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Ian Chappell's exciting players XI


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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

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."

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is now a cricket commentator and columnist

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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.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 1:07 GMT)

ian has always been a diff character as player , captain & now as acommentator.he has a very diff view abt the game . now he should talk& look for a good spinner in aust side . they have very poor spin bowlers they r not good enough to win test macthes for them.test macthes r won by taking 20 wkt.the aus donot have the bowling attack to take 20 wickets . they might even struglle in the ashes series.eng seems to better bowlig attack than there very balanced attack with a very good spinner to boot.swann& now panesar

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 23:36 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar entertained both at Test and One Day cricket.

Both Bradman and Benaud included Tendulkar in their all time Test XI. Viv Richards failed to make Bradman's XI.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 23:17 GMT)

Can't believe how many people have failed to understand what this list is about. I mean, several people have suggested Gavaskar... FAIL

And the Sachin comments on Cricinfo really are getting tiresome these days, I'm surprised people weren't complaining that he didn't make it into the West Indies all time XI. I mean, his name wouldn't be out of place in this list, but at the same time just because he is not in it doesn't make it a bad list. Lets compare him to the Indian that did make the list, Sehwag. Ask yourself, honestly, who would provide more thrills a minute out of the two (not who is a better batsman, remember what this list is) and you have the reason why he is not in this list.

Posted by Street_Hawk on (October 16, 2010, 22:59 GMT)

This is Ian's own XI and people should refrain themselves from suggesting who should be in it and who should. They are welcome to make up their own teams though. There can not be one such Thrill-a-minute side but I bet everyone will have their own.

@Cricketchopper: I have nothing more to say to you other than noticing that you love to live in your dream world. Even Greg Chappell was a better batsman than Ian. If playing without helmet against big fast bowlers is a measure of your greatness then you'll find thousands of great batsmen and Bradman won't be on top of them.

Posted by 2929paul on (October 16, 2010, 22:06 GMT)

To all those who keep banging on about this not being an ALL TIME GREATEST XI - of course it's not. Chappell isn't selecting his best XI here. For god's sake, Fredericks, Walters and Hall don't even qualify. This is his thrill-a-minute XI. His personal choice of "blokes" he'd like to watch play and would probably then have a few (dozen) beers with afterwards. That's not Bradman, Tendulkar and Murali. It's Lara, Walters and Warne. Crash, bang wallop, get in the bar, don't bother going to bed and go straight to the ground the next morning in yesterday's clothes.

Posted by cricketchopper on (October 16, 2010, 21:41 GMT)

Ian Chappel was a better batsman then Sachin Tendulkar. Why are people condemning so much to Ian Chappel regarding non-inclusion of Sachin. This is great humbleness from Ian Chappel that he did not include himself in the XIs though he deserves inclusion even in the ALL time World IX. I bet if Ian Chappel of 1976 would be batting with Tendulkar, you would see that Tendulkar is like a child as compare to batting skills of Ian Chappel. He is the 2nd greatest batsman after Don in Australia and among 5 best batsman in cricket history. Sachin played on dumb and docile wicket and most of the bowlers were sub-standard and Tendulkar was wearing Helmet and other aromours. On the other hand Ian was a brave batsman and great technician. He played great bowlers like: Snow, Holding, Roberts, Imran, Hadlee etc. on rough and fast wickets of Australia, England and West Indies without helmet and even then his strokes were a treat to watch. Ignorant people dont know what is real greatness.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 20:35 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar and Murlidharan not included in world XI by Ian Chappel.Looks simple Aussies are not able to digest Sucess of these 2 Asian players.Anytime Tendulakar is the best among the best batsman in all time in the world.Same goes to Murlidharan,his records shows he was a better bowler than Warne.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

This is not a world eleven. How can you select people with a few thousand runs and average under 50. A bowler with over 26 average and only 100 odd wickets.

If you cannot leace Tendulkar and Bradman out because of runs then what about Murli

Imran Khan averaged 50 with the bat in the later stage of his career as previously he only played as a bowler. I dont want to mention his bowling.

