinfo to pick World XI

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ESPNcricinfo is set to pick an all-time world Test XI as the conclusion to its 15-month-long exercise of selecting all-time XIs for the leading Test countries.

The team will be selected from the 88 players who made it to the all-time teams for their countries.

The jury consists of a former captain from each of the top eight Test-playing countries - Ian Chappell, Tony Greig, Clive Lloyd, Ajit Wadekar, Intikhab Alam, Ali Bacher, Duleep Mendis and John Wright - and four cricket writers and historians: Gideon Haigh, Peter Roebuck, David Frith and Ramachandra Guha.

In the front rank of contenders are such all-time greats as Don Bradman, Garry Sobers, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne, all of whom were unanimously voted into their respective country XIs.

Each jury member will pick two XIs - his first-choice world team and a second XI. A weighted points system will be used to determine which players make it to the composite world team.

ESPNcricinfo users will have the opportunity to pick their XIs from the same shortlists as the jury, here. The readers' choice team will be announced at the same time as the jury's XI.

"It was only natural that our all-time XI series for the top Test-playing countries should culminate in an all-time World XI," ESPNcricinfo editor Sambit Bal said. "It's an apt finale to what has been a hugely successful exercise. Not only have these features been widely read, but our readers have participated in numbers in picking their own XIs.

"We have taken great care in choosing the jury for the world XI. All the cricketers on the panel have been captains, thus well-versed in the business of selecting teams. Also, they have either played alongside, or watched first-hand, a significant number of the nominees."

The shortlists

Openers Arthur Morris, Barry Richards, Glenn Turner, Gordon Greenidge, Graeme Smith, Hanif Mohammad, Marvan Atapattu, Saeed Anwar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sir Conrad Hunte, Sir Jack Hobbs, Sir Leonard Hutton, Stewie Dempster, Sunil Gavaskar, Victor Trumper, Virender Sehwag

Middle order Arjuna Ranatunga, Bert Sutcliffe, Brian Lara, Dudley Nourse, George Headley, Graeme Pollock, Greg Chappell, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis, Javed Miandad, Ken Barrington, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Martin Crowe, Martin Donnelly, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Vijay Hazare, Wally Hammond, Zaheer Abbas

Allrounders Aubrey Faulkner, Chaminda Vaas, Imran Khan, John Reid, Kapil Dev, Keith Miller, Mike Procter, Sir Garry Sobers, Sir Ian Botham, Sir Richard Hadlee, Vinoo Mankad

Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, Alan Knott, Ian Smith, Jackie Hendriks, John Waite, Kumar Sangakkara, MS Dhoni, Rashid Latif

Bowlers Abdul Qadir, Allan Donald, Anil Kumble, Ashantha de Mel, Bill O'Reilly, Curtly Ambrose, Daniel Vettori, Dennis Lillee, Derek Underwood, Erapalli Prasanna, Fazal Mahmood, Fred Trueman, Glenn McGrath, Harold Larwood, Hugh Tayfield, Jack Cowie, Javagal Srinath, Lance Gibbs, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rumesh Ratnayake, Shane Bond, Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock, Somachandra De Silva, Sydney Barnes, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram

Pick your world all-time XI

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  • POSTED BY Battled on | October 1, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    6,7 - Two all rounders; Sir Sobers is a shoo-in; The other has to be a GREAT fast bowler who can bat; That takes out Faulkner, Reid and Mankad; Vaas is a good bowler but not great; Kapil didnt bowl well in England, SA and New Zealand; Sir Botham didnt perform against West Indies (the dominant team then); Procter is an enigma; that leaves Miller, Sir Hadlee and Imran. All have impressive & identical bowling records; good records against all countries AND AT ALL VENUES; so the difference has to be batting; Sir Hadlee drops out; Not much between Miller and Imran; I'll go with Imran for his reverse swing.

    Wicketkeeper 8 - On pure wicket keeping skills; Alan Knott; Dont require batting wicket keeper with a batting lineup like here on top.

    Bowlers 9,10,11 - One fast bowler and two spinners; Malcolm Marshall, Warne and Muralitharan. 5 bowling options Marshall, Imran - Fast men, Sir Sobers (left hand seam, swing, orthodox and and chinaman spin), Warne - Legbreak, Murali - Offbreak

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  • POSTED BY Battled on | October 1, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Well....... My team selection....... with explanation 1,2 - Need a right left combination to start the innings, but had a tough time choosing a GREAT leftie; Smith has not done well against good teams barring england, ditto Anwar and Jayasuriya; that leaves Arthur Morris - the man who kept out Hayden from the all-time Australian XI...... so its Morris and Sir Len Hutton (Honorable mention to Sir Jack Hobbs and Sunil Gavaskar) 3,4,5 - Sir Don is a shoo-in, Tendulkar is a shoo-in, again need atleast one leftie; Lara is a very good choice but his position in the bating order is taken by the Don; Border and Ranatunga lack class (gritty though), Sutcliffe and Donnelly are good but not great; that leaves Graeme Pollock (the man with the second best batting average of all time)

    Since there is a space constraint, its continued in the next comment

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    @amtava0112 - You reached almost at the same conclusion where I am already. You said two openers, Two middle orders, one Bating allrounder (Sobers),One Bowling allrounder(Imran),one Wk, Two or Three Same Bowlers with Warne and/or Murli.

    Your team is Hutton,Gavaskar,Don,Sachin,Sobers,Gilly,Imran,Marshal,,Warne,Lillee, Murli (in some situations Waseem in place of Murli)

    My team is almost same: Hobbs,Gavaskar,Don,Viv,Sobers,Imran,Gilly,Marshal,Warne,Lillee,Murli

    Now you see the only real difference is Sachin vs King Richards. Tell me, do you really think that out of 12 neutral jury members most of them are going to vote Sachin instead of Richards?

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    @Siva Raman - Dear their will be two teams. For the first eleven names would be on separate sheet and counted separately from second Xi sheets. Repetition of names in the 12 sheets for first XI would decide the fate of Sachin. You can hope that in only 3 to four sheets there will be name of Sachin. Names of Don & Sobers would be almost in all the sheets. Name of Richards would be almost 9 to 10 sheets. On the other hand name of bowling allrounder Imran/Hadlee/Miller would be at around 8 sheets. This situation would compel jury to select one of bowling allrounders and when they select a bowling allrounder they will not compare individual votes of Imran/Hadlee/Miller etc. with Sachin. They will only see what bowling allrounder gets more vote. So Sachin has to compete only with Viv Richards. If jury members from all over the world prefer Sachin over King Richards then Sachin will be selected. Now tell me, how much chances Sachin has to surpass Viv Richards when voters are from neutrals.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    As for a middle order batsman, it is certain that Sachin is quite a favorite among the new breed of Indian fans but it happens to be that there have more than fine players than him in time , not to say that he is considered the "God" .But in my XI i would certainly compromise him for Graeme Pollock. Sachin is a class above,there is not even slightest out doubt in that , but his fans make feel a social outcast for not being a die hard fan of him. Now for an all rounder, there have been only four real contenders for the spot;Imran,Sir Botham ,Sir Sobers and Sir Hadlee. All of them where basically bowling all rounders, except for Sobers i guess.

    So my XI would be : Sir Leonard Hutton,Sunil Gavaskar,Sir Donald Bradman, Graeme Pollock,Sir Viv Richards,Imran Khan,Sir Garry Sobers,Adam Gilchrist,Wasim Akram,Dennis Lillee,Shane Warne.12-man Sachin Tendulkar

    But wouldn't be great to have our names in the list ;)

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Remember Each Jury Have Select Two XI.Former Captains Of Top 8 Test Teams And 4 Writers & Historians In The Jury's.Finally 12*2=24 XI will be Submitted,The Most Repeated Players Will Be In Final All-Time Test World XI.I Think Sachin will Be Included In Either First Or Second Choice Or Both XI Of Each Jury.Ther Is No Possibility To Omit Sachin In Both XI Of One Jury,Remember Sobers Will Be Included As All-Rounder Not As Batsman Because Shortlist Is Formed Like That Way,If One All-Rounder In The XI There will Be 4 middle order except WK & Opener Then Sachin Can Easily Enter Into XI, If There Only 3 Middle Order Then Sachin Will Be Selected Ahead of lara.

  • POSTED BY Shabnam-Narain on | October 1, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Hi guys, What is this Sachin issue. Here in our locality in Mumbai people are playing Satta about inclusion of God of Cricket in world eleven team. It all seems rubbish.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Hi Cricket Fans,The Jury's Not Select Players By Only Records,They See Lot Of Things.I Think Sachin Is Have Records As Well As Mostly He Don't Get Angry Even He Was Given Out Wrongly Which Is Good For Cricketer.Even Though The Greatest Players Bradman,Sobers,Richards etc Are In Competition,I Can Challenge Sachin Will Be Selected In XI.I Don't Have Hope But I Have Cofidence On Jury's..!Let's Wait And See Who Are Included And Excluded In XI.....!

  • POSTED BY amitava0112 on | October 1, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    The cricnfo mode of selection is faulty..wudlike to keep 2 batters in middleorder with 3rd as batting allrounder..20 wkts reqd to win test so bowling to be strong..have published my XI on 29/9..explaining my selection.. Hutton(best reord as opener of yesteryrs),Gavaskar(thought abt Barry Richards a more aggressive option but Sunnys longevity +record vs pace edges out Barry),Bradman(any doubts?),Tendulkar(his longevity,solidity,records just abt edges out Viv who did v well vs Lillee/thommo/Willis but did not hv to face Marshall & co),Sobers(LHB batting allrounder- edges out G Pollock-a grt leftie,Border,Lara both of whom carried their teams alone for much of their careers),Imran(fast bowling allrounder&capt),Gilchrist(Healy is better wk but with 5 batters above.Gillys batting skills reqd+ a top wk anyway),Akram(Best left arm fast revswing bwlr+capable bat),Marshall ,Lillee(2 best amongst fastmen) & Warne(just edges out Murali-better batting skills) On spin tracks Murali to repl Akram

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 1, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    @cricfanraj: You must have been in mars if you think Murali gets defensive very quickly. In ODIs if the team is in need to stop boundaries especially in the last few overs, yes then like all bowlers a defensive field is set. But Murali doesn't get defensive easily during initial & middle overs of ODIs and Tests. In fact he enjoys when a batsman is attacking because then the opportunity to get wickets increases. As for Warne being better than Murali - check Wisden the bible of cricket who the greatest bowler ever is or ask any Indian batsman (the best players of spin) who was more difficult to play @first_slip: True that, If Sanga was an Aussie then he would've had much more recognition and as I said before it should be either Alan Knott (Pure wicketkeeping skills) or Sanga (Wicketkeeper-batsman better stats than overrated Gilly)

  • POSTED BY Battled on | October 1, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    6,7 - Two all rounders; Sir Sobers is a shoo-in; The other has to be a GREAT fast bowler who can bat; That takes out Faulkner, Reid and Mankad; Vaas is a good bowler but not great; Kapil didnt bowl well in England, SA and New Zealand; Sir Botham didnt perform against West Indies (the dominant team then); Procter is an enigma; that leaves Miller, Sir Hadlee and Imran. All have impressive & identical bowling records; good records against all countries AND AT ALL VENUES; so the difference has to be batting; Sir Hadlee drops out; Not much between Miller and Imran; I'll go with Imran for his reverse swing.

    Wicketkeeper 8 - On pure wicket keeping skills; Alan Knott; Dont require batting wicket keeper with a batting lineup like here on top.

    Bowlers 9,10,11 - One fast bowler and two spinners; Malcolm Marshall, Warne and Muralitharan. 5 bowling options Marshall, Imran - Fast men, Sir Sobers (left hand seam, swing, orthodox and and chinaman spin), Warne - Legbreak, Murali - Offbreak

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  • POSTED BY Battled on | October 1, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Well....... My team selection....... with explanation 1,2 - Need a right left combination to start the innings, but had a tough time choosing a GREAT leftie; Smith has not done well against good teams barring england, ditto Anwar and Jayasuriya; that leaves Arthur Morris - the man who kept out Hayden from the all-time Australian XI...... so its Morris and Sir Len Hutton (Honorable mention to Sir Jack Hobbs and Sunil Gavaskar) 3,4,5 - Sir Don is a shoo-in, Tendulkar is a shoo-in, again need atleast one leftie; Lara is a very good choice but his position in the bating order is taken by the Don; Border and Ranatunga lack class (gritty though), Sutcliffe and Donnelly are good but not great; that leaves Graeme Pollock (the man with the second best batting average of all time)

    Since there is a space constraint, its continued in the next comment

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    @amtava0112 - You reached almost at the same conclusion where I am already. You said two openers, Two middle orders, one Bating allrounder (Sobers),One Bowling allrounder(Imran),one Wk, Two or Three Same Bowlers with Warne and/or Murli.

    Your team is Hutton,Gavaskar,Don,Sachin,Sobers,Gilly,Imran,Marshal,,Warne,Lillee, Murli (in some situations Waseem in place of Murli)

    My team is almost same: Hobbs,Gavaskar,Don,Viv,Sobers,Imran,Gilly,Marshal,Warne,Lillee,Murli

    Now you see the only real difference is Sachin vs King Richards. Tell me, do you really think that out of 12 neutral jury members most of them are going to vote Sachin instead of Richards?

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    @Siva Raman - Dear their will be two teams. For the first eleven names would be on separate sheet and counted separately from second Xi sheets. Repetition of names in the 12 sheets for first XI would decide the fate of Sachin. You can hope that in only 3 to four sheets there will be name of Sachin. Names of Don & Sobers would be almost in all the sheets. Name of Richards would be almost 9 to 10 sheets. On the other hand name of bowling allrounder Imran/Hadlee/Miller would be at around 8 sheets. This situation would compel jury to select one of bowling allrounders and when they select a bowling allrounder they will not compare individual votes of Imran/Hadlee/Miller etc. with Sachin. They will only see what bowling allrounder gets more vote. So Sachin has to compete only with Viv Richards. If jury members from all over the world prefer Sachin over King Richards then Sachin will be selected. Now tell me, how much chances Sachin has to surpass Viv Richards when voters are from neutrals.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    As for a middle order batsman, it is certain that Sachin is quite a favorite among the new breed of Indian fans but it happens to be that there have more than fine players than him in time , not to say that he is considered the "God" .But in my XI i would certainly compromise him for Graeme Pollock. Sachin is a class above,there is not even slightest out doubt in that , but his fans make feel a social outcast for not being a die hard fan of him. Now for an all rounder, there have been only four real contenders for the spot;Imran,Sir Botham ,Sir Sobers and Sir Hadlee. All of them where basically bowling all rounders, except for Sobers i guess.

    So my XI would be : Sir Leonard Hutton,Sunil Gavaskar,Sir Donald Bradman, Graeme Pollock,Sir Viv Richards,Imran Khan,Sir Garry Sobers,Adam Gilchrist,Wasim Akram,Dennis Lillee,Shane Warne.12-man Sachin Tendulkar

    But wouldn't be great to have our names in the list ;)

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Remember Each Jury Have Select Two XI.Former Captains Of Top 8 Test Teams And 4 Writers & Historians In The Jury's.Finally 12*2=24 XI will be Submitted,The Most Repeated Players Will Be In Final All-Time Test World XI.I Think Sachin will Be Included In Either First Or Second Choice Or Both XI Of Each Jury.Ther Is No Possibility To Omit Sachin In Both XI Of One Jury,Remember Sobers Will Be Included As All-Rounder Not As Batsman Because Shortlist Is Formed Like That Way,If One All-Rounder In The XI There will Be 4 middle order except WK & Opener Then Sachin Can Easily Enter Into XI, If There Only 3 Middle Order Then Sachin Will Be Selected Ahead of lara.

  • POSTED BY Shabnam-Narain on | October 1, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Hi guys, What is this Sachin issue. Here in our locality in Mumbai people are playing Satta about inclusion of God of Cricket in world eleven team. It all seems rubbish.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Hi Cricket Fans,The Jury's Not Select Players By Only Records,They See Lot Of Things.I Think Sachin Is Have Records As Well As Mostly He Don't Get Angry Even He Was Given Out Wrongly Which Is Good For Cricketer.Even Though The Greatest Players Bradman,Sobers,Richards etc Are In Competition,I Can Challenge Sachin Will Be Selected In XI.I Don't Have Hope But I Have Cofidence On Jury's..!Let's Wait And See Who Are Included And Excluded In XI.....!

  • POSTED BY amitava0112 on | October 1, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    The cricnfo mode of selection is faulty..wudlike to keep 2 batters in middleorder with 3rd as batting allrounder..20 wkts reqd to win test so bowling to be strong..have published my XI on 29/9..explaining my selection.. Hutton(best reord as opener of yesteryrs),Gavaskar(thought abt Barry Richards a more aggressive option but Sunnys longevity +record vs pace edges out Barry),Bradman(any doubts?),Tendulkar(his longevity,solidity,records just abt edges out Viv who did v well vs Lillee/thommo/Willis but did not hv to face Marshall & co),Sobers(LHB batting allrounder- edges out G Pollock-a grt leftie,Border,Lara both of whom carried their teams alone for much of their careers),Imran(fast bowling allrounder&capt),Gilchrist(Healy is better wk but with 5 batters above.Gillys batting skills reqd+ a top wk anyway),Akram(Best left arm fast revswing bwlr+capable bat),Marshall ,Lillee(2 best amongst fastmen) & Warne(just edges out Murali-better batting skills) On spin tracks Murali to repl Akram

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 1, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    @cricfanraj: You must have been in mars if you think Murali gets defensive very quickly. In ODIs if the team is in need to stop boundaries especially in the last few overs, yes then like all bowlers a defensive field is set. But Murali doesn't get defensive easily during initial & middle overs of ODIs and Tests. In fact he enjoys when a batsman is attacking because then the opportunity to get wickets increases. As for Warne being better than Murali - check Wisden the bible of cricket who the greatest bowler ever is or ask any Indian batsman (the best players of spin) who was more difficult to play @first_slip: True that, If Sanga was an Aussie then he would've had much more recognition and as I said before it should be either Alan Knott (Pure wicketkeeping skills) or Sanga (Wicketkeeper-batsman better stats than overrated Gilly)

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    SACHIN IS THE GOD OF CRICKET. IF HE IS NOT IN ALL TIME XI, THEN IT'S A SHAME TO CRICKET ITSELF.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    To M..R - I agree with you completely. This is what I am trying to tell the people that one bowling allrounder and one wicket keeper plus four specialist bowlers would make a balanced team and in presence of Don,Viv & Sobers in middle order, there is no space available for great Sachin Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY M..R on | October 1, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    There is a problem with this poll - with the batting strength available, Sobers will be at 5 and Gilly at 6, meaning that there are only 2 middle-order batting positions available. This option in not available in the poll. Look at this team, and tell me that another batsman is needed: Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton (averaged 87 in opening partnerships), Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Keith Miller (a bit of a dead heat with Imran), Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall, Dennis Lillee, Sydney Barnes. Gavaskar, Sehwag and Richards are unlucky, Tendulkar, Lara, Headly and Weekes are unlucky, Murali and O'Reilly are unlucky, as are McGrath and Wasim (very!). But whatever changes you make, the 5 & 6 mean that there is no space for a 3 man middle order.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    TO EverybodylovesSachin - Dear even if Pakistani cricketers are banned for selection in this World XI, even then there is no chance for great Sachin. I also love him so much but alas! he will not be selected by the netural jury. Instead an allrounder like Richards Hadlee/Botham would be placed as fourth batsman. This is the fate please try to digest it. I myself want Sachin in the XI badly because I love him but what to do he don't deserve a place in this ellite club of Super Greats.

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | October 1, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    @cricfanraj mate, Gilchrist use to score more from outside edges through third man and fine leg of his Puma bat than other areas of the ground, through he did play few good innings as well, when you compare with Sangakkara as a batsmen, well there isn't any comparison with sangakkara, sanga is way ahead, when its come to wicket keeping both players sequel, but sangakkara tend to take absolute blinders more often than Gilchrist, so if you think fare and square Sangakkara is a better Player than Gilchrist, but unfortunately People doesn't like to give what they diserve to Srilanken players like they do to Murali & Sanga, if you take the records of those two & their counterparts you can see the truth...but this world is not a fare world, i am sure those two players not going to make any of those XI's because they are sri lanken...

  • POSTED BY Truecricketbuff on | October 1, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    I would go with : Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Tendulkar, Chappel, Sobers, Knott, Marshall , Akram ,Donald, Warne.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | October 1, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Jury, do not pick Pakistani players. Their will be match and spot fixing...We will be in trouble and ICC will have to ban them.........Please consider my request.....

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    To BillyCC - Dear, This is an all time world Xi. No jury member is going to disturb/challenge the place of all time greats. This is not possible. The Selection of World Xi is comparatively very easy as compare to XI of any particular country. I give you an example. Suppose selection of spinner is under consideration. Everyone would look to Warne & Murli or greats of past like Bill O Relly. The jury member from Newzealand cannot insert Daniel Vettori. If he does, he knows that he is the only one to do so. So he will not do so. Similarly, no jury member belonging to any other country except India try to Include Sachin in the middle order when Don,Viv & Sobers are already there and now need of a bowling allrounder being felt severely. Therefore, the selection criteria would be very limited and you will not see any amazing thing like inclusion of Sachin or Sehwag etc.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    To Everyone: Please bear this fact in mind that this is not the selection of one particular country Xi. This is world XI and jury is comprised of members from every cricketing country. I mean the old established greats like Don,Sobers & Richards cannot be neglected just for the sake of Sachin by the jury Members. Suppose Ian Chappel tries to insert another australian among middle order, then he will try to insert Greig Chappel not Sachin. Lloyed can not un-necessarily include Sachin but if he does include fourth middle order batsman, it would be George Headly/Lara, not Sachin. The purpose of this debate is to save emotions of Sachin Lovers from being hurt by the reality. The team which is going to be selected by ESPncricinfo would be this in natural order: Hobbs,Gavaskar,Don,Viv,Sobers,Gilchrist,Imran,Marshal/Akram,Warne,Lillee,Murli

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    FANS OF SRT: Please bear this fact in mind that this selection is being done under the Umbrella of ESPN. Three top cricketers of ESP Legends of cricket are, Don,Sobers & Viv. They are certain selection and their selection leaves no room of Sachin. I respect your love for Sachin but you have to live with reality and facts. Prepare your minds for exclusion of Sachin from World XI.

  • POSTED BY crktcrazzy on | October 1, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    cricinfo has hit an axe on its own leg by not having ponting in the list.they have shown their bias against him and therefore as a result their articles abt ponting will not have any credibility. but i know where ponting will be, he will be captaining the team playing opposite world XI and knowing ponting he will enjoy there more

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | October 1, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    I am noticing a general weakness in many of the sides selected. Not that it matters, because I don't think people are picking sides for a fantasy game. Nevertheless, the common team that has been suggested so far has been the following: Hobbs and Gavaskar to open, with Bradman, Tendulkar and Richards as the middle order. All are right-handed which doesn't exactly give the lineup an advantage when they turn the strike over, and it advantages bowlers who prefer right-handed batsman to bowl at.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | October 1, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    If you see ESPN Legends of Cricket list. You will find that Top rank openers are Jack Hobbs & Gavaskar at No.5 & 10 respectively. At No.1,2 & 3 are three all time greatest batsman. These five are certain selection. Sachin is at No.7 but question remains whether there is need of five bowlers or four bowlers beside sobers. A world XI with restricted bowling options would not be reasonable. So there will be 5 bowlers and one wicket keeper. Shane Warne is at No.4, Lillee at No.6 & Imran at No.8. Imran is going to be selected as bowling allrounder. Warne & Lillee are considered greatest bowlers by ESPN jury. They are also certain selection. Now place remains for one wicket keeper, one fast bowler and another spinner. Among other specialist bowlers Marshal & Akram are at the top at No.16 & 21 respectively. Now one place remains for another spinner which is easy to be handed over to Muralitharen. The team is: Hobbs,Gavaskar,Don,Viv,Sobers,Gilly,Imran,Waseem,Marshal,Warne,Lillee,Murli

  • POSTED BY Truecricketbuff on | October 1, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Bradman and Tendulkar are the best batsmen cricket has ever produced. So , they are mandatory . The other 9 slots are open for debate.

  • POSTED BY prashant1 on | October 1, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Make that 5 Tendulkars, Gilly , 3 Akrams, Warne, Murali.

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | October 1, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Guys One suggestion. Don't degrade one great to say other is better. ViV, Sachin, Bradmen ,Sobers these are gift to game

  • POSTED BY muski on | October 1, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Brnugget- Abt Sir Viv.I have done an analysis and find that he has played 28 tests against India,34 test against Australia,16 against Pak, 36 against Englishmen and 7 against Kiwis. There was hardly anybody worth his salt to test his skills except for Lillie and Thommo in Aus and Willis to some extent in England, the two teams against whom he has played the max. 3 of the 4 great Indian spinners played against him in his first series in India.The English bowling at the time started and ended with Willis. He has hardly played against Imran and Hadlee in his career. Does this analysis throw some light on the calibre of bowlers for whom Viv was a nightmare (Bowlers like Jonathan Snow who was the opening bowler for England could been one of them ). If this is still not convincing, sample this.Viv averages 47.56 in Australia-1760 runs in 22 test. Certainly not something to talk of for a so called destructive batsmen against one of the better attacks of that day.

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | October 1, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    @Debajyoti Roy Sir Gary Sobers will be a better batsmen than ViV.In fact the order for more complete batsmen .(Off course my own)goes like Bradmen,Sachin,Sobers,G.Pollak and ViV Richards I'm not commenting on Cricketchopper comments because its evident that we wants Sachin out so thats his opinion so be it. Few people din't picked Bradmen also :-) Can't help..But when Bradment said he is the best need to really worry little about other commnets. Must admit Creating list was an eye opener for me also . Till now I was underestimating Imran's contribution (even nowI think Sobers is the best all rounder by distance .no change in that.). TO be honest I never heard any batsmen (Except in one interview by Mohinder Amarnath) that he is the most fearsome bowler. If you really look at stats Imran he was amazing bowling average @ 22.He can pick as bowler alone. But we are picking the best from the best group. SO U have Marshal and Lillle so ignored him went for McGrath.

  • POSTED BY eZoha on | October 1, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    I have been following cricket for the last 15 years and also enjoy knowing about the previous greats. Here is my world XI, although I know nobody cares :-) ... 3 middle orders, 2 all-rounders and 3 bowlers. ## Sunil Gavaskar > Jack Hobbs > Donald Bradman > Brian Lara > Viv Richards > Garry Sobers > Imran Khan > Adam Gilchrist > Wasim Akram > Shane Warne > Curtly Ambrose.

  • POSTED BY Bilal_Choudry on | October 1, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    the world xi should be balanced as in a combination of swing, seam, out n out fast, spinners for left and right handers ... a batting line which has at least 2 left handers and a set of openers who should be technically sound.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    @Cricketchopper

    "There will be 3 middle order batsman and they are Bradman, Sobers & Viv. You know Sachin is good but not equal to these three greats."

    According to who, you? You're pathetic.

    Comparison can be made between Don and SRT..............maybe Richards. But definitely not Sobers.

    Only Three are certain...........Gavaskar, Don and Sachin.

    My XI -(Just my opinion....what i think. :D)

    Sunny Sehwag Don SRT Viv Lara Gilchrist Imran Wasim Warne McGrath

  • POSTED BY lsd123 on | October 1, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Why we need more Tendulkaras.... Lara is better than Tendulkar. Bcz Tendulkar scoring runs with most powerful batting line up.So he can score more. But Lara played with weak WI side. Lara has scored an 20% of his team runs, a feat surpassed only by Bradman (23%) and George Headley (21%). My XI would be: Jack Hobbs,Sunil Gavaskar, Don Bradman, Viv Richards,Brian Lara, Gary Sobers, Richard Hadlee,Kumar Sangakara (Better for Test Team than Adam Gilchrist), Wasim Akram, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan. Hardly missed out : Tendulkar,George Headley, Graeme Pollock, Malcom Marshall

  • POSTED BY BRNUGGET on | October 1, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    I am surprised to see some chaps carping ag the legendary Master Blaster KING Sir Vivian Richards. No all time world XI can be complete without KING VIV. He is the perfect No 3, his very entrance was a sight for the Gods to see. Without helmet, he destroyed some of the fastest quicks of all times and dictated terms to them. His performances during Packer World series during late 1970s was unbelievable, it had history's fastest ever bowlers in one arena and KING VIV mauled them like no one could. Period, no all time XI can exist without Sir Issac Vivian Alexander Richards

  • POSTED BY Neil247 on | October 1, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    @BillyCC. LOL, right about the dead tracks, but not so sure with the master of reverse swing going at it. In any case, With 5/6 Tendulkar's you would only ever get a draw.

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | October 1, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Neil247, your team would be strong but easily smashed by mine: Gavaskar, 3 Bradmans, 2 Sobers, 1 Sangakkara, 1 Khan, 1 Warne, 1 Murali, 1 Marshall. I like the 6 Tendulkars but the 4 Akrams would be a dud on flat wickets where a bit of spin and bounce is required.

  • POSTED BY muski on | October 1, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Loung-Each of us seem to have a different parameter to judge the greatness. From what you say, you seem to have been making a list of " all time destructive batstmen" which is different from what is expected. Sunny was not a destructive batsmen by any standards- that does not prevent him from being an all time great and in my view the best opening bastsmen ever to have graced this game.Maybe you need to check with the bowlers of his time like Imran,Lillie,Thommo, Croft,Roberts or the later ones like Wasim to see how they felt when bowling to him. Its not about boom boom, bang and wham. Its all about technique, occupying the crease and of course scoring the runs.You will do well to remember that Test Cricket is not about entertainment. It is test of cricketing skills. Aussies are worried about Sehwag more becoz he scores his runs fast and can change a game on its head quickly. That does not mean they are not worried about SRT, Dravid or VVS. Hope this settles all your doubts about SRT.

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | October 1, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Here's my team: (1) Gavaskar, (2)nd opener (either Sehwag or any other destructive opener who can make sure that he eats runs quickly if the opposition post a total of say 600 and gives his bowlers a chance to WIN the match), (3) Don (Captain) (4) Tendulkar (5) Viv Richards (6) Gary Sobers (Perfect All-rounder: An EXCELLENT batsman and a VERY GOOD FAST bowler, who can be used as a spinner as well in sub-continent, A Perfect option for 5th bowler) (7) Gilchrist(WK) (8) Akram (9) Murlitharan (10) Marshall (11) McGrath

  • POSTED BY Neil247 on | October 1, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    @cricketchopper, lougn_singh etc :Vs. the toughest opposition in the world for Richards,Lara and Tendulkar- Australia. In the toughest place to play them at- Home. So, vs Aus IN Aus. Richards : 39 inn, 1760 @ 47.56 ,4 100s .....Lara : 35 inn , 1469 @ 41.97, 4 100s .....Tendulkar : 30 inn , 1522 @ 58.53 ,6 100s....Take a wild guess who the toughest opposition should be most scared of when playing in their own backyards.

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | October 1, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Logic of going with 2 main spinners at the cost of Sachin Tendulkar could have come only from an anti-Sachin. :) Anyway... @ CricketChopper Even if jury members decide to go according to your logic of 5 bowlers, you'll be SURPRISED to see Sachin Tendulkar instead of Viv Richards. Be ready for this shock, mate.

  • POSTED BY Abhishek_Singla on | October 1, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    I am wondering, why some people are "jealous" of the achievements of Sachin.....??? People like @Cricketchopper are born as Sachin bashers and will die as Sachin bashers. Instead of selecting a team, he is trying to defame Sachin with his stupid points. Even they know what is the status of Sachin in cricket world. They deny the greatness of Sachin because they are not able to digest it. Sachin is a Don Bradman for Don Bradman himself. No justification is needed for this.

  • POSTED BY kapilesh23 on | October 1, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    it will be fantastic to have sachin and lara in one team i don't know about the world eleven but in my fantasy i would like sachin and lara at 4th and 5th position .they are greatest players i have seen in my lifetime i would just love to watch them play together .this is strictly not for this world eleven selection .

  • POSTED BY sbansban on | October 1, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    PART TWO OF TWO, CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POST: For penetration, accuracy, seam & swing we need to consider Lille and McGrath, Imran and maybe Miller & Botham (with the last three obviously adding their powerful batting to the mix as well (Hadlee & Kapil just missed out). Ideally I'd like two bowlers with extreme pace, at least one left arm quick, one off and one leg spinner with a left arm spinner as well, and one with stats way better than anyone else in history (SF Barnes). So the lineup will look like this: Two out of the likes of Marshall, Roberts, Holding, Garner, Truman, then Warne & Murali, SF Barnes & Wasim Akram. But wait - that makes it six bowlers already without counting Sobers! And we are still leaving out Lille, Imran, Miller, McGrath, (Maybe Botham & Hadlee only if you consider their batting also) at least one of whom i'd like in my side as well - so we're talking about a side with seven bowlers plus Sobers to really have all the bowling variety that I really want!!!!

  • POSTED BY sbansban on | October 1, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    PART ONE OF TWO: et's say we want to pick a realistic bowling lineup with the maximum possible variety. We are lucky that of the two best ever spinners one is a right arm offie and a finger spinner with a wicked doosra, and the other, a right arm leggie and a wrist-spinner with a mean googly. Since Sobers, in all probability, will always make it to the world XI as an allounder or a pure batsman, we'll have both left arm orthodox and left arm wrist spin coupled with a Chinaman covered as well!! The selection of the widest possible variety of pace bowlers is more complicated. For pure frightening right hand pace, we can choose among Marshall, Holding, Roberts, Garner or Truman, with Marshall and Truman putting up the best numbers. For Left arm pace, seam & swing there seems to be only one serious contender in Wasim Akram who was quite fast as well.

  • POSTED BY Neil247 on | October 1, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    6 Tendulkars, 4 Akrams and 1 Gilly will beat any other team compostion in history, in any format of the game.

  • POSTED BY prashant1 on | October 1, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    "Dear" loung_singh. I don't know how you have read my comment . Pls do so again. I couldn't disagree with you more. I don't see too much point in "putting fear" into the opposition and getting out for 40, whereas a supreme batsman will get you a hundred anywhere, anytime, any place...So, I respectfully think your are talking absolute and completer nonsense.

  • POSTED BY sbansban on | October 1, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    WHY DOES VIV RICHARDS SEEM HEADED FOR AUTOMATIC SELECTION IN THE READERS' XI WHEN HE BARELY MAKES THE 50+ BENCHAMRK OF A GREAT BATSMAN BY AVERAGING ONLY 50.23 WHEN GEORGE HEADLEY (60.83), EVERTON WEEKES (58.61), WALLY HAMMOND (58.45), CLYDE WALCOTT (56.68), TENDULKAR (56.02) AND EVEN JACQUES KALLIS (55.07) HAVE ALL BEEN FAR MORE RELIABLE AND CONSISTENT? IN THE CASE OF KALLIS, HE'LL BRING TO THE XI HIS BOWLING WITH A STRIKE RATE OF 67.2 & AVERAGE OF 31.59 (COMPARED TO SOBERS'S SR OF 91.9 & AVERAGE OF 34.03). SURE, STATS MAY NOT BE EVERYTHING, BUT GAMES ARE WON AND LOST ON THE STRENGTH OF NUMBERS, NOT EMOTION AND SWAGGER!!!

  • POSTED BY tusharsb on | October 1, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Hobbs and Gavsakar - impregenable defence , Bradman (greatest batsman), Richards(ultimate destroyer), Tendulkar (ultimate flexibility), Sobers (greatest cricketer), Adam Gilchrist (ultimate destroyer2), Malcolm Marshall (for all pitches), Akram(Sultan of Swing), Shane Warne (magician), Lilly(most complt fast bowler) ... Sad to leave out Imran and Murali

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    @cricketchopper: Hey Man You have n't stopped yet! hold on! WISDEN rated SACHIN better than Richards. If they choose only 3 middle order batsmen, they are BRADMAN, SACHIN and SOBERS (for his allrounder skills) and NO PLACE FOR Viv RICHARDS. First ask Cricket Bible Wisden to be rational.. then come to me.

  • POSTED BY sbansban on | October 1, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    1) Hobbs Hutton Bradman Sobers Gilchrist Imran Marshall Warne Truman Murali Barnes. 7 bowlers. 2 lightining quick pacers + Imran, 1 medium pacer with unmatched stats, 2 best ever spinners plus Sobers.Just 2 middle order bats but 2 great allrounders - 1 a superb paceman with very good batting (Imran), another top batsman with great variety in & reasonable success with bowling (Sobers). 2) Hobbs Hutton Bradman Hammond Sobers Gilchrist Imran Akram Truman Murali Barnes. Hammond augments the batting at the expense of Warne, Akram's left arm adds variety in place of Marshall. Still one superfast bowler(Truman). 3) Hobbs Hutton Bradman Tendulkar Hammond Sobers Gilchrist Imran Miller Murali Warne. Nine genuine batsmen, 2 spinners & 2 pacers + Hammond & Sobers backing up the bowling 4) Hobbs Hutton Bradman Sobers Kallis Gilchrist Miller Imran Marshall Warne Murali (5 batters with 55+ averages + 3 with several test 100's each, two best ever spinners, 3 top pacers + Sobers & Kallis as backup.

  • POSTED BY prashant1 on | October 1, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    "Dear" cricketchopper. Bradman had already "expelled" "Great vivian richards" in place of Tendulkar in his World XI. I think you are confusing "destructive" or your particular batting style with allround brilliance. The two greatest batsman of all time as of now are Don/Tendulkar..And ,most certainly, if it comes down to a choice between Tendulkar and Richards-then it simply has to be Tendulkar- by far the more complete batsman

  • POSTED BY loung_singh on | October 1, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    dear prashant1 n muski..i really appreciate nd agree wid ur views on sachin nd i wnt sachin 2 be a part of world XI but not on d expense of don,viv nd sobers...i respect ur opinions bt my view is dat in test cricket dat d way of making runs is more importnt dan just making runs...among modern batsmen anyone canbe put up there bcoz evry tom dick nd harry today hve average above 50..kallis can also score d same runs,so can dravid,ponting,nd many else...d thng s i dnt wnt 2 watch boring cricket.....just listen 2 wht aussies r saying befre test series--sehwag s d key 2 india , why not sachin,dravid nd laxman..dey 2oo cn make same runs as sehwag bt its his way of dominating bowlers. i dnt say sehwag is better dn others..also experts on dis site says dat sehwag s differnce btwn aus nd ind not sachin or ponting or dravid..d thng s dat i wnt dominating batsmen in world XI who puts fear in bowlers mind not mere run accumulaters......

  • POSTED BY kirksland on | October 1, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    Ok, This is not my team but the one that I believe the panel will chose. Lets start with the 5 players selected by Wisden as the cricketers of the century, so Hobbs, Bradman, Richards, Sobers and Warne will almost for certain will be there. Tendulkar owns most of batting records and Bradman rated him only after himself, good enough for me. Gilchrist is the best wicket keeper batsman ever, knott is close, but gilly gets the nod.Marshall is the greatest quick ever and Mcgrath the most accurate and both have the records to back it up. The next 2 are harder, Hutton, Trumper, Greenidge, Barry Richards and Gavaskar are the choices, but in the end Gavaskar wins out. Last spot is even harder, with Lillee, Holding, Akram, Muralitharan, Khan and Hadlee. In the end between Akram, Khan and Murali and it depends on what combination is required, and it really is a toss up, my guess khan, but if they go 2 spinners Murali is the obvious pick.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Here is my XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Curtly Ambrose/Richard Hadlee, Muttiah Muralitharan/Shane Warne, Wasim Akram. 12th Man Rahul Dravid/Malcolm Marshal.

