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Ian Chappell's exciting players XI

Thrill-a-minute

There was never a dull moment when these men took the field

Ian Chappell

October 15, 2010

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For my all-time thrill XI I've selected players on talent, their ability to entertain, and a desire to dictate to the opposition.


Viv Richards and Brian Lara share a laugh, Durban, December 26, 2003
Brian Lara and Viv Richards are two of five West Indians in Ian Chappell's XI Touchline / © Getty Images
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1. Virender Sehwag
The most destructive batsman in world cricket. Admirably simple approach to batting.

2. Roy Fredericks
A century off 71 balls against Lillee and Thomson at the WACA. West Indies reached 200 in the 20th (eight-ball) over.

3. Viv Richards
The fastest Test century, in balls (56). An intimidating presence. When an umpire once told a fast bowler three bouncers in a row was enough, Viv said, "Don't stop him."

4. Brian Lara
Features in two of the top four entries for most runs off an over in Tests. Exceptional against spinners.

5. Doug Walters
Three times he scored a century in a session in Test cricket. Also kept the dressing room as loose as a size-eight cap.

6. Sir Garfield Sobers (capt)
The greatest cricketer of all time. As captain he claimed the final two wickets - caught at second slip and then caught at leg-slip - in the last over of a one-day match when the opposition needed six to win.

7. Adam Gilchrist (wk)
One of the cleanest strikers I've seen. Hit the second-fastest Test century (57 balls).

8. Shane Warne
Champion bowler who made every ball an event worth watching. Would have loved bowling under Sobers' captaincy.

9. Dennis Lillee
Great fast bowler who thought only of taking wickets, never of saving runs. Also bowled a "soap on a rope" in a festival match to an astonished batsman.

10. Wes Hall
Extremely fast bowler with a wonderfully, rhythmic, long run to the wicket. Great entertainer either with bat or ball and perfect man to respond to the toast at the official function.

11. Bill O'Reilly
Bradman said he was the best bowler he ever saw. Aggressive legspinner, who once responded when asked if he'd ever performed a Mankad: "I never found a batsman that keen to get to the other end."

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Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 17:53 GMT)

well he doesn't want Don Bradman in his team... That explains all... If you want thrill play T20 not Test match Mr.Chappell

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (October 18, 2010, 4:28 GMT)

This is not the perfect World XI. Ian always stay in the fantasy world where there are bridges to nowhere. He is just a moron who never thinks... also a zero minded.. and "Bheja Gaayab" type person. He should think hard about all cricket stars before make World XI. He did not include highest century maker in both Tests and ODIs format, nor highest wicket taker in Tests. What a moron!!! The real World XI for Test Matches is: 1) Virendra Sehwag 2) Wolly Hammond/Ken Barrington 3) Vivian Richards 4) Sachin Tendulkar 5) Brian Lara 6) Donald Bradman/Ricky Ponting 7) Adam Gilchrist(WK) 8) M Murlidharan 9) Alan Donald/Glen McGrath 10) Garry Sobers (Captain) 11) Dennis Leelie.

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

I admire your selection! Ian !

Posted by cricketchopper on (October 17, 2010, 17:50 GMT)

ALL TIME LOOSE-TEMPERAMENT XI: Amir Sohail, Sri Kant, Ganguly, Mike Gating,Jawed Miandad, Yuraj Singh,Botham,Lillee,Herbhajan,Andre Neil,Kiran Morey

Posted by Hasso29 on (October 17, 2010, 15:00 GMT)

are u gone mad ? totally rubbish

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 13:06 GMT)

5 batsman's Ian Chappell what r thinking??? You put Doug Walters and not choosing Sachin Tendulkar.....explain this to us. You Put two Leg spinners and one's a champion other one Bill O'Reilly is just plain leg spinner who doesn't excite many fans when he bowled im pretty sure putting Muralitharan who has captured 800 wkts and have entertained many fans and professional cricket around the world. Having Warn-Muralitharan combination will make batsman start thinking how they going to approach them and instead of having two leg spinners. This is not a balanced team because you got only one all-rounder. Oh well this my opinion but nevertheless it's a alright team.

Posted by harshthakor on (October 17, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

In response to Cricket Chopper on Ian Chappell I would blatatantly disagree on rating him ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.Tendulkar would have been a genius in any era and would have mastered the likes of Lillee,Imran and Co.Remember how superbly he tackled great paceman like Wasim Akram and Glen Mcgrath ,facing more pressure than any other great batsman.If not no 1 Tendulkar is definitely in the top 4 0r 5 of all time.Ian Chappell,in his era was the best batsman in a crisis ,undoubtedly, but was not as talented as brother Geg or Viv Richards.

Ian Chappell ,could be categorized with the likes of Javed Miandad,another street fighter or Steve Waugh.No doubt he tackled the bouncing ball better than brother Greg and was a better btasman when the chips were down,Overall,however Ian would rank below Greg ,Viv Richards or Brian Lara.

Posted by harshthakor on (October 17, 2010, 8:44 GMT)

A must inclusion was the inflammable Rohan Kanhai,possibly batting's greatest genius ,who on his day could even overshadow Bradman.He could destroy the greatest of pace attacks with unimaginable strokes of his very own,exploring regions further than Bradman.Graeme Pollock was unbowlable on his day,in any conditions,while Gundappa Vishwanath batted like a magician.For sheer style Michael Holding was poetry,consistently the fastest bowler ever.For elegance and artistry Zaheer Abbas and David Gower were the ultimate,reminding you of a pianist tapping notes.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

To Vishal Bagmar - U select a team which is more stupid than Ian's one. In ur team u choose 7 batsman, out of them 1 opener, 5 one down batsman... 2 spinner, 2 fast bowler, no all rounder, no middle order, no backup simmer/bowler. U should learn 1st how to select a team before submit ur team....

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 1:52 GMT)

I do think 2 spinners and a part time spinner is perhaps a bit contrary to the concept. And Akram for me is the definition of a thrill a minute bowler, that and he was a big six hitter. Barry Richards instead of fredericks for me.

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Ian Chappell Widely regarded as the best Australian captain of the last 50 years, Ian Chappell moulded a team in his image: tough, positive, and fearless. Even though Chappell sometimes risked defeat playing for a win, Australia did not lose a Test series under him between 1971 and 1975. He was an aggressive batsman himself, always ready to hook a bouncer and unafraid to use his feet against the spinners. In 1977 he played a lead role in the defection of a number of Australian players to Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, which did not endear him to the administrators, who he regarded with contempt in any case. After retirement, he made an easy switch to television, where he has come to be known as a trenchant and fiercely independent voice.

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