You must have a criteria that the jury members cannot select players from their home nation.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 20:21 GMT)

Don't know why ppl are calling for Ian's head for not including Sachin in "this" team... this is a "thrill a min XI" and nowadays Sachin plays more like an accumulator then a entertainer... though he still win matches for India, but he is not anymore a thriller as far this team's description... THIS IS A GREAT 'THRILLING" TEAM IAN, KUDOS!!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 20:14 GMT)

Ian's All Time XI against my all time XI.,

1) Virender Shewag 2) Viv Richards 3) Brain Lara 4) Sachin Tendulkar 5) Ricky Pointing (C) 6) Rahul Dravid 7) K.Sangakara (Wkt) 8) Shane Warne 9) Murlidharan 10) C.Ambrose 11) Glen Mcgrath Reserve 12) Steve Waugh 13) M.Hayden 14) Wasim Akram 15) Anil Kumble

My team's average innnings score in test will be 600+ My team's Bowlers econmy will be 21.00

Now we can have a competition Virtual or Real, your choice. Let's see who entertain more..

Posted by rdk1 on (October 16, 2010, 19:12 GMT)

is cricket only for thrilling and entertainment?It is a gentlemen game and no one is more gentle than sachin tendulkar.look at his current one is nearer to him.So ian has to include him in his best 11: SEHWAG, SACHIN, LARA, PONTING, ARVIND D SILVA, GILCHRIST(WK), KAPIL DEV (CAP), WASIM AKRAM, GLANN MCGRATH, MURALIDHARAN. Can anyone beat this team?

Posted by Manush on (October 16, 2010, 18:58 GMT)

Glaring omission of Ian Botham in the XI for this topic !!

Posted by lazy.boy on (October 16, 2010, 17:56 GMT)

this team does not have any one of the following: bradman, tendulkar, gavaskar,akram.. this speaks for itself

Posted by omairhr on (October 16, 2010, 17:18 GMT)

Sachin is god. MUST appear in EVERY XI.

Cricinfo, please announce one god-XI with 11 Sachins and Tendulkar as 12th man.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 17:17 GMT)

A great job by a Great cricketer.Ian Chappell.Though I think I can add a new chapter by choosing similar Team but that ofpost World War II era . 1.Trumper,2.A.Shrushburry,3.K.S.Ranji,4.Sir.Bradman,5.S.McCabe,6.F.Wooley7.L/Ames,8.A.Folkner,9.L.Constentine,10.S.F.Barnes,11.C.Turner and 12.G.Loahmen while L/Amarnath and W. Rhodes are my re.players. dr.shrikant.desai.

Posted by bbpp on (October 16, 2010, 17:09 GMT)

Almost every article on cricinfo, whether on spin bowling to fielding has posts about the omnipotence of Tendulkar. Perhaps cricinfo should create a site called WorshipSachinInfo for his devotees and leave this one for the rest of the world.

FYI Sachin is not in the top THRILLING players of even the last few decades...think about Dev, Sewhag, Anwar, Afridi, Wasim, Waqar, Viv, Lara, Sobers, Holding, Kallicharran, Gayle, Gibbs, Boucher, Rhodes, Donald, Ponting, Walters, Gilchrist, Warne, DaSilva, Peterson, Botham etc. etc with just a few seconds thinking!!!!!!

Tendulkar is not the Alpha & the Omega of everthing cricket!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 16:59 GMT)

I can visualise what this people together can make together as a team....explosive approach , daredevils....suprisingly ...Ian Botham is cooly missed out ...

Posted by Amit68 on (October 16, 2010, 16:22 GMT)

This should be called Ian's 'My kind of guys XI'.

Here's a team for them to play against;

Greenidge Hayden Bradman Tendulkar Ponting Dhoni (wk) Imran (c) Marshall Akhtar Muralidharan Kumble

Posted by cricketchopper on (October 16, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

Ian Chappel himself was a great batsman and deserved to included in All time Australian XI and All time World XI. I am not kidding. Ask any one who has seen him playing. Who faced the most dangerous and lethal attacks of English and West Indian history? It was Ian Chappel himself. Frankly speaking he was far better batsman then Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin never played in the conditions and to the bowlers faced by Ian Chappel.

My world Xi: Barry Richards,Gavaskar,Viv,Ian Chappel,Lara,Sobers,Gilly,Imran,Marshal,Lillee,Warne

Posted by 2929paul on (October 16, 2010, 16:01 GMT)

I wonder why Botham isn't on the list!!! BTW, quick scoring does not always equate to entertaining batting. Bradman scored with clinical efficiency - nothing in the air, finding the gaps. Brilliant but boring. And I'd rather watch Lara over SRT - far more entertaining, a flawed genius - but I'd take SRT over Lara in my all time XI any time. Surprised Thommo's not in here. Or Shoaib. Nothing more thrilling than a truly fast bowler charging in and scaring the bejesus out of batsmen. Love the batting line up on the whole though.