  • POSTED BY asaduzzaman-khan on | October 1, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Most people think about past 30 years and Bradman. Just check the cricket history please-- there is Sydney Barnes--greatest bowler. My choice: Leonard Hutton, Jack Hobbs, Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Sydney Barnes, Malcolm Marshall, Muttiah Muralitharan [I am so sorry for some of greats like Gavaskar, Headley, Miandad, Lara, Inzamam, Wasim, Waqar,Hadlee, Warne, Mcgrath]

  • POSTED BY robotiger on | September 30, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    I'm interested to hear more of the rationale people are using to pick Wasim Akram in their team. He is undoubtedly a great of the game, probably the best left armer ever. But for me, it is more important to be the best bowler, rather than the best at using a particular body appendage. He has a very good record, but if you look more closely he gained a lot of cheap wickets against a weak NZ side in the early 90s, and has only a fair record against Australia, England, South Africa and India - not a record that makes you sit bolt upright in your chair and demand selection. I rate Hadlee and Khan as superior bowlers, but they can only be selected as all-rounders! In my view Akram is a stronger candidate for an all-time ODI team.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | September 30, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    cricketchopper - Sachin and Bradman only two are certain in the middle order.and even in the world team....Serious doubt about viv also..very hyped player...and Sobers will make it but he is in the ALLROUNDER LIS MY DEAR...

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    CONCLUSION: Jach Hobbs, Gavaskar are certain openers. Don & Viv are certain at middle order - Sachin is at chance. Sobers is certain - Imran/Hadlee are at chance depend upon non-selection of Sachin. Gilchrist/Alon Knot are in competition. One of them will certainly be selected but they depend upon selection/non-selection of Sachin. Marshal is certain. Waseem is at chance, depends upon selection of Sachin. Lillee/Magrah are in competition with each other. One of them will surely be selected. Warne is certain selection. Murali is at chance depends upon non-selection of Sachin.

    YOU SEEL Jack Hobbs,Gavaskar,Don,Viv,Sobers,Marshal,Warne are certain competition of Gilchrist/Alont knot depends upon selction/non-selection of Sachin. Waseem depend on selection of Sachin. Lillee/Magrah are in competition with each other. Murli depends upon non-selection of Sachin. THESE ARE THE ONLY PLAYERS UNDER CONSIDERATION.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Fast Bowling - It also depends on Sachin. In case of selection of Sachin, jury will have to select three fast bowlers. In this case there is a chance that Waseem Akram will be selected being best Left Hand Bowler along with Marshal (best right arm fast bowler). At the third spot there is competition between Lillee & Magrah. Lillee is second best enterprising fast bowler and Holding is Third. Magrah is best accurate medium pacer followed by Ambrose. So no chance for Holding and Ambrose. Lilee & Magrah will be in competition for one slot as two slots are filled by Marshal and Waseem. In case of non-Selection of Sachin. Two spinners will be selected and one fast bowling spot will be filled by Imran/Hadlee. So there remain two spots of fast bolers. One is Marshal. For the Second Lillee has more chance then Magrah.. No chance for Waseem. In case of selection of Sachin: Waseem,Marshal,Lillee/Magrah,Warne In non-Selection of Sachin: Imran/Hadlee, Marshal, Lillee/Magrah,Warne,Murli

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Wicket keeper - There is competiion between Gilchrist and Alon Knot but it also depends on Sachin. If Sachin is selected as third middle order batsman then the middle order would be: Don,Richards,Sachin,Sobers. In this case specialist wicket keeper I mean Alon Knot will be selected because batting is strong and luxury of playing with better keeper/lesser batsman can be availed. If Sachin is not selected for the sake of fifth genuine bowler I mean Imran/Hadlee then Gilchrist will be keeper to strengthen batting. In this case middle order would be: Don, Richards,Sobers,Gilchrist, Imran/Hadlee.

    Spin Bowlers - This also depends on Sachin. In case of selection of Sachin, there will be need of three fast bowlers and one spinners. Shane Warne is a certainity and first choice because of controversial jerk factor of Muralitharen. If Sachin is not selected then, we will be having extra fast bowler at No.7 in shape of Imran/Hadlee so two spinners including Warne & Murali will be selected.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    In Middle Order - Don & Viv are certain. Sachin, Lara, Pollock and Wally Hamond are in competition but in real sense only Sachin is in competition because there remains question whether another batsman will be selected or not in middle order.

    All rounders - Gary Sobers is a certain selection. He is not in competition with any other because he is considered to be 2nd greatest cricketer after Bradman. But he is not a great bowler so question remains whether World Xi would go with four bowlers plus Sobers or Sobers would be considered Second all rounder, 5th Batsman and Sixth bowler. If jury decides that they need five genuine bowlers beside Gary Sobers then Imran & Hadlee are candidates for second allrounder spot. Therefore, two possible patterns of middle order are visible: 1) Don, Viv,Sobers,Imran/Hadlee,Gilly,- 2)Don, Richards,Sachin,Sobers,Alon Knot. Sobers is certain. Imran/Hadlee are competing with Sachin for the spot.

  • POSTED BY jawana on | September 30, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Well, I can see only 3 certain players in world XI. These are Waseem Akram, Don Bradman and Viv Richards.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    To BillyCC - I am not against Sachin. The question is balance of side. I tell you what are certainities.

    Opening position: - We have Jack Hobbs who was from 30s with great average and technique. Sir Lane Hutton considered to be second best english opener. Gavaskar, he was best during 70s and early ninties when pitches were uncovered, no helmet and no restrictions on bouncers and during that period great west Indian fast bowlers, Lillee Thomsan pair and Imran Khan. Barry Richards was selected by Bradman and was heoic and glamourous but could not play enough test matches

    Out of these four openers: Jack Hobbs and Sunil Gavaskar are certain to be selected. Selectors would not select two English openers rather would prefer Gavaskar from di

    Middle Order: Don and Viv Richards are certain selection. Sachin, Graem Pollock,Lara & Wally Hammond are in competition but only Sachin is in real competition because if Sachin is not selected then only Don & Viv will be selected in Middle Order

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | September 30, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Cricketchopper, thanks for your comments. I thought it was very insightful to see your analysis on how the panel will think. I only somewhat agree with your sentiments. I think Sachin will definitely get in the team but he will not receive the full panel vote for the first team, but will receive the full vote for being either in the first or second team. My understanding is that the panel chooses two teams. I think Bradman, Sobers as an all-rounder, maybe Gavaskar, and Marshall are the only certainties.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    For talhaovi - This is the real dilema my friend. Sober is a must to be selected but after his selection still the question will remain that whether he is the fifth bowler and we need only four more bowlers OR we need five full fledged bowler to out the opponent twice. If you need five full-fledged bowlers then you are going to select another allrounder who is genuine bowler. In this case you are selecting Bradman,Viv & Sobers at No.3,4 & 5. The NO.6 & 7 spots will be filled by allrounder and wicketkeeper. The remaining spots are for specialist bowlers. Therefore, you will select Imran & Gilly/Alont Knot at 6 & 7 spots. Sachin has no place in this situation. To select Sachin in the XI, you have either to leave out Viv Richards or select Sobers as the only allrounder which means you will have only 4 world class bowlers. I dont think jury are going to select only four bowlers when they have allrounders like Imran/Hadlee who are genuine pace bowlers and can bat also.

  • POSTED BY rja379 on | September 30, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    To cricketchopper: I am not saying Richards, Sobers or Don are not in the XI.

    1. Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Donald Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Vivian Richards 6. Gary Sobers 7. Richard Hadlee 8. Kumar Sangakkara 9. Wasim Akram 10. Malcolm Marshall 11. Muttiah Muralitharan (12th Man: Rahul Dravid)

    It is a pace heavy attack with Murali as the only lead spinner, but includes Sobers and Richards; and the batting is very deep.

  • POSTED BY talhaovi on | September 30, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    I think its interesting to see who can fill the all rounder spot ... Imran or Sobbers

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    TO: EverybodylovesSachin - Listen dear, I agree that none of these players deserve a place in the World XI. But another fact is that great Sachin is also not making to the final Xi. Reason? Reason is that there will be 3 middle order batsman and they are Bradman, Sobers & Viv. You know Sachin is good but not equal to these three greats. I am sorry for this situation.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | September 30, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Following players will not be in the world team

    Hanif Mohammad,Saeed Anwar, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Ranatunga, Vass,Rashid Latif, Waquar Younus, Akram, Quadir and Fazal Mahmood.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    To rja379 - You are saying who will be at the position where you expect Sachin. Listen, Great Vivian Richards will be at No.4. Do you think Sachin can expell Great Richards from the World XI?

  • POSTED BY Ricky759 on | September 30, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    no Place for Very very special in middle order ????

  • POSTED BY rja379 on | September 30, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    for everyone mentioning ponting not included: you have to think that the players selected from their respective countries have been shortlisted in the world xi. ponting, no doubt a good player, did not make the cut for all time aus xi, hence he is not in the candidates for all time world xi.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    FOR SHEKHER CHATLA

    Dear try to be rational. You expect that neutral jury members belonging to other countries will sacrifice Great Vivian Richards just for the inclusion of Sachin. Ok, you have every right to dream but I will advice you to be ready for the shock.

  • POSTED BY rja379 on | September 30, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    cricketchopper - it is not about the jury favoring their countrymen. they have to pick the best xi and if SRT is not in it, i do not know who deserves to be in it.

  • POSTED BY prashant1 on | September 30, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    @loung_singh. Fundamentally wrong logic. Noone has consistently dominated attacks for 21 yrs. Noone. Bradman had a few years out. Check out Richards (or Pontings) last 3/4 yrs. Lara had huge patches where he was lost. Lara,ponting and many others had a ball in the mid 2000s and beefed up their stats when tendulkar was injured. It is amazing that tendulkar has come back after several career threatening injuries. So, in more ways than one, your logic is -well, illogical

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | September 30, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    @ loung_singh: why are you so selectively focusing on SRT's 8 hundreds against BAN/ZIM? Leaving them out still leaves 40(!!!) hundreds against others. You probably knew that SRT has 10 hundreds against Aus, the dominant team of our age, and averages 58 in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    These middle order players have to be 24 not 22... where is steve waugh|??? and fast bowlers are only 29, have to be 32

  • POSTED BY prashant1 on | September 30, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Hutton , Gavaskar , Bradman , Tendulkar , Sobers , Gilchrist , Akram , Marshall , Lillee , Warne , Murali. @cricketchopper- Keep dreaming (hoping?)...anyone who doesn't have Tendulkar in the world XI doesn't know a thing about cricket. Tendulkar will go down in history as either the 2nd Greatest batsman after the Don , or when all forms of the game are considered as it must for modern batsmen -then on the same pedestal as the Don.

  • POSTED BY New_Wind on | September 30, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    700 comments on this article! whom are we playing - MARS ATXI :-)

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | September 30, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Gilly will obviously be the wicketkeeper though I personally think he shouldn't. If one is going by pure wicketkeeping skills then it should be ALAN KNOTT who was a brilliant wicketkeeper. If batting is to be taken into consideration as well, Sanga deserves it more since he has an amazing record & is the current number 1 test batsman in the world. Gilly has 17 test centuries and an average of 47.6 after playing for 9 years while Sanga already 22 centuries and an average of 55.1 in 10 years. Gilly is an overrated hypocrite who made controversial comments to press his book sales (SRT a bad sport really? I'm not an Indian & in my country no one has ever called SRT a bad sport. We call the likes of Yuvaraj, Harabajan bad sports but never SRT since he comes off as a gentleman both in and out of the field. Murali chucks really? ICC rules were bent to accommodate 99% of the bowlers including likes of McGrath & Lee, not only Murali. It was only proven when they decided to test Murali)

  • POSTED BY muski on | September 30, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Loung- Though I tend to agree with you on MSD, your views on SRT are quite off track. To be determined as an all time great, its your record over the years that matter. A particular period where you have done extremely well or bad does not count. If your theory is put to test, Ponting should have been in Aussie 11 based on a particular year where I think he scored 3 double centuries in tests. However as you can see that is not the case.Kapil toiled hard towards the end of his career to get to 434. That does not lessen his stature as an all time great all rounder. The very fact that the Don saw himself in SRT is good enough for SRT to merit a place in the middle order.If 30K International runs and nearly 100 Inernational Centuries cant, what else can my friend?

  • POSTED BY Shafaet on | September 30, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    javagal srinanth?? rolling on the floor and laughing =))

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    As per Wisden in 2001: Top 5 Test Batsmen: 1 Donald Bradman 1349.0; 2 Sachin Tendulkar 1000. 5; 3 Viv Richards 913.9; 4 Garfield Sobers 912.0; 5 Allan Border 911.2.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    IF JURY CHOOSES ONLY 3 MIDDLE ORDER BATSMEN, THEY WILL CHOOSE "BRADMAN", "SACHIN" and "SOBERS". And 2 openers, 5 bowlers, 1 wk.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    @cricketchopper: Don't make nuisance here! X there is he won't pick up, Y is there he may not pick up.. Don't blabber rubbish. Only Three Players could surely make into XI, They are Bradman, Sachin and Sobers. I guess all juries will pick these three unanimously.

  • POSTED BY loung_singh on | September 30, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    some fools putting dhonii in XI....haha...he shud be dere definitely serving drinks during breaks bt not in d field....and i thnk bradman had picked SRT watching him playing in d 90s and dominating d greatest of bowlers...if bradman had watched tendulkar in this decade he surely wudnt hve picked SRT...evn SRT had a good decade he havnt dominated bowling...nd dat way lara is much better he has dominated mcgrath,murali n warne...nd 8 of SRT 100s ve come against bangladesh n zimbabwe..no doubt he s a great player but i think greatest players hve always domiinated oppositions like bradman , richards, sobers...nt SRT

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    5. Clive Lloyed - He is not goving to leave Richards,Sobers & Bradman. If he tries to insert another middle order batsman then surely, his fourth batsman will be Brian Lara not Sachin. So Sachin is not going to be selected by Clive Lloyed also.

    6.Dilip Mandis - He was a player liked thrill and sensation not boring records game. Secondly his own countryman Jaywardane & Sangakara have averages like Sachin. Thirdly, he can not leave Muralitharen so in case of selection of Warne, there will be a need for selection of three fast bowler including one fast bowling all rounder. Therefore, Sachin will have no room among three middle order batsmen consisting of Bradman, Richards & Sobers.

    Journalists - journalists are aware of history of game and they love old legends. Journalist are also famous for their neutral opinion. If they are not Indian, they cannot leave out real greats like: Bradman,Sobers,Richards,Imran. Here, again no place for Sachin. Sachin can get only votes of Indians.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 30, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    FOR SACHIN LOVERS:

    Remember friends - The jury is neutral and not all Indian.

    1. Intikhab Alam was a spinner and he considers Imran as a demi-god. He will select two spinners and Imran even at the cost of waseem. Bradman,Sobers & Richards are sacred entities for anyone who is not an Indian. The net result is that from No.3 to 6, there is no Sachin.

    2. ALi Bacher will try to insert Graem Pollock along with Bradman,Viv & Sobers so there is no Sachin.

    3. Just see the Ian chappel when the talks about Imran when Ian discusses Richards (in video of Legends of Cricket about Richards). He is not going to leave Richards & Imran. Bradman is sacred for him and how he can leave Sobers(the perfect cricketer of Bradman). So Sachin is again not here.

    4. Tony Greig - He was captain of World IX in Kery Paker. He knows about greatness of Richards and Imran. He would select 5 real bowlers so in presence of Bradman,Viv, Sobers & fifth bowler (Botham/Imran/Hadlee) Sachin is not there

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    friends,its not easy to hav players like bradman n hutton n hobbs,in our teams,wen v havent seen 'em play.u cant choose bradman over ,say,lara jus bcoz v have heard he was d greatest

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Openers:Len Hutton (best average amongs all the openers 56+ with almost 7,000 test runs) Sunil Gvaskar (10000 test runs at an average of 51+ he was born in a sppinersland & faced lily-thomson, garner-roberts-holding-marshal, trueman-willis, imran on a regular basis). Middle Orders: Don Bradman (best test average 99.96) , Graeme Pollock (the best lefty, 2nd all time test batting average -60+) Sachin Tendulkar (most test,one day runs and centuries with a very high average 56+) Allrounders: Garry Sobers (best batting allrounder in cricket history). Imran Khan (the best bowling allrounder in cricket history). Wk: Alan Knott (best person behind the stupms), Bowlers: Malcom Marshall (376 twickets at an average of 20.94- da best amongst 300+ clubs), Wasim Akram (master of riverse swing, better bowling average ,varieties and 400+ test wickets), Shane Warne (Most successful legi in world cricket history). Reserves:Jack Hobbs, V Richards, W Hammond, Sangakara, R Hadlee, Lily & Murali.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    I think the jury should shortlist from the nominees: I mean further shorlist and then readers should pick their team.

    openers: Barry Richards, , Sanath Jayasuriya, Sir Conrad Hunte, Sir Jack Hobbs, Sir Leonard Hutton, Sunil Gavaskar, , Virender Sehwag Middle Order: Brian Lara, , George Headley, Graeme Pollock, Sachin , Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Javed, Kallis, Dravid, Aravinda Allrounders; Imran, Sobers, Kapil, Hadlee, Botham Bowlers Allan Donald, Curtly Ambrose, Daniel Vettori, Dennis Lillee, Derek Underwood, , Glenn McGrath, , Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Muttiah Muralitharan, , Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock, Sydney Barnes, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram Wicket keepers: Alan Knott, Gilchrist, Sangakarra

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | September 30, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    @KAIRAVA - On Wicket keeper- Being a great batsmen doesn't imply that a bad keeper . Gilly was a super keeper kept beautifully for Warne and fast trio. Agreed dropped few sitters just before retirement but never remember anything before that. I saw him taking some blinders against warne and Mc.Grath.The best compliment that can be given to him is people never complain to miss Healy (for me the best keeper whom I watched in action -not seen much of Knott).By no means Gilly was just a good keeper. He was a brillient keeper. Add batting on top he is invincible.

  • POSTED BY binkaf on | September 30, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Not surprisingly ths is attractin the vast numbers of comments, 651 @ the time of typin ths one, & I believe still a lot more 2 b added; may go well over 1000; if cricinfo doesn't stop takin further comments in! Gr8 So many teams have been made, so many opinions bein published and no wonder so many attacks and counter attacks. It's absolutely nice 2 enhance our cricketing knowledge, know about facts & stats even better than ever. Now a serious, I repeat seriously serious task ahead for cricinfo team 2 brin out a fantastic team tht many of us, at least 60-70%, wud nod our heads to. Go cricinfo!

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | September 30, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Since there will always be questions raised about the timing of this All-time World XI selection, one meaningful method would be selecting ONLY THOSE PLAYERS WHO ARE ALIVE, from the given shortlisted 88. This narrows down the choices significantly and would do justice to the living legends. So, the best living players who constitute my All-time World XI are : * SUNIL GAVASKAR * BARRY RICHARDS * GREG CHAPPELL * SACHIN TENDULKAR * VIV RICHARDS * GARRY SOBERS * IMRAN KHAN * ADAM GILCHRIST * SHANE WARNE * WASIM AKRAM * GLENN MCGRATH. 12th Man: * MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN. *--------------* We can have separate All-time World XI awarded POSTHUMOUSLY to the yesteryear legends. And that would constitute * JACK HOBBS * LEN HUTTON * DON BRADMAN * WALLY HAMMOND * GEORGE HEADLEY * KEITH MILLER * DON TALLON (Bradman's favourite but not in the shortlist) * BILL O'REILLY * MALCOLM MARSHALL * SYDNEY BARNES * FRED TRUEMAN * VIJAY HAZARE (12th man). This would do justice to one & all.

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | September 30, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    To make you the selection of the wicket-keeper in the World XI a bit easier for you guys, here are the facts: ALAN KNOTT was a SPECIALIST WICKETKEEPER who kept wickets to some of the most destructive bowlers that England produced between 60-80s (John Snow, Derek Underwood, Bob Willis, Chris Old & Ian Botham - no mean bowlers either as they all of them averaged less than 28 with ball). Knott was no mug with bat as he scored 5 hundreds and averaged 32 with bat. ADAM GILCHRIST was a PRIMARILY A BATSMAN WHO COULD KEEP WICKETS. He handled the class of McFrath, Gillespie, Brett Lee, Shane Warne & Stuart McGill well but he did drop some sitters too. He started his career as a wicketkeeper and ended as one.KUMARA SANGAKKARA is again a BATSMEN WHO COULD KEEP WICKETS. He kept wickets to Sri Lanka's finest Murali & Vaas and he too committed some blunders behind the stumps. Similarly, MS DHONI is again a BATSMAN-WICKETKEEPER but has added responsibility of captaining his team successfully too.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Bradman's dream team, His All time XI: Barry Richards - South Africa Arthur Morris - Australia Don Bradman - Australia Sachin Tendulkar - India Gary Sobers - West Indies Don Tallon - Australia Ray Lindwall - Australia Dennis Lillee - Australia Alec Bedser - England Bill O'Reilly - Australia Clarrie Grimmett - Australia 12th man: Wally Hammond - England

  • POSTED BY jagura on | September 30, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Sir Leonard Hutton,Barry Richards,Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar,Brian Lara,Sir Ian Botham,Kumar Sangakkara, Curtly Ambrose,Dennis Lillee,Wasim Akram,Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | September 30, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    My All time Best batsmen in the same order- Don Bradmen, Sachin Tendulkar,Gary Sobers, Grahem pollak,George Headley,ViV. Richards.. and many more to follow.. Hmm I pciked Grahem pollak over ViV Richards. Mind says Pollak heart says ViV . I went for mind.

  • POSTED BY ak1983 on | September 30, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Sir Jack Hobbs,Arthur Morris,Sir Donald Bradman,Sir Viv Richards,Graeme Pollock,Brian Lara,Adam Gilchrist,Malcolm Marshall,Michael Holding,Waqar Younis,Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | September 30, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Hutton - Gavaskar - Bradman - Tendulkar - Richards - Knott - Akram - Ambrose - Marshall - Warne - Murali.

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | September 30, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Let me analyze the jury to add some spice:-). Intikhab Alam - Will try to push atleast one Pak player. For me Wasim is good option but not better than Lille and Marshall. If anyone is saying Imran is better allrounder than Sobars I'm not part of that Joke. So no pak player. Sorry friends. Tony Greig - Acts like neutral but I have no doubt in my mind he'll push for England and Aus players over Asian Ian Chappell - I think the best of ALL.Will call SPADE A SPADE. Only challenge is there are few alltime favorites for him.Lets see. Peter Robuck - True Ausi - All support will go for Ausis may be sachin gets vote from him. Ramachandra Guha,Ajitwadekar- certain votes for Sachin and Gavaskar :-) I don't think they'll go beyond that. Dulip Mendis - Vote for Murali :-) I think Asian jury will vote for him Honestly Warne would be best choice. Murali gets defencive easily Clive loyd,John Write,Ali Bacher,David Frith ,Gideon Haigh,- will have neutral opinion. Will play important role. Lets C

  • POSTED BY Neil247 on | September 30, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    In Bradman's Dream XI the common players featured were : Barry Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Garry Sobers, Dennis Lillee

  • POSTED BY cantwaittosee on | September 30, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Jury's XI : Hobbs - Gavaskar - Bradman - Viv Richards - Tendulkar - Sobers - Knott - Akram -Warne- Marshall - Lillee. My XI : Hobbs - Gavaskar - Bradman - Viv Richards - G Pollock - G Sobers - A Gilchrist - Marshall - Holding - Mcgrath - S Barnes. Lets see now.

  • POSTED BY BRNUGGET on | September 30, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    So many great players that it is disheartening to leave out some of whom who are my all time favs. The only certainties in my opinion are Sir Don, Sir Gary, Sir Viv, Lillee, Warnir, who need to be in any all time XI. Cannot imagine a team without the incomparable the great Si Vivian Richards, who is a must for just his imposing presence and dominating batting prowess ideal NO 3, the buzz he created when he came in at that position was simply out of this world. He as the king on the field and a team without Sir Viv is just not possible. Here goes..Hobbs, Viru Sehwag, King Viv, Sir Don, Greame Pollock, Sir Gary,Adam Gilchrist, Lillee, Marshall, Wasim Akram, Warne.

  • POSTED BY Redboy on | September 30, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Hobbs , Hutton , Bradman , Tendulkar , Richards , Sobers , Gilchrist , Imram Khan , Warne , Lillee and Muralitharan .

  • POSTED BY harshalb on | September 30, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    My team: 1.harshalb(sincerely!), 2.Greenidge, 3.Ponting, 4.Breadman, 5.Sobbers(when sober), 6.GillChrist, 7.McGrath, 8.Marshall, 9.Ambrosia, 10.Akram, 11.Warne

    No need for all rounders, according to me as all rounder is a compromise unless he happens to be one of the already chosen batsmen or bollingers.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | September 30, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @stark62: There is nothing "obvious" about Akram. He is kinda over-hyped, with less than 4 wickets per test. The only "obvious" bowler is Malcolm Marshall. I think the 2nd fast bowler would be Sidney Barnes. He played a long time ago so I am uncertain what to make of him but man his reputation and stats are mind boggling. Then you have Warne and Murali providing the perfect leg-spin and off-spin combo. NOW you can pick Wasim from among Wasim, Lillee, Ambrose, Holding, Garner, McGrath... see the problem?

  • POSTED BY robotiger on | September 30, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Obviously very difficult for people (everyone including myself) to hold no bias when making the selection. For what it's worth this is mine: 1. Sir Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Sir Donald Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Sir Vivian Richards 6. Sir Garfield Sobers 7. Adam Gilchrist 8. Sir Richard Hadlee 9. Shane Warne 10. Malcolm Marshall 11. Dennis Lillee. I think I could be swayed on many of these choices! Especially the bowlers. I'm also annoyed I couldn't also fit in Imran Khan and Wally Hammond. Players such as Sir Leonard Hutton and Sydney Barnes may also have had a good shot if I knew more about them!

  • POSTED BY Sportsscientist on | September 30, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    I found this hard!!!!!!!!!!!! as I suppose everyone has. So I made choices.

    1. Jack hobbs/Greenidge 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Don Bradman 4. Viv Richards 5. Sachin Tendulkar 6. Garry Sobers 7. Adam Gilchrist/M.S. Dohni 8. Wasim Akram 9. Shane Warne 10. Malcom Marshall 11. Curtly Ambrose

    For the think hobbs is the more complete batsman, but maybe with a technican like Gavaskar at one end, possibly Shewag or Greendige may give you an attacking option Hobbs couldn't. Sobers & Bradman pick themselves. As for the middle order......viv or Lara...PLEASE!!!!!!!......is there even a discussion??? For the bowlers, I wanted the best combinations of left/right arm fast, with seam/reverse swing/bounce/ accuracy and the option of left/right wrist spin/finger spin (well I have no right arm off-spin). Finally, I feel M.S. Dhoni has the potential to surpass Gilchrist so I'm split between the keepers.

  • POSTED BY kirksland on | September 30, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    This is harder that I expected, I have 8 spots nailed down but the other 3 are giving me trouble. The consensus here seems to be Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Richards, Tendulkar, Sobers, Gilchrist, Akram, Marshall, Warne, Mcgrath. My initial 11 was slightly different Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Lara, Tendulkar, Sobers, Gilchrist, Khan, Marshall, Warne & Mcgrath. But Gavaskar with Hobbs is too defensive, and Sobers is too weak (34 avg/92 s/r) to be 5th bowler, so a batsman has to go, and why not go for a second spinner. So my final (for now) XI. Jack Hobbs (one of Wisden players of Century), Barry Richards (most attacking open), Donald Bradman (Best batsman ever, captains team), Sachin Tendulkar (most runs and hundreds), Gary Sobers (3rd best batsman), Adam Gilchrist (changed his position and the game), Imran Khan (best allrounder, vice captain of team), Malcolm Marshall (best quick ever), Shane Warne (best spinner, good slip), Glen Mcgrath (most accurate), Muttiah Muralitharan (pure stats)

  • POSTED BY New_Wind on | September 30, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    @ NickHughes well said. You precisely pointed two common flaws of country bias and modern era bias. Its very difficult to leave out some legends and I wish crickinfo gives readers also to pick two teams instead of one. Here's my two teams -

    Team A - Jack Hobbs, Gavaskar, Don Bradman, Sachin, Lara, Imran, Sobers, Gilli, Marshal, Lili, Murali

    Team B - Barry Richards, Len Hutton, Greme Pollock, George Headly, Wally Hammond, Botham, Hadlee, Sangakkara, Akarm, Truman, Warne

    Hope I have steered clear of any bias and it mostly represents readers choice. Regret missing Viv Richards and Sidney Barnes

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | September 30, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Guys, some of you have suggested that SRT does not belong in the XI. Assuming this was a sincere suggestion and not motivated by neighbourly jealousies, I would like to point out that Wisden placed SRT as the #2 batsman of all time in a comprehensive analysis in 2002. Averaging 56 over 169 tests and 13,742 runs is no joke. SRT has to be there at #4, much as Bradman must be there at #3 and Sobers at #6. Malcolm Marshall can come in at #10 or #11, I don't care as long as he is there :-)

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | September 29, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    My team based on balance and ability to win all series it played in: 1. Gavaskar, 2. Hobbs, 3. Bradman, 4. Kallis (very good bowler), 5. Richards (sheer presence + never really experienced much losing in career + bowler), 6. Sobers, 7. Sangakkara (more technically correct than Gilchrist, and the team already has attacking players who can score quickly), 8. Khan (bowling all-rounder, right-arm swing), 9. Wasim (left-arm variations bowler, useful batsman), 10. Warne (leg-spin, useful batsman), 11. Ambrose (right-arm tall, able to extract bounce most efficiently). 12th man. Kumble, comes in for Warne on dusty pitches which spit rather than turn (eg. Indian pitches). Very hard to get 20 wickets cheaply against this team, and hard to score runs without losing wickets against this bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY sbansban on | September 29, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 Lillee 70 132 18467 8493 355 7/83 11/123 23.92 2.75 52.0 23 23 7 McGrath 124 243 29248 12186 563 8/24 10/27 21.64 2.49 51.9 28 29 3 Murali 133 230 44039 18180 800 9/51 16/220 22.72 2.47 55.0 45 67 22 Warne 145 273 40705 17995 708 8/71 12/128 25.41 2.65 57.4 48 37 10 Barnes 27 50 7873 3106 189 9/103 17/159 16.43 2.36 41.6 2 24 7 Marshall 81 151 17584 7876 376 7/22 11/89 20.94 2.68 46.7 19 22 4 Akram 104 181 22627 9779 414 7/119 11/110 23.62 2.59 54.6 20 25 5 Imran 88 142 19458 8258 362 8/58 14/116 22.81 2.54 53.7 17 23 6 Holding 60 113 12680 5898 249 8/92 14/149 23.68 2.79 50.9 11 13 2 Kallis 140 232 17887 8403 266 6/54 9/92 31.59 2.81 67.2 7 5 0 Sobers 93 159 21599 7999 235 6/73 8/80 34.03 2.22 91.9 8 6 0 Trueman 67 127 15178 6625 307 8/31 12/119 21.57 2.61 49.4 19 17 3

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | September 29, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    My team based on merit: 1. Gavaskar, 2. Hobbs, 3. Bradman, 4. Tendulkar, 5. Pollock, 6. Sobers, 7. Gilchrist, 8. Khan, 9. Marshall, 10. Lillee, 11. Murali. I struggled choosing two out of the three middle-order batsman (Bradman was the certainty), Murali or Warne for the spinner and having to leave out Ambrose and McGrath. Had a Zimbabwe team been selected, I would have been tempted to choose Andy Flower instead of Gilchrist as the keeper.

  • POSTED BY rja379 on | September 29, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    1. Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Donald Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Vivian Richards 6. Gary Sobers 7. Richard Hadlee 8. Kumar Sangakkara 9. Wasim Akram 10. Malcolm Marshall 11. Muttiah Muralitharan

    (12th Man: Rahul Dravid)

    That is the World XI

  • POSTED BY rja379 on | September 29, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    My XI: Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Dravid, Tendulkar, Richards, Sobers, Kapil, Gilchrist, Marshall and Murali

  • POSTED BY NickHughes on | September 29, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Two things readers need to do before submitting a list here: 1. Leave your patriotism at the door. I love English cricket and really want to see it do well (and boy, does it hurt loving English cricket) but I only chose 2 Englishmen in my World XI. It's no point listing 8 or 9 Indians or Australians and shoving two outsiders in. Embrace your rivals and enemies and don't be swayed by national pride. 2. Read your cricket history. The game is built around its rich history and to make a proper XI, you need to know about players before you were born. Hobbs, Bradman, Hammond, Barnes, Miller, Hanif, Larwood...these guys are contenders for very good reasons. Mind you, the voting process is flawed because I would have Hadlee, Imran and Sobers in my team but the process won't allow for that.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 29, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Okay, Bradman and Wasim seem to be the obvious choices!

    A tussle between Murli and Warne for the main spinner spot, if you go with one allrounder then it's pretty difficult to chose between Sobers and Khan because Khan would be the perfect captain, the middle order has a really, really stiff battle with the likes of V. Richards, G. Pollock, Headley, Hammond and SRT.

    The fast bowlers is also a debate with the likes of Marshall, Lille, Holding and Ambrose but the wicket keeper seems like it's being dominated by Gilly but will the wicky get a chance to bat?

    Surely someone like Knott or Sanga are a better choice!

    Openers between Gavaskar, Greenidge, B. Richards and Hobbs.

  • POSTED BY amitava0112 on | September 29, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Mouthwatering prospect...My1stWldXI: Hutton (From my shortlist: Hutton/Hobbs/Sewhag),Gavaskar (Frm:Gavaskar/Barry Richards/Greendge),Bradman (Fr: Bradman/Headley/Viv Richards/Ponting),Tendulkar(Fr:Tendulkar/G Chappell/Miandad/Kallis/M Jayawardane/Hammond),Sobers(Fr:Sobers/G Pollock/Border/Lara),Imran(Fr:Imran/Kapil/Botham),Gilchrist(Fr:Gilchrist/Knott/Marsh/Sangakkara),Akram(Akram/Hadlee/Ambrose/Davidson),Warne(Fr:Warne/Muralidharan/Orielly),Marshall(Fr:Marshall/Holding/Donald/Waqar) & Lillee(Fr: Lillee/Trueman/Mcgarth)...My2ndXIfrom remaining options :Hobbs,Barry Richards,Headley,Viv Richards,G Pollock,Kapil,Knott,Hadlee,Ambrose,Holding &,Muralidharan....My 3rd XI: Sehwag, Greenidge,G Chappell,Kallis,Lara,Border,Botham,Marsh,O'Rielly,Waqar& Donald.....so how about this.......Mcgrath,Ponting,Hammond,Trueman could not find place in any of the teams

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    My alternative XI: Gavaskar, Hobbs, Richards, Lara/SRT, The Don, Sobers, Imran, Gilchrist, Marshall, Warne/Murali and Barnes

  • POSTED BY intcamd on | September 29, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    I think the certainties are Bradman and Sobers. Near certainties are Warne, may be Lillie and Marshall. If the selectors want to show off their knowledge of history etc (a few of them are actually cricket historians, so they will likely do that), they might go for an old time spinner Barnes or O'Reilly. Ditto on an old time fast bowler like Larwood, although god knows how he can be put above Marshall or Lillee. The historians might also insert Hobbs, Hutton, or Trumper or Morris into the opener slot, although I think Gavaskar should be a certainty; the other opening slot, I might give the historians an old timer from the above 4. WK - Gilchrist is a joke; he is average in keeping; this team does not need extra batsman, it is a pure selection of best player at each position. So, Knott in the keeper slot. I will put Sachin and V Richards in the other 2 middle order positions. So, the team is Gavaskar, Hobbs, Don, Sachin, Viv, Sobers, Knott, Marshall, Lillee, Warne, O'Reilly

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    I would say there should be two teams Pre-1990 and Post-1990. Then a comparison between them. For instance Imran Khan, Sunil Gavaskar will feature in Pre-1990 n then Sachin, Waqar, Wasim in post. Right now the pool is too big to pick your best 11

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 29, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    For Chandrahasan Subash:

    Listen dear, Murli is second best after Shane Warne but both deserve to be in XI. You team has one bowler short. You cannot depend on bowling of Gary sobers as fifth bowler. You have to select one genuine world class bowler who can bat like Imran Khan or Hadlee. In this case you have to sacrifice Tendulkar for the balance of side. You can not sacrifice bowling strength of World Xi just to accommodate Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 29, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    To nfer

    Ok, Murali is better and Shane Warne is 2nd, both deserve place in world XI. Waseem is best Left hand fast bowler. Mgrah/Marshal/Lillee are best right hand fast bowlers. But you know you still have only four bowlers. You can select only one out of Magrah,Lillee & Marshal because you have to select fifth bowler who is a good batsman as well as genuine fast bowler like Imran/Hadlee. So you now have vacant position of wicket keeper and only five batsman.

    It means you need only 3 middle orders batsmen. So how can you drop Bradman/Sobers/Richards to accommodate Sachin Tendulkar.

    You are expelling great Viv Richards for putting Tendulkar in his place. Vow, only Indians can do that. No one in the world can think to replace Richards with Sachin. Now you know that panel is going to avoid Sachin Tandulkar in the XI.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | September 29, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    PEOPLE....STOP WASTING YOUR TIME....SOME OF THE PAST PLAYERS ARE ALREADY DEAD AND THEY CANNOT SEE THERE NAMES..MAYBE FROM HEAVEN....EVERYBODY LIKES TO PICK THEIR OWN COUNTRY MAN...

  • POSTED BY bbpp on | September 29, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    If Hobbs,Bradman,Sobers & Barnes not in your team then do some research! I'd go for Gilchrist because of batting even though he is not the best keeper, Murali over Warne for always being a threat. Either Gavaskar or Hutton with Hobbs and any 3 from Headley, Hammond, Pollock, Viv, Sachin or Lara and while Wasim, Marshall, Lillee & McGrath are great bowlers having Imran at 8 and Hadlee at 9 would give bowlers nightmare! And they are not bad bowlers.....

  • POSTED BY GoldenAsif on | September 29, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    MY ALL TIME TEST-XI

    Sunil Gavaskar (13 out of 34 test hundreds against what I regard as THE best attack (West Indies) in history, certainly no mean achievement) Gordon Greenidge (the most destructive opener in history) Don Bradman (test ave: 99.96) Viv Richards (simply incomparable) Gary Sobers (best batting all-rounder in history) Imran Khan (best bowling all-rounder in history) Adam Gilchrist (best wicket-keeper batsman in history) Malcolm Marshall (arguably the most fearsome pace bowler in history) Michael Holding (' Whispering Death' naturally gifted like Wasim-Akram) Shane Warne (the best leg-spinner in history) Wasim Akram (THE best Left arm pace bowler in history)

    ps. don't need two spinners. one is enough. Sobers could bowl spin too

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    don bradman and viv richards are the two greatest batsman ever........u cannot leave these two guys out................gary sobers is the greatest all rounder ever.............there is no competition for that............imran khan come a distant second........and then the rest...........malcom marshall is the best fast bowler ever.............wasim akram is the best left handed fast bowler ever........... there are two spinning gr8 ever.......murli and warne.....i cannot distinguish among them.............one is a gr8 leg spinner...the other one is a gr8 off spinner.......... for wicketkeeper u cannot ignore their batting skills also......wicketkeeping role got a new definition ever since gilchrist came to picture..........so its got to be a gud mix of keeping talents and batting talents.........when u do that......theres only gilchrist there........

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | September 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    No offence cricketchopper but who in the world said Shane Warne is the all time best bowler. Best LEGSPINNER ever? YES. Best bowler ever? NO. I really think that honour should go to Murali since he is the highest wickettaker in both ODI and Test and he was named as the best bowler ever by Wisden - The bible of cricket. Does that mean I wouldn't include Warne in my side? NO. Warnie has done enough to justify his place in the World XI it's just that he is not the all time best. It will probably be Akram, McGrath, Murali & Warne for the 4 bowlers while Bradman, Sobers & SRT are no brainers for batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    @cricket chopper If Murali cannot be neglected for his statistics, then how could the selectors neglect Sachin.. He is the hjighest run getter, has maximum test hundreds

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    here is mine hanif mohammad , sunil gavaskar , don bradman , sachin tendulkar , viv richards, adam gilchrist(chossin adam gilchrist instead of dhoni becasue his average at test) imran khan (c), garry sobers , shane warne , malcolm marshal , wasim akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Here is my XI: Barry Richards, Sir Jack Hobbs, Graeme Pollock, Jacques Kallis, Sir Donald Bradman, Imran Khan, Sir Garry Sobers, Kumar Sangakkara, Malcolm Marshall, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram --- Sangakkara is a better keeper and batsman than Gilchrist! Muttiah is Better than Warne! Barry Richards best opener of ALL TIME! Kallis chosen as an all rounder! - The rest speak for them selves! Top Class batting upto No. 8 - 4 Fast Bowlers - 2 Spinners- World Class team for all conditions.

  • POSTED BY sbansban on | September 29, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    With a batting average of 57.78, Sobers sure makes it as a pure batsman, but even though he brings tremendous variety to the bowling with his fast, left-arm wrist spin AND finger spin, because his bowling strike rate is as high as 91.9 and bowling average is 34.03, he is NOT up there with the world's best bowlers, who have strike rates in the low fifties or even high forties and averages in the low twenties. So in this ATWXI, Sobers's bowling will be pretty much a bonus, not more, and we'll still need a sufficient number of the absolute best bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Talkcrazy2001 on | September 29, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    My all time eleven : Barry Richards, Sir Leonard Hutton, Sir Don Bradman, George headly, Sachin tendulkar, Sir Gary sobers, Imran khan, Adam Gilchrist, Malcom Marshal, Glen Macgrath, Muttaih Murlidharan

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | September 29, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    world best worst XI Jeffry Boycott, Micheal Atherton (openers), (boring) 3) Mark Richardson, 3) Kevin Pieterson, (Over Hyped Player) 5) Hansy Cronje (c) (we all know what he has done) 6) Faward Allam (Horrible batting Technique, Even Murali's Technique is far better than his), 7) Kamran Akmal (wk) (worst WK ever) 8) Manoj Prabaker, (Use to bowl Rubbish) 9) Kumar Dramasena,(worst Alrounder Ever) 10) Nuwan Soyza,(worst Fielder Ever) 11) Chris Martin (maybe you can replace him with 12th man...) 12th man Mohammed Amir (pending...)

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | September 29, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Here are some alternatives for fun: Batting slow coaches - Turner, Hanif, Barrington, Dravid, Kallis, Vaas, Hendricks, Underwood, McGrath, Srinath, Donald. Batting Fireworks - Sehwag, Jayasuria, Richards, Lara, Pieterson, Botham, Kapil, Gilchrist, Wasim, Warne, Murali Just Fireworks (some of the "stronger", more "colourful" characters) - Smith, Atapattu, Ranatunga, Javed, Richards, Imran, Botham, Sangakarra, Lillee, Trueman, Barnes

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    My XI: Hobbs, Gavaskar, Richards, Lara/Sachin, The Don, Imran*, Gilchrist!, Marshall, Warne, Murali/Wasim and Barnes. I would choose Lara if playing in SL, SAF or WI, Sachin if playing in India, Aus or BD, either otherwise. Murali if we are playing in the subcontinent and Wasin otherwise. I deliberated long and hard between Imran and Sobers but then Imran got the edge on the basis of his captaincy

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Athar, no points for highlighting Wasim's universal popularity. He is surely the best left hand fast bowler ever. I wouldn't say the best cricketer of all time though. That would be a tossup between Bradman, Sobers and Imran

  • POSTED BY ABZ006 on | September 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Sir Leonard Hutton Sunil Gavaskar Graeme Pollock Sachin Tendulkar Sir Donald Bradman Imran Khan Sir Garry Sobers Alan Knott Malcolm Marshall Shane Warne Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Here is my XI: Hanif Mohammad, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Imran Khan, Rashid Latif, Abdul Qadir, Dennis Lillee, Sydney Barnes, Waqar Younis,

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    my team 1gavaskar2greenidge3kallis4sachin5lara6don bradman7 adam gilly 8michael holding9 wasim akram10.shane warne 11.muttiah muralitharan

  • POSTED BY vincing on | September 29, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Opening slots can be filed by any two of these: Len Hutton, Jack Hobbs, Barry Richards, Sunil Gvaskar. I would put other openers in slightly below these four. My opening combination would be Len Hutton, Barry Richards. Middle Order: Don Bradman is there. Now, Graeme Pollock seems as the best left hander in the list, abve Lara. For right Handers, its really difficult between, George Headley - Sachin Tendulkar and Viv Richards. I personally would go for Sachin Tendulkar as he can drop anchor, play his shots, is good against spinners and pacers and swing bowling. With Graeme Pollock's fluidity and stroke filled presence, I guess we may not require king Viv. All rounder: Honestly, nobody close to Garry Sobers. Imran Khan is the only one to contend for distant second place. Wicketkeeper: With best batsman, one should gof or pure wicketkeeping capabilities, so Alan knott stands out in the list above Gilchrist or MSD or Sangakkara. Bowlers: One off spinner and that is Murali

  • POSTED BY Abhishek_Singla on | September 29, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    After reading all the 607 comments, I have observed four most demanding choices among 88 short-listed players. More than 90% of the people have chosen Sachin, Bradman, Gilchrist and Akram. The main competition is between Murli and Warne as most of the people want to keep only one main spinner in their team. Gavaskar, Hobbs and Sehwag are the most demanding choices for openers. Even Viv and Lara have a tough fight.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    This is the best team ever:1.Sir Len Hutton 2.Virender Sehwag 3.Don Bradman 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Viv Richards 6.Gary Sobbers 7.Adam Gilchrist 8.Imran Khan 9.Wasim Akram 10.Shane Warne 11.Malcolm Marshall

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 29, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    FOR FANS OF SACHIN TANDULKAR:

    You should remember that Sachin cannot be preferred over Bradman, Viv Richards and Gary Sobers in middle order. His selection as fourth middle order batsman would mean that you are going to select three pacers and one spinners. In this situation you will not select either Shane Warne or Murali. Just imagin, how panel members can neglect Murali who took most wickets or Shane Warne who is considered to be the all time best. If you select both Warne and Murali and select only two fast bowlers then, tell me, what type of world eleven it would be with only two pace bowlers. I mean five specialist bowlers including one who can bat, are must to be selected, therefore, forget about Sachin Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Gurmale on | September 29, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    WE CAN NOT LEAV OUT SOME PLAYERS LIKE: JACK HOBBS, LEANORD HUTTEN, WASIM AKRAM, SHANE WARNE, GARRY SOBERS, MARSHAL, VIV RICHARDS, WALTER HAMMOND, BRADMAN, MURALITHARAN, AND WE HAVE THREE BEST KEEPERS: SANGAKARA, GILCHRIST AND ALLAN KNOTT. PALYERS LIKE TENDULKER, LARA, GAVASKAR and JAVED MIANDAD always played for thier own records. THEY DO NOT DESERV TO MAKE PLACE IN ALL TIME WORLD XI....AND DO NOT TALK ABOUT PONTING WHO COULD NOT MAKE PLACE IN AUSTRALIAN ALL TIME XI.

  • POSTED BY symbionic on | September 29, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    I think the all-time XI should be 1. Sir Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Sir Donald Bradman 4. Sir Vivian Richards 5. Sachin Tendulkar 6. Sir Garfield Sobers 7. Adam Gilchrist 8. Sir Richard Hadlee 9. Shane Warne 10. Wasim Akram 11. Sydney Barnes, with apologies to Malcolm Marshall and Imran Kahn, the two hardest to leave out...

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | September 29, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Funnay few people are not picking Bradmen.. I'm sure they are picking football team :-) . And guys Gary Sobers .. he is considered to be the most complete player and way above any other all rounder . Everyone has a right to pick their own 11 but looks silly if you really ignore the best where there is No debate. And for me Sachin is also certain (unless you are a sachin hater. ) Record speaks. And in fast bowling with due respect to other bowlers Malcom Marshall is the best fast bowler ever.

  • POSTED BY udaypagey on | September 29, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    My XI : Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Gary Sobers, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Malcom Marshall, Richard Hadlee, Anil Kumble, Murlidharan

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    too hard too choose------let someone do it for me.

    sunny hobbs don sachin viv sobers gilly marshall akram warnie murali

  • POSTED BY sunnus007 on | September 29, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    My greatest X1 is Hobbs, Gavasker, Bradman, Tendulkar, Sobers, Hadlee, Dhoni, Imran, Marshall, Murali, Warne. I think with the current rankings Dhoni comes ahead of Gilchrist. Otherwise this team is the best one can pick.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    My Team is Greame Smith,Gavaskar,Sachin,Bradman,Lara,K Dev(C),Dhoni,A Donald,Murli,Mcgrath,Warne

  • POSTED BY sbansban on | September 29, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Two major issues with the selection policy. Numero uno: Selection is confined to members of the national ATXI. Result? Players ineligible for selection include Herbert Sutcliffe, Ponting, Steve Waugh, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Bedser, Statham, Tyson, Gupte, Shoaib Akhtar, Jeff Thompson, Hall, Griffith, Lock, Laker, The 3 W's and many other true all time greats. Their places are taken up by the Somachandra de Silvas and Rumesh Ratnayakes. We should have been able to pick from an international pool based purely on merit rather than imposing artificial restrictions like membership of national ATXI. The combinations dictated by Cricinfo are the second issue: 3 or 4 middle order batsmen, 1 or 2 allrounders, and 2 to 5 bowlers. What if someone wants to pick Sobers, Kallis, Imran, Miller and Vinoo Mankad and just two traditional middle order batsmen and only one pure bowler because the team is packed with allrounders? This whole exercise is a flight of fancy - why not just let it soar?

  • POSTED BY Niranjan85 on | September 29, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Hi Below is My All time World XI Test Team: 1> Gavasker 2> Gordon Greenidge 3> Ponting 4> Lara 5> Dravid 6> Sangakara 7> Sir Donald Bradman 8> Richard Hardly 9> Glenn McGrath 10> Wasim Akram 11> Muttiah Muralitharan

    My World XI One Team 1>Sehwag 2> Viv Richards 3> Ponting 4> Lara 5> Sachin 6> Sir Donald Bradman 7> Adam Gilchrist 8> Kapil 9> Glenn McGrath 10> Wasim Akram 11> Warne

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Here is my XI: Saeed Anwar, Virender Sehwag, Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Holding, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Did you people note that Wasim Akram is selected by almost everyone.

    that simply shows that he is the best cricketer of all time.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    this is my all time world XI-Virender Sehwag,Graeme Smith,Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar,Sir Viv Richards,Mahela Jayawardene,Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist,Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Shane Bond..12th man Daniel Vettori.

  • POSTED BY ibiswas1981 on | September 29, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    My XI - Openers - Barry Richards, Sunil Gavaskar; Middle Order - Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara; Allrounder - Sir Gary Sobers; Wicketkeeper - Adam Gilchrist; Bowlers - Wasim Akram, Malcom Marshall, Dennis Lille, Muralitharan.

  • POSTED BY muski on | September 29, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Ranmal- You are upto our Pakistani Friends- Why have you left out Ranatunga, Rumesh Ratnayake ,Vaas and Somchandra Disilva too. I have been watching Sri Lankan cricket from the time Warnapura's men landed in India to play their first test. I must confess that Rumesh was one of the earliest chuckers I have seen along with vaseline John Lever. Need to check during which period Somchandra Disilva played- never ever heard of him.From your picking I understand that he is greater than Marshall and Lillie. On a more serious note, wont any dumbo agree that Aravinda and Roy Dias, both of whom are not in the shortlist, were better than Arjuna on any given day??

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | September 29, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    My XI : Barry Richards, Sunil Gavaskar , Bradman,Sachin,Graham Pollak,Sobars,Gilchrist,Lille,Marshal,Mc.Grath and Warne. Two names I regret to miss are Hobbs as opener (went for Barry more attractive ) and How can I miss ViV. Richards :-( my favorate. But I thought G.Pollak is too good player to leave out after bradman and offcourse our own sachin. 3 prace bowlers instead of 2 pace and 2 spin (Which I think the jury will pick bcz Sobers is a very good seam bowler.) Other players nominated are also very good but when I use the word great let me use it sparingly.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | September 29, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Selecting a team which is fair to all major countries and eras is almost impossible. Bradman, Sobers and Grace virtually pick themselves. Add the best from the sub-continent - Imran, Gavaskar and Muralideran, NZ's R.Hadlee and SA's G.Pollock and you almost have a team already. You could try Trumper, Gavaskar, Bradman, Headley, G.Pollock, Sobers, Imran, Knott, Warne, SF.Barnes & Muralideran and Grace and Hadlee miss out. Seems unfair to someone whichever way you go. No WI fast bowlers like Marshall, no second South African like Proctor or Faulkener, no English openers like Hobbs or Sutcliffe. Whatever the selections are, it's bound to be controversial.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    My First one was the Best XI. This one is the Worst XI. Here it folows: Stewie Dempster, Marvan Atapattu, Martin Donnelly, Dudley Nourse, Arjuna Ranatunga (cap), Aubrey Faulkner, John Reid, John Waite, Jack Cowie, Rumesh Ratnayake, Hugh Tayfield

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | September 29, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    For all those who feel Sachin Tendulkar doesn't deserve to be in World XI, I present a hard-pressing fact that Sachin is the only batsman out the shortlisted, to have played against the maximum number of bowlers & allrounders, given in this shortlist (17 out of 40 bowlers/allrounders). And whats more he averages 52.83 in matches featuring atleast one of these legends and has scored 40 tons too in them. Is there anymore better yard-stick than this????

  • POSTED BY SL_Ranmal on | September 29, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Here is my selection...

    #

    * Marvan Atapattu * Sunil Gavaskar

    # MIDDLE ORDER

    * Mahela Jayawardene/Brian Lara * Sachin Tendulkar * Sir Donald Bradman

    # ALLROUNDERS

    * Imran Khan

    # WICKETKEEPER

    * Kumar Sangakkara

    # BOWLERS

    * Curtly Ambrose * Muttiah Muralitharan * Shane Warne * Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY S_Biswas on | September 29, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    World XI-----J Hobbs, S Gavaskar, D Bradman, S Tendulkar, V Richards, G Sobers, A Gilchrist, W Akram, M Marshall, S Warne, G McGrath.... However, for matches played on subcontinent grounds or on pitches which are expected to help spinners , M Muralitharan replaces G McGrath....so that we have a complete variety of bowling options, viz. Right arm fast( Marshall), left arm fast(Akram), leg spin( Warne), Of Spin( Murali) and some left arm slow from Sobers......

  • POSTED BY muski on | September 29, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    One thing isunderstood from this excercise- greatness lies in the brains of the beholder. As most have rightly pointed out, the shortlist itself is a big mess- there was no need to please all 8 test playing nations to have all their nominees on the list. Names like Attapattu, Ranatunga, Rashid Latif,etc standout as ludicrous.Most people have got confused between the subtle line that exists between a great and an all time great. If only two Indians have made it my list of 11, its not becoz Iam an Indian. Its becoz of their performances. Records alone may not help a palyer in becoming great. With due respect to most of our Asian batsmen like Inzamam or Yusuf or Mahela, the records are outstanding. However that pales in comparision to other great performers like a Lara or Sachin. Iam clueless as to why Ponting was not there in the Aussie all time 11 to begin with. He is undoubtedly the best No 3 to have ever played the game with our wall very close behind.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    * OPENERS o Barry Richards o Sir Leonard Hutton * MIDDLE ORDER o Brian Lara o Sir Donald Bradman o Graeme Pollock * ALLROUNDERS o Sir Garry Sobers o Imran Khan

    * WICKETKEEPER o Adam Gilchrist * BOWLERS o Dennis Lillee o Malcolm Marshall o Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Given the limitations on number of all-rounders and the classification by cricinfo, I was forced to leave out Gary Sobers. I want to pick 5 high quality bowlers, and would therefore take bowling all-rounders. Sobers would have made it as a specialist batsman, but that's not an option provided. Hence my team looks like this: Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar, Don Bradman, Graeme Pollock, Viv Richards, Adam Gilchrist, Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sydney Barnes.

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | September 29, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    @Rahul Bhutani : To reiterate your argument that Dravid should be in XI, I present some facts. Dravid is the best Asian batsman to perform in matches outside Asia averaging 58.66 followed by a distant Gavaskar (51.57), Tendulkar (51.54), Mohinder Amarnath (48.4), Snagakkara (48.09), VVS Laxman (46.88) & Miandad (46.38), in that order.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    My fantasy team : Gavaskar , Sehwag ,Bradman , Tendulkar , Lara , Sobers , Gilchrist , Wasim Akram , M.Marshall, Curtly Ambrose , G. Mcgrath. 4 man fast bowling attack ..deadly .

    My 2nd choice eleven would be .. Jack Hobbs, B.Richards, Viv Richards , Bradman ,G.Headley ,Imran Khan ,A.Knott, D.Lilee, Fred Trueman , S.Warne , M.Muralitharan.

    If both these teams compete against each other , I don't know who wins ?

  • POSTED BY AtticusFinch on | September 29, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    1. Hobbes 2. Gavaskar 3. Bradman 4. Tendulkar 5. Richards 6. Botham 7. Knott 8. Akram 9.Murali 10. Warne 11. Marshall. Apologies to Pollock, Miandad, Kallis, Dravid & Lillee. Sobers and Gilchrist are too over-rated (look at records/context. And with a batting line up like this who wants a keeper who bats, look at a pure keeper. And Botham is miles ahead of Sobers as an all-rounder). And . . . .. I cant wait to see what the Cricinfo Jury comes up with. And what a Jury . . .. they would occupy the No.1 slot in any Jurys Selection list. (Now dont let me down!)

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 29, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    TENDULKAR CAN NOT BE SELECTED FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

    1) Bradman & viv richards are definite selection for middle order.

    2) Gary Sobers is considered second greatest batsman after Bradman. He will be at No.5

    3) As G.Sobers is not real fifth bowler, we will have to select another all rounder who is genuine bowler like Imran/Hadlee, at No.6

    4) One wicket keeper, two fast bowlers and two spinners make a balanced team.

    SO THERE IS NO ROOM FOR SACHIN TENDULKAR.

  • POSTED BY mihir2010 on | September 29, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Ok.. Then.. Here it is.. Combination:2+3+2+1+3 Openers.. Gavaskar and sehwag (i want a pair that would compliment each other Gavaskar was obvious,between Sehwag and Greenidge i chose sehwag based on the stats..) Middle order: Sir Don, Sachin, Lara.. (well duhh!! Wat more can one have, Tho' sorry to leave out Sir Viv..) All rounders: Sir Gary Sobers and Imran Khan.. (No need to explain that..) WK: (Tough Choice: I would go with Sanga for his better batting and decent keeping.. Again very Sorry Gilly and Dhoni) Bowlers: Waseem Akram, Shane Warne and Malcom Marshall.. (Must say very very sorry to leave out Waqar(one of my favs).. Also sorry for Lillee,Ambrose and Murali..) So wat do you say guys??? Also after this team is picked we must have a Rest of the World...

  • POSTED BY DamithPathirana on | September 29, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    My Team * OPENERS- Gordon Greenidge, Sunil Gavaskar* MIDDLE ORDER-Sachin Tendulkar,Sir Donald Bradman,Sir Viv Richards*ALLROUNDERS-Sir Garry Sobers* WICKETKEEPER-Kumar Sangakkara* BOWLERS-Dennis Lillee,Malcolm Marshall,Muttiah Muralitharan,Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | September 29, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Since this shortlist contains only the players of 8 country's All-time XI, I would like to see a World XI that contains NAMES OTHER THAN THESE 88 (8 countries x 11 players) CRICKETERS, to play against the World All-time XI. So, my Favourite All-time World XI from the REST OF THE BEST would be:------------* Herbert Sutcliffe * Mathew Hayden * Ricky Ponting * Clyde Walcott * Dennis Compton * Chris Cairns * Jeff Dujon * Ray Lindwall * Dale Steyn * Frank Tyson * Bhagwath Chandrasekhar * 12th man : Everton Weekes

  • POSTED BY sbansban on | September 29, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    MY ABSOLUTELY UNBEATABLE ATWXI TEAM: Openers: Stewie Dempster, Conrad Hunte. Middle Order: Martin Donnelly, Dudley Nourse, Arjuna Ranatunga. Allrounders: Aubrey Faulkner, Chaminda Vaas. Wicketkeeper: John Waite. Bowlers:Ashantha de Mel, Somachandra de Silva, Hugh Tayfield.

  • POSTED BY raskalamindit on | September 29, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    1. Hobbs 2. Gavaskar (c) 3. Bradman 4.Viv Richards 5. G Pollock 6. Sobers 7. Gichrist 8. Warne 9. Akram 10. Marshall 11. Lillee .....12th Murli

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    I think Dravid should make it to the Test X1 because he has always performed under pressure......and he is a better player when ball is seaming...so he should make it to the X1

  • POSTED BY rakesh_85 on | September 29, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Its great fun to select the all time World XI, My opinion I feel there are non better then the eleven players listed below: 1. Len Hutton(ENG) 2. Jack Hobbs(ENG) 3. Don Bradman(AUS) 4. Sachin Tendulkar(IND) 5. Jack Kallis(SA) 6. Garfield Sobers(WI) 7. Adam Gilchrist(AUS) 8. Malcom Marsha(WI)l 9. Curtly Ambrose(WI) 10. Glen McGrath(AUS) 11. Muttiaha Muralitharan(SL).

  • POSTED BY shaw1234 on | September 29, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Sir Jack Hobbs, Victor Trumper, Bradman ,Viv Richards, Lara, George Headley,Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist,Akram, McGrath, Muralidaran.

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | September 29, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    From people I have seen played cricket through my eyes XI: Sehwag, Smith, Dravid, Sachin, Lara, Kalis, Gillchrist, Wasim, Warne, Donald, Mcgrath My World XI Over all: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Bradman, Sachin, Viv Richards, Lara, Sobers, Gilchrist, Warne, Wasim, Marshall. Let's see, if I am alive and cricinfo is alive after I turn 60, and cricinfo., redo this and let's see if I change anything ! haha thats going to take long time. Peace. P.S. - All people who play this sport is Great.

  • POSTED BY Sydney66 on | September 29, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Because of the formatting it is not possible to pick the most attacking team as Don Bradman did when he announced his World squad back in 1998- that is, 2 middle order batsmen and 2 allrounders. This is a shame because it could be easily argued that both Sobers and Imran deserve a place in the team. Especially with Gilchrist being such a class batsmen. Hence;

    1. Gavaskar 2. Hobbs 3. Bradman 4. Lara 5. Sobers 6. Imran 7. Gilchrist 8. Warne 9. Marshall 10. Lillee 11. Barnes

  • POSTED BY Neil247 on | September 29, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Hobbs- Gavaskar - Bradman - Tendulkar - Richards - Gilly - Akram - Macko - Lillee - Warne - Murali.

  • POSTED BY Nehulkhatri on | September 29, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Where is Mr RICKY PONTING? he is not even in the list!!!! not having him on the team is one thing but Cricinfo loses credibility if they dont have him on the list !!!

  • POSTED BY cantwaittosee on | September 29, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    S Gavaskar, J Hobbs, D Bradman, V Richards, G Pollock, G Sobers, A Gilchrist, M Marshall, G McGrath, M Holding, Sydney Barnes.

    If only player peaks are concerned, I would take Waqar .

    Apologies to V Sehwag, Len Hutton, Barry Richards, G Chappell, W Hammond, A Donald, Bill O Reilley, D Underwood.

  • POSTED BY virology on | September 29, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    TO ALL WHO ARE SHOUTING WHY RICKY NAME IS ON THE LIST. HERE IS THE FACT RICKY NAME WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE ALL TIME AUSTRALIAN XI SO NOT IN THIS LIST. I CANNOT DIGEST THAT, RICKY IS THE SECOND BEST AUSTRALIAN BATSMAN AFTER BRADMAN. PLEASE CHECK THE JURY WHO SELECTED AUSTRALIAN XI AND PLEASE COMMENT ON THAT...

  • POSTED BY saifkl on | September 29, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Barry Richards Len Hutton Tendulkar Bradman Viv Richards Gary Sobers Imran Khan or Mike Proctor Adam Gilchrist Wasim Akram Michael Holding or Malcom Marshall Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY JupeBeggs on | September 29, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    This is one of the funniest articles I've ever seen on Cricinfo. They have Vaas with the all-rounders??? And why is Hadlee with the all-rounders too? One of the greatest fast bowlers ever seen and he's put against Sobers, Botham and Imran Khan? And who have they left off? Openers: WG Grace (best ever), Bill Brown (better than Morris), Melville; Middle Order: Compton, Stanley Jackson, Phil Mead, Walcott (look up his record, why is he so under-rated?); Keepers: Lilley; Blackham; Spinners: Peel, Chandrasekhar; Fast Bowlers: Garner And yet they think someone like Vettori should be there? Seriously? Ashantha de Mel??? Somachandra De Silva???? Arjuna Ranatunga??? What's that, a special HI to Sri Lankan readers?

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    Gavaskar, Hutton, DON, Sachin, Viv Richards, Sobers (Left Bat), Gilly, Hadlee,Akram, Warne, Holding....is the best lineup :D

    The best openers in an era of great fast bolwers, Middle order solid as ever , Lara misses out to Viv (mistakenly, but jus cudn remove Viv, Lara I feel is lil unpredictable) Sobers (Batting allrounder), Haddle bolwing allrounder, Gilly - All left handed batters who could be moved around to trouble any good spell, Akram - worlds best left bowler ever, Holding - Dangerous Killer pace, Warne - genius!

  • POSTED BY Kapsay on | September 29, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Openers : Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya Middle order : Arjuna Ranatunga, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene Allrounders : Chaminda Vaas Wicketkeeper: Rashid Latif Bowlers : Ashantha de Mel, Rumesh Ratnayake, Shane Bond, Somachandra De Silva

    Total Score of the Team : 25 All out and the opponent will score 800/1 (1 run out) Jokers, who made this list. Shame on you. Q: Is Mahela Jayawardene is better then Clive Loyd or Ricky Ponting? Q: Is Chaminda Vass better then Richie Benaud.

    Looks like some Selection Fixing going on here ;-))

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | September 29, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Great choices..legends of cricket....hence forced to have TWO WORLD

    XIs,-----------------------------------------------------------------------FIRST WORLD XI : * Jack Hobbs * Sunil Gavaskar *

    Donald Bradman * Sachin Tendulkar * Greg Chapell * Gary Sobers * Alan Knott * Muttiah Muralitharan * Wasim Akram *

    Sydney Barnes * Glenn

    McGrath.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------SECOND WORLD XI:

    * Len Hutton * Virender Sehwag * Brian Lara * Wally Hammond * Viv Richards * Imran Khan * Adam Gilchrist * Richard

    Hadlee * Shane Warne * Malcolm Marshall * Fred Trueman.

  • POSTED BY malqui on | September 29, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    my team: Hutton, Gavaskar, Bradman, Tendulkar, Viv Richards, Sobers, Gilchrist, Warne, Akram, Lille, MacGrath

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | September 29, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    My World XI will be :- Gavaskar, Barry Richards,Lara, Bradman, Sachin, Gilchrist, Botham, Lilee, Imran Warne, Murali - (Marshal 12th)

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | September 29, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Any list that does not have (i) Don Bradman, (ii) Sachin Tendulkar, (iii) Garry Sobers, and (iv) Malcolm Marshall is not credible. @ S.M.Kamran : nice job sneaking in Miandad by dropping Don Bradman. I am guessing you are from Pak! :-). In fact watching Bradman missing from your list made me sign in and post my comment.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    there have been some players who were obviously controversial about being included/excluded from the nominees (e.g. ponting). But I wonder how on earth could they miss the likes of jim laker from the list (the man who once took 19 wickets in a test)

  • POSTED BY 114_in_final_Six_overs on | September 29, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    @soniaafjal

    sultan of swing: manoj prabhakar whispering death: venktesh prasad pigeon: venkatpathi raju chicken: srisanth

    :)

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    1) Imran - Captain- Allrounder

    2) Greenidge - Opener

    3) Sehwag - Opener

    4) Bradman - middle order batsman

    5) Sachin- middle order "

    6) Lara - Middle order "

    7) Mcgrath - Fast bowler

    8) Wasim - Fast bowler

    9) Shane Warne- Spinner

    10) Gilchrist- Wickerkeeper, batsman - Vice Captain

    11) Murlidharan - Spinner

    and last but not least 12 th man -----Jonty Rhodes - ( fielding )

  • POSTED BY SumanVarma18 on | September 29, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    This is not a great shortlist. How could players like Srinath, Atapattu, Rashid Latif,.... are short listed. Can anyone explain.

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | September 29, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    Great idea!!! Everyone will be confused to pick their 11. No wonder there's a "remove" option when selecting your team. My 11 would be: Len Hutton, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Don Bradman, Garry Sobers,+* Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall, Wasim Akram, Glen McGrath.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 29, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    My team: Mark Greatbatch and Andrew Hudson to open. Then, Ian Bell, David Boon, Sachin, Graeme Hick, Gilchrist, Ravi Shastri / Imran as allrounder (depending on pitch), Warne, Malcolm Marshall, Brett Schultz. This team would destroy all comers, including my club side.

  • POSTED BY V.GOMES on | September 29, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Knowing the bias reporting of cricinfo, sure it will be an all Indian line-up: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble. Let's wait and see how many of the above names you will see on that line-up,.. if not all.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    I'm a New Zealander, so naturally I'm a rival to Australians but I think it is completely ridiculous Ricky Ponting isn't mentioned here. The man is a run scoring machine, have you been watching him play. He is awesome. Far better than half of those mentioned in the middle order. His statistics speak for themselves, how can he not be in a category where Jayawardene is. Terrible.

    As for Vettori, he should be in the Allrounders category, everyone in world cricket has learnt that the only thing Vettori doesn't do the best for New Zealand in is fielding, and even then he's pretty good.

  • POSTED BY youfoundme on | September 29, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    My choice: 1. Sir Leonard Hutton 2. Barry Richards 3. Sir Donald Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5.Brian Lara 6. Jacques Kallis 7. Sir Richard Hadlee 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Muttiah Muralitharan 10. Glenn McGrath 11. Malcolm Marshall

  • POSTED BY Daveptee on | September 29, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    "Self-congratulatory journalism. More time-wasting by the experts at Cricinfo. Well done"

    So true....I wonder when these people are going to get over it and what purpose does this exercise serve.At least Cricinfo should stop this all time XI business !

    Who are you planning to play with this team anyway ?

  • POSTED BY stunningseshu on | September 29, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    where is andrew flintoff??

  • POSTED BY ironmonkey on | September 29, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    Easy picks : Hutton, Gavaskar, Bradman, Tendulkar, Viv Richards, Sobers, Gilchrist, Akram, Warne, Marshall, Murali. Possibly substitute Hobbs for Hutton and Lillie for Akram. Sehwag is good now, but not yet in this list. Time will tell.

  • POSTED BY Umamahesh_Srigiriraju on | September 29, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    This is a pretty tough task and unfair as well. I would say this would be a huge disservice to many greats who may not find themselves in the XI. We need to pick up atleast 2 or better still 3 teams. It is hard to understand how Jacques Kallis is just a middle order batsman and not an allrounder. How can any team leave out Hanif Mohammad just because Barry Richards and Gavaskar are tremendous openers? How can we leave George Headley and Sutcliffe just because Sir Viv, Sachin and Lara are too good to be left out? So what about Sir Don, Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Abbas, Wally Hammond and Kallis? I mean this idea of only one all time XI is not only flawed but unfair.

  • POSTED BY spaul on | September 29, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    i think Gavasker...Sehwag...Bradman...sachin...lara....sobers...gilly ...akram.....warne.......murli...macgrath.....

  • POSTED BY grundyalex on | September 29, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    No Ricky Ponting? Probably the best modern day batsman at his peak and he doesn't even get a look in? The list is flawed from the start.

  • POSTED BY buddhikaeng on | September 29, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    How come the Sri lankan great cricketer "Aravinda De Silva's" name is missing in the initial players list. But when I selected our own team that name is appeared....Please do change your list ....Anyway if Cricinfo intend not to include his name then I w'd say that Aravinda is a far better player than most of player's in the list. He is arguably the best batsman produced by Sri Lanka.Far better than Arjuna Ranatunga and Mahela Jayawardena. Don't select player just looking at their records itself.Please consider the era, team, playing circumstance, etc before naming.Am extremely disopointed about this situation...

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Hobbes, Trumper, Bradman, Headley, Hammond, Sobers, Kahn, Gilchrist, Akram, Warne, Lillee. This lineup has explosive batting in Trumper, Kahn, Gilchrist and Akram, a long batting lineup so they can always be aggressive and a balanced bowling attack with two spinners and 5 medium-fast-fast bowlers, both left and right handed.

    However, if I could pick any lineup, it would would have 2 openers, 2 in the middle order, 3 all rounders, a wicketkeeper and 3 bowlers. The lineup would be Hobbes, Trumper, Bradman, Headley, Sobers, Kahn, Gilchrist, Hadlee, Warne, Lillee, Muralitharan.

  • POSTED BY avis1001 on | September 29, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    All Right - every one in the selection is Great !!! So, Whats the USE of selecting XI ? There is no-way that all of those selected can play at any time. And no one knows what kind of egos should have altered the outcome by these great players.

  • POSTED BY RyanSmith on | September 29, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    I picked my team. 1)Barry Richards 2)Virender Sehwag 3)Don Bradman 4)Brian Lara 5)Sachin Tendulkar 6)Garry Sobers 7)Adam Gilchrist 8)Imran Khan 9)Wasim Akram 10)Malcolm Marshall 11)Shane Warne. Some Picks were harder than others. I really wanted to put Viv Richards in here. It was a toss up between him and Sachin. I would have put him in instead of either Sehwag or Barry Richards if I could have. There were more unlucky bowlers who I could easily have gone with. But it's a pretty strong team that bats very deep!

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    My all time world eleven would be : 1. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Sir Jack Hobbs 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Brian Lara 6. Sir Gary Sobers 7. Sir Richard Hadlee 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Glen McGrath 10. Wasim Akram 11. Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY --Salman_Javed-- on | September 29, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    My Team:

    OPENERS Sir Jack Hobbs Sunil Gavaskar

    MIDDLE ORDER Sachin Tendulkar Sir Donald Bradman Sir Viv Richards

    ALLROUNDERS/CAPTION Imran Khan

    WICKETKEEPER Adam Gilchrist

    BOWLERS Shane Warne Wasim Akram Michael Holding Glenn McGrath

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | September 29, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Reasons for my awsome team 1. Greenidge - he is ferocious. the flick.Always attacking. 2. Sehwag - pure Entertainer. Anything can happen 3. Dravid - Slow down the game and kill all bowlers energy - real wall 4. Bradman - need run machine - better than sachin any day. 5.Viv richards - Batting Emperor - Counter attack - 6.Imran khan - just for bowling itself - Bowling Emperor. 7. Sangakara - Need sneaky clever wicker keeper 8. Malcom Marshall - rolls royce of the bowler 9. Wasim akram - guile , imagination , simply awsome bowler. 10. Warne - better spinner than Murali the machine 11. Mcgrath -bowler who can outthink any batsman. 12. Ponting - Player who can play under pressure.

    THIS is best Team ever. Better than anyone's pick. No need for sachin who chokes under pressure , lara - just selfish style player - another sachin in a way.

  • POSTED BY petergasston on | September 29, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    All time XI - easy really! Richards B, Hobbs, Bradman, Border, Tendulkar, Sobers, Gilchrist, Hadlee, Akram, Warne, Holding. 12th man, any of the other 77. Bradman, Sobers, Tendulkar pick themselves; Gilchrist proved himself keeping every class of bowler and another batsman option; Barry Richards, the best ever; Hobbs, record to die for; Border for his captaincy; had Hadlee been Australian he would have taken 600 test wickets; Warne unplayable at times; Holding, lightning; Akram, a genius.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Gavaskar, Gilchrist, Viv Richards, Tendulkar, Lara, Hadlee, Akram, Marshall, McGrath, Donald, Murali . Criterion - performance against quality opponents at all sorts of wickets and conditions.

    Hopps, Hutton, Bradman, Headley, Hammond, Sobers, Knott, Lillee, Barnes, Trueman, Warne - based on statistics , did not see most of them

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    I gotta ask...why is there no jim laker in the shortlist

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | September 29, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    Exposing the hollowness of these lists, here is a World XI from those left out altogether. Boycott, Ponsford, Ponting, Weekes, Walcott, Tony Greig, Garner, Walsh, Thomson, Bedi, Chandrasekhar. Seems this team would have a good shot against any side. I am sure knowledgeable fans could come up with just as strong or an even better XI. Cricinfo should be able to dish out better content instead of assuming their readers are so ignorant.

  • POSTED BY 114_in_final_Six_overs on | September 28, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    It is quite simple, I don't want an allrounder. With these kind of bowlers and batters who needs one! 1. Sir Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Sachin tendulkar 5. Sir Vivian Richards 6. Graeme Pollock 7. Alan Knott 8. Shane Warne 9. Malcome Marshal 10. Dennis Lille 11. Wasim Akram

    12th man: Sir Garfield Sobers as he was a brilliant fielder, bowler and batsman on demand. All super specialists, NO bits and pieces even of highest quality.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Sir Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Malcolm Marshall, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath.

  • POSTED BY DAKSILVA on | September 28, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Well I'm a Sri Lankan but to see Arjuna and no mention of Aravinda is ludacris.

  • POSTED BY shahabudeen on | September 28, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    I feel that Sachin is great batsman and leading run-scorer, but when it comes to worldXI, I am really sorry to say that he do not fit in middle order as we can easily swap him with Lara ( for his ability to play long innings ) or Ian Botham ( All rounder and Strong middle-order batsman). So my team of XI will be of 2 Openers i.e., Virender Sehwag (destructor), SirJack Hobbs (edges out in tough competition with Sunil and Smith); 3 Middle Order i.e, Sir Don (No surprise!), Brian Lara (Deserves) and Ian Botham (All rounder and strong middle order batsman), 1 AllRounder Its Richard Hadlee mate (431 wkts and useful batsman cum slogger), 1 WK Adam Gilly(Considered Sanga but nowadays he dont trust himself for that, so y me.), 4 Bowlers Wasim, Warne, Murali, McGrath (So I got 3 great pacers and 2 great spinners! You know what ? Wasim and Warne might thrash the bowlers all over the park on their days!)