Posted by only_india_1 on (October 16, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

I can't understand how did cricinfo selected chappell as a jury member, jury are suppose to be non partial, this guy is in all form of partiality, picking the players of his choice that he likes and not the one who deserves, picking 10 players from AUS-WI just shows how bias his selection is. picking up players based on few records..doesn't make sense, he needs to understand that entertainment for people doesn't mean hitting fours and sixes at every ball, if thats the case this team can be made up of players who plays IPL, right? Wake up chappell, you are one of the jury member, you need to consider all cricket history that started in 19th century and just so you know you played in 20th century and we are curretly in 21st. so put you jealousy aside and pick the best XI, we should not be telling you all these, you need to do it on you own. P.S. Not to mention, I am partially disappointed with this of your selection.

Posted by mayur07301 on (October 16, 2010, 15:31 GMT)

I agree with the selection of most of the players except sir garfield sobers.I think he could have been replaced by sir donald bradman,but then his all round abilities give him a slight edge over bradman.Elimination of tendulkar is totally many times has he scored a 50 or 10 at more than 100 strike rate? hardly 1 or 2 times in a career spanning over 20 years & 170 test matches.& remember that its not the worldxi thatwe are selecting.thums up ian..........!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 15:10 GMT)

I think all you guys are over-reacting... what Ian wishes to say is that this is a 'thrill-a-minute' XI... Sachin bats like a monk these days, he's become beautiful and efficient. He rarely gives the bowlers a chance. THAT is why he's not 'exciting'. He STILL wins matches for India. I think Ian's XI has been taken out of context.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 14:50 GMT)

How could Ian Chapple ignore Sachin Tendulkar....

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 14:43 GMT)

this is rubbish. sachin is the best batsmen to play the game look at his record overall. bradman only played tests, not ODIS and he played against the same opposition all the day. also tendulkar strike rate in ODIS is 86 at a ave. of 46 which is amazing entertainment. his s/r is higher than lara's even. also what about murali, waqar, and bowlers like that? this team has only 2 fast bowleres and if warne is there, so should murali as he has the most wickets ever

Posted by mansid on (October 16, 2010, 13:56 GMT)

sorry mr chappel again u have disrepect Sachin Tendulkar dont know why u and his brother r jealous of him only God knows this and again like rest of all are saying very poor selection if u r comparing your selecion with cricnfo they were outstanding

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 13:49 GMT)

This looks more like Thought-in-a-minute XI! Man without the 2 W's this XI is pointless..

Posted by A_J.. on (October 16, 2010, 13:25 GMT)


bt evry person holds his own sides, on different matters. So, 'ts better, nt 2 comment so angrily,on dis selection, Guyz...............

bt if such d Legends of d Game, picks dis type of side, 'ts dissappoints all d fans of cricket>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Posted by abhi_cricinfo on (October 16, 2010, 13:17 GMT)

Sachin's career could be split'ed into 3 parts. (I) Young Kid hungry to learn things and leaving impression on every one in early 90's.(II) Aggressive young man , wants hit every ball, bashing in form players like Warne, Saqlain Mushtaq, Craig McDermottand and Courtney Walsh in late 90's .(III) Coolest , Responsible and technically impossible to beat , that is third and current Version of Sachin . For Thirll-a-minute XI you have II'nd Sachin. OOPS, Ian Chappell , my bad i forgot that Sachin is Baseball Player. EPIC FAILURE.

Posted by arnavred on (October 16, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

Hi Guys.Plz tell me that Ian Chappel is not in the list of people who selects the world XI.How could he forget Sachin,Dravid or Laxman.Do they dont deserve.He is correct about sehwag bcoz he earned his place.Anyways.good day guys .....

Posted by ChaitanyaK on (October 16, 2010, 12:58 GMT)



Posted by Muzgrob on (October 16, 2010, 11:27 GMT)

I can see how you'd ignore Sahcin when it comes to entertainment value... But to omit Bradman who played his entire career and spent his time as a selector only thinking about the crowds and entertainment... As for the fact about Sobers, I assume it is a list A match and not an ODI he did that in.