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    It is very hard to pick a team , i think Adam Gilchrist is also a unanimous choice , he is greatest keeper of all time, Malcolm Marshall is also a unanimous choice. 7 out of 11 are unanimous choice , picking 4 would be interesting and very difficult .

  • POSTED BY snowingreen on | September 28, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    For Those Who Fight For Ponting . Do you guys really follow ALL TIME XI . This list is the consolidated from the ALL TIME XI of all teams. and FYI Ponting was not present in Australia all time XI.I know he is a great batsman and better than many listed here, but he was not in the AUS XIs and how do you expect him to be here. ?

  • POSTED BY thenkabail on | September 28, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Here are 2 great teams:

    TEAM 1: Gavaskar, Shewag, Bradman, Sachin, Richards, Sobers, Gilchrist, Lillie, Holding, Marshall, and Warne. With reserves: Trumpher, Hammond, Kapil, Ambrose, and Botham

    Team 2: Hutton, Greenidge, Dravid, Lara, Greg Chappell, Alan Knott, Vinoo Mankad, Wasim Akram, Waquar Younis, Muralitharan, Bagwat Chandrashekar (I know he is not listed). With reserves: Jack Hobbs, Javed Miandad, Martin Crowe, Abdul Quadir, and Fred Trueman

    The first team is the best team. But the second team can compete (and win at times).

  • POSTED BY thenkabail on | September 28, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    MOST EXCITING TEAM: 1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2. Virendra Shewag, 3. Donald Bradman, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Viv Richards, 6. Gary Sobers, 7. Adam Gilchrist, 8. Dennis Lillie, 9. Michael Holding, 10. Melchom marshall, and 11. Shane Warne, 12. Brian Lara, 13.Victor Trumper, 14. Kapil Dev, 15. Bagwat Chandrashekar (I know he is not listed), 16. Curtly Ambrose, and 17. Rahul Dravid.

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | September 28, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    My Team was: Sunny,Hobbs,Don,SRT,Kallis,Sobers,Sanga, Hadlee,Akram,Marshall,Warne. 2 openers, 3 Middle, 2 All Rounders, 1wk, 3 bowlers. I also made a point to represent at least 1 from major test playing nations.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | September 28, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Its nigh on impossible to whittle this list down to 11 players among so many greats, I find myself picking teams and then wondering how I could leave out Lara... or Dravid... Or Holding, it is good fun to try but mostly based on opinion and to a much smaller extent nationality (I would never leave out Sir Jack Hobbs but many would). Going to be interesting to see the final 11 still.

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | September 28, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    KP doesn't belong in this list where Ricky Ponting doesn't find a place. Don't you all agree?

  • POSTED BY FAIRSELECTOR on | September 28, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Here's my All Time IX Team:

    (1) Sir Jack Hobbs (2) Sunil Gavaskar (3) Rahul Dravid (4) Sir Donald Bradman (5) Sir Viv Richards (6) Sir Garry Sobers (7) Adam Gilchrist (8) Shane Warne (9) Wasim Akram (10) Malcom Marshall (11) Glenn McGrath

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Mine... 1. sobers 2. gavaskar 3. don 4. don according to don 5. original master blaster 6. javed miandad 7.gilly 8.marshall 9.wasim akram 10. warne 11.mcgrath

    sorry lara & other greats ;-) actually, picking two equally potent world XIs to pit, would have been a much better idea...

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    Saeed Anwar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Sir Donald Bradman, Ian Botham, Kumar Sangakkara, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, Waqar Younis, Curtly Ambrose

    Murli instead of Warne coz he can also control flow of runs! Anwar and Jaysura is think were the best openers in recent times! Sangakarra is a superior player to Gilchrist!

    Wasim Waqar best opening bowlers of all times!

  • POSTED BY Sachin_Cricket_God on | September 28, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    All Time XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garry Sobers,Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath

  • POSTED BY waspsting on | September 28, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    @MiddleStump - i reacted the same way you did. The 88 names are based on the 8 11s from the various countries! It'd be just as interesting to choose the WORST 11 possible from this lot as the best (it'd contain a lot of sri lankans and new zealanders)

  • POSTED BY ArdentCritic on | September 28, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    We have all these great choices to pick the best 11 ever. And offcourse there are few best still left out.I will Judgesshould lay out a more broader criteria such as - Pure talent, technice, Gifted; Longivity, Variety (Test/1Day/T20 Mastery) etc; Also what is fun in picking up the best, if they do not a team to play against. So should not we be picking two teams instead? Just a food for thought.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    mine .. barry richards, sunil gavaskar, broadman, sachin tendulkar, brian lara, ian batham, adam gilchrist, curtley ambrose, wasim akram, shane warne ,dennis lellie,

  • POSTED BY CricketkaFunda on | September 28, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    My team is Sehwag, Gavaskar, Bradman, Sachin, Lara, Garry Sobers, Gilchrist, Wasim, Warne, Malcolm Marshall, Mcgrath, in same batting order. Warne would be captain this team.

  • POSTED BY Sachin_Cricket_God on | September 28, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    AFilmDirector .. is that all time world eleven or is that all time pakistan 11??

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Where in the world is Ricky Ponting.... Dont tell me that he doesnt deserve a place in the middle order.....

  • POSTED BY ATrueLegend on | September 28, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    My team is Opener : Sehwag and Gavaskar then Bradman, Sachin and Lara in same order in middle, then Gary sobers as All rounder, Bowlers include Wasim, Malcolm Marshall, Glenn Mcgrath and Shane warne. on spinners wicket, Murali can replace Macgrath. Amazing team

  • POSTED BY narenvs on | September 28, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    The following players are definitely in my team: Hobbs, Bradman, Sobers, Warne. I pick Hutton over Grace, Gavaskar and Barry Richards as the 2nd opener; and Hammond and Tendulkar over Headley, Viv Richards, Weekes, Pollock and Lara as the other 2 middle-order bats - Hammond scores over the others (Headley is my 1st alternative choice) because of his all-round skills, and Tendulkar because he played at a top level longest of the batsmen since Bradman. I pick Knott over Healey and Marsh because he was just a little better as a keeper and a batsman, and over Evans because he was the better bat; and Marshall, Lillee and Barnes because they were the most dominating pacemen (though I could easily drop one of them in favor of Imran).

  • POSTED BY N2Slugger on | September 28, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    My pick would be Openers: Sir Jack Hobbs (Compact and Classy opener from England) and Virender Sehwag (Dashing and aggressive opener from India) Middle Order: Following by the Greats Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Viv Richards Allrounder & Wicket Keeper: None other the greatest Sir Garry Sobers would be my all-rounder with Adam Gilchrist doing the wicket keeping honors. Bowlers: I will have 4 bowlers in my team with variety. Who better than Share Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan in the spin department take care of both leg and off spinning roles and I had a tough tussle to pick my fast bowlers and my pick is Michael Holding and Wasim Akram, they both are lethal and bring variety as well in right and left arm fast bowling.

    I just tried to pick the best players for the positions that they would play and Country and generations being no barriers

  • POSTED BY SONIAAFZAL on | September 28, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    @MiddleStump.... you made me lough mate......

  • POSTED BY mathematicised on | September 28, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Self-congratulatory journalism. More time-wasting by the experts at Cricinfo. Well done.

  • POSTED BY ChicagoBulls on | September 28, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    My Team. Sunil Gavaskar Virender Sehwag

    Brian Lara Sachin Tendulkar Sir Donald Bradman Sir Viv Richards Adam Gilchrist

    Glenn McGrath Malcolm Marshall Shane Warne Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY abner564 on | September 28, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    Well since i am a west indian my team is as balanced as you can get......yes i left out some greats but its my all-time XI and i love attacking batsmen/bowlers and players in general......so here is my XI....1. Sehwag 2. Greenidge 3. Tendulkar 4. Lara 5. Viv Richards 6. Sobers 7. Gilchrist 8. Marshall 9. Ambrose 10. Younis 11. McGrath......

  • POSTED BY waspsting on | September 28, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    the given chemistry's don't allow me to pick my optimum 11 (it has 3 all rounders), so I'll put it up here.

    1- gavaskar 2- Hutton 3- bradman 4- sobers 5 - tendulkar 6 - gilchrist 7 - Imran Khan 8 - Hadlee 9 - Marshall 10 - Warne 11 - Muralidharan

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 28, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    FOR FANS OF TANDULKAR: The final section would be a nightmare for all of Sachin fans because sachin is not going to be selected for the following reasons:

    1) He is not a specialist opener so he will not be among the openers. 2) Bradman, viv richards & G.Sobers are definite selection for middle order/all rounder spot. 3)After selection of two openers + Bradman, Richards, Sobers, there will be room to adjust 5 bowlers and one wicket keeper and no place for Sachin

    4)To fulfill sixth batsman, they will go with an allrounder who is a full-fledged bowler like Imran or R.Hadlee 5)One wicket keeper at No.7 (if Gilcrichst is selected he will be at 6 and Imran/Hadlee at 7) 6) Four specialist bowlers (Now after selection of Imran/Hadlee etc., they may select two fast bowlers and two spiners

    ABOVE POINTS REVEALS THAT TENDULKAR CAN NOT BE SELECTED

  • POSTED BY SaifQazi on | September 28, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    i think the best i can think of a World XI is : Barry Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Don Bradman, Greg Chappell, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall, Allan Donald n Glenn McGrath.

    the players that i had to drop, n with gr8 pain, trust me with gr8 pain, are Wasim Akram, Muttiah Murlitharan, Sachin Tendulkar, Curtly Ambrose, Gordon Greenidge, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Jaques Kallis, Sir Gary Sobers n few others. bt u cant pick all of them, can u? this is a line-up for all weathers, literally. there is a batsman in the lineup who scored a century while it was bucketin in England (Greg Chappell), a batsman who scored the most test runs wen the era was full of great bowlers(Gavaskar). n the bowling is potent too, considerin they all hold good records against v.good teams.

  • POSTED BY MahendraSinghisKinng on | September 28, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    I hate Ricky Ponting too!!!! But without him in the middle order, the list is incomplete, also he would be the captain for this team!!! Please before even we proceed Add Ricky Ponting to the middle order list.

    He is miles ahead of Jayawardane, Ranatunga, Peterson and co.

    Please I would consider this as a joke if Ricky Ponting is not there....

  • POSTED BY Balaji_Viswanath on | September 28, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Here is my XI: Sir Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Wally Hammond, Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Michael Holding, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Sehwag, Gordon Greenidge,Sachin Tendulkar,,Sir Viv Richards,Sir Bradman,Sir Gary Sobers, MS Dhoni,Muralitharan,Mcgrath,Denis Lillee

  • POSTED BY vjbeercat on | September 28, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    My all time XI: Gavaskar, Greenidge, Bradman, Tendulkar, Richards, Sobers, Imran Khan, Gilchrist, Holding, Warne, Akram

    Beat that people! Could substitute Dravid for Sachin in seaming conditions, Denis Lillee for Holding, Barry Richards for Greenidge and Brian Lara possibly for Viv Richards.

  • POSTED BY MAC-Pak on | September 28, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    ANd WHO CAN IN THEIR RIGHT MIND NOT PICK IMRAN ... phew

  • POSTED BY farazzubair on | September 28, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Interesting exercise though I see a lot of patriotism! For once I think it should be for the game and not for Patriotism. Just because someone played for Pakistan or India doesnt mean they should be picked even if there may be better track record holders. I left out my personal favourite Maindad, an all -time great respected by everyone and bearing the best of records against everyone. For the game one has to do it. Also, one thing I see is the newer generation not knowing what records people like Sydney Barnes or George Headley as players hold. My All Time XI. 1. Sir Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Don Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. George Headley 6. Sir Garfield Sobers 7. Imran Khan 8. Adam Gilchrist (this in itself would toil the bowlers to get down to no.9) 9. Dennis Lillee 10. Sydney Barnes 11. Muttiah Muralitharan. Other than Miandad, I cant believe I left out Lara, Richards, Sir Leonard Hutton, Sir Richard Hadlee, Ken Barrington, Jacques Kallis, Akram, Younis, Warne, Sangakkara

  • POSTED BY Yorker_ToeCrusher on | September 28, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    @AFilmDirector ; HELLO SIR,WHERE IS SACHIN AND BRADMAN IN UR LIST?

  • POSTED BY Kapsay on | September 28, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Who in the world picked Rumesh Ratnayake in the bowling category? He played only 23 matches and took only 73 wickets at an average over 35. Lillee will sucide after seeing this.

  • POSTED BY NickHughes on | September 28, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Tough choices but I opted for 1. Hobbs (the way his peers talked about him tells you how great he was). 2. Gavaskar (best opener in my lifetime). 3. Bradman (no brainer). 4. Graeme Pollock (I wanted a left hander in the middle order and again, record and peer rating speaks for itself). 5. Tendulkar (dropping Hammond, Lara and Richards was a tough choice but the Little Master earns his nickname). 6. Sobers (again, tough choice but he just aces Botham and Imran and gives another spin option. 7. Gilchrist (again, a bit of a no brainer). 8. Warne (could do anything on any pitch in the world). 9. Barnes (in terms of inventiveness and consistency he was the Warne of his era). 10. Holding (the team needs a deadly accurate speed merchant). 11. Lillee (imagine Lillee and Holding opening the bowling...terrifying, isn't it?)

  • POSTED BY vratna on | September 28, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    IMO when we are choosing a team, there should be another team against which it can play so that its effectiveness can be measured. This was the case when we chose country XI teams. Choosing a world XI requires choosing another world XI - call it anything u wish , say Universe XI or whatever and then we can see the real clash of titans. For starters, we can have a clash between subcontinent (Ind/Pak/SL) vs the Aus/Eng/WI/NZ/SA combined. In that case the first XI may look like Gavaskar,Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin,Inzi, Sanga, Imran, Wasim, Waqar,Murali,Kumble. And the 2nd one can have - Hutton, Hobbs, Don, Viv, Kallis,Sobers, Gilly,Marshall, Mcgrath, Warne, Bond. This can be one clash which all would love to watch. Another can be a match between old and new - say players pre and post 90.

  • POSTED BY OutdoorMiner on | September 28, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    This would be mine if i could have this combination 1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2. Arthur Morris, 3. Don Bradman, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Graeme Pollock, 6. Garry Sobers, 7. Imran Khan, 8. Alan Knott, 9. Richard Hadlee, 10. Wasim Akram, 11. Shane Warne.

  • POSTED BY vrm59 on | September 28, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    HOBBS, GAVASKAR, BRADMAN, V.RICHARDS, G.POLLOCK, SOBERS, GILCHRIST, AKRAM, MARSHALL, WARNE, S.BARNES (RESERVES: TENDULKAR, LILLEE, KNOTT)

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | September 28, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    My World XI from this jokers, er cricinfo, list. Attapatu, Dempster, Nourse, Hazare, Vaas, Faulkner, Latif, De Mel, Vettori, Srinath, Ratnayake. 12th man: Prasanna (for his fielding). Saba Karim unfortunately missed out. Should have conceeded four more byes when he had the chance and he would be on the list.

  • POSTED BY SONIAAFZAL on | September 28, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    can anyone please tell me who are this players> Sultan of Swing, Whispering Death, Pigeon????

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | September 28, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Hutton, Hobbs, Hammond, Bradman, Lara, Sobers, Gilchrist, Warne, Wasim Akram, Marshall, Lillee.

  • POSTED BY MAC-Pak on | September 28, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    We need a team tht can play at all venues.. lilliez n marshal arent tht good for sub-continents...we need players who can play spin too... so my pick is Gavasker..Hanif ( these guys had to face the Windies n Aussies in their deadliest mode) ..Viv (some1 who Imran assured was the best there ever was) ... Javed (who better to play spin than the rocker)...Lara (style assurance)...Sobers (no doubt )... Imran Khan ( C) ( its a joke people want botham or Kapil or Hedlee in his place) ..Sanga (solid..hard rock solid style elegence n safe gloves)...Wasim ( for sub continent n to bowl with old bowl..king of swing Empror of Reverse swing).. Holding( fast bowling wouldnt be complete without him... Murli ( he can do it anywhere anytime).... easily the best team.. no Bradman as he didnt have competition..Tendulkar..couldnt win india any games.. so Gavaskar.hanif.Viv.Lara.Javed.Sobers.Imran.Sanga.Wasim.Holding.Murli

  • POSTED BY crictonite on | September 28, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    I'm surprised so many of you have actually picked Shane Bond in your World IX. I understand that he was great when he played, but the guy barely played any cricket at all. You cannot base your picks on what could have been.

  • POSTED BY cricbuff11 on | September 28, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Here is mine:

    #Openers * Barry Richards * Sunil Gavaskar # MIDDLE ORDER * Jacques Kallis * Sachin Tendulkar * Sir Donald Bradman * Sir Viv Richards # WICKETKEEPER * MS Dhoni # BOWLERS * Malcolm Marshall * Michael Holding * Shane Warne * Wasim Akram

    Too bad I have to leave out some others esp. Sobers and Mcgrath.

    But it is what it is.

  • POSTED BY Usama54 on | September 28, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Well !!!!!! Tough Job !!!!!!! Best Of Luck to the jury !!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY anuraag.mnit on | September 28, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    my list would be as - Gavaskar, Sehwag, Bradman, Sachin, Lara, Sobers,Gilly,Warne, Mcgrath,Wasim Akram & Murlitharan

  • POSTED BY HJoshi on | September 28, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Openers: Gordon Greenidge, Sunil Gavaskar

    Middle order: Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards

    Allrounders: Imran Khan, Sir Ian Botham

    Wicketkeeper: MS Dhoni

    Bowlers: Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, Curtly Ambrose

    Captain: Sir Donald Bradman

    Vice-Captain: Sir Ian Botham

  • POSTED BY anilkanduri on | September 28, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Where is Ricky Ponting in the batsmen's list??I was stunned by his absence..however..my team..1.Smith 2.Sehwag 3.Kallis 4.Sachin 5.Mahela 6.Pietersen 7.Gilchrist 8.Shaun Pollock 9.Shane Warne 10.Wasim Akram 11.McGrath.. I dint include vintage greats because i thought we cant have modern day cricketers and older generation in the same team..If I do so,then I'm denying the rest of great players..so the above team is precisely Modern-day World XI..

  • POSTED BY amit.agarwal on | September 28, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    guys, my XI: Hutton - Sehwag - Dravid - Sachin - Kallis - Hadlee - Gilchrist - Marshall - Murli - Warne - Wasim. REASON==Hutton averages better than Gavaskar (later obviously having played more matches, considering flat pitches like india, has scored more; hence ignored). Sehwag has a batting mechanism of his own and doesnt get impacted by the reputation of the opposition. Dravid (yes! Dravid) - Sachin in upper middle order; IGNORED Bradman considering the era he played in and the golden era of fast bowling was after he retired... i think he would have failed had he been playing later in the 1900's [you also have to play considerate amount of test matches; else score 10 centries in 10 matches and then retire]. Kallis in lower middle order (adds an allrounder). Hadlee as an allrounder (leading wicket taker till Kapil took over + appreciable batting average). Gilchrist behind the stumps and also adds up to the batting line-up. Followed by Marshall (over Lillee), Shane, Murli and Wasim.

  • POSTED BY manojkris on | September 28, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Well., how on earth that Shane Warne is considered a legend. Have we forgotten that he is a drug cheat.........Wake up......and get your facts right.........!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sankar_Ravula on | September 28, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    My All time X1... Sunil Gavaskar Sir Donald Bradman Sir Viv Richards Brian Lara Sachin Tendulkar Imran Khan Adam Gilchrist Malcolm Marshall Wasim Akram Glenn McGrath Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    It Is Very Hard To Select But My All Time World XI Would Be : 1.Sir Jack Hobbs, 2.Virender Sehwag, 3.Sir Donald Bradman, 4.Sachin Tendulkar, 5.Brian Lara, 6.Sir Ian Botham, 7.Kumar Sangakkara, 8.Sydney Barnes, 9.Glenn McGrath, 10.Muttiah Muralitharan 11.Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY paksuck on | September 28, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    MY WORLDXI:1.Sir Conrad Hunte,2.Stewie Dempster,3.Bert Sutcliffe,4.Dudley Nourse,5.Martin Donnelly,6.Aubrey Faulkner,7.John Reid,8.Jackie Hendriks,9.Ashantha de Mel,10.Harold Larwood,11.Hugh Tayfield,12th man.Somachandra De Silva.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    WHY THE HELL THEY NOT EVEN NOMINATE RICKY PONTING? HIS RECORD SPEAKS A LOT!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    My DreamXI:JackHobbs,Sehwag,Bradman,Sachin,VivRichards,Sobers,Hadlee,Gilly,Warne,Wasim,Malcom Marshall

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    OPENERS:- barry richards, sunil gavaskar MIDDLE ORDER:- sir don bradman, sir viv richards, brian lara ALL ROUNDERS:- sir garry sobers , imran khan WICKET KEEPER:- adam gilchrist BOWLERS:- wasim akram , malcom marshall, shane warne..

    i've thought a lot abt it but this combination of 2-3-2-1-3 suited me the most , leaving sachin tendulkar was very hard and even greats that has been missed are george headley , graeme pollock , dravid , ambrose but thats the rule ... the combination looks settle .... all the ten players can dominate and have the capability to win the 5 days on their own and the eleventh that i need to mention ( sunny gavaskar ) is great enough to save the 5 days for u against any attack under any condition , choosing two all rounders might raise eyebrows of few but sir garry was unanimous and i think imran was a fantastic player to leave out a batting average of 37 and a bowling average of 22 is phenomenal as genuine fast bowler . if any doubt for any slot .. post me

  • POSTED BY saliya15 on | September 28, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    i dont understand where ricky ponting is in the middle order, is he not one of the greats? i am also confused about about Jaques Kallis as statistically he is one of the best all rounders that has ever played the game but he is classed on the shortlist as a middle order player, perhaps his value is miss placed. Also POM_BASHER I feel your team is missing a 5th bowler an allrounder is perhaps vital for an unbeatabe test team

  • POSTED BY absha1 on | September 28, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Fearsome bowling beats fearsome batting every day. I would start my eleven from the bottom: Murali, Ambrose, Marshall, Hadlee, Gilchrist, Khan, Sobers, Bradman, Richards, Gavaskar, Hobbs

  • POSTED BY Murtaza. on | September 28, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Hello, Its most difficult to choose world XI. I am not choosing players because of they are my favorite, I think 70 out of 88 can make place in world XI. And my top XI are: 1. JACK HOBS, 2. LENORAD HUTTEN, 3. DON BRADMAN, 4.WALLLY HAMMONDS, 5.VIV RICHARDS, 6. GARRY SOBERS, 7 ADAM GILCHRIST, 8. WASIM AKRAM, 9.MALCOM MARSHAL, 10. DK LILLEE, 11. M. MURALIDHARAN.......... I know readers will must ask about Warne, Tendulker, Lara... You can not think any world XI with out Bradman ( ever best batsman) and Wasim Akram. (the most natural talented cricketer of the history)

  • POSTED BY Copernicus on | September 28, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Instead of just picking the best 2 openers, 4 middle order batsmen, and so on, I am going to assume that my XI will be facing off against another side of time-travelling greats (or perhaps interplanetary champions) in some kind of super (possibly timeless) test at the improbability drive stadium. As such, we'll have to dismiss the opposition twice - bearing that in mind I've picked an attacking lineup and trusted my batsmen to do their jobs. 1. Len Hutton. 2. Virender Sehwag. 3. Sir Donald Bradman. 4. Brian Lara. 5. Wally Hammond. 6. Imran Khan. 7. Alan Knott. 8. Shane Warne 9. Malcom Marshall. 10. Sydney Barnes. 11. Allan Donald.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    my x1 openers hanif mohammad,sir jack hobbs middle order sir don bradman,sachin tendulkar,brian lara allrounder sir garry sobers wk adam gilchrist bowlers dennis lille,shane warne,wasim akram,malcolm marshall

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    My Team : Sunil Gavaskar,Gordon Greenidge,Adam Gilchrist,Wasim Akram,Shane Warne,Curtly Ambrose,Glenn McGrath, Rahul Dravid, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Ian Botham,Brian Lara

  • POSTED BY senthil7000 on | September 28, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    *OPENERS:Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag *MIDDLE ORDER: Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara *ALLROUNDERS: Imran Khan, Sir Garry Sobers *WICKETKEEPER: Kumar Sangakkara, *BOWLERS: Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY hqureshi78 on | September 28, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Saeed Anwar, Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Donald Bradman, Jacque Kallis, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY SONIAAFZAL on | September 28, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Nobody should complain or question about Don Bradman even he has not played against many attacks, there were hundreds of batsmans in his era but were there anyone who can match his avg?? NO,,,,,, and same to LARA & TENDULKAR!!!! AFTER PLAYING MORE THEN HUNDREDS OF TEST MATCHES THEYER AVG STIL 50+ AND THEY HAVE MOUNTAINS OF RUNS, CENTURIES, RECORDS....

  • POSTED BY luvcricket4ever on | September 28, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    hi everyone, i just wanted to say that KP does not deserve to be on the list and a dozen more players that should not be on the list. how can the jury miss mohammad yousuf, ricky poniting, jol ganer, ganguly,c walsh and saqlian who better than most of spinners there and he was the one who invented the doosra. rc walsh was the first one to reach 500 wicket mark in test cricket. mohammad yousuf and rickys records are then most batsmens in the middle order shortlist. as for jol garner he was one the most feared bowlers in world cricket in his era.

  • POSTED BY ab216 on | September 28, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    well u hav admit it its gonna be tough one....a very very tough one........let me try then sehwag/viv richards- both very aggressive. gavaskar- can handle any bowler in the world on any surface. brian lara- can play marathon innings .. sir don bradman-havnt seen him but just on the basis of merit sachin- u need explaination for that... sangakara- defintely better than gilchrist both in batting and wicketkeeping sir sobers- a genuine allrounder warne- there cant be another warny in history of cricket murli- again there cant be another murli in history of cricket deniss lilee- wantd a fast bowler ...thought he will fit. wasim akram- when spinners not working u need a swing bowler who can reverse swing the bowl.. 12th man- has to be a fast bowler so will go with mcgrath for his accuracy

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    the team should be like Viru, Len hutton ,Ponting, Kallis,Tendulkar, Mohammad Yousuf, Sangakarra, Imran Khan, Warne, McGrath and Waqar

    i believe 4 bowlers with Kallis have enough to take 20 wickets.. i personally wanted to have Sobers and Lara in....aghhh...!!! so biased with the West Indians :( but i believe Mohammad Yousuf is best no.5 player!!

  • POSTED BY MADDY_INURHEART on | September 28, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    interesting one to see what judges have in store my 11 goes like this- 1.Greenidge 2.Sehwag 3.Sir Bradman 4.Sachin 5.Injamam 6.Gilchrist 7.Botham 8.Kapil 9.shane bond 10.mcgrath and 11.Murali

  • POSTED BY crazyindianfan on | September 28, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    someone is saying ponting, steve waugh and some others are not there... these guys didnt got selected for their teams all time x1. then how can they got picked in world x1???

  • POSTED BY Muhammad_Khan on | September 28, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    I love the pitty New Zealand vote for Shane Bond.. Loses all credibility

  • POSTED BY nagbob on | September 28, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    my team A openers:- 1) Gavaskar 2) Sir Jack Hobbs Middle order:- 1) Sir Don 2) Sachin 3) Viv Richards 2 all rounders:- 1) Sir Gary sobers 2) Sir Ian Botham 1 keeper:- 1) Adam gilchrist 3 bowlers:- 1) Malcom Marshal 2) Wasim Akram 3) shane Warne 12th man:- Ricky Ponting

    My Team B (opposite) openers:- 1) Greenidge 2) Hanif mohammad Middle order:- 1) Rahul dravid 2) brian Lara 3) Javed Miandad 2 all rounder:- 1) Imran Khan 2) Kapildev 3 bowlers:- 1) Muthai murali 2) Anil kumble 3) Sir Richard Hadlee 12th man:- Glen Mcgrath

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    1-Sir Jack Hobbs 2-Sir Leonard Hutton 3-Brian Lara 4-Sachin Tendulka 5-Sir Donald Bradman 6-Jacques Kallis 7-Adam Gilchrist 8-Imran Khan 9-Wasim Akram 10-Shane Warne 11-Malcolm Marshall

  • POSTED BY nagbob on | September 28, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    my team A openers:- 1) Gavaskar 2) Sir Jack Hobbs Middle order:- 1) Sir Don 2) Sachin 3) Viv Richards 2 all rounders:- 1) Sir Gary sobers 2) Sir Ian Botham 1 keeper:- 1) Adam gilchrist 3 bowlers:- 1) Malcom Marshal 2) Wasim Akram 3) shane Warne 12th man:- Ricky Ponting

    My Team B (opposition) openers:- 1) Greenidge 2) Hanif mohammad Middle order:- 1) Rahul dravid 2) brian Lara 3) Javed Miandad 2 all rounder:- 1) Imran Khan 2) Kapildev 3 bowlers:- 1) Muthai murali 2) Anil kumble 3) Sir Richard Hadlee 12th man:- Glen Mcgrath

  • POSTED BY fataquie on | September 28, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    I think it is a good effort but frankly no list can do justice to close to 100 best players of all time....and the shortlist does not include some of the greatest...like the Waughs.

    I created mine but had to leave out Dhoni, Sehwag, Gavaskar, Border, Botham, Kapil, Saeed Anwar, Holding, Inzi, and many others!! I did not do justice and I am pretty sure no one can. You cannot pick an unbiased team from a selection of 88 greatest players of all time!!!

  • POSTED BY siddharth_WC2011 on | September 28, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    its an interesting exercise, my team - 1. Hutton 2. Hobbs 3. Tendulkar 4. Don 5. Lara 6. Sobers 7. Sangakkara 8. Akram 9. Warne 10. Marshall 11. Mcgrath

  • POSTED BY SONIAAFZAL on | September 28, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    they should let us pick 15 man squad as it really though who to pick and who not ANYONE AGREE WITH ME????

  • POSTED BY greatkhan on | September 28, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    I feel that most of the ppl here lack knowledge about the game. How can a world XI be picked without imran Khan, infact he should be the Captain of this Worl XI, in my books the greates all-rounder even above Sir garfield Sobers. Sobers without doubt was far better batsman than Imran but Imran was way way above sobers in bowling. So it surprises me when ppl vote sobers a better all rounder than Imran, how come??????????. A world XI without Imran is like insulting the game. If this World XI requires only 1 allrounder than Imran should be picked above sobers, purely based on his performances both in & out of Sub-continent. honestly, i request all to vote without any biase towards anyone, respect the game. Ppl should consider several facts before selecting their respective worl XI. Ask any cricket historian & he will agree that Imran should lead the World XI eventhough sir don will be in the side but on merit it should be Imran who should lead, period.

  • POSTED BY Benjii on | September 28, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Smith and Sehwag Opening...Score after 20 overs 130-0, After lunch session, score 200-2, Batsmen on the crease Don Bradman on 27 not out...Sachin Tendulkar 18 not out...Stumps Day1 - Score 350...Don Bradman 117 not out Sachin 117 not out. Stumps Day 2... Don Bradman 205 retired hurt (actually, annoyed not a single decent bowler is bowlin at him, pretends he is dehyrated or sumthin like that) , Sachin Tendulkar 250 score 600+ ... Day3 batsman on the crease Viv Richards nd Adam Gilchrist ... nightmares for bowlers...another 20 overs in morning session and batsmen have added 180 runs at 9 runs per over. Don's declared the innings. Opposition teams comes into bat...Akram bowlin swing, McGrath bowlin the perfect line nd length bowls...Shane Bond bowlin like he is hittin missiles, Warney turnin leg spin 180 degree, Sober, Sehwag nd Sachin bowls their part time. And World XI wins by innings and 600 runs.

  • POSTED BY SaifQazi on | September 28, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    i think the best i can think of a World XI is : Barry Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Don Bradman, Greg Chappell, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall, Allan Donald n Glenn McGrath.

    the players that i had to drop, n with gr8 pain, trust me with gr8 pain, are Wasim Akram, Muttiah Murlitharan, Sachin Tendulkar, Curtly Ambrose, Gordon Greenidge, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Jaques Kallis, Sir Gary Sobers n few others. bt u cant pick all of them, can u? this is a line-up for all weathers, literally. there is a batsman in the lineup who scored a century while it was bucketin in England (Greg Chappell), a batsman who scored the most test runs wen the era was full of great bowlers(Gavaskar). n the bowling is potent too, considerin they all hold good records against v.good teams.

  • POSTED BY aschisch on | September 28, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    an exercise in futilty. most of your readers are below 35 and predominantly indians.so be sure to see sachin, dravid, gavaskar etc in the eleven. i dont think any indian deserves to be in team. even gavaskar who did not so much play in flat track days, had tough time facing quality fast bowling on bouncier tracks (aus 1971-2, 1981 and windies 1983). sachin never was comfortable against mcgrath always is poor judge of bounce (at least after 90s). its a pity nobody would mention hobbs, hammond, hutton, trumper, miller, lindwall, hadley, grimmet, o'riley, gregory, larwood etc. its better that u restrict it to 90s and if possible distinguish between teams selected by jingoistic indians and others.

  • POSTED BY SONIAAFZAL on | September 28, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    My all time world XI is>1 Sunil Gavaskar, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Sir Donald Bradman, 4 Brian Lara, 5 Sachin Tendulkar, 6 Sir Garry Sobers, 7 Adam Gilchrist, 8 Imran Khan, 9 Wasim Akram, 10 Shane Warne, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan, 12th man Malcolm Marshal.... i dont think there will be any team in the world ever to beat this playing eleven. some may pick Hobbs & Hutton as openers because of theire avg, in my opinion they mostly played against asussies and theire avg could have been low if they played against other teams. all my players atleast played 50 or more test matches unlike others whos avg is higher but only played 20/30 matches(in my opinion if u play more matches u might not perform wel in all & ur avg could get worse too) i feel sorry for Ricki Ponting he's not in the list bcoz of some altime australian greats otherwise its would have been really though. hope most of the names in my eleven gets picked. ANY DOUBT, QUESTIONS OR OPINION ABOUT MY TEAM ANYONE??

  • POSTED BY mmmubashar on | September 28, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    MY TEAM FROM CRICINFO SELECTION 1.ANWER 2.SEHWAG 3.KALLIS 4.VRICHARDS 5.BRADMAN 6.IMRAN 7.GILCHRIST 8.AKRAM 9.MARSHALL 10. WARNE 11. MURALI I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SWAP ANWER WITH HAYDEN BUT UNFORTUNATELY HE WASNT ON THE LIST. MY IDEAL TEAM WOULDHAVE BEEN AS FOLLOWED

    1. HAYDEN 2. BRADMAN 3. KALLIS 4. V RICHARDS 5. SOBERS 6. IMRAN 7. GILCHRIST 8. AKRAM 9. MARSHALL 10. WARNE 11. MURALI

  • POSTED BY srini_jana on | September 28, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    As I see, some of the readers have picked Dhoni. He practically does not deserve a place to be in the All Time Indian XI... My XI 1. Gavaskar 2. Sehwag 3. Bradman 4. Sachin 5. Richards 6. Sobers 7. Gilchrist 8. Warne 9. Akram 10. Marshall 11. Murali...Cheers!

  • POSTED BY solitaryshooter on | September 28, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Why are we forgetting IAN HEALY in that list of wicketkeepers. I am sure he deserves a place more than Rashid Latif does.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    how can anybody leave out jaques kallis-the best allrounder in history...

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | September 28, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    It would be interesting to see which spinner they'll pick for the World XI. No doubt Chappell will go all in for Warne while Mendis & Tony Grieg will pull for Murali. Stats, Records & Wisden point to Murali but it's hard to leave Warnie out simply because he makes the game so interesting. Bet they'll choose both. Clive Lloyd will obviously pull for Lara, Viv & Hadlee (3 WI legends and all time greats) And if you really think about it, only Bradman & SRT will be the unanimous choices. As for WK I bet Gilchrist will win simply because of the hype. He is a great batsman in ODIs but I really don't think he is the best WK in the world. Bit overerated as I stated in my previous post.

  • POSTED BY ethanzschwartz on | September 28, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    I can't believe Andy Flower has been left out. He was one of the greatest batsmen of his generation - particularly when playing against spin. This, combined with his wicket-keeping and his fine cricketing brain, meant that he could single handedly carry the Zimbabwean team (when it was needed - which, wasn't always). The fact that there was no place for him in either the middle order or wicketkeeping classes (the latter of which had MS Dhoni - a good player, but clearly not quite all-time XI material, at least not yet) just shows a bias against relative minnows, such as Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY Veel on | September 28, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Mine (which I actually cannot pick on the site due to the options they let you have) is: 1.Hobbs, 2.Sehwag, 3.Walley Hammond, 4.Bradman, 5.Sobers, 6.Imran Khan, 7.Knott, 8.Marshall, 9.Waqar Younis, 10.Murali 11.Glenn Macgrath (though could easily have gone with several others for final bowler). On the site I added Richards at 5 and shifted everyone else down, losing Mcgrath.

    Interesting exercise, looking forward to seeing the choices of judges and readers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    my fav 11: 1.gavaskar 2.sehwag 3.don 4.viv 5. sachin 6. sobers 7.gilchrist 8.wasim akram 9. warne 10. marshall 11.murli

    sehwag is a new addition to my all time best 11 list. going by the form in d last fews yrs he has shown, he does merit a place in the 11. I would hav preferred barry richards couple of yrs before. gary sobers should be unanimous pick....although there are likes of imran khan(whom i regard very highly).

    gilchrist is my choice for wicketkeeping.he is a gr8 batsman.but from purely wicketkeeping point of view...there are many more better than him.but i would say that i picked a gud keeper wit gr8 batting skills. malcom marshall and warne should be unianimous picks. murli is a gr8 spinner and i would liked to watch him play with this XI and see wat more magic he can bring(although ppl call him chucker.i dont care). wasim gets picked purely for his skills and performance over the yrs.

  • POSTED BY pirateseeker on | September 28, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    i can't believe sangakkara didn't make the short-list as a batsman.... i mean having topped icc batting rankings more than once... best rating of 932 (i think only second to ponting's 940+) and having the highest test average among all currently active players........ :O besides, didn't he give up wkeeping in tests some time ago??

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    it was hard to pick.....................

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    The readers will pick their favorite players, I could see Indians picking lots of Indian batsmen, Pakistanis picking lots of Pakistani bowlers, in between there will be some west indians also, this is a futile exercise, you are trying to disrespect some great players by doing this. I bet you , you come out with a World XI picked very carefully and I will definitley object to that because there are so many great players on the list that all or most can walk into the World XI. Dont play these kind of jokes with fans. If I pick the World XI, mostly they will be the players from my era, not the older ones becaus eI have not seen them play and just based on stats I cant pick players. Don Bradman would feature in the World XI, but how many oppositions he has played against and how many different types of bowlers versus what the modern batsemn face?? Who will be the captain?

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | September 28, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Bradman, Tendulkar, Akram, Murali & Warne (but not when playing against India) are obvious choices. Gilly is a great batsman but his glovework is overrated so it's really between Sanga & Knott. And why isn't Shaun Pollock under allrounders? He is an awesome bowler and is better with the bat than Vaasy. For those whining about Ponting's exclusion - It's because he was not selected for the All Time Aussie XI. Can't believe people are whining about Mahela's inclusion because he is arguably the best batsman SL has ever produced other being Aravinda (But that doesn't necessarily mean he should be included in the world XI, just that he deserves to be nominated) Dunno what the likes of Ranatunga & Pieterson is doing in the list and for those who still call murali a chucker - Do some research and get a life because he is the greatest bowler of all time whether you like it or not

  • POSTED BY pom_basher on | September 28, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Gavaskar, Hanif - Impregnable opening partnership --- Sachin, Lara, Javed, Richards - Proven performers against all sort of attacks and on all sort of pitches ------- Sangakkara ---- Wasim, Mcgrath - the best pacemen ever to walk on the earth ----- Warne, Murali - they dont need any introduction. Beat this team.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | September 28, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    The team I picked is the following: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards, Sir Garfielf Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Glen Mcgrath, Malcom Marshall, Wasim Akram and Shane Warne.

  • POSTED BY shan-nj on | September 28, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    All time XI:

    Gordon Greenidge, Sunil Gavaskar,Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Aravinda de Silva, Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Shane Warne and Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY cric4world on | September 28, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    i dont agree to shortlist specially in middle order category.

  • POSTED BY jacquesuse on | September 28, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    I bat first. Gordon G and Sir Len rattle up a quick two hundred before lunch. With the opposition groggy, Sir Viv, Sir Don and Greg Chappell see us through to the 600 by tea and we declare leaving Gary S fresh to bowl and Adam Gilchrist ready to massacre the bowling if a second innings takes place. After a blistering spell, Lillee and Holding have us in control and it's only to please the crowd that I bring on Warne and Sobers. The opposition succumb to 75 all out and I enforce the follow-on. Wasim reverse swings us to victory in 10 overs.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Hmmm looks like a quota was provided to every country which by itself is not too bad. But Ranatunga finding a place there ahead of Aravinda is laughable as is the fact that Jeff Thomson finds no mention

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    ponting? desmond hyns, ?greenidge???

  • POSTED BY jsinghlal on | September 28, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    My Pick:1- Sunil Gavasker 2- Barry Richards 3- Brian Lara 4- Sachin Tendulkar 5- Don Bradman 6-Ian Botham 7-Kumar sangakara 8- Wasim akram 9- Shane warne(C)10-Waqar Younis 11- Muttiah Murlidharan and 12th Alan Donald

  • POSTED BY rson on | September 28, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I went with Hobbs and Barry Richards as openers,with Beradman,Tendulkar and Hammond in the middle order followed by the all-rounders Sobers and Imran.The bowlers would be Wasim,Warne and Sidney Barnes.Gichrist would get the nod behind the stumps.The two Pakistanis would open the bowling followed by Barnes,Sobers and Hammond.Two left armers(Wasim Akram and Sobers)would certainly make things uncomfortable for any team. Sorry no place could be found for Gavaskar,Richards,Miller or Muralitharan.

  • POSTED BY dishNub on | September 28, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    This got to be the biggest sham when people like Walcott, Pointing, Wughs, Laxmans get ignored and Ranatunga, Crowe, Donnelly get a look in. I dont' care if they were not in the country's all-time XI or not. Ranatunga? Joke right?

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    DO u guys find it odd that they missed Ricky ponting in the list???? there's only 87 players and he is the missing one. what a burn.

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 28, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    MY PREDICTION: what is going to be choice of cricket fans:

    1) Gavaskar, 2)Barry Richards 3)Bradman 4)Richards 5)G.Sobers 6)Gilcrist 7)Imran, 8)Waseem, 9) Marshal 10)Shane Warne 11)Murali

    MY PREDICTION: Choice of Cricinfo Panel:

    1)Jack Hobs, 2)Gavaskar, 3)Bradman 4)Richards 5)G.Sobers, 6)Gilchrist, 7)Imran, 8)Waseem, 9)Marshal, 10)Warne, 11)Lillee

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Chaminda vaas allrounder?? wat a pick???

  • POSTED BY vipin.chaudhary2325 on | September 28, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    surprise to see.... I have read all comments, but there is not a single name about Dravid or Kumble or botham or inzi in ny of the comment..... this shows the toughness of chosing this dream team

  • POSTED BY Mittaraghava on | September 28, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    My Altime world X1 ,Sunil Gavasker,Sir Len Hutton,Don Bradman,Sachin Tendulker,Brian Lara,Gary Sobers,Adam Gilchrist,Denis Lilee,Wasim Akram,Shane Warne and M.Muralitharan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    CAPTAIN: Let me confine my discussion to the great captains that I have watched: (1975 onwards) Anil Kumble: Courage under fire Greg Chapell: great leader. Pummeled the Windies as a revenge after the 1975 World Cup loss. Arjuna Ranatunga: Brilliant strategist Kapil Dev: temperamental. leader by example, but never considered a great strategist

    Very likely the above 4 may not make the all-time XI

    We are left with

    Sunil Gavaskar: Who was never blessed with a very talented team and thus was always under-rated as a captain. The one time he had a good team, the 1985 WCC team in Australia, his strategic moves were self-evident.

    Sir Viv Richards: Had a great group of players. Never was called on to stress his thinking skills. The team could just dominate.

    Imran Khan: Simply the greatest captain of the past 35 years. Can walk into any World XI just as a captain even if he does not get to bowl or bat.

    My vote is for IMRAN

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    1.Gordon Greenidge, 2. Virender Sehwag,3. Sir Donald Bradman 4.Sachin Tendulkar,5.Brian Lara,6.Jacques Kallis 7.MS Dhoni, 8.Wasim Akram 9.Murali 10.Shane Warne, 11. Malcolm Marshall

  • POSTED BY Benjii on | September 28, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    1. Graeme Smith (Left hand Opener/good scorin rate, good average, can make big score/Vice Captain) 2. Virender Sehwag (Most Devastating Opener/Part-time Offspinner) 3. Sir Don (Captain/ Im not at any position to rate this player) 4. Sachin Tendulkar (More than billion expectation, More than 30,000 runs, More than 20 years in cricket, 200 odd wickets ODI+Test...enuff said) 5. Sir Viv Richard( Most feared batsman, Ball murderer) 6. Sir Sober (Magician, can bat can bowl can field...Sir Don would be thankin me for pickin him...no worries Sir Don) 7. Adam Gilchrist ( If he can keep for Warney and Bret Lee, he can keep for any1 + I dont want my bowlers to bowl at him NOWAY) 8. Wasim Akram ( Sultan Of Swing...Can bat too) 9. Shane Warne ( Wizard) 10. Glen McGrath ( Legendary bowler) 11. Shane Bond ( Wid Akram's Swing, Warney's Spin nd Pigeon's perfect bowlin...guess how hard it will be to deal the super-pace of Bond, Shane Bond 008 )

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Hutton & Gavaskar. Bradman(captain), Graeme Pollock & Viv Richards. Garry Sobers & Richard Hadlee(comes in at no.8, after Gilchrist). Adam Gilchrist(wk). Warne, Marshall & Akram.

  • POSTED BY C.W.Beer on | September 28, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    This is the toughest Thing to do for a cricket Lover..... Bt Anyway I Love It.... My XI would be Sehwag, Sir Jack Hobbs, Brian Lara, Graeme Pollock, Sir Donald Bradman,Imran Khan, Gilchrist,Wasim Akram,Shane Warne,,Muttiah Muralitharan,Curtly Ambrose................. hmmmm i hope this is the best team for all seaons............ I wnted to include Dravid, Tendulkar , Sanga, Sir garry sobers, bt i cn select 11 only.............. I jst cnt Help it. bt it is hard to select 11 from All the CLASSICS...isnt it..

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    My Picks: 1) Sir Len Hutton, 2) Virender Sehwag, 3) Donald Bradman, 4) Sachin Tendulkar, 5) Brian Lara, 6) Sir Gary Sobers, 7) Adam Gilchrist, 8) Imran Khan, 9) Shane Warne, 10) Wasim Akram, 11) Glen Mcgrath 12th Man: Jacques Kallis Tough Choices: Barry Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and Jack Hobbs for the openers. Brian Lara and Vivian Richards: I guess my choice was influenced by the fact that I have never watched Richards bat live. Gilchrist and Sangakkara: In a batting line choc a bloc with classicist, needed Gilly for the counter attack/sucker punch. Imran Khan instead of Kallis as he would be my captain. Shane warne against Murali for sheer charisma, also tactical acumen. My vice captain.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Michael Holding, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram,

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    How the hell do you expect to make a choice between Imran Khan and Gary Sobers in the All-Rounder category? Neither of these two players can be excluded from any Word XI. Imran needs to be in the bowler category, but I don't see any option for that.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    My rohailian XI 1: Graeme Smith 2: Sachin Tendulker 3: Brian Lara 4: Inzamam Ul Haq 5: Martin Crow 6: Imran Khan 7: Adam Gilchrist 8: Wasim Akram 9: Curtly Ambrose 10: Muthaiah Muralitharan 11: Glenn McGrath

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | September 28, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    This is an impossible task, and hence meaningless; therefore this excercise is a madness of total purity. Picking the greats for each team was itself too dreamy an excercise; and this one supercedes everything. You pick a name and leave behind a dozen; I dont think any picker would be happy at his own picking unless terribly biased with national/regional sentiments or acute obsession. Time, rather, to think over how the better the game.

  • POSTED BY CricFan24 on | September 28, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Hobbs ; Gavaskar ; Bradman ; Tendulkar ; Richards ; Gilchrist ; Akram ; Marshall ; Donald ; Warne ; Murali.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    i went to cricinfo's pick your own world xi and it is very hard to pick I had to leave some very deserving candidates out............. good luck cricinfo.......... looking forward to ur pick

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2.Virender Shewag, 3. Don Bradman, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Viv Richards, 6. Garfield Sobers, 7. Adam Gilchrist, 8.Wasim Akram, 9. Shane Warne, 10. Rechard headlee11. Muttiah Muralitharan.

  • POSTED BY santhoshkudva on | September 28, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    is this a joke? what has arjuna ranatunga done to merit a place among the nominees? and why aren't ricky ponting, everton weekes, frank worrell, clyde walcott, aravnida desilva, gary kirsten, ian healy on the list? and where are the waugh brothers, mark taylor, hayden and allan border?

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | September 28, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Another effort by Cricinfo to insult the intelligence of the knowledgeable cricket fan. Vaas is nominated on the list of all rounders that does not include Tony Greig. Never mind that Vaas has a batting average of 24 versus over 40 for Greig. Their bowling averages are similar. Greig was also an excellent fielder and his ratio of catches to tests is good. Having seen both of them play, Vaas could at best be Greigs caddy. Prasanna? Somebody who was not even able to find a regular place in the Indian side. Unless he made it to the list based on the size of his waistline. Then there is Vetori on the bowlers list. A supposedly leading spinner with an average and a strike rate similar to Dilip Doshi who would not even find a place in the 3rd string Indian XI. There is more but by now I suspect bookies had a role with some of these names!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 28, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    1. Hutton 2.Gavaskar 3.Bradman 4. Tendulkar 5.Viv Richards 6. Gary Sobers 7. Imran Khan 8.Knott 9. Warne 10. McGrath 11.Gibbs. One is tempted to dib into the most talented All Rounder pool to select a large portion of the team. Miller, Botham, Imran, Sobers could gain a place either as bowlers or batsmen. But due to limitation placed only one can be chosen as an all rounder and others have to justify their selection as either bowlers or batsmen. Similarly the selection of specialists bowlers and batsmen is not easy. I chose Imran & McGrath to open the bowling with Sobers as back up. Warne & Gibbs will provide the spin with Sobers as back up. Unfortunately there is no place for greats like Hobbs, Hammond, and Lara in batting and Larwood, Trueman, Botham, Murali and Mankad in bowling. How does Dhoni supercede Borders? - along with many other significant omissions like Kanhai, 3 W's, Harvey,Simpson.Jury is OK but Fans too young to remember past greats let alone vote for them on merit

  • POSTED BY TMS8137 on | September 28, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    wow. I really didn't wanna get involved in this but here's my XI Hobbs and gavaskar, bradman, tendulkar, richards, sobers, knott, lillee, macko, akram and murali. I have been reading these fantasy teams and i guess if you want to select a keeper based on pure keeping skills then its knott. if not then its gilchrist. I guess the only player who would be a unanimous choice is bradman and maybe the greatest left-armer of all time?

  • POSTED BY S.M.Kamran on | September 28, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    * Sir Jack Hobbs * Virender Sehwag * Brian Lara * Javed Miandad * Sir Viv Richards * Sachin Tendulkar * Imran Khan/Sir Richard Hadlee * Adam Gilchrist * Shane Warne * Malcom Marshall * Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY Andrew_Anderson on | September 28, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    This is purely based on my choice. I'm just 16 and it is unlikely for me to pick someone from the pre-video era. I may even be favourably disposed towards English players.

    Openers : SIR JACK HOBBS(from what I've read) and Graeme Smith

    Middle Order : KEVIN PIETERSEN, Inzaman ul-Haq and Martin Crowe

    All - Rounder : SIR IAN TERRENCE BOTHAM (nobody should have any question regarding this)

    Wicketkeeper : Adam Gilchrist

    Bowlers : Shane Warne( to be honest, Muralitharan really chucks the ball), Dennis Lillee, DEREK UNDERWOOD, Glenn McGrath

    England : 4 South Africa : 1 Pakistan : 1 New Zealand : 1 Australia : 4

    SIR JACK HOBBS is completely based on what I've read and in my opinion, Graeme Smith is a fantastic opening batsman who gives me a great viewing pleasure. My middle order maybe a little biased since it is based on what I've seen and KP is also my favourite batsman. Botham and Gilchrist are the best in their role IMO. Bowling : WHERE THE HELL IS BOB WILLIS? Way better than Lillee.

  • POSTED BY golden_shine on | September 28, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    My Playing eleven , 1- Sunil Gavasker 2- Vireder Sehwag 3- Viv richards 4- Don Bradman 5- Sachin Tendulkar 6- Imran Khan ( c) 7-adam Gilchrist 8- Wasim akram 9- Shane warne 10-Waqar Younis/ Malcom Marshal 11-Glenn Macgrath 12th. Muttiah Murlidharan Beat Them If you can !

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Is Gilchrist the greatest ever? Gilchrist was amazing as a batsman, but was never considered the all-time best as a wicket-keeper. I am not sure if even the Aussies feel that he was better than Marsh as a pure keeper. Would love to hear the Aussie perspective on this. If the best wicketkeeper of all time is to be picked, many purists might prefer Knott over Gilchrist. This comment however by no way is meant to belittle Gilchrist, who revolutionized the role of the wicket keeper.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    MY 15 MAN SQUAD 1: Saeed Anwar 2: V Sehwag 3: Don Bradman 4: Zaheer Abbas 5: Sachin Tendulker 6: W Richards 7: A Gilchrist 8 Imran khan 9: G Mcgrath 10: Wasim Akram !! : Shane Warne 12 : Lara 13: Deniss lilee 14: Gary Sobers 15 : Murli

  • POSTED BY deepaksam on | September 28, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Dhoni was a fluke to be in the Indian team itself...surprising so many people are asking for him when there is Knott, Gilchrist, Smith even Sanga in the list

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    My XI-1. Sunil Gavaskar 2.Barry Richards 3.Sir Don Bradman 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Greg Chappel 6.Sir Vivian Richards 7.Sir Garfield Sobers 8.Adam Gilchrist 9.Kapil Dev 10.Shane Warne 11.Dennis Lillee

  • POSTED BY vimalan on | September 28, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    my team 1. Gavaskar 2. Hobbs 3. Don 4. Sachin 5. Richards 6. Sobers 7. Gilchrist 8. Akram 9. Warne 10. Malcom 11. Mcgrath

  • POSTED BY craigNY on | September 28, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    1. Gavaskar, 2. Hobbs, 3. Bradman, 4. Tendulkar, 5. G. Chappell, 6. Sobers, 7. Gilchrist, 8. Warne, 9. Marshall, 10. Akram, 11. Lillee

    Greg Chappell is overlooked by too many - have a look at his record. It's better than Viv Richard's and Lara's and he played frequently against some of the greatest bowling attacks ever.

  • POSTED BY raghav_phoenix on | September 28, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Where are the names of Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden in the list? And for God's sake, where is Steve Waugh - The Saviour? It is ridiculous to select the World XI from ONLY the best XIs of each country. I mean, Australia & West Indies most certainly have better batsmen than Arjuna Ranatunga, Marvan Atapattu & Saeed Anwar! Atleast a dozen batsmen from these 2 countries alone are better than these folks. Please Cricinfo, have some sense while taking on such monumental efforts. I dont think Waugh or Ponting will make it to the final XI, but they atleast deserve a mention in the probables, dont they?

  • POSTED BY carbandpunk on | September 28, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    1. Saeed Anwar (Dependable) 2. Marvan Attapattu (All those double centuries have to mean something) 3. Sachin Tendulkar (The best batsman in my opinion) 4. Don Bradman (Maybe the best batsman but not as proven as Tendulkar) 5. Kumar Sangakarra (Reliable, can play any situation, safe-hands) 6. Kapil Dev (1983 World Cup, enough said) 7. Imran Khan (1992 World Cup, enough said) 8. Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis (both monster bowlers, but you gotta keep room for Ambrose) 9. Curtly Ambrose (West-Indian beast) 10. Muttiah Muralitharan (Best spinner to ever play the game and the stats show it) 11. Shane Warne (hate the guy, but there's nothing better than Murali and Warne bowling in tandem)

    thats my list :)

  • POSTED BY paniya on | September 28, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    guys guys.this is my team HERE COMES THE MIGHTY OPENERS 1.Sanath Jayasuriya/Gordon Greenidge 2.Virender Shewag/ Sunil Gavaskar(the best,attacking,confident, reliable,can play long innings,can put the opposition under huge pressure.. AND THIS IS THE MIDDLE ORDER 3.Don Bradman(easy pick)4.Sachin Tendulkar(easy pick)5.Viv Richards(u need a bang bang player when you want to put up a big total quickly after initial stages) AND THE ONE WHO BOWLS BATS AND FIELDS 6.SIR Garry Sobers(beautiful absolutely magnificent record...great batting average of 57 and a bowler who can bowl Left-arm fast-medium, Slow left-arm orthodox, Slow left-arm chinaman,whats more with a great econ 2.22 avg of 33 being a batting all rounder its good and 235 wickets+109 catches to go with that as well. THE ONE WHO SHOUTS AND CHEER UP THE TEAM 7.Kumar Sangakkara( classy batsmen..dependable + great wicket keeper) THE DEMOLISHING FORCE 8.Wasim Akram 9.Shane Warne 10.Dennis Lillee 11.Murali (EASY PICKS) (BEST ALL TIME XI)

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | September 28, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    MY Awsome team.

    1.Greenidge.2.Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Bradman 5. Viv richards 6. Imran Khan 7.Sangakarra 8. Malcolm Marshall 9. Warne .10. Akram . 11. Mcgrath

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1980 on | September 28, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    very interesting. good selection of people to choose the final 11 from.

    What I would be interested to know is, who should be the captain of an enormous team like this?

    I'm tempted to think Imran Khan ..

    Or Sobers?

    Sunny maybe, although I didn't put him in my 11 ...

    Hmmm ...

    Richards was phenomenal, but not a great captaincy record, similar with Tendulkar, both made my 11.

    Neither of my 3 bowlers, Wasim, Warne and McGrath would be captaincy.

    My openers were actually modern day greats, Sehwag and Anwer, but neither would captain ...

    Thoughts?

  • POSTED BY Yorker_ToeCrusher on | September 28, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Tendulkar and Bradman are certainties in any all time eleven. My team would be 1)Gavaskar 2) Sehwag 3)Bradman 4)Tendulkar 5)Viv Richards 6)Ian Botham 7)Adam Gilchrist 8)Wasim Akram,9)Michal Holding,10) Shane Warne 11)Muralitharan.

  • POSTED BY Indus11 on | September 28, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    1) Sunil Gavaskar 2) Sir Donald Bradman 3) Sir Garfield Sobers 4) Sachin Tendulkar 5) Walter Hammond 6) Sir Vivian Richards 7) Sir Jack Hobbs 8) Alan Knott 9) Imran Khan 10) Shane Warne 11) Dennis Lillee

    This is the ESPN Legends of Cricket All Time greatest List. This SHOULD be the Cricinfos All Time Greatest List.

    Notice Ian Botham is missing -

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | September 28, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    please dont consider players who involved in spot fixing, tampering and involved in any acts that brought disrepute to the game.

  • POSTED BY eddy501 on | September 28, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    WHY O WHY O WHY O WHY is everyone still picking Gilly or Dhoni??????????????? They would never get to the crease EVER! Pick some real glove men!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    MY dream XI would be : opening bats- Hobbs( i have seen him bat back in my dayss!!) , Sehwag middle order- V.richards, Sachin, SIR DON, Sangakkara all rounder- Sobers bowlers- Akram, Murali, McGrath, Donald 12th man- Warney

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    toughest decision: whether murali aur warne. stats suggest murali but i will choose warne, just because he is a leggie.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag, Aravinda de Silva, Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shaun Pollock, Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY george204 on | September 28, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    This exercise is fatally flawed because some of the country's "all-time" XIs were ridiculous, so the shortlist is nonsense.

    No Ray Lindwall? Prasanna instead of Chandrasekhar & Bedi? Pietersen instead of almost anyone else? I could go on...

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    'imran khan(the greatest captain and all rounder of all times) '

    I think statistically Allan Border and Ian Botham might have something to say about that.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    If you haven't noticed already, the shortlists are only the players who made it to the team - this takes away from the credibility of the World XI, because someone like Ricky Ponting or Shane Warne can't make it to the all-time best, but Javagal Srinath can. Ignoring this shortlist entirely, I'd just go with the Bradman's XI: Barry Richards (South Africa), Arthur Morris (Australia), Don Bradman (Australia), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Garry Sobers (West Indies), Don Tallon (Australia), Ray Lindwall (Australia), Dennis Lillee (Australia), Alec Bedser (England), Bill O'Reilly (Australia), Clarrie Grimmett (Australia).

    I'd be audacious enough to disagree with the Don by replacing Lillee with Malcolm Marshall (West Indies) and perhaps Grimmett with Shane Warne (Australia).

  • POSTED BY only_india_1 on | September 28, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Here is my XI: 1. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Jack Hobbs 3. Don Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Viv Richards 6. Garry Sobers 7. Adam Gilchrist 8. Shane Warne 9. Wasim Akram 10. Glenn McGrath 11. Curtly Ambrose.

  • POSTED BY ntity on | September 28, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    1.V Sehwag 2. S Gavaskar 3. B Lara 4. D Bradman 5. S Tendullkar 6. G Sobers (c) 7. A Gilchrist (wk) 8. W Akram 9. S Warne 10. M Holding 11. M Muralitharan {Reserves: 12. I Khan 13. V Richards 14. D Lilee 15. M Marshall 16. A Border} :::wow what a team!

    Unlucky ones to miss out L Hutton/C Ambrose/G McGrath/G Pollock/A de silva/R Hadlee

    --anand venugopal, castle hill, nsw 2154, australia.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    saeed anwar & verinder sehwag den Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Sachin Tendulkar, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, wasim akram, Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock, MurLi.

    i thnk dis ez da best team ever..Luk da batting order.da xplusive sehwag & gilly and da kalmness of mindad n sachin n den the bowling lead by wasim and the spin twinz waoOOo......................... da dream team

  • POSTED BY sonofchennai on | September 28, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    For those who crib Ponting or Yousuf not being there, understand this is picked from a list of 88 players who were in all time country XIs.

  • POSTED BY khann on | September 28, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2.Jack Hobbs, 3. Don Bradman, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Viv Richards, 6. Garfield Sobers, 7. Adam Gilchrist, 8.imran khan, 9. Shane Warne, 10. wasim akram,11. malcom marshal. 12. Muttiah Muralitharan/ brian lara .

  • POSTED BY sonofchennai on | September 28, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    In my opinion, all time XI must comprise alteast 5 players who are sheer cricketing geniuses, have a great acumen to read situations,safe catchers etc.....So it follows: 1. Hutton 2. Sehwag 3. Don 4. Sachin 5. Lara 6. Sobers 7. Gilly 8. Wasim Akram 9. Warne 10. Mcgrath 11. Murali and 12th man: Viv

    Reasons: Hutton - just statistcs, Viru - street smart, Don - genius, Sachin - Genius Lara - Genius, Sobers - allround genius, Gilly - smart keeper who walks, Akram - left arm variety, Warne - genius and a safe catcher, Mcgrath - Corridor bowler with good prematch predicting skills and ofcourse Murali - needless to say and Viv is the 12th man..anyone injured he easily makes d cut

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | September 28, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    I'll do the done thing and submit my XI to public scrutiny as well. I do not think it's not the !st XI which creates interest really, or even the 2nd,but who do you choose for the 3rd and 4th XI's. Anyway my !st XI is Hobbs, Hutton, Bradman, Richards.V. Lara, Sobers, Botham, Gilchrist, Marshall, Warne, Lillee. Only Greenidge of the openers competed in my mind with the two English greats. Tendulkar or Lara-well I went for personal preference, the man with high scores and that high backlift-so great to watch. Of the bowlers unfortunately out of Holding or Marshall Holding had to go. Macha was the deadliest of the deadly. Lilleee and Warne are there undisputed masters.And Gilchrist? Well is there anyone else? Not in the list provided. To my mind though both Stewart and Gower shoulfd have been in the mix.

  • POSTED BY ramz_01 on | September 28, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    AFilmDirector sir don is nt in ur team.i think dat g8 man(graters evr batter in all time) may be ur 1st reserve(water boy) u must be a pakistani datz y alotz of pakistan players thr.i dnt think anwer miandad nd zaheer cn make it ere.

  • POSTED BY xiqqix on | September 28, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    here we go :) http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/magazine/world_xi/22774.html

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    I haven't watched most of the nominees, so I can't select the perfect XI. A few names will sure be on the composite XI viz., Bradman, Sachin, Warne, Richards. These legends are sure to make it to the XI.

  • POSTED BY Pageio on | September 28, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    World XI: 1. Hutton 2. Gavaskar 3. Bradman 4. Richards (V) 5. Tendulkar 6. Sobers 7. Gilchrist 8. Marshall 9. Warne 10. Muralitharan 11. McGrath

    World 2nd XI: 1. Hobbs 2. Richards (B) 3. Headley 4. Pollock (G) 5. Lara 6. Imran Khan 7. Knott 8. Lillee 9. O'Reilly 10. Ambrose 11. Barnes

    Wasim may get in ahead of Ambrose in the 2nd XI, and would bat at 7. Not sure.

  • POSTED BY absha1 on | September 28, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    ESPN cricinfo should also do a decade by decade selection of the best teams - the best team of the 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, etc. using only the stats of players in those decades. It will be really exciting to see who makes the bowling attack for the 90s decade, or who will be the all rounder for the 80s, or the spinner for the 70s. THEN, the all time eleven should be picked.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Wow to many big players there i can make 3 team out of them but huv to pick one 1.Sehwag..2.JackHobbs..3..Viv Richards..4.Tendulkar..5.Don..6.Sobers..7.Imran. 8.Gilchrist...9.Wasim...10..Marshall..11..Muarli..Extra ...Warne ...Team to beat so far ..to many good players in da team easy to change the batting line and bowling line..Any team out there to beat my team....

  • POSTED BY RalphySpecial on | September 28, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    1. Sehwag 2. Hobbs 3. Bradman 4. Tendulkar 5. Sobers/Graeme Pollock 6. Imran 7. Gilchrist 8. Wasim 9. Warne 10. Marshall 10. Ambrose

    Not sure if I'm overdoing it with the bowlers, but couldn't bring myself to drop Sobers.

  • POSTED BY Timmaaay on | September 28, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Impossible task. For what it's worth herewith my PC World XI - at least 1 player from each country, and max 2 per country: 1. Hobbs (Eng 1) 2. Sehwag (India) 3. Bradman (Aus 1) 4. Lara (WI) 5. Pollock (SA) 6. Sobers (WI 2) 7 Sangakarra (SL) 8. Hadlee (NZ) 9. Akram (Pak) 10. Warne (Aus 2) 11. Barnes (Eng 2)

    Surprising weakness at opening bat actually - who do you pick after Hobbs? - and just too many in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY mcsdl on | September 28, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    All u guys are biased towards either to a fantasy XI or to your favourite players XI or to ur country representing XI.... Without getting too crazy and biased my all time Test cricket XI would be;......................... Len Hutton, Virender Sehwag, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Wally Hammond, Garfield Sorbas, Adam Gilchrist, Malcolm Marshall, Coutley Ambrose, Glen McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY ad-infinitum on | September 28, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Here's my choice. The people in brackets are the second choices for that spot. 1.Sir Jack Hobbs 2.Victor Trumper (Sunil Gavaskar) 3.Sir Don Bradman 4.Sachin Tendulkar (Brian Lara) 5. Graeme Pollock (George Headley) 6. Sir Viv Richards 7. Sir Garfield Sobers 8. Adam Gilchrist (Alan Knott) 10. Shane Warne 9. Wasim Akram (no second choices here) 11. Glenn McGrath (Malcolm Marshall) The team must have all the "Cricketers of the Decade - Bradman, Sobers, Hobbs, Warne, Richards". And with Sobers bowling spin, there is no need for a third spinner (to defend my team composition of 2-4-1-1-3). N.B.) Getting to three middle order batsman from four (for people who choose 3 middle order batsmen ) is too tough a task. I am waiting to see how they do it.

  • POSTED BY shareef_site on | September 28, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    My team is 1) Sachin tendulkar 2) Sir Don Bradman 3) Saeed Anwar 4) Ricky pointing 5)VIv Richards 6) Wasim Akram 7) Adam Gilchirst 8) Denis Lilee 9)Curtly Ambrose 10) Shane warne 11) Muthai Murlitharan

  • POSTED BY MANISH786VERMA on | September 28, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Here is my XI: Barry Richards, Sir Leonard Hutton, Graeme Pollock, Sir Donald Bradman, Wally Hammond, Keith Miller, Alan Knott, Bill O'Reilly, Dennis Lillee, Malcolm Marshall, Sydney Barnes......i bet no other XI can beat this team....top 5 batsmen are all top batsmen of their eras .....miller is considered ny many to be the greatest ever allrounder....i prefer him over sobers as all rounder as i want a fast bowling all rounder at 6.....sobers misses out as there wasn't option of picking him in top 5...otherwise he would have been my no.5........lilee, marshall are amongst the fastest and meanest fast bowlers ever....bil'o reilly takes care of spin deptt...and who better to complement him than the great sydney barnes with his fast spinners,legcutters,etc....all in all in 1 word UNBEATABLES....

  • POSTED BY elmo_leon on | September 28, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    ALL THE PEOPLE ARE SUBMITTING THEIR OWN TEAMS ON COMMENTS THINKING THAT OTHERS WOULD SEE AND GIVE FEEDBACK! ALMOST EVERYONE IS SO CRAZY TYPING OUT 11 NAMES, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR SELECTION? GO GET LIVES PEOPLE, STOP SUBMITTING YOUR TEAMS ON COMMENTS. OTHERS ARE NOT GOING TO BE READING YOUR TEAM AND LENGTHY REVIEWS!

  • POSTED BY syedahmed91 on | September 28, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    1. Hanif mohammad 2. Sehwag 3. Javed miandad 4. Bradman 5. Sachin 6. Lara 7. Sobers 8. Imran (capt) 9. Wasim 10. McGrath 11. Murali

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    my test xi is as follows 1.sunny gavaskar,2.barry richerds,3.breadmen,4.sachin,5.viv richerds,6. garry sobbers,7.gilly,8.warne,9.murli,10.richerd hadelly and 11.lilly......i would love to pick sehwag,lara,dhoni,pigeon,pollock,akram,marshell,hobbs,hutten,dravid,kapil,botham nd some other names also but only 11 can be picked.bothem is my 12th man while missing heyden in shortlist.........combination wise this comes out to be best test team in the world.

  • POSTED BY Verleus on | September 28, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    The concept is interesting,but what happens to people like WG Grace or Ranjitsinh who never played enough for their countries..??

  • POSTED BY cricketchopper on | September 28, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    1)Sunil Gavaskar (Greatest Opener I have seen during last 35 years) 2)Barry Richards (In World Series Cricket he was better then Richards etc) 3)Bradman (his average makes him unquestionable) 4)Viv Richards (Considered to be greatest batsman during last 35 years) 5)Lara (Played few greatest innings of all time) 6)Gary Sobers (Considered greatest and most complete cricketer of game by all) 7)Gilcrist (best wicketkeeper batsman, though Alont knot etc.were better keepers but he was also a complete keeper along side being a devastating batsman) 8)Imran Khan (he defeated other greats like Kapil, Botham,Headlee) 9)Marshal (the most fierce fast bowler of all times) 10)Shane Warne (best spinner of history - Murali is controversial) 11)Glen Magrah (Most reliable and consistent fast bowler of history)

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Here is my XI:

    1) Destructive Opener Gordon Greenidge 2) Even More Destructive Opener Virender Sehwag 3) The Legend of Sir Donald Bradman 4) The Master Sachin Tendulkar 5) Majestic Graeme Pollock 6) Brute Force of Sir Viv Richards 7) Clinical Sir Richard Hadlee 8) Best Keeper to date Adam Gilchrist 9) The true Spin Wizard Shane Warne 10) Scary and Clinical Malcolm Marshall 11) Mr. Accuracy Glenn McGrath

  • POSTED BY MasroorAhmad on | September 28, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I think its a little silly to have to pick two Openers AND a wicketkeeper when you can just pick Adam Gilchrist as your wicketkeeper, and one of your opening spots is taken care of.

  • POSTED BY IMIM on | September 28, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    1. Saeed Anwar 2. Graem Smith 3. Brian Lara 4. Mahela Jawardane 4. Sachin Tendulkar 6. Imran Khan 7. Ms Dhoni 8. Wasim Akram 9. Daniel Vetori 10. Shane Warn 11. Glenn Mcgrath

    The best combination of Openers, Middle Orders, Al Rounder & Best Captin, Best Wicket keeper batsman, Best fast bowling attacks and two world class spinners..

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | September 28, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA........ 1.Grennidge 2. Sehwag 3.Jayawardene 4.Javed Miandad 5.Viv Richards 6. Tendulkar 7. Gilchrist 8. Wasim Akram 9. McGrath 10.Imran Khan (captain) 11. Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY intcamd on | September 28, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    1st 11: Gavaskar, Greenidge, Bradman, Tendulkar, G Pollock, Sobers, Knott, Lillee, Marshall, Warne, Holding

    2nd 11: B Richards, Hobbs, Viv Richards, Barrington, Lara, Imran, Ian Smith, Ambrose, Murali, Larwood, Kumble

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    azeem20037 that is a horrendous team, no bias towards certain countries either

  • POSTED BY rakesh_85 on | September 28, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    My World XI: Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tencdulkar, Vivian Richards, Jack Kallis, Sir Garfield Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Malcom Marshall, Curlty Ambrose, Glen Mcgrath, Muttaiha Murulitharan.

  • POSTED BY Shahadatrz on | September 28, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Sometimes, the JURY of the best XI makes me confused...the worst decision they make probably to omit PONTING out of Aus all-time XI. Many people are leaving comments here in this issue, so I'm also asking, how is he left out? He is not only supported by his outstanding statistics, but also he is a great batsman, dominated the bowlers in the grounds all over the world.

  • POSTED BY jpa170478 on | September 28, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2.Jack Hobbs, 3. Don Bradman, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Viv Richards, 6. Garfield Sobers, 7. Adam Gilchrist, 8.Wasim Akram, 9. Shane Warne, 10. Malcolm Marshall,11. Dennis Lilliee 12. Muttiah Muralitharan. Unlucky to miss out are Brian Lara, Richard Hadlee and Michael Holding. Lara v Richards is the toughest decision for me and if anyone chose Lara instead would completely understand By combining the two lists and seeing some of the choices, and more to the point who was missed out what is obvious is that Australia has had a lot of talented batsmen and the West Indies have really have had a lot of incredibly good fast bowlers. In some fantasy world a test match between the Australian XI and the West Indies XI would be incredible

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | September 28, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong...as I believe that there are three men in these nominations who will be a part of everyone's team and those three gentlemen are: 1) Don Bradman 2) Sachin Tendulkar 3)Wasim Akram

    I am sure these three Legends will everytime come-up as part of World XI anytime!

  • POSTED BY gunnerz on | September 28, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    My XI: Sunny,Viru,The Don, The God, VIV, Sobers, Gilly, Warney, Sultan of Swing, Whispering Death, Pigeon.

  • POSTED BY AFilmDirector on | September 28, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Here is my XI: Saeed Anwar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Sir Viv Richards, Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Warne, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram,

  • POSTED BY AFilmDirector on | September 28, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    * Saeed Anwar * Virender Sehwag * Brian Lara * Javed Miandad * Sir Viv Richards * Zaheer Abbas * Imran Khan * Kumar Sangakkara * Shane Warne * Waqar Younis * Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    @Pradeepreddy Tummala Who wants dhoni when you have gilchrist!

  • POSTED BY PF98 on | September 28, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Sir Leonard Hutton, Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar,Sir Garry Sobers, MS Dhoni, Wasim Akram, Malcolm Marshall, Sydney Barnes, Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    well a list was made before... i don't know why they are repeated... and the list was close to this i have forgotten some of the names... i don't think a team can be better than mine

    hanif muhammad sunil gavaskar sachin tendulkar sir donald bradman sir vivian richards adam gilchrist imran khan(the greatest captain and all rounder of all times) wasim akram shane warne dennis lilliee michael holding/marshall/fred truman...

    people have different opinions but this team is the best as a fact...

  • POSTED BY AFilmDirector on | September 28, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/magazine/world_xi/17507.html?mode=1

  • POSTED BY Shahadatrz on | September 28, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    1.Gavaskar 2.Leon Hutton 3.Bradman 4.Lara 5.Tendulkar 6.Sobers 7.Sangakkara 8.Wasim 9.Warne 10.Murali 11.Malcom Marshall.............Let me defend my 2 choices...Lara over Viv Richards, Sanga over Gilchrist.....Richards was a bit better batsman than Lara, but the fact that make me chose Lara over him is the ability of Lara to fight alone. If he played with Richards, he would get more runs and more results. Lara fought for over 15 years alone and fought really great...As I have picked 5 bowlers including Sobers as the allrounder, I must make my batting line stronger. So, though I was happy to chose Gilly, I opted for Sanga as he is more solid and prolific as a batsman, and a safe keeper as well (though not at the same level of Gilly)...With Wasim coming at 8, the batting is still very strong. And with 3 pacers, and with Murali and Warne together, it makes the best bowling line up as well..Hobbs, George Headly, Viv Richards, Imran, Border, Dravid, Kallis, Lillee are really great as well.

  • POSTED BY Bangarr on | September 28, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    LOL shreyu sif not choose warne?

  • POSTED BY Bangarr on | September 28, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    LOL shreyu, sif not choose warne?

  • POSTED BY inswing on | September 28, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Here are my two XIs. Four openers. Jack Hobbs, Barry Richards, Len Hutton, Sunil Gavaskar. Six middle order. Brain Lara, George Headley, Graeme Pollock, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards. All rounders: Imran Khan, Garry Sobers (Headly and Procter will be included as bowlers). WK: Adam Gilchrist, Alan Knott. Six fast bowlers: Richard Headley, Dennis Lilee, Wasim Akram, Malcom Marshall, Curtley Ambrose, Mike Procter. Two spinners: Murlidharan and Warne. Split this in half any way you want, and you will have two equally good teams. Country counts: Eng 3, Aus 4, SA 3, Ind 2, WI 6, Pak 2, NZ 1, SL 1.

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | September 28, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    My dream team will be: 1) Sunil Gavaskar 2) Saeed Anwar 3) Tendulkar 4) Don Bradman 5)Kallis 6)Gilchrist 7) Imran Khan 8) Garry Sobers 9) Wasim Akram 10) S. Warne 11) McGrath ......yes this is the team I wanted!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Saeed Anwar, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Abbas, Greg Chappell,, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne,Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY eddy501 on | September 28, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    ....in addition to my last point about Gilly. Ive just scrolled down the page and seen that Gilly in EVERYBODY's team. Come on guys tell the truth, when you pick Gilly you are 1st thinking about his batting arent you?! In an All-time XI Gilly wouldnt even get to the crease to bat so lets pick a real glove man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Godfather007 on | September 28, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Really a tough one.My team is:1.Gavaskar 2.Hobbs 3.Bradman 4.Tendulkar 5.Richards 6.Sobers 7.Gilchrist 8.Warne 9.Akram 10.Lille 11.Marshall

  • POSTED BY azeem20037 on | September 28, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    * OPENERS o Graeme Smith o Saeed Anwar * MIDDLE ORDER o Aravinda de Silva o Inzamam-ul-Haq o Javed Miandad * ALLROUNDERS o Imran Khan o Sir Garry Sobers * WICKETKEEPER o Kumar Sangakkara * BOWLERS o Muttiah Muralitharan o Waqar Younis o Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY anant_gupta on | September 28, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    My team would be

    1. Hanif Mohammed. 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3) Don Bradman( 4) Tendulkar (5) Viv Richards (6) Imran Khan (7) Richard Hadlee (8) Kumar Sangakarra (9)Shane Warne, (10) Mutaih Muralitharan (11) Shane Bond

    It was a tough choice between Sangakarra and Gilchrist. I went along with Sangakarra cause for me he is a slighlty better keeper.

    Also the lone pacer spot was very difficult to choose. I had to choose between Ambrose and Mcgrath but in the end I decided to go with Shane Bond. He was as good as any player for the time he played

    Just a thought for Andy Flower. First Cricinfo decides not to select teams for ZImbabwe and Bangladesh. Then it doesnt include their finest player. A real loss

  • POSTED BY eddy501 on | September 28, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    @ everybody that is picking wicket keeping batsmen....why? Sure Gilly is the greatest wicket/bat but his glove work is not in the same league as Knott's. Why would you need Gilly's runs with eg. Sunny, Hobbs, Don, SRT, IVR, BCL, Sobers batting before him. You want a kepper that takes 100 catches out of 100 chances, not 95 or 98...Rod Marsh and Ian Healey were a better keepers for Aus. Go for the best batters the best bowlers and the best keeper full stop.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    heyy the jury members have forgotten RICKY PONTING.how can they do it to a man who has got more than 12000 runs in test cricket with 39 centuries..a big blunder if KP deserves a place there surely do Ricky ponting as he is 10 times better than KP if not more

  • POSTED BY thisisfun on | September 28, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    What a stupid flood of comments about PONTING. Why don't you guys read before you comment?

    Ponting didn't make into the AUS all-time XI and hence not here either.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | September 28, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Trying to pick _one_ all-time XI is a fool's game. Make two XIs (not first and second teams, but two equal teams), and there is some chance of doing justice to all the greats who played in different eras.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Here is my XI: Arthur Morris, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Michael Holding, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram,

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Gilchrist and Don are the only certain players, rest all are probables

  • POSTED BY IRANNA_KALYANI on | September 28, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    My all time world xi is 1.virender sehwag 2.sir jack hobbs 3.sir donald bradman 4.sir viv richards 5.george headely 6.sir gary sobers 7.adam gilchrist 8.wasim akram 9.shane warne 10.dennis lillee 11.curtly ambrose

  • POSTED BY la_bazza on | September 28, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    1)Sir Jack Hobbs 2) Barry Richards 3)Sir Don Bradman 4) Sir Viv Richards 5) Sachin Tendulkar 6) Sir Gary Sobers 7) Imran Khan 8) Alan Knott 9) Shane Warne 10) Malcolm Marshall 11) Dennis Lillee. What do you think? Perhaps a left arm or tall quick bowler for more variety? (Akram, Ambrose, McGrath). Maybe Gavaskar for Barry Richards... tough one? Possibly Gilchrist but I think Knott is better keeper?

  • POSTED BY Vizhy on | September 28, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Already dying for it be October 12 to see the Final XI.

    Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar are the only certainties.

  • POSTED BY Observer2 on | September 28, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    The XI - Sir Jack Hobbs,Barry Richards,Sachin Tendulkar,Sir Don Bradman, Sir Viv Richards,Sir Garry Sobers,Sir Richard Hadlee,Adam Gilchrist,Wasim Akram,Shane Warne,Harold Larwood

    Oh yes !

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    * OPENERS o Barry Richards o Sanath Jayasuriya * MIDDLE ORDER o Sachin Tendulkar o Sir Donald Bradman o Sir Viv Richards * ALLROUNDERS o Imran Khan * WICKETKEEPER o MS Dhoni * BOWLERS o Curtly Ambrose o Glenn McGrath o Muttiah Muralitharan o Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Sir Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Imran Khan, Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Malcolm Marshall, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram,

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    * OPENERS o Barry Richards o Sanath Jayasuriya * MIDDLE ORDER o Sachin Tendulkar o Sir Donald Bradman o Sir Viv Richards * ALLROUNDERS o Imran Khan * WICKETKEEPER o MS Dhoni * BOWLERS o Curtly Ambrose o Glenn McGrath o Muttiah Muralitharan o Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY kalistar7 on | September 28, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    It should be,1 Sanath Jayasuriya 2. Barry Richards 3.Mahela Jayawardana 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Kumar Sannakara 6.Imran Khan 7.Ian Botham 8.Glann Mcgrath 9.Wasim Akram 10.Shane Warne 11.Muttaia Muralitharan. i reckon this is the perfect squad. Satchin and muralitharan must be selected in any team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    My Test XI : Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag,Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Viv Richards,Jacques Kallis,Adam Gilchrist,Shane Warne,Muttiah Muralitharan,Glenn McGrath,Dennis Lillee

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Sehwag will be in most selected person and Dhoni was most missed person Why

  • POSTED BY alikhan224 on | September 28, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    marwan atta pattu???for GOD sake..what the hell is he doing in the list??why not mathew hayden instead of him..come on jury...wake up plsssssssss

  • POSTED BY la_bazza on | September 28, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    My team includes 2 openers, 3 middle order, 2 all-rounders, 1 wicketkeeper, 3 bowlers.

    1. Jack Hobbs 2. Barry Richards 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Sir Viv Richards 5. Sachin Tendulkar 6. Sir Gary Sobers 7. Imran Khan 8. Alan Knott (A better keeper than Gilchrist) 9. Shane Warne 10. Malcolm Marshall 11. Dennis Lillee

    What do you think? Perhaps a left arm or a tall quick bowler? (Akram, Ambrose, Mcgrath) Maybe Gavaskar? Warne vs Murali? Specialist Keeper (Knott) vs Batting Keeper (Gilchrist)?

  • POSTED BY Shithin on | September 28, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    its so hardd to choose world XII :/ i forgot to put bradman in the list

  • POSTED BY ThetigersofCricket on | September 28, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    MY team would be: Saeed Anwar, Sehwag, Inzi, Tendulkar, Don bradman, Gilchrist ( Wk), Imran Khan( C), Abdul qadir, warne, Waseem Akram and Waqar Younis. I surprised why Mohammad Yosuf and Younis khan aren't in the list.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Sir Jack Hobbs, Virender Sehwag, Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garry Sobers, Kumar Sangakkara, Dennis Lillee, Malcolm Marshall, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram.

  • POSTED BY sscricfan on | September 28, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Sehwag, Smith, Sachin, Lara, Sir Viv Richards Imran Khan (c), Adam Gilchrist Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne

    btw how come therez no Saqlain, Ponting, Waugh

  • POSTED BY rafiq_qc on | September 28, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    also why not ponting instead of hazare or others. really surprised anyone even number of selector.

  • POSTED BY rafiq_qc on | September 28, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    If Vijay Hazare included in the list why not Azhar? no sure what is the basis of selection. Is the match fixing is the reason? thanks

  • POSTED BY brtboris on | September 28, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    I would of loved to pic andy flower as my wicket kepper :( i think he should be on the list but no Zimbabwe....

  • POSTED BY RichHamilton on | September 28, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    The team picks itself 1. Barry Richards - astonishing player, very sad his test career was so short 2. Sunil Gavaskar - The only opener in 70s/80s who could deal with W I quicks 3. Sir Don - no comment necessary (Captain) 4. Sir Viv - The master, the king, the dominator.no-one like him before or since. 5. Sachin - how many test centuries? such longevity. A legend already 6. Sir Garfield - does anyone really consider any other alrounder? 7. Alan Knott - the greatest 'keeper of them all. Those who think you need Gilchrist's runs should look at numbers 1 to 6 above and think again 8. Shane Warne - greatest leg spinner of all time, no-one to rival him 9. Malcolm Marshall - The best of the best pace attack of all time 10. Dennis Lillee - ask any batsman who faced him whether he is worth his place? 11. Muralitharan - 800 wickets - how could anyone leave him out?

    I'd back that team against anyone.

  • POSTED BY navathej on | September 28, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    CMON PEOPLE DONT U READ THE WHOLE PAGE BEFORE COMMENTING. IT IS CLEARLY MENTIONED THAT GUYS WHO WERE PICKED FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRY'S ALL TIME IX WILL ONLY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE WORL IX. SO THAT DOESN'T FIT IN GUYS LIKE PONTING BECAUSE HE WAS NOT SELECTED FOR HIS ALL TIME TEAM. GO CHECK THE COUNTRY'S XI BEFORE COMMENTING HERE.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Here is my XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Kapil Dev, Adam Gilchrist, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne.

  • POSTED BY dkkumargoyal on | September 28, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    those who are looking for there fav.. player (like ricky ponting) keep in mind that the list contains the players selected in there respective country All time 11. So you may miss your fav... players.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Be rest assured... there are going to be a lot of Aussies and firangs.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    my choice is sehwag,smith,sachin,bradman,dravid,kallisdhoni,vettori,anil,mcgrath,shane bond

  • POSTED BY Merri on | September 28, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Two surprises IMHO : - the separation between openenrs and middle-order batsman is a bit artificial. If e.g. selectors want Littlke Man as an opener in order to field three other moddile-order specialists (see this list !), it seems like they can't do it. Many names there have served as both. - Courtney Walsh would at least have deserved mention. He is, after all, a former record-holder.

  • POSTED BY Babu2288 on | September 28, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    My 11. (1) Sunil Gavaskar (2) Jack Hobbs (3) Don Bradman (4) Sachin Tendulkar (5) Vivian Richards (6) Gary Sobers (7) Adam Gilchrist (8) Wasim Akarm (9) Shane Warne (10) Malcolm Marshall and (11) Glenn McGrath. Very sad to leave out Brian Lara and Kapil Dev. Captain of the team Don Bradman. People asking for Dhoni in this 11 do not really know cricket, nor do they know the history of this great game. God bless.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    I shocked for Muhammad Yousuf and Ricky Ponting.They must be in middle order.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Here is my XI: Sir Leonard Hutton, Virender Sehwag, Graeme Pollock, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, , Sir Garry Sobers, Kumar Sangakkara, , Imran Khan* Wasim Akram, Malcolm Marshall, Muttiah Muralitharan

    Atleast 1 from each team except NewZealand ( Can I swap anyone with Martin Crowe ( Viv Richards) , Richard Hadlee ( Imran or Garry) or Vettori ( Murli)....No I cant)

  • POSTED BY muski on | September 28, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Warraich 92, Amjadmayo and Faizan Sheikh- I admire your loyalty guys- Who said picking a world 11 was all about the best of the cricketing skills?. All true cricket lovers must take a leaf out of the books of these 3 guys and pack the 11 with the whole lot from the country you love.I wonder why Fazal Mahmood was left out of the shortlist. If he was there in the short list, lo and behold- we would have had an all star Pakistan World 11-oops I mean an all time world test 11 as under

    Hanif Mohammed Saeed Anwar Inzamam Javed Maindad Zaheer Abbas Imran Khan Rashid Latif Abdul Qadir Wasim Akram Waqar Younis

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    1.) gavaskar 2.) Hobbs 3.) Bradman 4.) tendulkar 5.) Richards 6.) Sobers 7.) Hadlee 8.) Gichrist 9.) Warne 10.) Akram 11.) Ambrose

    good team indeed :)

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    My choice: 1) Barry Richards 2) Sir Donald Bradman 3) Viv Richards 4) Brain Lara 5) S R Tendulkar 6) Sir Gary Sobers 7) Adam Gilchrist 8) Curtly Ambrose 9) Wasim Akram 10) Michel Holding and 11) Shane Warne.

  • POSTED BY bashaone on | September 28, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    my team OPENERS Graeme Smith Virender Sehwag MIDDLE ORDER Sachin Tendulkar Sir Donald Bradman Sir Viv Richards ALLROUNDERS Imran Khan Kapil Dev WICKETKEEPER Adam Gilchrist BOWLERS Anil Kumble Glenn McGrath Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on | September 28, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    I'm trying to understand why people prefer Marshall over Waqar? Both are right-arm fast and have similar stats.

  • POSTED BY narenvs on | September 28, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    My team: Hobbs, Hutton, Bradman, Hammond, Tendulkar, Sobers, Knott, Marshall, Warne, Lillee, Barnes; 12th man: Viv Richards; Reserves: Grace, Imran Khan, O'Reilley, Healey

  • POSTED BY Roger_Allott on | September 28, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Hobbs, Trumper, Bradman, Headley, Pollock, Sobers, Sangakkara (w/k), Imran Khan, Warne, Marshall, Sydney Barnes.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Sehwag, Gordan Grennidge, Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Alan Border, Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Murlidharan, Glan Mcgrath.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    dhoni is not gr8 test player ....

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    1. Gawaskar 2. Barry Richards 3. Don Bradman 4. Brian Lara 5. Viv Richards 6. Gary Sobars 7. Gili 8. Hadly. 9.Akram 10. Warne 11. Lily

  • POSTED BY Mirjah on | September 28, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I can't imagine that KP would make the list before Punter....MUST BE AN OVERSIGHT.

  • POSTED BY timjevons on | September 28, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I am amazed that there is no Boycott, Ponting, Walsh and people like Ames, Compton, Bari and countless others. How do the South Africans of the 60's/70's get in hardly played. No A.Flower who the hell picked the choices? I suggest either someone who knows very little about Cricket or someone with some personal vendettas. Not that I liked him but no Hayden absurd. My team for the record would be: B.Richards Sir Jack Hobbs Sir Viv Richards Sir Don Bradman (although could have been Ponting) Brian Lara Sir Garry Sobers Sir Ian Botham A.Gilchrist M.Marshall S.Warne S.Barnes

    Subs: D.Lillee, F.Trueman, A.Knott, J.Laker, W.Younis, R.Ponting, V.Sehweg & D.Compton

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | September 28, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Can people stop with this Ponting thing. He's not in the choices because he wasn't chosen in the Aussie all time XI by their selectors. Can't understand why Bradman is being left out by some. Nor Sobers. Difficult comparing relative merits of those who played on wet pitches, with long boundaries, rough outfields and matchsticks for bats with today's batters benefiting from covered featherbeds, carpets for outfields and better bats. Fielding has improved but that is a benefit to modern bowlers over the oldies. So much more to consider than stats. Do we go on reputation, what we've seen, the "best", or our favourites? I'll go: Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Richards, Tendulkar, Sobers, Knott, Marshall, Warne, Lillee, Barnes. A combination of greats I have loved watching or would have loved to have seen play. My only real concern is should I pick Gilchrist for his batting over Knott's superior glove work?

  • POSTED BY karachikop on | September 28, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    this game is very rich in history. its not really fair for players from different generations to 'compete' against each other.... yes its possible to have a best team from different generations.... i know the game of cricket has been changing with times..... sachin tendulkar bats on entirely different pitches than don bradman did.... joel garner never had a problem in bowling bouncers, where as alan donald was only allowed limited bouncers..... in the old days a fast bowler could terrorise a batter, with fear of speeding cricket ball hiitng the body parts. now the batters are wel proctected with laws, pitches and body armour. lets be fair when selecting teams, not possible. dats my opinion.

  • POSTED BY OHAI8D on | September 28, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Ricky Ponting isn't there because he had to compete with Don Bradman for Australia's number 3 position.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Seriously where's Aravinda & Ponting?

  • POSTED BY evenflow_1990 on | September 28, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    my eleven 1) Gordon Greenidge 2) Sunil Gavaskar 3) Sir Donald Bradman 4) Sir Viv Richards 5) Sachin Tendulkar 6) Kumar Sangakkara [wk] 7) Wasim Akram 8) Shane Warne 9) Malcolm Marshall 10) Muttiah Muralidaran 11) Glenn McGrath. I chose Sangakkara over Gilchrist because he is a much better test batsman. In the shorter formats I would choose Gilchrist. The rest, I think, are fairly obvious. The truth is any 11 out of that great 88 will be a immensely strong line up.

  • POSTED BY postsituationist on | September 28, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Those who cannot be left out in any circumstance: Hobbs, Bradman, Sobers, Tendulkar and Syd Barnes. That's five of them. Throw in George Headley and Adam Gilchrist. We have seven now. Warne over Murali. (that makes it eight.) Imran Khan over Botham and Kapil. (9) Lillee over McGrath and Richard Hadlee. (10) And Malcolm Marshall.

    So here is the XI: 1. Sunil Gavaskar. 2. Jack Hobbs. 3. Don Bradman. 4. Sachin Tendulkar. 5. Gary Sobers. 6. Adam Gilchrist. 7. Imran Khan. 8. Shane Warne. 9. Dennis Lillee. 10. Malcolm Marshall. 11. Syd Barnes

    George Headley misses out again. Sad. I'm sure Sehwag would replace Gavaskar in this XI three years down the line.

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | September 28, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    This is a tough one. Here's what I would pick:

    Sehwag, Gavaskar, Sir Don, Sachin, Viv Richards, Sobers, Botham, Gilchrist, Wasim, Warne, McGrath for tests

    Sehwag, Greenidge, Viv, Sachin, Lara, Imran, Sobers, Gilchrist, Wasim, Waqar, Murali for ODIs

  • POSTED BY fazal004 on | September 28, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    1. Virender Sehwag 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Brian Lara 4. Inzamam - ul Haq 5. Sachin Tendulkar 6. Imran Khan 7. Kapil Dev 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Shane Warne 10. Glenn Mcgrath 11. Malcolm Marshall

  • POSTED BY BPShah on | September 28, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    My all time X!:1. Sunil Gavaskar, 2.Barry Richards 3:Sachin Tendulkar. 4: Sir Don. (Captain) 5:Gary Sobers 6: Ian Botham 7:Alan Knott. 8:Shane Warne 9: Wasim Akram 10: Dennis Lilee 11: Muttiah Murlitharan This eleven has 4 top batsmen, 2 top all rounders,1 gritty wicket keeper batsman, 2 world class spinners, & 2 world class fast bowlers. 1.Virender Sehwag ,2. Jack Hobbs 3.Viv Richards, 4.Greame Pollock,5.Brian Lara,6. Rahul Dravid, 7.Adam Gilchrist 8.Imran Khan,9. Richard Hadlee ,10. Anil Kumble.11.Glenn McGrath would be my second choice IX as they miss out by a whisker.

  • POSTED BY watts2go on | September 28, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    my team 1.Sunil Gavaskar 2.Stewie Dempster 3.Sir Donald Bradman 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Martin Crowe 6.Sir Ian Botham 7.Adam Gilchrist 8.Sir Richard Hadlee(NZ greatest allrounder)9.Daniel Vettori(1st spinner also good with da bat avg30) 10.Shane Warne (even know he a Aussie i fine good bowler and knw hw to hold a bat) 11.Dennis Lillee. really strong batting all the way down to 10 and strong bowling att with pace and spin and good allrounder. my captain would bradman and vice would b vettori

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    1) Saeed anwar 2)Jayasuriya 3) Sir bradman 4) Brian lara 5) sachin tendulkar 6)Adam gilchrist 7) Glenn mcgrath 8) Wasim 9)Waqar 10) Marshall 11) Murali

  • POSTED BY Isra on | September 28, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    My team, Sanath, Sehwag,Mahela ,Pietersen, Lara, Dhoni, Imran Khan, Vaas, Muralitharan,Wasim Akram, McGrath

  • POSTED BY Jadukor on | September 28, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Not much of a believer of stats so My all time XI is based on players who have been my heroes... also I wanted to create a team that is not only great but a group of individual would really massacre the opposition be it batting or bowling... a team full of flamboyance that would be attacking to the core.....

    openers: Virender , Gavasker middle: Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Viv Richards allrounder: Imran Khan Keeper: Gilchrist Bowler: Wasim, Warn, Lillee, Marshal

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    sanath n sunny gavaskar opening............. sanga (wkt )

  • POSTED BY vmkrish2002 on | September 28, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    well here is my 11..hw can u ignore SRT...the one and only aftr Bradman,...some are really fools to miss him...any way my 11 is Sunil Gavaskar,Virender Sehwag, Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar,Brian Lara, Sir Viv Richards, M.S. Dhoni, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose, Wasim Akram, Glenn Mc Grath....Well see the power in the batting along with the class, grace, style, and wizradary and then brutal hitting down the order...and if these 4 bowlers combination of Pace, leftaram,swing, reverse swing, bounce, line and length along with the flipper,googly,wrongun and the massive legbreaks which go round the batsmens legs will get you 20 wickets in any condition any pitch and any attack...My 12th Man would be the legendar 800 man Muttiah MuraliTharan...sorry mate..warnie got the edge as a legspinner coz we have a sehwag and SRT to bowl offspins if needed.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | September 28, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    My 11 as posted: Gavaskar, Sehwag. Lara, Sachin, Viv. Sanga. Lillee, McGrath, Holding, Marshall, Wasim

    Who needs spin with a 5 bowlers like this? They could wipe out the opposition on any pitch! Besides, if the opposition has spin bowlers, these basmen can more than take care of them! This 11, I reckon, can perform on any ground in any format against any opposition with fearlessness!

  • POSTED BY vj_gooner on | September 28, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    I am really surprised that ricky ponting is not in the list anywhere

  • POSTED BY shreyu on | September 28, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Virender Sehwag , Barry Richards, Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Viv Richards, Kapil Dev, Sir Richard Hadlee, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath.

  • POSTED BY Jawaidnazir on | September 28, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    1. Saeed Anwer 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Mahela Jayawardene 4. Javed Miandad 5. Sir Viv Richards 6. Sachin Tendulkar 7. Kapil Dev 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Glenn McGrath 10. Wasim Akram 11. Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    1. Jack Hobbs 2. Barry Richards 3. Sir Donald Bradman 4 Sachin Tendukar 5. Sir Vivian Richards 6. Sir Garfield Sobers 7. Adam Gilchrists 8. Richard Hadlee 9. Wasim Akram 10. Shane Warne 11. Dennis Lillee. Too easy. Hadlee and Akram to open the bowling, followed by Lillie and Sobers, then Warne to clean up.

  • POSTED BY Raj.fantasy on | September 28, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    WORLD ALL TIME XI 01. V Sehwag 02. S Gavaskar 03. D Bradman 04. S Tendulkar 05. B Lara 06. J Miandad 07. K Sangakara 08. I Khan 09. M Murulidharan 10. M Holding 11. G McGrath

    Openers: Attacking & Calm Middle Order: Great Balance with S. Tendulkar, Sir D. Bradman, B. Lara & J Miandad Wicket Keeper: (is a gr8 to cope the both gloves & Bat) All Rounder: I Khan (Fast Bowler and can handy with bat) Bowller: one gr8 spinner.. cope with best bowler

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    My choice would be (1) Virender Sehwag, (2) Sunil Gawaskar,(3) Don Bradman( 4) Tendulkar (5) Viv Richards (6) Javed Miandaad, (7) Adam Gilchrist, (8) Wasim Akram, (9)Shane Warne, (10) Glenn Mcgrath, (11) Allan Donald,

  • POSTED BY SA_Scot on | September 28, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    How about this one (Have to go with those I know of as legends AND those in recent memory - last 50 years or so for recent memory): Barry Richards, Graeme Smith, Donald Bradman, Brian Lara, Viv Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, Mike Proctor, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Warne, Murali.

    Very tough call between Lara and Tendulkar. But, based on the stupendous innings Lara played on many occasions against the best team of this era, Australia, I have to choose him. AND, he batted at a very fast rate as well as being a left-hander, which balances my middle order nicely. Graeme Smith OR Sehwag was also very tough. But Smithy, in my mind, has played more sensational "tough" knocks outside of his home country and on many occasions, so his grit wins it for me. He also compares favourably to Sehwag in the scoring rate stakes (not quite as fast but more than good enough). Wasim for that left-armed variety and brilliance, Proctor got 2nd All-rounders spot as I needed VERY FAST bowler, AND 2 spinners

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    I wonder who will be the captain of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I don't think the selection criteria for the shortlists are quite right. Inzy, Pietersen, Mahela, Sanga are all very good players, but does Ponting not stand at least equal with them?

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | September 28, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Where is Aravinda De Silva? How come fat Arjuna Ranathunga was short listed but not Aravinda?

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    here is mine..sehwag, grennidge,tendulkar,bradman,lara,viv richards,gillchrist,muralitharan,warne,akram & marshall...wow awesome team...watsay guys...????

  • POSTED BY Indus11 on | September 28, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    1) Sunil Gavaskar, 2) Barry Richards, 3) Sir Donald Bradman, 4) Sachin Tandulkar, 5) Greg Chappel 6) Javed Miandad. 7) Adam Gilchrist (WK) 8) Imran Khan©, 9) Wasim Akram, 10) Shane Warne, 11) Dennis Lillee.

    This team will defend ANY total and win a match. Oops! I just noticed - it only has players from PakIndia and Australia nd one from SA !

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    1jacob hobss 2. sewag 3. Sir Donald Bradman 4. shane warne 5. v. richards 6. sobers 7. imran khan (captain) 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Dennis Lillie 10. Michael Holding 11. wasim akram

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | September 28, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    One thing that I notice already, persons are either too bias and chose several of their own countrymen or they chose persons who have played only recently hence guys like Jaysuria and Miandad making the list :s I can already see the fan choice being way different from the panel's choice. I also agree that some othr options should be there like Ponting over Attapatu and Dujon over Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Here's My 11: Sir Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Imran Khan, Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath

    I see that many people have not picked Sachin in their XI....though it's a personal choice but I still feel he is one of the certainties along with Sir Don and Sir Gary......is it jealousy??? :P :P :P

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    why no one trying to include dhoni?

  • POSTED BY kakonmujahid on | September 28, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    My dream team is as follows: 1. Sir Jack Hobbs & 2. Sir Len Hutton (Openers), 3. Sir Don Bradman (Captain), 4. Sir Viv Richards, 5. Sachin Tedulkar/George Headley, 6. Sir Garfield Sobers, 7. Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), 8. Sir Ian Botham, & 9. Sir Richard Hadlee (Two Fast Bowlers), 10. Shane Warne (Leg Spinner), 11. Muttiah Muralitharan (Off Spinner). There are in fact; three allrounders in my dream team : Sobers-Botham-Hadlee. Besides, Viv Ricards and Sachin Tendulkar (if he is chosen rather than George Hadley) can also act as handy all rounders.

  • POSTED BY aasgar on | September 28, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    I suppose it very very difficult task to choose XI out of so many greats list and a few who are missed out. But I belive the best All Time XI out of the bests should be Sunil Gavaskar, Gordon Greenidge, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garry Sobers, Sir Ian Botham, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Holding, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram. The team above made keeping in mind that all the above player are able to perform in all given condition, in all corners of the world and all kind of bowling and smacking (read batting). Also i would like to add here another All Time XI (II) to compete the frist one should be ; Saeed Anwar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Javed Miandad, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, MS Dhoni, Malcolm Marshall, Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | September 28, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Just imagine these 2 scenarios:

    1. Best Asian XI vs The best Rest of World XI:

    Asian XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Miandad, Sangakkara, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Muralitharan, Waqar Younis, Kumble

    Rest of World XI: Hobbs, Hutton, Bradman, Lara, Richards, Sobers, Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath, Marshall, Barnes

    AND

    2. Post-1990 XI vs Pre-1990 XI

    Post 1990 World XI:

    1. Sehwag 2. Graeme Smith 3. Lara 4. Tendulkar 5. Dravid 6. Kallis 7. Gilchrist 8. Warne 9. Muralitharan 10. McGrath 11. Akram 12th Man: Allan Donald

    Pre-1990 World XI:

    1. Hobbs 2. Gavaskar 3. Bradman 4. Richards 5. Graeme Pollock 6. Gary Sobers 7. Imran Khan 8. Alan Knott 9. Marshall 10. Barnes 11. Prasanna

  • POSTED BY Indus11 on | September 28, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    1) Sunil Gavaskar, 2) Barry Richards, 3) Sir Donald Bradman, 4) Sachin Tandulkar, 5) Greg Chappel 6) Javed Miandad. 7) Imran Khan©, 8) Adam Gilchrist (WK), 9) Wasim Akram, 10) Shane Warne, 11) Dennis Lillee.

    One final Note - Ian Botham tried throught the 70s and 80s making himself appear better than Imran - One sees here that no one has him in their alltime IX !

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    my dream team:gavaskar,hobbs,bradman,sachin,lara,sobers,imran,gillchrist,warne,holding,marshal

  • POSTED BY Vinit_Sharma_Singh on | September 28, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    It is laughable to see MS Dhoni's name even written down there :|

    My IX: 1. Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Don Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Viv Richards 6. Imran Khan (Captain) 7. Adam Gilchrist 8. Shane Warne 9. Wasim Akram 10. Malcolm Marshall 11. Glenn McGrath

    12th Man: Garfield Sobers

  • POSTED BY CaughtAndBowled on | September 28, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    It is very difficult to pick a team without knowing where they are going to play. Here is my team with an assumption that this team is going to play in a fast paced pitch.

    Sunil Gavaskar,Barry Richards,Brian Lara,Sachin Tendulkar,Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garry Sobers,Ian Smith,Fred Trueman,Malcolm Marshall,Shane Warne,Wasim Akram

    If it is for subcontinent pitches then I would go for

    Sunil Gavaskar,Virender Sehwag,Brian Lara,Sachin Tendulkar,Sir Donald Bradman,Sir Garry Sobers,Wasim Barry,Malcolm Marshall,Shane Warne,Wasim Akram, Muralidharan.

  • POSTED BY 12th_man on | September 28, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    1. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Sir Leonard Hutton 3. Sir Donald Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. George Headley 6. Graeme Pollock 7. Sir Garry Sobers 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Sir Richard Hadlee 10. Shane Warne 11. Wasim Akram 12. Malcolm Marshall

  • POSTED BY CRICKET.LK on | September 28, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    1.LEONARD HUTTON 2.SUNIL GAVASKAR 3.BRIAN LARA 4.SACHIN TENDULKAR 5.DON BRADMAN 6.ADAM GILCRIST 7.IMRAN KHAN 8.SHANE WARNE 9.WASIM AKRAM 10.GLEN McGRATH 11.MUTTAIAH MURALIDAREN

  • POSTED BY Andrew_S on | September 28, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Due to the combinations allowed and allocation of players to categories I couldn't quite pick my first choice 11 - the 11 I picked was Hobbs, B Richards, Pollock, Bradman, Hammond, Procter, Knott, Hadlee, Marshall, Warne, Muralitharan. In an ideal world without being limited by combinations and Cricifo allocation of players I would have had Sobers in the side for Hammond - I preferred Procter to Sobers as an allrounder as I wanted both Muralitharan and Warne and wanted a third world class pace bowler (which Sobers was not) and neither Hadlee (despite being included in the all rounders category) or Knott is good enough to bat at number 6.

  • POSTED BY ashishkumar36 on | September 28, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    My All Time XI would be :- 1) Jack Hobbs, 2) Sunil Gavaskar, 3) Donald Bradman-(captain), 4) Sachin Tendulkar, 5) Vivian Richards, 6) Garfield Sobers-(vice-captain), 7) Adam Gilchrist-(wk), 8) Wasim Akram, 9) Malcolm Marshall, 10) Shane Warne, 11) Dennis Lillee, 12) Imran Khan. Frank Worrell would be the Manager of this team. Other reserve players for this All time team are :- 13) Graeme Pollock, 14) Alan Knott-wk, 15) Richard Hadlee and 16) Muttiah Muralitharan. I have picked the players from all the top 8 test playing nations. Batting is great upto No. 9, Hobbs, Gavaskar...till Marshall. If we talk about bowling, three different kind of bowlers :- Lillee, Marshall and Akram. In spin Department - Spinning wizard Like Shane Warne. You can also replace him with reserve player Muralitharan. For Wicket keeping, you can choose Knott insted of Knott, but Gilchrist was great with his batting too. Noday can manage these greats like Frank Worrell so he would be the manager of this team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    this is a difficult XI to pick but i would pick these 11-

    1. Sir Jack Hobbs 2. Sir Len Hutton 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Sir Viv Richards 5. Brian Lara 6. Imran Khan7. Adam Gilchrist 8. Waqar Younis 9. Malcolm Marshall 10. Michael Holding 11. Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY MIRAJ_huq on | September 28, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    no RICKY PONTING, rather vijay hazare in MO????? no MATHEW HAYDEN or JUSTIN LANGER instead sehwag in TO????no IAN HEALY or ROD MARSH as keeper instead dhoni...hahahaaa. no COURTNEY WALSH instead javagal srinath. somebody must be biasess out there.LOL.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    @Chapelau - Thanks for your comment :) I am only playing Imran as an all-rounder. Hadlee and Sobers are playing as specialists. Sobers as bowler is not good enough to get a chance to bowl in an all time XI. With a batsman like Bradman, a wicket-keeper who is a quality bat and Imran who is more than handy with the bat, I can have the luxury of picking 5 bowlers. Reason for not picking Warne is that he has never troubled the best players of spin bowling, and Barnes can bowl leg spinners to albeit at a pace. @Cricinfo - please let me pick Sobers, Imran and Hadlee. I can't keep any of them in my second XI. I remember Imran and Hadlee were shortlisted in bolwers' list during national XIs.

  • POSTED BY pakipower75 on | September 28, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    My team:1.Sir Jack hobbs 2.Sunil Gavaskar 3.Sir Donald bradman 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Sir vivian richards 6.Imran Khan 7.Adam Gilchrist 8.Wasim Akram 9.Michael holding 10.Shane Warne 11.Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY yspal on | September 28, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    My all time XI Gavaskar,Hanif Muhammad,Bradman,Sachin,Viv Richards,Sobers,Imran,Gilchrist,Wasim,Lillee,Warne

  • POSTED BY eddy501 on | September 28, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Bradman, Sobers are two certs.........Then a level below them is Lara, Tendulkar, Richards, Marshall, Warne and Murli. That leaves me with a couple of openers a keeper. Might be short of a quick bowler though....hmmmm......Akram in for Murli? This is difficult!

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 28, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Greenidge (hitter), Gavaskar (technician),V. Richards (destroyer), Bradman, Tendulkar, Sangakara (in case there is too many wkts fallen), Sobers, Khan, Marshall, Wasim, Murlitharan!

    It's got hitters and players who can just play quietly with some deadly new ball bowlers and with the old ball a master of reverse swing plus the deadly spin of Murli.

  • POSTED BY SOBANRAZI on | September 28, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Gordon Greenidge, Sanath Jayasuriya, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath This is my team.

    Faiq Hussain

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    1. hobbs 2. sehwag 3. bradman 4. tendulkar 5.lara 6. viv richards 6. kallis 7. sobers 8. gilchrist 9. akram 10.warne 11. mcgrath

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | September 28, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    My World XI:

    1. Hobbs 2. Sehwag 3. Bradman 4. Tendulkar 5. Viv Richards 6. Sobers 7. Gilchrist 8. Marshall 9. Barnes 10. Muralitharan 11. McGrath

  • POSTED BY NISH67 on | September 28, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    My picks - Team 1 - Gavaskar , Barry Richards , Bradman , Viv Richards , Tendulkar , Sobers , Gilchrist , Imran , Marshall , Akram , Muralitharan - 12th man - Greg Chappell

    Team 2 - Hobbs , Hutton , Lara , Headley , Graham Pollock , Hammond , Sangakkara , Hadlee , warne , Holding , Lillee - 12th man -Kieth Miller

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    OPENERS o Sir Jack Hobbs o Virender Sehwag MIDDLE ORDER o Brian Lara o Sachin Tendulkar o Sir Donald Bradman ALLROUNDERS o Sir Garry Sobers WICKETKEEPER o Adam Gilchrist BOWLERS o Michael Holding o Muttiah Muralitharan o Shane Warne o Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    If dhoni deserved to be in the list of of wicket keepers, wat abt mark boucher who having better records in test cricket than dhoni........

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    If dhoni deserved to be in the list of of wicket keepers, wat abt mark boucher who having better records in test cricket than dhoni........

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    This is my dream team which has the ability to play in All formats of the cricket. TEST, ODI and even T20Is. Openers 1. Saeed Anwar 2. Virender Sehwag Middle Order 3. Brian Lara 4.Jaques Kallis 5.Sachin Tendulkar 6.Mahela Jayawardene 7.Adam Gilchrist 8.Imran Khan 9. Wasim Akram 10.Shane Warne 11.Glenn McGrath Am I wrong?

  • POSTED BY pachako on | September 28, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    where is mark Boucher in the wicket keeper list? he is teh most number of catch taker. what did dhoni do in this list to be included?

  • POSTED BY george204 on | September 28, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Let me guess, the fanbois will be on here to overwhelmingly pick: Sehwag, Gavaskar, Bradman, Tendulkar, Dravid, Dhoni, Sobers, Kapil Dev, Kumble, Prasanna & one other (not sure about the last bowler - surely not even the most one-eyed India fan is going to seriously pick Srinath? Also I'm making a massive assumption that nobody is going to be dumb enough to omit Bradman or Sobers) FWIW, I picked: B Richards, Gavaskar, Bradman, Hammond, V Richards, Sobers, Imran, Knott, Marshall, Warne, Ambrose But I think this exercise is rather flawed as the country all-time XIs were seriously flawed so we're not picking from a decent list of all-time players.

  • POSTED BY NISH67 on | September 28, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Good exercise but pray please enlighten me how Arjuna Ranatunge got into the shortlist of middle order players ahead of Aravinda De Silva - Sri Lanka's greatest batsman - Is it an over sight or the height of stupidity ?

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Here is My 1X::: 1.Haneef Muhamad 2.Sunil Gavaskar 3.Brian Lara 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Sir Viv Richards 6.Imran Khan 7.Sir Garry Sobers 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Wasim Akram. 10 Shane Warne 11 Malcolm Marshal

  • POSTED BY asdkhan on | September 28, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    My team is Gordon Greenidge, Len Hutton, Brian Lara, Don Bradman, Sachin tendulkar, Imran Khan, Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Malcolm Marshall & shane Warne

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    here's my dream team- 1.virender sehwag 2.Barry Richards 3.sir viv Richards 4.Brian Lara 5.Sachin Tendulkar 6.Adam Gilchrist 7.Sir Garry Sobers 8.Shane Warne 9.Wasim Akram 10.Curtly Ambrose 11.Glenn Macrath

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    here's my dream team- 1.virender sehwag 2.Barry Richards 3.sir viv Richards 4.Brian Lara 5.Sachin Tendulkar 6.Adam Gilchrist 7.Sir Garry Sobers 8.Shane Warne 9.Wasim Akram 10.Curtly Ambrose 11.Glenn Macrath

  • POSTED BY bilalshaukat000 on | September 28, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    saeed anwar,Hanif Mohammad,Javed Miandadd, Sir Donald Bradman ,inzamam-ul-Haq,Sachin Tendulkar,Imran Khan,Adam Gilchrist,Wasim Akram,Glenn McGrath,Muttiah Muralitharan...... 12th man..... Dennis Lillee

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    MS Dhoni shouldn't be there.

  • POSTED BY fadooo on | September 28, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    I am a Pakistani, and my world X1 is, Openers: Sunil Gavaskar and Jack Hobbes, Middle Order: Don Bradman, George Headley and Graeme Pollock, All Rounders: Gary Sobers and Richard Hadlee, WicketKeeper: Alan Knot, Bowlers: Wasim Akram, Malcom Marshall and Muttiah Muralitharan. The team has three left handers. A batting all rounder and a bowling all rounder. With such a strong batting line up, the wicketkeeper should be a specialist, and while gilchrist might be the best wicketkeeper batsman ever he is certainly not thebest wicektkeeper. A truly representative and the best world XI possible.

  • POSTED BY tanstina on | September 28, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Arjuna Ranatunga, Bert Sutcliffe, Dudley Nourse, George Headley, Graeme Pollock, Greg Chappell, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis, Javed Miandad, Ken Barrington, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Martin Crowe, Martin Donnelly, Rahul Dravid, Vijay Hazare, Wally Hammond and Zaheer Abbas OVER RICKY THOMAS PONTING!!! Get outta here.

  • POSTED BY tamrafi on | September 28, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Here is my XI: Gordon Greenidge, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garry Sobers, MS Dhoni, Curtly Ambrose, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram,

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Writer on | September 28, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Well first of all its very disappointing not to see the name of wasim akram in all time greats. He was the champion fast bowler with lots of skills that cricket would ever see. Best fast bowler of all time.

  • POSTED BY its.rachit on | September 28, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    My XI wud be Hobbs Gavaskar Bradman Sachin Sobers Gilchrist Imran Hadlee Warne Murali Marshall

    I left out Richards and have taken Sobers as a batsman instead of all rounder because I could not leave out Imran ... This side has 3 all time great pacers, 2 greatest spinners (leg and off), 1 left arm spinner (sobers) and 1 left arm pacer(sobers) ... with bradman there, I could leave out richards as Imran at 7 averages 37 and hadlee at 8 averages almost 30 ... so we have batting upto 8 ... also hadlee and imran (tho always spoken off as all rounders) are definitely up there as the greatest bowlers of all times with marshall (the greatest), lillie and mcgrath .. their batting let them in ... the only change can be richards instead of sachin .. but sachin scores over him statistically and viv averaged 50 even tho he never faced the best bowlers of his time (as they were in his team) .. he shud have averaged higher given the fact ...

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    I would rate Aravinda de Silva into the middle order for pure consistancy and reliabiity.

  • POSTED BY Bradshot on | September 28, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Hey, guys, of course Ricky Ponting would make the Pakistani, New Zealand or maybe the South African middle order but he hasnt according to the appointed Jury, so therefore he doesnt qualify for the World XI simply because he didnt make the Aussie team. The same goes for everyone else who is unlucky to miss out on selection, but there is plenty of talent to choose from instead of said players

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    My All-Time World Test XI: Sunil Gavaskar- Opener; Sir Leonard Hutton- Opener; Sachin Tendulkar- Middle Order; Sir Donald Bradman- Middle Order; Brian Lara- Middle Order; Sir Garry Sobers- Allrounder; Adam Gilchrist- Wicketkeeper; Waqar Younis- Bowler; Shane Warne- Bowler; Muttiah Muralitharan- Bowler; Curtly Ambrose- Bowler. Well, I think it's a really good team. It's so cool how everyone can have such an amazing XI with totally different players from someone else. There have been so many great players.

  • POSTED BY Rake1 on | September 28, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    My All-time XI: Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar, Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Gary Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall & Glen McGrath.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    what a lame eleven...what is marvan atapattu doin...shouldnt hayden be included..thats ridiculous...where is ricky ponting..instead they have inlcuded arjiuna ranatunge and jawardena....what did they do ...only scoring runs in those dust bowls at srilanka....what a shame

  • POSTED BY mezu on | September 28, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    this z my team.... open.... 1. Saeed Anwar 2. Virendar Sehwag 3. Brain Lara 4. Viv Richards 5. Inzamam ul Haq 6. Adam Gilchirst 7. Imran Khan. 8. Wasim Akram 9. Shane Warne 10. Waqar Younis 11. Glen McGrath.... The Classy Anwar with Merciless Sehwag at the top, Stylish Carrabian Prince next followed by Fast Bowlers Killing Machine with Viv & Inzi, backed up by the Adam Bomb and Hollywood Heroes Look Imran, and the bowling department headed by Mr. Line & Length Glen with Sultan of Swing Akram, they are followed by the most dangerous Spin King Shane and worst for any batting side here come the Toe Crusher for you i.e. Waqar...... Too hot to handle this side......

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    My eleven would be - Barry Richards/Sir Jack Hobbs/Sir Donald Bradman/Sachin Tendulkar/Brian Lara/Sir Garry Sobers/Adam Gilchrist/Sir Ricahrd Hadlee/Malcolm Marshall/Wasim Akram/Muttiah Muralitharan

    Just look at the battibg strength of the side with Akram at no.10..brilliant fast bowling trio of righ-armers Hadlee and Marshall and the left arm genius Wasim Akram can take wickets even in the sub continent..and for spin we have Murali and Sobers

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Graeme Smith, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY puskas on | September 28, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    @Rommel, you do her Majesty's team selection down. Perhaps the best balanced could be (in batting order): Sir Jack Hobbs, Sir Len Hutton, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Frank Worrell*, Sir Clyde Walcott+, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Ian Botham, Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Alec Bedser and Baron (Learie) Constantine.12th man Sir Everton Weekes, and squad members Sir Conrad Hunte, Sir Gubby Allen and Sir Plum Warner could back them up for a long tour. In Andy Z's phrase of the day, some of them might now fail a fitness test, and the balance is a little iffy - "only" Garry Sobers as a spinner (though Viv could hold down an end), and Walcott was only WK for part of his career. I believe Connie had genuine pace, though, and the other seamers could get wickets in any conditions with Sir G adding the LFM option in extremis. Worrell is the ideal captain for a multicultural mixture, and so keeps Weekes' superior batting average out of the team.

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | September 28, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    very tough. there have been greats in the past but the game has changed and evolved and has become a lot more competitive than it was in those days. With that said, the only thing that the stats can do is compare to those others of the same period of time. With that being said, my ideal 11 would be Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar Brian Lara, Bradman, Sir Vivian Richards, Gary Sobers, Sangakkara, Malcom Marshall, Wasim Akram, Warne, Murali. If tendulkar went for opening position, that would allow more players to come. the STUPID part about this is that if there was a second world 11, the two teams would be equal. If there were even three top 11 teams, they would all be equal. So this whole thing is pointless.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    I think the best World XI can only be Shewag( he can destroy any attack and is 1 of the fastest scorers in test cricket ever), Gavaskar( he played in the era of fast bowlers and everyone know how gud he was), Don ( I don't think I need to say anything on this), Sachin ( Same goes for Sachin), Lara( there were 4 choices here Kallis, Dravid & Viv. But I choose Lara as he can score fast like Viv and Play longer Innings like Dravid. He is amazing if any one has a doubt please get yourself checked), Imran (c) ( Here again there were some choices and most notably Sobers But Imran can lead as well and bowls very fast.), Sangakara (wk)( no debate check his record &scores, Gilli is awesome but there is no one else who can come close to sanga right now. His big scores and consistency around the world made me pick him over gilli), Warne ( now shut your mouth if u hav a doubt), Wasim ( The greatest left arm fast bowler who can bowl 6 diff deliveries in an over), Marshall, Lillee( ran out of space)

  • POSTED BY Bradshot on | September 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Alright, my XI. 1. Gordon Greenidge. 2. Sir Leonard Hutton. 3. Sir Donald Bradman. 4. Sachin Tendulkar. 5. Javed Miandad. 6. Sir Garfield Sobers. 7. Adam Gilchrist. 8. Shane Warne. 9. Allan Donald. 10. Michael Holding. 11. Dennis Lillee. phew. hard work. You could make atleast 3 world XI's all equal to eachother, except for one defining factor, that, of course, being the legendary Sir Donald. Best of luck to the Jury picking this one.

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | September 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Tendulkar, Richards, Sobers, Gilchrist, Marshall, Warne, Lillee, Muralitharan.

    What makes this team better than others is balance. After the opening bowlers, Sobers would produce devastating left-arm swing followed by the greatest (statistically) spinners ever. As for the batsmen if Hobbs could cope with Gregory & McDonald, he could handle Lillee & Marshall, as Gavaskar himself actually did. Since O'Reilly was the bowler to give Bradman the most trouble, he might 'struggle' against the spinners, but he would still average over 60 which no one else could for any length of time. Most notable absentees: Barnes & Akram!

  • POSTED BY nibras594 on | September 28, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    I can understand why This article Doesnt mention Muttiah Muralitharan as An All Time great when he has taken 800 wickets where as Shane Warne is there in the List.Murali deserves to be there...

  • POSTED BY smalishah84 on | September 28, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    My All time XI is Sunil Gavaskar, Jack Hobbs, Sir Donald, Sir Viv, Grame Pollock, Gary Sobers, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Imran Khan (capt), Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall, Dennis Lillee....Now somebody try and beat this all time team :).............solid batting uptil number 8. And a bowling attack to bowl out any opposition. I dare say any other all time XI beat this one.......

    players who missed out closely Sachin, George Headley, BC Lara, Muralitharan, Mcgrath...

  • POSTED BY lsd123 on | September 28, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    This is the very hardest pick from All Time XI. My XI Operners- Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar Middle Order- Bradman, Viv Richards, Graeme Pollock or Brain Lara (2 right Hander and Left Hander) All Rounder- Gary Sobers Wicket Keeper- Kumar Sangakar (Wck Keeper + Bats Man) Spinners- Murali and Warne (Off and Leg Spinner) Fast Bowlers: Wasim Akram, Malcom Marshall (Right Arm Left Ram Combination)

  • POSTED BY silly_mid_on on | September 28, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Imagine eleven batsmen against eleven bowlers. The eleven bowlers would probably have a better chance of winning by taking twenty wickets. Players such as Dennis Lillee could slog a century against the part time bowling of Bradman!

    Or a rugby game between 15 forwards and 15 backs. The forwards would win.

    Tiger Woods versus Serena Williams at tenpin bowling. I'd back Serena.

  • POSTED BY kdcricket on | September 28, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    1. Barry Richards 2. Sir Leonard Hutton 3. Sir Donald Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. George Headley 6. Graeme Pollock 7. Gary Sobers 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Dennis Lillie 10. Michael Holding 11. Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | September 28, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    I think this is what ESPN's line up is going to be looking at the panel: 1& 2-- Barry and Hobbs. 3, 4, 5 -- Don, SRT, Richards 6 -- Sobers. 7-- Sanga. 8--Warne. 9, 10, 11--Akram, Lillee, Marshall.

    This would keep everybody happy, with all countries represented excepting the Kiwis. Sanga would be the sop for keeping Murali out. Akram gets in only to keep the Pakistanis happy. Richards would displace Lara and of course the Don has to be there to keep the Aussies quiet and Barry to placate the SAfricans. Hobbs to thank the English for giving us cricket. Like I said earlier, MY team carved out of the rest would beat any ESPN team any day! :P

  • POSTED BY Warraich92 on | September 28, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Here's my drean team. Saeed Anwar,Sachin Tendulkar,Don Bradman, Viv Richards,Javed Miandad,Gary Sobers,Adam Gilchrist,Imran Khan(c),Wasim Akram,Shane Warne,Waqar Younis.

  • POSTED BY silly_mid_on on | September 28, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Greenidge, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Bradman, V Richards, Lara, Sobers, Gilchrist, Warne, Lillee, Holding

  • POSTED BY amjadmayo on | September 28, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Here is my Choice :: Saeed Anwar, Sir Jack Hobbs, Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Rahul Dravid, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram,

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Hi There should be one test team and one oneday team for all time world XI.

    I dont know why Ricky Ponting is missing from Aus XI and then World XI It should not be.

    My All time world XI TEST TEAM: 1> Sunil Gavaskar 2> Gordon Greenidge 3> Ricky Ponting 4> Rahul Dravid 5> Sachin 6> Lara 7> Sangakara 8> Kapil 9> Murali 10> Akram 11> Glenn McGrath

    My All time Oneday Team: 1>Viv Richards 2> Virender Sehwag 3> Ricky Ponting 4> Sachin 5> Sir Donald Bradman 6> Lara 7> Adam Gilchrist 8> Kapil 9> Akram 10> Warne 11> Glenn McGrath.

    As Ponting is missing from the original list So I will select Sir Garry Sobers as replacement in Oneday and Sir Donald Bradman in test.

  • POSTED BY pavan10dulkar on | September 28, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    OPENERS Sanath Jayasuriya Sunil Gavaskar MIDDLE ORDER Brian Lara Sachin Tendulkar Sir Donald Bradman Sir Viv Richards ALLROUNDERS Sir Garry Sobers WICKETKEEPER Adam Gilchrist BOWLERS Shane Warne Shaun Pollock Wasim Akram that is my all time World XI guys.. what say? sanath jayasurya, shaun pollock and wasim akram who can act as handy all rounders

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    here is my ix,,

    Gavaskar, Hutton, Lara, Sachin, Mahela,Sanga(wk), Hadlee,Wasim,Warne,Lilee & Murali. 12th Man- Ponting.

  • POSTED BY pardo on | September 28, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Annoying system, classing Hadlee as an allrounder - I can't pick my preferred team:

    Hutton, Hobbs, V Richards, Bradman, Sobers, Gilchrist, Hadlee, Akram, *Warne, Marshall, Ambrose

    12th Murili - if 2 spinners play, he's in for Hadlee or Akram

    I'm assuming that Richards, Bradman, Sobers, Gilchrist are non-negotiable.

    Gilly/Hadlee at 6/7 might be a bit high, but given who's at 1-5 I can't see them batting before 80 overs and 300+ are on the board anyway. Not sure about the openers but their records are spectacular given uncovered pitches and no easy beats to rack up easy runs against - and they both lost their best years to World Wars. Tempted by a modern boom crash merchant like Shewag but with Richards, Gilchrist, Hadlee and Akram I doubt that the scoring rate will be a problem.

    Ambrose for height and meanness, Marshall for scary pace and skiddy bounce, Hadlee for accuracy and nous, Warne over Murili because a better batter, cleaner action and the Gatting ball.

    Cap is Warne

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    WarriorBadshah's team is a team of all three format... 1.Virendar Sehwag 2.Saeed Anwar 3.Brian Lara 4.Javed Miandad 5.Mahela Jayawardene 6.Imran Khan 7.Adam Gilchrist 8.Richard Headlee 9.Wasim Akram 10.Daniel Vettori 11.Shane Bond

  • POSTED BY Brendanvio on | September 28, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    1. Sir Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Sir Viv Richards 6. Sir Garry Sobers 7. Adam Gilchrist 8. Malcolm Marshall 9. Shane Warne 10. Dennis Lillee 11. Sydney Barnes

    This was really, really hard. Leaving Sir Richard Hadlee and Graeme Pollock out was particularly difficult.

  • POSTED BY anees_khaan on | September 28, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    wht about the great great inzi.

  • POSTED BY cooley on | September 28, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    my world XI 1.Arthur Morris 2.Barry Richards 3.Sir Donald Bradman 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Graeme Pollock 6.Sir Garry Sobers 7.Adam Gilchrist 8.Wasim Akram 9. Shane Warne 10.Dennis Lillee 11.Glenn McGrath

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    hey i m surprised to see that there is no name of sourav ganguly in the openers

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar,Virender Sehwag,Don Bradman,Viv Richards,Sachin Tendulkar,Adam Gilchrist,Gary Sobers,Imran Khan,Wasim Akram,Shane Warne,Shane bond. I know Shane Bond will sound a bit illogical to many,but watever cricket i have seen till date that is 1999 onwards he is the best thing i have seen,the perfect fast bowler!,I wish he gets selected,but its improbable,i guess Mcgrath will be picked instead .

  • POSTED BY ANANDVISWA on | September 28, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Team 1 : Gavaskar & Hoobs; Bradman, Tendulkar & Viv Richards; Sobers and Gilchrist to boster batting (if need be!!!); and Warne - Marshall - Lillee - Akram.

    Team 2: Trumper & Barry Richards; Hammond, Miandad & Lara; Botham and Knott; Hadlee - Younus - Holding - Murali

  • POSTED BY springonion on | September 28, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Why on earth is there no Ricky Ponting?!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    how come andy flower didnt make the list yet he was number one in the world batting rankings.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | September 28, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Let ESPN cricinfo have the first pick! My 11 out of the rest will beat it anyday in any format on any pitch! I would of course be the coach of my 11! :P A couple of thoughts: 1. It's not what you have, but what you think you have. 2. A weapon is most effective, when it's strengths and limitations are best understood. The same holds good for any team.

  • POSTED BY sudarsn on | September 28, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    who can beat this team,1.SUNIL GAVSKAR,2.DON BRADMAN,3.VIV RICHARDS,4.SACHIN TENDULKAR,5.BRIAN LARA,6.GARY SOBERS,7.IMRAN KHAN 8 KAPIL DEV, 9.GHILLY,10 WARNE &11 MURALITHARAN. 1,2,3,4,5..TOP BATSMAN. 6.THE BEST ALLROUNDER,WHO CAN ALSO SHARE THE NEW BALL AND SPIN AS A LEFT ARMER,7 UNDISPUTED FAST BOWLER WHO CAN BAT, 8 EVERYONES DREAM PLAYER,WARNE THE BEST LEGGI AND MURALI THE INDISPUTED OFFIE.9.THE BEST WK AND DEMOLISHING BATSMAN WHO CAN OPEN THE INNINGS ALSO.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    My XI Part One/Two

    For whatever it is worth here's my XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist, Sir Garry Sobers, Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding.

    Sunny with his outstanding record against THE greatest attack of them all edges out Sir Jack Hobbs, Gordon Greenidge (who never faced his own team's bowling) and the sadly-cut short career of Barry Richards. With Sehwag (with his far better record against quality pace than Sanath Jayasuriya) at the other end bowlers would run up against The Rock and The Bazooka right at the beginning!

    The presence of "Super Bazooka" Richards and Adam "AK-47" Gilchrist in the middle order would ensure a batting order firing on all cylinders! Literally!!

    With the all-season heavy artillery of Bradman, Lara and Tendulkar (right-left-right) manning the middle order, condolences to the shell-shocked opposition bowling!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    My XI Part Two/Two

    In the midst of this galaxy of batting talent the presence of even such a missile as "Sixes" Sober seems redundant! But how can we do ever without his seam, swing and chinamans to complement that Master of Psychology, Shane Warne who brings to the table not only his talents but also his attitude!

    Marshall and Holding constitute a menacing double-barelled Lupara wielded by the Don! The fact that they played together and were free of any taint of tampering or fixing gives them the edge over the others.

    Probably Warne could be Captain over the unimaginative Bradman.

    Curtly "RDX" Ambrose, the dry but deadly Sydney Barnes and Dennis "Detonator" Lillee complete the all-time XIV tour party!

  • POSTED BY GtExpress on | September 28, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    I cant believe Kevin Pietersen made all nominee of Middle Order Batsmen smh. what happen to Ricky Ponting.

  • POSTED BY deepaksam on | September 28, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Barry Richards Sir Leonard Hutton Brian Lara Sachin Tendulkar Sir Donald Bradman Sir Viv Richards Sir Garry Sobers Sir Richard Hadlee Adam Gilchrist Allan Donald/Wasim Shane Warne

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Here is my XI: Sir Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Richard Hadlee, Adam Gilchrist, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath, Malcolm Marshall, Shane Warne,

  • POSTED BY SHREWDER on | September 28, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    who should be captaining the world XI ?

    1.Virender Sehwag 2.Graeme Smith 3.Don Bradman 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Brian Lara 6.Ian Botham 7.MS Dhoni (Capt & Wk) 8.Daniel Vettori 9.Muttiah Muralitharan 10.Glenn McGrath 11.Curtly Amrbose

  • POSTED BY cricket4shafiq on | September 28, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Extremely difficult, though i tried to be unbiased. These are real invincibles

    1. Sir Hutton 2. Hanif Muhammad/Jacj Hobs/Sunil Gavaskar (Rocks, hanif because his ability to field, keep wickets, right and left hand spin, fast bowling especially one any one gets injured) 3. Sir Bradman (Name is enough) 4. Sir Viv Richards/Lara (Flaebouyant we all love) 5. Javed Miandad/Sachin Tendulkar (Men of crises esp Javed for him Richards want to bat like him) 6. Sir Sobers 7. King Imran 8. Gilchrist Fabulous 9. Warne Magic (over murali because of his aggression, to accomnay quicks) 10. Wasim Sultan of Swing (Border wanted to be reborn like his abilities) 11. Marshall Right one to bowl with wasim

  • POSTED BY Cricinfans on | September 28, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Sir Leonard Hutton, Sunil Gavaskar,Sir Donald Bradman, Brian Lara,Graeme Pollock, Sir Garry Sobers,Adam Gilchrist,Malcolm Marshall,Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan,Sydney Barnes

  • POSTED BY Sineesh on | September 28, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    How come Ricky Ponting is not there in the middle order?? He is one person who is admirably suited for the number three position in any batting line up. I simply just can't think of a dream team that doesn't include Ricky Ponting..

  • POSTED BY prakash_ven on | September 28, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Virendar Sehwag, Sanath Jayasuriya, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Aravinda De Silva, Kapil Dev, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Anil Kumble, Muttaiah Muralitharan, Curtly Ambrose. What happened to Courtney Walsh among the bowlers & Ricky Ponting among batsmen?

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Jack Hobbs, Sunil Gavaskar, Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Vivian Richards, Garfiled Sobers, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Deniss Lillee and Sydney Barnes.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    sehwag ,barry richards , don, sachin, viv, sobers, gilchrist, warne, akram, marshall, holding...

  • POSTED BY Amu123 on | September 28, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    This is going to be really hard....i guess this is harder than figuring out who is the greatest ever player!!! my team consist of people whom i have watched play cricket.... the team is Sewag, Greme Smith, Lara, Tendulkar, Viv richards, Gilchrist, Ian botham, Warne, Muralitharan, Wasim akram & Mcgrath.... just imagine the status of the opposition when they have been destroyed by sewag to see the next batsman in is viv richards... then Botham to destruct further... even worse is Gilchrist coming in at 7.... in between you have the class of Lara, Sachin & Smith (would most probably be tipped as the captain).... I cannot think of a bowling line up without Warne & Murali... two of the best spinners ever.... add to that McGrath & Akram... that woul be an ideal pair.... incase we need more pace we have Ian botham!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    following is my all time wold XX - 1) Mohammad Hanif 2) Sunil Gavskar 3) Don bradman 4) Suchin Tendulkar 5) Gari Sobers 6) Adam Glichrist(wk) 7) Imran Khan 8) Waqar Younes 9) Murdharan 10) Shan Warne 11) Sir Richard Hadlee 12) Malkum Marshal

  • POSTED BY BabaKR on | September 28, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    I am wondering as to what purpose such exercises serve and especially what ESPNCricinfo is trying to prove. Expecially shocked to find someone like VVS laxman omittred from India All Time XI.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Sehwag, Hobbs, Bradman, Richards, Greg Chappell, Sobers, Imran Khan, Knott, Murali, Marshall, Holding

  • POSTED BY moukhan on | September 28, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    my dream team would for sure consist of these players Hansie Cronje, Salman Butt, Salim Malik, Muhammad Aamir, Muhammad Asif, Kamran Akmal

  • POSTED BY palfreyman on | September 28, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    I'm going with Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Tendulkar, Lara, Sobers, Gilchrist, Warne, Younis, Marshall, McGrath. Yes, a number of modern players and no, none of the Big 4 all-rounders of the '80s, but Sobers helps balance the team for both batting and bowling. Sangakkara for Gilchrist is a possibility, but I prefer Gilchrist's ability to destroy all attacks in Test cricket. I appreciate that Younis, Marshall and McGrath is a rather weak tail, but the first eight (including Warne), should have no trouble in general - averaging, I think about 440 in total.

  • POSTED BY Saim93 on | September 28, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    I chose my All time XI

    * OPENERS o Barry Richards o Virender Sehwag * MIDDLE ORDER o Brian Lara o Inzamam-ul-Haq o Sir Donald Bradman * ALLROUNDERS o Imran Khan o Kapil Dev * WICKETKEEPER o Adam Gilchrist * BOWLERS o Muttiah Muralitharan o Shane Warne o Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    My Test Team

    1.Virender Sehwag- to thrash 2.Sunil Gavaskar - to support him 3.Donald Bradman-un paralled 4.Sachin Tendulkar- Bradman said he looks like me 5.Brian Charles Lara - You cannot leave Mr. 400 6.Gary Sobbers- avg. 57, left hand medium pace/slow arm orthodox/chinaman and what not 7. Sangakkara- But I wonder , if he will get a chance to bat? 8.Wasim Akram- The best left hand fast bowler 9Muralitharan - You may opt for Warne 10.Glenn Mcgrath - He is one of the best 11. Malcomm Marshall- Again one of the best

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    1 more list with full of controversies ll be out soon. as every1 ll be having their different world XI teams.. ;)

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    1) Sunil Gavaskar 2) Barry Richards 3) Viv Richards 4) Sachin Tendulkar 5) Brian Lara 6) Gary Sobers 7) Adam Gilchrist 8) Wasim Akram 9) Shane Warne 10) Muthaiah Muralidharan 11) Michael Holding

  • POSTED BY Chathushika on | September 28, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Why on earth Aravinda De Silva is not in that list ?> He is the best batsman sri Lanka has produces so far ??

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | September 28, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Two teams can be picked with the number of names given.....so Team (1) Sehwag , Gavaskar......,Dravid, Tendulkar,kallis,Lara,Vivian Richards.....Dhoni (c)...Wasim, Kumble,Imran khan......... Team (2) Jayasuriya, Hutton....Chappell, Inzamam, Bradman, Abbas,Sanga,...Gilchrist(c)....S Pollock,Holding,Murali

    Gilchrist and sanga may be leading in wicket keepers section for NOW.. but Dhoni is not far behind (he is good for team)and def will prove his worth in batting like Gilli by the time he finishes his career we will know.. . Sanga and gilli didnt prove in India at all and these two names still have lot to prove.. in india.. gilli was completely nullified by our own bhajji.. and sanga too in india is just plain . so all in all it is difficult to pick just XI that is why two teams have come up and still I felt injustice to other players like Kapil Dev and few others.. It is not fair to leave out many of those names.. But in Wicket keepers section Dhoni, Gilli, Sanga are enough..

  • POSTED BY ChaDev on | September 28, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    When u picking a world XI from all test nations who played cricket in different eras, it is unrealistic if u only consider stats. We must consider the situation they played, the opponent they faced, their match wining capabilities and so on. In that case Aravinda de silva will come in to the account.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    difficult.. but my eleven wud be consisting of 4 aussies, 3 indians, 2 pakistanis, 1 West indian and 1 sri lankan.

    They are as follows in batting order: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Adam Gilchrist, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralidharan, Glen Mcgrath.

    I wud like to keep Jack Kallis/ Michael Holding as my batsman/Bowler 12th man.

    Although Given a choice I wud have had Haydos in my 11 but not to be.

  • POSTED BY sankm on | September 28, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    It is a ridiculous exercise but let me give a try anyway… Bradman is unanimious choice because if you don't select him then he will play from opposing team which can't be a smart decision on your part. Once you got Bradman in your team, take a backseat and let him choose his 10 team members. He will 99.94% perfect and surely do better than the selection panel. I'm sure that the selection panel will agree as well.

  • POSTED BY dipankar_das02 on | September 28, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    No ricky ponting in the middle order. no andy flower in the list of WKs. The nominations looks a bit flawed and no Wes Hall in the list of bowlers. He deserved it more than the other west indian holding.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | September 28, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    come on man,,, where is ponting..gosh i guess you have missed his name please update the list..in my book imran khan should be the captain and ponting vice captain... (1) sehwag (2)anwar (3) bradman (4)dravid/ponting (5) sachin (6) sobers/imran khan (7)adam gilchrist (8) holding (9)marshall (10) garner (11) warne

  • POSTED BY ArshadWazhar on | September 28, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    It was Very easy for picking those Players... I took Only 15 min.. 1. Sir Leonard Hutton 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Brian Lara 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Sir Donald Bradman 6.Sir Richard Hadlee 7.Kumar Sangakkara 8.Glenn McGrath 9. Muttiah Muralitharan 10.Shane Warne 11. Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    1. Sir jack hobbs, 2. Sunil gavaskar, 3. Don bradman, 4. Sachin tendulkar, 5. Viv richards, 6. Garry sobers/ Imran khan, 7. Adam gilchrist, 8. Wasim akram, 9. Shane warne, 10. Malcolm marshal, 11. Mutthai(?) muralidharan/ Glen mcrath. The hard choice is the alrounders slot, should it be Garry sobers or should it be Imran khan? both were good, i havent seen Sobers play so i would prefer Imran khan, and also because the batting lineup is long. If sobers plays then glen mcrath should play, if imran khan plays then muralidharan should play because there would be three quality pacemen in that case. I think most of this line up will be picked.

  • POSTED BY ish.yadav on | September 28, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Its tough one.But In my opinion scahin is not going to make his postion in all time world-Xi.He is more than a good test batsman.HAve made almost half century of centuries.But i think when we count the no of match winning inning he played in test is very little.as compared to ohter .I have no doubt if all time one day -Xi he definitly goonna make it but in test he is not so reliable. Exactly oppostie to sehwag ,I think Sehwag can made it as a opener.And it is mistake of the jury if h has not selected.The way he played at the op of inning is phenominal.He is the who can change the faith of natch with ony one hour batting>definitly not so connsistent as Dravid and sachin but in term of match winning I ranked him very higher than them .The only man in cricket who has ability to score 500 in a test. May be his stat not so charismatic to make in all time world -Xi but his apporch ,his skill to to make good ball to bad one and destroy the confidence of opponent definitly earn his a place

  • POSTED BY muski on | September 28, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    People are mostly bound to vote only those whom they have seen in action. Actually Bradman and Sobers are not in my list as I have never seen them in action. Its actually very very difficult to compare different generations of greats. The fact that all 8 countries " must" be represented makes this a futile excercise especially for a country like Sri Lanka where Sanga looks like the only one who could make it to the wicketkeepers list as he leaps and bounds ahead of the others. It was sad to see guys like Imran not being there in the shortlist of bowlers and Ricky not being in the batsmen's list.

  • POSTED BY Kishore_11 on | September 28, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    I don't understand why people don't read everything and comment. Ricky Ponting is not in Australia's all-time XI and hence he is not in the list of middle order players. And Jayawardene, Pietersen are in their respective all-time Xi and hence they are there.

    MY All-time XI: Jack Hobbs, Sehwag, Bradman, Tendulkar, Richards, Sobers, Hadlee, Ambrose, Gilchrist, Muralitharan, Holding

  • POSTED BY Runster1 on | September 28, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    lol PONTING didnt get shortlisted. I real tough decision wud have to be between dhoni and gilchrist. Both great players, but dhoni may have the edge due to his excellent captaincy and his ability to play under pressure. Really like gilchrist but being a passionate CSK supporter have grown to really like dhoni.

  • POSTED BY HarishVS on | September 28, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    This is not going to be a worthy exercise at all. Just go at bowlers list. Say I selected Gary Sobers, Marshall, Lillie, Warne, Wasim Akram for the All Rounder and Bowlers list. Where is the place for Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan or Richard Hadlee. Does it mean that Gary Sobers is the only All rounder for all time on the Globe? Is that the likes of Holding, Waqar Younis, McGrath, Treuman, Prasanna, etc will find place in All Time Club team? Selecting 11 out of some 50 odd cricketers (not 88 if you short list it out) is going to be a bad exercise and will actually mean that others were not so great?

  • POSTED BY Bahcsk on | September 28, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    1. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Len Hutton 3. Don Bradman 4. Sachin 5. Viv Richards 6. Gary Sobers 7. Imran Khan 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Wasim Akram 10. Malcolm Marshall 11. Sharne Warne

    I cannot imagine any bowling attack capable of taking 20 wickets against this team. The bowling attack of Wasim, Imran and Malcolm will fire on all pitches and Warne can turn on glass.

  • POSTED BY Snowbro on | September 28, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Lets face it, if we had to choose a team that could play today, with the modern fielding,agressive boaling,and 3rd umpire, things would be different, Bradman never had Jonty Rhodes or Ponting in the field, if the fielder stuck out his foot to try stop a boundry it was concidered a great effort, If Warne had , hawk eye,hot spot, third umpire he would never have so many Wickets, If Barry richards had to face Dale Steyn, With Smith and Kallis in slips, My modern day team would be, Graham Smith, Virender Sehwag ,Tendulker,Ponting,Kallis,Lara,Gillcrest,Rahul Dravid Glenn McGrath,Muttiah Muralitharan,Curtly Ambrose,Anil Kumble

  • POSTED BY MISMATCH-MYK on | September 28, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    HERE COMES THE TEAM - SUNIL GAVASKAR, BARRY RICHARDS, , VIV RICHARDS, SACHIN TENDULKAR, ADAM GILCHRIST, GARY SOBERS, GLEN MCGRATH, WASIM AKRAM, SHANE WARNE, MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN

  • POSTED BY Agus2010 on | September 28, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    My dream team will be Saeed Anwar, Virender Sehwag, Jacques Kallis, Imraan Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Abbas, MS Dhoni/K Sangakkara, Wasim Akram, Anil Kumble, Glenn Mc. Grath, Muttiah Murlidaran

  • POSTED BY deepakposa on | September 28, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    it is hard to pickup this world best team, but i tried my best to find the winning combination. OPENERS: Sir Jack Hobbs, Virender Sehwag. MIDDLE ORDER: Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman ALLROUNDER: Sir Ian Botham BOWLERS: Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath.

    i think this team can beat any team on any pitch cos' this team has attacking batsmen like sehwag, legendary don, genuine batsmen- wicketkeeper gilchrist, one great allrounder, two pace bowlers(left & right), two all time great spinners(warne & murali). the only change everybody want is fourth bowler on some pacy pitches like perth. at this movement, third pacer will be allan donald. waht u say guys.....?

  • POSTED BY Rommel on | September 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    The Queen of England has recently expressed her views on this tumultuous debate and suggested that anyone already knighted in this extensive list of cricketing greatness should be an automatic selection. This is great news for Richards, Hunte, Hobbs, Botham, Hadlee, Sobers & of course that little known cricketer who scored a run or two in his day Bradman. I guess that leaves only 4 slots up for grabs....good luck selectors.... Is it just me or are the 11 cricketers named in the allrounders list good enough to just take the field as they are, I don't think Dev, Khan, Hadlee, Botham, Reid, Miller, Proctor, Faulkner, Vaas, Mankad and Sobers would need a hand from any of the other catagories. Can you just imagine the internal fighting in the dressing room just to get a bat or bowl, someone like Proctor and Vaas would be 6th & 7th change bowlers (if required!!)....what quality....just marvellous.....

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    my 1st world 11 is: 1.jack hobbs, 2.sunil gavaskar, 3.Don bradman(c), 4.sachin tendulkar, 5.Viv richards, 6.Gary sobers, 7.adam gilchrist(wk), 8.shane warne, 9.glen mcgrath, 10.curtly ambrose, 11.malcolm marshall.

    2nd world 11 is 1.len hutton, 2.virendra sehwag, 3.wally hammond, 4.brian lara, 5.ricky ponting, 6.steve waugh(c), 7.jaques kallis, 8.ian healy(wk), 9.murali,10.dennis lilee, 11.wasim akram.

    3rd world 11 is 1.geoff boycoytt 2.gordon greenidge 3.rahul dravid 4.javed miandad 5.allan border(c) 6.imran khan 7 ian botham 8.sangakara (wk) 9.allan donald 10.michael holding 11 anil kumble.

    4th world 11 is 1.mathhew hayden 2.barry richards 3.graemme pollock 4.greg chappel(c) 5.ken barrington 6.inzamam ul haq 7.ms dhoni(wk) 8.kapil dev 9.lance gibbs 10.waqar younis 11.shaun pollock

    5th world 11 is 1.hanif mohammad 2.victor trumper 3.george headley 4.zaheer abbas 5.saurav ganguly(c) 6.burt sutcliffe 7.keith miller 8.andy roberts 9.alan knott(wk)10syd barnes 11.fred trueman.

  • POSTED BY Chapelau on | September 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Impossible task given the wealth of true greats to pick from. I like Ankit's selection execept with the first six in the batting line up I doubt you would need two all rounders, as good as Imran and Hadlee were. I would definitely pick Warne to partner Barnes and probably Ambrose or Trueman to partner Marshall. Rakesh has it right with the wicket keepers - only need one on that list !

  • POSTED BY vipin.chaudhary2325 on | September 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    gavaskar, hutton, bradman, sachin, richards, imran khan, sobers, gilchrist, muralidharan, mcgrath, marshall.. Sehwag is strong contender, but whether Gavaskar or sehwag, it will always be gavaskar, hutton(legend) no doubt on bradman, no one can point finger on sachin & richards (everyone loves them), sobers(great), Imran Khan(Handsome and Fast), Gilchrist(who can match him), Mcgrath(fantastic), Muralidharan(wonderful), Marshall(fast & furious)

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | September 28, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    My XI is a little controversial I guess in not including Bradman. He only played 15 of his 52 tests against Sides that weren't England (India 5, SA 5, WI 5) so, although I doubt he'd have struggled anywhere in particular he was that good as I took the build a team that could win anywhere approach I picked my XI accordingly.

    Hobbs/Gavaskar/Border(C)/Tendaulker/Richards/Sobers/Gilchrist(+) Hadlee/Warne/Akram/Trueman

    Pretty scarey side. Freddo and Wasim open the bowling with Paddles as first change. Warne as the main spinner with Sobers providing back up spin/4th seamer duties as neccessary. The batting line up is just brutal, only Gilchrist out of the top 7 averaging below 50 (he has a lowly 47.5).

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    here is d unbeatable team gavaskar sehwag don(bradman) god(srt) kallis sobers gilchrist akram warne murli mcgrath

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Hi, All time XI. From the list I can not find Ricky Ponting. Then who should be the captain. I think he definitely missed.

    here is my selection. Opener: Gordon Greenidge, Sunil Gavaskar

    Middle Order: Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Viv Richards

    Wicket Keeper: Adam Gilchrist

    All Rounder: Kapil Dev

    Bowler: Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY redneck on | September 28, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    this is straight out impossible to do! regardless who you pick its leaving some of the all time greats out! go for the modern day marvel in sehwag to open then your probably going to have to over look gavaskar or hobbs or gordon greenidge!? same with the middle how do you fit in modern day players like tendulker and lara when you have to give the don and viv spots aswell. and even then i want to add border to the team too! his captaincy was second to none and he carried the team too often by himself which often counts against him in these sort of activities. apart from the keepers spot the other 10 spots are just impossible!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    WHY MISS KAPIL DEV and Richard Hadlee

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    1-Sir Richard Hadlee, 2-Daniel Vettori, 3-Graeme Smith, 4-Kumar Sangakkara, 5-Sanath Jayasuriya, 6-Rahul Dravid, 7-Chaminda Vaas, 8- Brian Lara, 9-Sir Garry Sobers, 10-Shane Bond, 11-Javagal Srinath.

    This is not in the order of how good they are, its just how the team should look like.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Walsh! You need to have Courtney Walsh in there...

  • POSTED BY sachin150 on | September 28, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    My 2 teams: 1st Team: Jack Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Sachin, Richards, Gary Sobers, Gilchrist, Richard Hadlee, Warne, Sydney Barnes, Malcom Marshall

    2nd Team: Hutton, Sehwag, George Headley, Wally Hammond, B Lara, Imran Khan,Ian Botham, Sangakkara/Knott, Muralitharan, Mcgrath, Akram/Younis

  • POSTED BY loung_singh on | September 28, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    d middle order is interesting dilema..choosing 3 players frm don,richards,lara,sachin,pollock,dravid,kallis,chappel,miandad....in my opinion aravinda de silva is the most underrated player..he deserves 2 be there on par wid sachin,ponting,lara n hayden..bcoz he was as good a matchwinner

  • POSTED BY DannoTheManno on | September 28, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    I lost interest when i saw that chaminda Vaas was considered an alrounder and Kallis just a batsman?? Very strange, since statistically Kallis is head and shoulders the greatest all rounder that has ever played the game... who comes up with this stuff - do they even watch cricket??

  • POSTED BY karthikkmc on | September 28, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    It is very tough to select. My XI will be Gavaskar,Sewhag,Sir Don Bradman,Sachin Tendulkar,Sir Vivian Richards,Adam Gilchrist,Shaun Pollock, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram and Glen McGrath. Other four will be Dravid, Lara, Kallis and Murali.

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | September 28, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    How do you expect one all time XI from this list. We can have a minimum of three teams here. The new generation will vote for players they have seen or heard of and neglect the older great players. This is not fair. Anyways a good entertaining issue.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    My world test XI is as follows:

    Virender Sehwag Jack Hobbs Don Bradman Sachin Tendulkar Viv Richards Garry Sobers Imran Khan (capt) Adam Gilchrist (w.k.) Wasim Akram Shane Warne Malcom Marshall

    Near Misses form my Second XI, which is as follows: Sunil Gavaskar Leonard Hutton George Hadley Brian Lara Jacques Kallis Greg Chappel (capt) Kumar Sangakkara (w.k.) Waqar Younis Curtly Ambrose Muttiah Muralitharan Glenn McGrath

  • POSTED BY Ulysses on | September 28, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Jack Hobbes, Barry Richards, Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Gary Sobers, Imran Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Dennis Lillee, Shane Warne and Marshall/ Murali as the 11th man depending on the pitch and conditions

  • POSTED BY sachin150 on | September 28, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Most of the 88 players dont even come close to selection, only players who are good enough country wise are: Aus: Bradman, Gilchrist, Mcgrath, Warne Eng: Sir Jack Hobbs, Sir Hutton, Wally Hammond,Sydney Barnes WI: Sir George Headley, Brian Lara, Richards, Malcom Marshall Pak: Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram India: Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar NZ: Sir Richard Hadlee SL: Muralitharan SA: G Pollock

  • POSTED BY loung_singh on | September 28, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    ppl choosing ms dhoni as wicketkeeper ..........ha ha....stop joking man ..he s not even 5% of gilchrist and even sangakarra is way ahead of him both in wicketkeeping n batting..

  • POSTED BY gmoturu1 on | September 28, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    my playing XI: 1. Sir Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Sir Donald Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Graeme Pollock 6. Sir Garfield Sobers 7. Adam Gilchrist 8. Malcolm Marshall 9. Shane Warne 10. Michael Holding 11. alan donald (sorry ambrose you never bowled in india).

    Reasons:

    Jack Hobbs: most centuries and infinite runs in 1st class. Gavaskar: changed Ind cricket-WI bowling-10000 runs. Bradman: Sachin: most consistent, next to bradman Graeme Pollock: greatest left hand batsman, genius Sobers: greatest cricketer ever Gilchrist: hmm not sure but, brought new dimension to WK. Marshall: to me the most intelligent bowler, can get wickets on dead pitches with equal ease.(jury if you don't pick him then something's wrong) Warne: better than all spinners Holding: smoooothest bowling action ever. Donald: what an agression 100%.

    good luck jury.

  • POSTED BY venkat4018 on | September 28, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Its really my honour to pick up the final eleven: My eleven would be: 1. Sir Len Hutton 2. Barry Richards 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Sir. Viv Richards 5. Gream Pollock 6. sir Gary Sobers 7. Jack Kallis 8. Adam Gilchrist 9. Ian Botham 10. Erapali Prasanna 11. Malcom Marshall i really felt bad that i did not pick up kapil dev, imran khan, lillie, ambrose, warne. really tough to select the middle order. confused between Dravid, Lara, Sachin but decided gream pollock because since barry richards is there, gream pollock would be an added advantage as they know each other very well. I was shocked to see some big names missing 1. Sir Frank Worrel 2. Rohan Kenay 3. BS Chandrasekar 4. Bishan Bedi 5. GR Viswanath (anytime better than all middle order players) 6. Mushtaq ahamed and Saqlin Mushtaq (legendary spinners) 7. Steve / Mark Waugh 8. Joel Garner anyways i chose an indian to be a spinner as they are the best to deliver quality spin. Anyways great job this frm cricinfo cheers

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    what happend to ARAVINDA DE SILVA.....??????? and wt is ppl lik somachandra de silva n asantha de mel is doin in this list...???????????????

  • POSTED BY lsd123 on | September 28, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    It's very hard to select All Time XI. But my choice Jack Hobbs, Bary Richards,Bradman,Viv Richards,Graeme Pollock,Gary Sobers,Kumar Sangakkara,Wasim Akram, Malcom Marshall, Murali and Warne. (Graeme Pollock can replace by Lara..) 2 Operners- Both Right Handers 3 Middle Order- 2 Right Hander and 1 Left Hander Allrounder- Lefet hand Batsman and lefet arm bowler Wicket Keeper + Batsman 2 Paces- Both Right and Left Arm 2 Spiinners- Off Spin and Leg Spinner

  • POSTED BY Junaid_Haque on | September 28, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    I strongly believe that Saurav Ganguly and Mathew Hayden are far much better openers than Marvan Atapattu, and why Ricky Ponting is missing in the middle order? Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayewardene's batting ability and average, is nothing compared to Ponting. Jacques Kallis should have been in the all-rounder's list instead of middle order.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    my team b.richards, l.hutton, don, g.pollock, black don, gilchrist, faulkner/warne, procter/akram, ambrose, donald, underwood/murali... those three were really tough but i'll go with faulkner, procter and underwood... selecting middle order was damn easy... don, black don and polly... b.richards was automatic one and the other spot was tough with hobbs, gavaskar, trumper... as far as fastbowling it will be an dreamy opening partnership with ambrose and the white lightning with procter as the third seamer... spinners r equally gr8 with the deadley and faulkner bowling... u can easily pick 5 teams of equal strength... isn't it... i didn't mention sobers here coz my team doesn't need him if u have that sort of middle order... but sir garry is one of the very best allrounders cricket heve ever seen... sorry for other players... its damn tough...

  • POSTED BY binkaf on | September 28, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Well, at first I was excited and even Picked my XI and posted my comments too.... but now seriously going through the list of the nominees I feel the list is so odd. The opening slot has listed M. Atapatu but M. Hayden has been left out. In the middle order some really big names R. Pointing and S. Waugh are missing and that is absolutely non-sense coz the world knows what class they do belong to. One of them might have found a place in XI and here none of them is even short-listed! Ridiculous! Likewise there are other errors too but the initiation is good and some of the comments coming are wise enough and logical, along with some hilarious- like someone suggesting MS Dhoni a caption, whereas he's no way gonna make it to a World XXII even, forget about XI... - just for an example. Nevertheless, I will keep myself updated in reading the new comments every now n then.

  • POSTED BY Rotormaster on | September 28, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    I am picking my all time team, the list they have produced is stupid ! 1/ Hayden 2/ Shewag 3/ Bradman 4/ Tendulkar 5/ Ponting (c) 6/ Sobers 7/ Gilchrist 8/ W Akram 9/Warne 10/Ambrose 11/Mcgrath

  • POSTED BY gagagaga on | September 28, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    im sorry did i miss something here!!!! Arjuna Ranatunga, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Kevin Pietersen, Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, Javed Miandad, Martin Crowe, Martin Donnelly, Vijay Hazare and Zaheer Abbas are all better than Ricky Pointing. I just love it how cricinfo is so politically unbiased and purely pick people based on what they have achieved. Well at least you guys are consistent!!!!

  • POSTED BY loung_singh on | September 28, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    i wud go for barry richards,sehwag, bradman, lara, viv richards , gary sobers,adam gilchrist,wasim akram,shane warne,curtly ambrose n glenn mcgrath.....dis team wud beat any other XI on any day ....probably lara is at 4 bcoz he is a left hander...otherwise it wud be sachin..

  • POSTED BY MFNadeem on | September 28, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Yes the biggest question is yet to be answered in this poor nominations. WHY KALLIS IS NOT IN ALLROUNDERS LIST? He will not be selected as a BATSMAN in likes of Bradman, Tendulkar, Lara, George Headley. POOOR.

  • POSTED BY yuktheswar on | September 28, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    The missing names can be M.Jayawardene , VVS Laxman , Mike Hussey in middle order nomimation

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    many players are missing there like world record holder Muhammad yousuf and saqlain mushtaq

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    wow Murali shud be included in da group>>>>

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    How come Aravinda De Silva is not listed in the middle order?

  • POSTED BY Shams on | September 28, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    My team: Barry Richards, Jack Hobbs, Donald Bradman, Brian Lara, George Headley, Garry Sobers, Kumar Sangakkara, Malcolm Marshall, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Muttiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY raman925 on | September 28, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    what about RICKY POINTING ?????? doesnt he come in all time world's 11's?????????

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | September 28, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    What a joke. No Ricky Ponting for middle order, no Jacques Kallis for allrounder, no Matthew Hayden or Bill Ponsford for opener? I think the selection committee dun goofed up quite a bit.

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | September 28, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    A very interesting exercise. I like the fact that you can pick a team configuration. I also would like to point out the distinction between a side chosen on merit ie. the best players in their best positions vs a side chosen that will almost certainly win every match played. In a side chosen specifically to win every match played, I cannot go past picking all-rounders or at least players who have a useful second skill from Positions 5 to 10. That means picking Kallis at 5, Sobers at 6, Imran at 7, Gilchrist at 8, Shaun Pollock or Wasim Akram at 9 and Shane Warne at 10. Number 11 can remain a dedicated bowler spot but I could easily pick both Pollock and Akram, in which case Warne is a number 11 batsman who bowls leg spin and fields at 3rd slip. A pretty well balanced side in all conditions if I do say so myself and tough to beat, batting down to 10 or 11. But would all these players make an All Time XI based on merit? Some would, but definitely not all.

  • POSTED BY SHREWDER on | September 28, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Virender Sehwag Graeme Smith Don Bradman Sachin Tendulkar Brian Lara Ian Botham MS Dhoni (Capt & Wk) Daniel Vettori Muttiah Muralitharan Glenn McGrath Curtly Amrbose

  • POSTED BY ScottyMuller on | September 28, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    The most contentious one, of course, will be: Warnie or Murali ... I am an Aussie so I go for Shane but I know I am not obective

  • POSTED BY timdeleede on | September 28, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    In the keepers section: where is Andy Flower? Ian Smith and Rashid Latif... you've got to be kiddin...

  • POSTED BY dandavidd on | September 28, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    hahahahhaha..poor Ricky ponting...Your name is not even in the list of all time great australian XI..lol.. he must be cursing this article ::)

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    what a toughest thing to do so. the given nominees are only few cricketers who are represented the country in the highest level. they all have done great services to the game of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Why are Hadlee or Imran not available under bowlers? Or why is Gary Sobers not available under batsmen? I want to pick all three of them. Unless that is fixed, I am not submitting my team!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    I think jaques kallis name should be in all rounder list....Its vey difficult to pick of them because they all are legend... I would like to go with this taem: 1- Sunil Gavaskar 2-Virendra Sehag 3- Sir Don Bradman 4- Sachin Tendulkar 5- Ricky Ponting 6- Jaques Kallis 7- Kumar Sangakara(WK) 8- Wasim Akram(C) 9-Shane Warne 10- Mutthaiya Murlidharan 11- Glenn Mcgrath

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    I'm from SA and I'm happy to see all the SA guys making the cut...but how the hell does Ricky Ponting not make the middle order??????? 25000 runs (ODI + Tests), 68 centuries at an average of 49. Judging by the lot that is there (+ Ponting) you could probably string together 4 All time XIs!

  • POSTED BY Rosh1 on | September 28, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    For all those people complaining about Ricky Ponting not in the list...please note that the nominations comprise of all names from the respective alltime country XI. Unfortunately Australians decided not to have Ponting in the Aussie XI so obviousely he cannot make it to the World XI. I personally feel he is a great player but will not replace the players I nomiated (Sachin, Don, Richards). If i had a fourth btsmen it would have been Lara. The bottom line no player can get in if they are not in their country XI

  • POSTED BY kirksland on | September 28, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Should have included Ponting, Compton and possibly Garner as the first two were voted and named as 12th men on their respective teams, plus they should have been brave enough to name their own short list with out coping out and relying on the teams selected earlier. Really N.Z and S.R have only one player each to realistically contribute to this exercise. None the less here are my top 2 teams. Ist XI: Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Lara, Tendulkar, Sobers, Gilchrist, Khan, Marshall, Warne, Mcgrath. 2nd XI: B.Richards, Hutton,V. Richards, Chappell, Hammond, K.Sangakkara, K.Miller, Hadlee, Ambrose, Lillee, Muralitharan. Reserves: Headley, Akram, Knott, G.Pollock, Holding, Kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    It is really unfair if you have leave either Sobers or Imran. How can we. Sobers should be among batsmen as well and Imran should be in bowlers too, so that both can be accommodated. Rest are fine.

  • POSTED BY bhagal on | September 28, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Unbelievable .. why is ponting not considered in the list . Its a real shame to not to include Punter .. such a great player .

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    hehe this is fun! if you nullify everything and focus on the openners just imagine how much fun would it be to have Saeed Anwar and Sehwag opening in a match (test or any other format). Absolute Climax of modern day batting... what they say!!!

    One down the 'Sir Bradman' (he is a assurity for any Top-XI), and I dont think one can keep Viv Richards, Imran Khan and Gavaskar out of it....

    For Wicket keeper it should be no one else but Gilchrist!!!

    Wasim Akram is certainity as bowler... as he is only genuine left armer with ruthless skills of all... Oops this isnt fun at all...

  • POSTED BY albratros on | September 28, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Judges being selected from all over meant they were biased in their decisions. Other wise how K. Petersen, Inzamam, Mahela and others were selected before Ricky Ponting. Are their records better than his? Jayasurya before Hayden.......are u joking? Who would even dare to keep Hayden out ? Didn't see Chris Gayle in there too?

  • POSTED BY graebags on | September 28, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Apart from the sheer difficulty, there is a limitation due to the categories ... if I pick Sobers as all-rounder, that means Hadlee is overlooked; yet I can't then include Sir Richard as a bowler, even if I think he's better than the alternatives.

  • POSTED BY arunnhk on | September 28, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    1.Virender Sehwag 2.Barry Richards 3 Rahul Dravid 4.Sir Donald Bradman 5.Brian Lara 6.Imran Khan 7.Adam Gilchrist 8.Wasim Akram 9.Muttiah Muralitharan 10.Glenn McGrath 11.Allan Donald

  • POSTED BY Rosh1 on | September 28, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    I managed to come out with my Alltime XI: (1) Len Hutton (2) Sunil Gavasker (3) Don Bradman (4) Sachin Tendulkar (5) Viv Richards (6) Garry Sobers (7) Kumar Sangakkara (8) Wazim Akram (9) Malcolm Marshall (10) Shane Warne (11) Muttiah Muralitharan. The team I feel is well balanced and involves players from most eras. However it was a pity that I had to leave out big names as Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee, Courtley Ambrose and Glen Mcgrath.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    1. Brian Lara 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Sir Garfield Sobers 5. Sir Vivian Richards 6. Adam Gilchrist (w) 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Shane Warne (VC) 9. Dennis Lillie 10. Glenn Mcgrath 11. Muttiah Muralitharan

    Nobody can argue with this team. Simple invincible.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    My world 11- Hutton,Sehwag,Bradman,Sachin,Viv,Sobers,Gilchrist,Akram,Warne,Marshall,Lillee

  • POSTED BY lunker on | September 28, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    1. Jack Hobbs 2. Barry Richards 3. Graeme Pollock 4. Don Bradman 5. Viv Richards 6. Garry Sobers 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Malcolm Marshall 10. Shane Warne 11. Sidney Barnes. Just missed out: Gavaskar, Hammond, Tendulkar, Hadlee, Proctor, Akram, Ambrose, Trueman. Kallis doesn't perform consitently enough in the big moments/against the big teams.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    My All Time Great World Team Is 1.Sir.J.B.Hobbs,2.S.M.Gavaskar,3.Sir.D.G.Bradman,4.S.Tendulkar,5.Sir.V.Richards,6.Sir.G.S.Sobers,7.Adam Gilchrist,8.D.K.Lillee,9.M.Marshall,10.S..F.Barnes ans 11.S.Warne. While my reserve players will be S.P.Gupte,Sir.R.Hadlee and Sir.W.Hammond.

    dr.shrikant.desai.India

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    its very tough it should me 4 to 5 teams but from my point of view saeed anwar and sewag oppener inzmam,b lara,sachin,k petersen,j kallis middle order imran khan ,kapil allrounder raashid latif wk keeper wasim, waqar abdul qadir,G mgrath and shane warn ateam of fifteen players but icant choose 11 frm these

    i didnt chose some famous players because they are old now ithnk they cant play now thr are some players here also in my selected squad but they can play abit

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    My XI is V.Sehwag , Viv Richards , D. Bradman , S. Tendulkar , B. Lara , G.Sobers , Imran Khan , A.Gilchrist , M.Marshall , G. Mcgrath , S.Warne.

    Unfortunately I cannot put Viv Richards as a make-shift opener (lol) and the middle-order is already irreplaceable ,so I would put Barry Richards in place of him. But seriously the thought of Sehwag and Richards walking out to open the bowling is scary !

  • POSTED BY BackwardOfSquare on | September 28, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    So who's picking the Mars XI then?

  • POSTED BY Nitant11 on | September 28, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    WHERE THE HELL IS RICKY PONTING??????????????????

  • POSTED BY pjena on | September 28, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    As the players selected belongs to different eras and times and many of them was unknown to the people... cric info should provide the player profile link of these cricketers..

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    MY all time XI->1. Sunil Gavaskar 2.Barry Richards 3.Don Bradman 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5.Viv Richards 6.Sobers 7.Gilchrist 8.Shane Warne 9. Malcom Marshal 10.Dennis Lillee 11.Muttiah Muralitharan. PS- Such a Shame that we cannot pick Mathew Hayden as an opener in the Squad.Best left handed Opener ever and very effective as well .

  • POSTED BY ougadougou on | September 28, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Openers: Gavaskar-Incredible skill against pace bowlers; G.Smith-Incredible fourth innings stats (R and L Combo); Bradman- Duh!; Sachin- Gotta have the next bradman in the list, Lara- love his game play, his shots are like listening to a sweet melody; Imran- Has the eye of the tiger; Sangakkara-best wicketkeeper/batsmen of the list; Wasim Akram- I'm a leftie and love his bowling action, incredible swing machine; Shane Warne- Don't need to say anything about him; McGrath- Although cocky, but one heck of a bowler, has wonderful statistics all over the globe; Muralitharan- His numbers make us spellbound

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | September 28, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Here is My XI in oder ( Shehwag, Sanath, Sangakkara (wk),Bradmen, Sachin, Lara, Hadly, Akram, Warne, Ambrose, Murali) i am 90% sure they will pick Gilchrist as a (WK) purely Because hype & favoritism, truth is that sangakkara is far better keeper & Batsmen than Gilly,even though he's not keeping in the test which should, he's record speak itself, & Ambrose, Hadly, Sanath and lara may also get the axe, i am not surprise to see muraly get the axe as well because of the hype & favoritism,

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | September 28, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Gavaskar, Hobbs, Bradman, Tendulkar,Lara,Sobers,Gilchrist,Hadlee,Marshall, Murali,Akram

  • POSTED BY Paki.Fan. on | September 28, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Gavaskar, Hobbs, Viv, Sachin, Don, Imran, Gilly, Wasim, Marshall, Warne, Murali

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    where is the option for picking bowlers ?

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    How in the world isn't Jacques Kallis not in the all rounders list but there just as a batsman?

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    This would be fun. I will go with a team that has a representative from each of the 8 major test nations. Here it goes: 1. Jack Hobbs, 2. Sunil Gavaskar, 3. Don Bradman, 4. Graeme Pollock, 5. Garry Sobers, 6. Adam Gilchrist, 7. Imran Khan, 8. Richard Hadlee, 9. Malcolm Marshall, 10. Sydney Barnes, 11. Muttiah Muralitharan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Its almost impossible to do......come on!! lets be realistic.....

  • POSTED BY CricEshwar on | September 28, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    This is gonna be really really tough

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    ITS A LACK OF REAL TALENT CRICKETER SELECTION TO BE LISTED LIKE SOURAV GANGULY,MATHEW HAYDEN

  • POSTED BY robheinen on | September 28, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Actually eleven players is not enough given the choice of heroes in the shortlists. I can't help but feel some guilt when chosing the one over the other. I feel stupid having left out Viv Richards, Virender Sehwag, Jaques Kallis, Chaminda Vaas, Imran Kahn, Sir Garry Sobers, Sir Richard Hadlee, Kumar Sangakkara, MS Dhoni, Abdul Qadir, Anil Kumble, Curtly Ambrose, Daniel Vettori,, Michael Holding, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Bond, Waqar Youni and Wasim Akram. I would like to apologise to these players for not having been picked. If there were the possibility of selecting a 29 member team you would all have been in.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    gavaskar sehwag openers

    bradman sachin richards middle order

    sobers all rounder

    gilchrist wk

    warne spinner

    mcgrath akram marshall fast bowlers

    the gretaest team of all tym

  • POSTED BY malvingore on | September 28, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Tough choice.... I am not convinced myself but the below wuldbe fine... Sunil Gavaskar Arthur Morris/Virender Sehwag

    Sir Donald Bradman Sachin Tendulkar Sir Viv Richards/Rahul Dravid

    Adam Gilchrist/Kumar Sangakkara

    Sir Garry Sobers/Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Ian Botham

    Shane Warne Muttiah Muralitharan Wasim Akram Glenn McGrath/Dennis Lillee

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    It is so difficult to pick and there are so many great names which are not mentioned. Choosing number 5 is the most difficult. But I think the best XI going by performance and record would be

    Gavaskar Sehwag, Don Sachin Lara, Dravid, Viv, Kallis Imran, Sobers Sangakara, Dhoni Warne Marshall, Wasim Lillee, McGrath

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    At least in wicketkeepers' section ... don't be so diplomat by putting so many names. The first name is good enough!

  • POSTED BY hris on | September 28, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    You got Marvan Atapattu, Saeed Anwar,Graeme Smith in openers yet no place for Matthew Hayden. then you got Arjuna Ranatunga,Inzamam-ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis,Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Martin Crowe and rahul dravid but no Ricky Ponting in Middle Order. is it only a test team? cause there is no mention of Michael Bevan.

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | September 28, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Indeed was a tough job. At least 2 World XI's could be made from these players. Anyway, My Team is :- Gavaskar, Sehwag, Bradman, Sachin, Viv Richards, Gary Sobers, Gilchrist, Akram, Marshall, Muttiah Murlitharan and McGrath. Openers, Middle order batsmen, all-rounder and wicket-keeper were easy to pick. Thought for about 5 minutes and finally decided to pick Wasim Akram ahead of Holding, & Muralitharan, Holding and McGrath again were easy picks.

  • POSTED BY amit.agarwal on | September 28, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    as we all anticipated; series to culminate with all time world XI... looking forward to selection in bowler's category (W's vs West Indies vs Aussies vs Murli+Warne vs Indian Spinners) and Openers (would sehwag make into this XI?). Actually there are two certainities: Bradman and Gilchrist. I have always been a fan of Dravid; hope he makes it (possibility:: bradmen + dravid + sachin + kallis / any other player... lolzz). Being a fan can make you do anything!!

  • POSTED BY Rosh1 on | September 28, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    This is gonna be the most toughest job for any slecetion panel in the World. I feel very sorry for the panel. Good Luck!!

  • POSTED BY binkaf on | September 28, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Ohh!!! cricinfo is attempting a huge task & I support the idea of picking up a World XI, even though it will be just a Fantasy that would never come true, at least we will get to know that what the experts and cricket fans like us worldwide think about all time great players ever to play cricket. & of course, NO XI WOULD BE ALL ACCEPTABLE! But, go for it cricinfo. My Best Wishes, may U pick up the most balanced and most widely accepted team. Looking forward for Oct 12!

  • POSTED BY cadprasad on | September 28, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Is this a joke? There is no ricky ponting!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    absolutely we can pick up 3 world XI teams.

  • POSTED BY ChaDev on | September 28, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Where is Aravinda de silva in your short list under middle order? But ranatunga is there? Oh My god...

  • POSTED BY Dr.M.S.ARVIND on | September 28, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    MY All Time World XI :- Sir.Jack Hobbs Virendar Shewag Sir Don Bradman Sachin Tendulkar Sir Vivan Richards Sir Garfield Sobers(All) Kumar Sangakkara Wasim Akram Shane Warne Muttiah Muralitharan Glenn Mcgrath

  • POSTED BY fawadaust on | September 28, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    shocked where is ricky ponting the palyer of the decad is missing hes waay way way better than the likes of inziman mahela and lots of those name givin abov im reali shoked

  • POSTED BY Ennarkay on | September 28, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Hey, wonder how people are recommending this! The page the link leads to doesn't have a 'bowlers' option on 'step 2'. Is it my browser or a cricinfo goof up?

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | September 28, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Hi

    I cannot believe that I see 'Atapattu' in the Openers list but NOT players like Gooch and Hayden. If the parameters are of equal distribution, then the exercise of selecting All Time XI defies logic. It should be called: "All Time XI with minimum representation from all countries".

    I already posted one on why Steve Waugh is missing when we have Ranatunga, Pieterson, Zaheer Abbas in the nominees' list.

    This is a useless exercise. period!

  • POSTED BY prasanth.kongati on | September 28, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    my choice:#

    * Gordon Greenidge * Sir Jack Hobbs

    # MIDDLE ORDER

    * Graeme Pollock * Sachin Tendulkar * Sir Donald Bradman * Wally Hammond

    # ALLROUNDERS

    * Sir Garry Sobers

    # WICKETKEEPER

    * Adam Gilchrist

    # BOWLERS

    * Erapalli Prasanna * Michael Holding * Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY dr_sachinfan_chennai on | September 28, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    My XI : Sir.Hobbs and Barry Richards walk in as openers. No 3 & 4 are my automatic choices : Don and SRT. No 5 though I like Sir Viv more I got with Lara for his grace and being Leftie. All rounder I go with Imran Khan and Gilly is my keeper. As for 2 spinners its simple - Warne and Murali and for Pacemen I go with Mcgrath and for Left armer my choice is Akram.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    i don't know about anybody else but IMRAN KHAN, SACHIN TENDULKAR, WASIM AKRAM, WAQAR YOUNIS, JAVED MIANDAD, ADAM GILCHRIST, SHANE WARNE should be in this list without a doubt and Imran Khan would be the all time captain.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    There is a bug in this application. Cant select Bowlers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Nayeem_Kohir on | September 28, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    My all time World XI goes like this.

    1. Hanif Mohammad 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Don Bradman 4. Vivian Richards 5. Brian Lara 6. Adam Gilchrist 7. Imran Khan 8. Wasim Akram 9. Glenn McGrath 10. Shane Warne 11. Muralitharan

    Was more inclined to pick Miandad or Chappal for 5th slot, but had to get Lara in.

    Imran Khan will lead the team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    I'm gonna cry. I thought picking the WI XI middle order was tough. This is a nightmare. I am just going to throw darts.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    very odd shortlists, where is ponting if you have jayawardene, pietersen and dravid there....also no hayden but smith is in there. vaas as an allrounder is also questionable

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Any team without Richards, Warne, Bradman, Tendulker and Sobers is incomplete. These five are the necessarily mendatory nominations and selections for any All Time XI. These five have defined cricked in their fabulous and impecuble manner and deserve to be in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Ponting isnt there but Martin crowe, Peterson and Jayawardane are there! Why dont you people give us more choice of narrowing down the lists than forcing us to use your choice?

  • POSTED BY srini701 on | September 28, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Will I be the first to post my All-Time XI here? If so, Wow! My team would be as follows:

    OPENERS: Sir Jack Hobbs and Sunil Gavaskar MIDDLE ORDER:Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Viv Richards ALLROUNDERS: Sir Garry Sobers, Imran Khan WICKETKEEPER: Adam Gilchrist BOWLERS: Malcolm Marshall, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram

    The only confusion/doubt could be in the number of middle order batsmen and all-rounders and probably which bowlers to choose. I opted for a left-arm fast bowler (Akram) to pair with who I think is the greatest fast bowler the game has ever seen (Marshall). Imran is the third pacer and Sobers can bowl anything (including spin alongside Warne).

    Would love to see how many of MY selections make it to the final ESPN XI..

  • POSTED BY crooked_hyeena on | September 28, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    aaila no ponting..... jayasuriya & Atapattu what are they doing there..... english would complain why no swan.....lolzz...

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Gavaskar, Jayasuriya, Bradman, Richards, Tendulkar, Sobers, Gilchrist, Hadlee, Akram, Marshall, Muralitharan. Warne with the drinks (and pies).

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | September 28, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Waaaay toooo hard! My openers and choice of all-rounders and even the wicketkeeper is easy. And so is Bradman. But, what about the other 2 middle order bats and the 4 bowlers? For me, Marshall and Barnes are automatic selections and so is Warne. This leaves 2 middle order bats and a bowler. I've decided to go with Sachin as one; that leaves just one more. And I can't choose beyond that.

  • POSTED BY gzawilliam on | September 28, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    What a joke. No Ricky Ponting , No Steve Waugh , No matthew hayden. But they have room for Kevin Peterson and mahela jayawardena.. Like really. Ricky ponting and steve waugh are above nearly all that middle order by runs and wins alone.

    Get it right. This is so biased.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    hobbs sehwag bradman tendulkar lara sobers gilchrist

    wasim warne mcgrath ambrose

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    1. Hobbs 2. Gavaskar 3. Bradman 4. Hammond 5. Tendulkar 6. Sobers 7. Knott 8. Warne 9. Wasim Akram 10. Lillee 11. McGrath

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | September 28, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    WAIT!! I forgot to throw George Headely in as a candidate for #4!! So the #4 spot is between SRT, Headely, G. CHappel and Graeme Pollock.

  • POSTED BY Vivek.Bhandari on | September 28, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    This is not fair...is all that I can say...all of us really had a hard time selecting the individual country's XIs...n now you have come with this...:P..never mind...I guess with these 88 players there is going to be 888 different great combinations that can be world beaters...(yeah...li'l bit over the top...but I know lot of you would share the same thoughts)

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | September 28, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Woah this is way too tough but I'll try. 1 Gavaskar 2 Hobbs/Hutton 3 Bradman (easy pick) 4 SRT/Graeme Pollock/Gregg Chappel 5 IVA Richards 6 Sobers (easiest pick) 7 Gilchrist 8 Akram (can bat n is left handed for variation) 9Marshall 10 Lilee 11Murali and the 12th man could be any1 of the #4's. This I think is a great TEST XI, note I say TEST.

  • POSTED BY KeepItSmooth on | September 28, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    No Matthew Hayden amongst the openers, is this for real? Cant take this seriously if it is.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Murali will be in everybodys' list for sure!

  • POSTED BY shashikant5374 on | September 28, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    bradman,sachin,gilchrist,sober,barnes will be uninomous choice

  • POSTED BY ctiwary on | September 28, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Sehwag, Greenidge, Tendulkar, Viv Richards, Don Bradman, Imran Khan, Gillchrist, Warne, Akram, Marshal, Ambrose

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    this is outrageous ridiculous thT the great ricky ponting is not in the list...r u kidding or what?any of the pickers would answer me?the player with oustading records stats is not here?if u pick 4 alltime great batsman like bradman lara sachin and ponting are there..

  • POSTED BY Abhishek_Singla on | September 28, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    My All Time XI:

    Sir Jack Hobbs Virender Sehwag Brian Lara Sachin Tendulkar Sir Donald Bradman Sir Garry Sobers Adam Gilchrist (wk) Glenn McGrath Malcolm Marshall Shane Warne Wasim Akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Ricky ponting wasn't in the middle order list. Was he not a better player than atleast jayawerdane,pietersen,ranatunga,inzi.. may be not all of them but atleast better than some of them

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | September 28, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    My XI: Sir Len Hutton, Barry Richards, Sir Don, Sachin Tendulkar, Wally Hammond, Sir Viv, Sir Garry, MS Dhoni (c), Malcolm Marshall, Allan Donald and Muthiah Murali. 2 English, 2 Shouth Africans, 2 Indians, 1 Aussie (the greatest though), 3 West Indians and 1 Sri Lankan. Jack Kallis, Prasanna, Sir Richard Hadlee and Glenn McGrath would be in squad to replace players as suitable to different countries. For example, to play in sub continent, Prasanna and McGrath would replace Marshall and Donald. In Aus continent, Hadlee and McGrath. In England, McGrath and Hadlee. In SA & WI, Donald and Marshall would play. Kallis and Gary can be interchanged as required. But, Batting till no.6 need not be altered for any ground. MS Dhoni would captain surely and wisely.

  • POSTED BY TrexTrainer on | September 28, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    What is the point of an all-time XI? It's just stupid.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Any set of selectors will find it very difficult to choose. I am sure the 1st eleven will be as good as the 2nd eleven .Can we have 8 teams to play against each other . My selection will be

    1 Barry Richards 2 Sir Jack Hobbs 3 Sir Donald Bradman 4 Sir Viv Richards, 5 Sachin Tendulkar 6 Graeme Pollock 7 Sir Garry Sobers 8 Adam Gilchrist 9 Sir Ian Botham 10 Malcolm Marshall 11 Shane Warne

    12th Man If it is seaming track Sir Gary Sobers could be your third seamer. If it is spinning track,he will be the 2nd spinner.

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | September 28, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    I wonder why 'Steve Waugh' is missing from middle order options? When I look at some of the shortlisted batsmen such as Pieterson, Ranatunga, Jayawardene, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul-Haq... are these better than 'Steve Waugh'?

    I guess cricinfo/ESPN* forgot S. Waugh. And I feel sad that how easily this GREAT batsmen is forgotten who once matched shoulders with Tendulkar and Lara in 1990s.

    Nonetheless, my all time XI is: Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Lara, Tendulkar, Sobers, Gilchrist, Marshall, Warne, McGrath and Ambrose. 12th Man: Viv Richards

  • POSTED BY SachinIsIndianCricket on | September 28, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Where is Ricky Ponting in Middle Order List? He deservs to be in the list ahead of KP, Inzamam and Ranatunga

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    BARRY RICHARD , SUNIL GAVASIKAR , BRAD MAN , BRIAN LARA , .RICHARD , GARRY SOBERS , ADAM GILCHIRIST ,SHANE WARNE , MALCOM MARSHAL , CULTRY AMBROSE, DENNIS LILEE , 12 HOLDING

  • POSTED BY mk49_van on | September 28, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    This will be hard as hell. To make it easier they should choose two teams - who can then play against the other. Bradman should be able to bat for both.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | September 28, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    My team would be: V Sehwag SM Gavaskar BC Lara SR Tendulkar Don Bradman Gary Sobers Gilchrist Warne Akram Ambrose McGrath And nice to see ponting not included as he thrived against weak bowling at home and that too for 4 years only.

  • POSTED BY UltimateCricExpert on | September 28, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    My dream team is here Jack Hobbs, Sunny,Sir Don, Sachin, Viv Richards,Sobers, Gilly, Marshall, Akram, McGrath, Murali

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    sunil gavaskar & len hutton ..... don bradman , sachin tendulkar , viv richards....gary sobers....adam gilchrist...shane warne,murlitharan , wasim akram & glen mc grath . .......unbeatable team ..!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    wow....this is gonna be the hardest fantasy pic, ever!!

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  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    wow....this is gonna be the hardest fantasy pic, ever!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    sunil gavaskar & len hutton ..... don bradman , sachin tendulkar , viv richards....gary sobers....adam gilchrist...shane warne,murlitharan , wasim akram & glen mc grath . .......unbeatable team ..!!!

  • POSTED BY UltimateCricExpert on | September 28, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    My dream team is here Jack Hobbs, Sunny,Sir Don, Sachin, Viv Richards,Sobers, Gilly, Marshall, Akram, McGrath, Murali

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | September 28, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    My team would be: V Sehwag SM Gavaskar BC Lara SR Tendulkar Don Bradman Gary Sobers Gilchrist Warne Akram Ambrose McGrath And nice to see ponting not included as he thrived against weak bowling at home and that too for 4 years only.

  • POSTED BY mk49_van on | September 28, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    This will be hard as hell. To make it easier they should choose two teams - who can then play against the other. Bradman should be able to bat for both.

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    BARRY RICHARD , SUNIL GAVASIKAR , BRAD MAN , BRIAN LARA , .RICHARD , GARRY SOBERS , ADAM GILCHIRIST ,SHANE WARNE , MALCOM MARSHAL , CULTRY AMBROSE, DENNIS LILEE , 12 HOLDING

  • POSTED BY SachinIsIndianCricket on | September 28, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Where is Ricky Ponting in Middle Order List? He deservs to be in the list ahead of KP, Inzamam and Ranatunga

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | September 28, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    I wonder why 'Steve Waugh' is missing from middle order options? When I look at some of the shortlisted batsmen such as Pieterson, Ranatunga, Jayawardene, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul-Haq... are these better than 'Steve Waugh'?

    I guess cricinfo/ESPN* forgot S. Waugh. And I feel sad that how easily this GREAT batsmen is forgotten who once matched shoulders with Tendulkar and Lara in 1990s.

    Nonetheless, my all time XI is: Hobbs, Gavaskar, Bradman, Lara, Tendulkar, Sobers, Gilchrist, Marshall, Warne, McGrath and Ambrose. 12th Man: Viv Richards

  • POSTED BY on | September 28, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Any set of selectors will find it very difficult to choose. I am sure the 1st eleven will be as good as the 2nd eleven .Can we have 8 teams to play against each other . My selection will be

    1 Barry Richards 2 Sir Jack Hobbs 3 Sir Donald Bradman 4 Sir Viv Richards, 5 Sachin Tendulkar 6 Graeme Pollock 7 Sir Garry Sobers 8 Adam Gilchrist 9 Sir Ian Botham 10 Malcolm Marshall 11 Shane Warne

    12th Man If it is seaming track Sir Gary Sobers could be your third seamer. If it is spinning track,he will be the 2nd spinner.

  • POSTED BY TrexTrainer on | September 28, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    What is the point of an all-time XI? It's just stupid.