Posted by manihammad on (October 16, 2010, 11:24 GMT)

totally agreed @ MirzaIjazBaig. totally rubbish. just put the aus n westinidan players you played with n get a world xi. the world has moved on from that mr chappel

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 11:03 GMT)

Entertain XI? not sure what does Ian means about entertain. Bradman scored over hundred runs all 3 session in a day in test match. U cant out bardman from entertain XI. infact he is the most entertain master class batsman in cricket history. I think he should out from jury after he select this type of team. Here we r selecting a team world best eleven so far not a team which played a special knock once/twice in his carrier.

Posted by shameek_sen on (October 16, 2010, 10:35 GMT)

The fact about sobers slighly confuses me. Records show that he took just one wicket in his only ODI. And, he didn't captain WI in tha match either.

Posted by F.saleem on (October 16, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

its an australian+westendian team nt all time world his team there r only 3 test playing nations i.e austrailia (5),westendies(5) and india (1)...what a poor selection iuan chappel this team sucks

Posted by cricketchopper on (October 16, 2010, 10:17 GMT)

The biggest flaw in this team is omission of IAN CHAPPEL. I can remember, many a times, Great Imran Khan said that the greatest Batsmen whom he bowled are Viv and Ian Chappel. He was better then Greig Chappel. Dont Go to his averages and records. He used to bat during the era when batting was most difficult I mean 70s. One can remember the series of Australia Versus West Indies 1976 when Australia defeated great West Indian Side by 5-1 due to contributions of Ian Chappel. Before 1990s he used to be considered the greatest batsman of Australia after Bradman.

My Thrill team is:Majid Khan (for his style), Barry Richards (Courageous and fast scording), Viv (Confidence), Jawed Miandad (sharpness and entertainment), Ian Chappel (Intellectual stroke player), Lara (Consective stroke play),Gilchrist (a nightmare for bowlers), Joel Garner (treat to watch), Marshal (real quck), Lillee (debateably the most exciting along with Jawed), Shane Warne (behaves like a Villain for batsmen)

Posted by Nimesh_De_Mel on (October 16, 2010, 10:12 GMT)

i guess scoring 300 runs in a day is not good enough or thrilling enough to get the DON in to this list.

Posted by Cricket__sri on (October 16, 2010, 10:06 GMT)

hey ppl those who ask why sachin z not in d XI nd who say tht sachin z also an entertainer,here z a reply from a GREAT FAN OF SACHIN,THE GOD:"Read the title ppl..itz thrill-a-minute XI" Sachin will always be in All-time Best XI,so COOL!!even sachin will support Ian nd so do i being a gr8 fan of the little master. I support u Ian...truly SEHWAG deserves the top slot in the THRILL-A-Minute XI as Viru z the best thriller!!

Posted by Theo_11 on (October 16, 2010, 9:51 GMT)

Its completely rediculous by not including Cricket Super Heroes - Sachin & Bradman.....Ian Chappell should not be in the Jury List...kick him out

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 9:31 GMT)

Is there any destructive bowling attack than Wasim, Waqar, McGrath and Murali?? Absance of Sachin is surprising. I would like to see Inzamam in middle order as well.

Posted by kenjai1 on (October 16, 2010, 9:30 GMT)

As idiosyncratic a selection as the man himself,and absolutely spot on for entertainment value.Chappelli didn't set out to pick the world's best-ever Test team,just the most entertaining,and there are really brave picks in his squad.As a West Indian myself,somewhat surprised by Freddo's inclusion ahead of others,and I would probably have gone forTendulkar,not Walters,but a thought-provoking eleven indeed.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

If consistency is the name of the Game then I doubt how many matches can this team consistently win.......Sorry Ian but there is no/ there can be no-line up without Sachin.....And I wud have had a left-arm quickie, sum1 like Wasim Akram instead of playing 2 Leg spinners !!!

Posted by MirzaIjazBaig on (October 16, 2010, 8:20 GMT)

Rubbish............ How can u ignore sachin, imran khan, waseem, saeed anwar. Real rubbish selection.............

Posted by GPrem on (October 16, 2010, 7:44 GMT)

First of all is he the right person to select whatever the eleven might be? Without Sachin, Wasim, Murali And McGrath, there cant be any eleven.. Lara, viru, viv are exceptions

Posted by Mukhayer on (October 16, 2010, 7:15 GMT)

i dont agree with this team where is the greatest batsman in history don bradman where is jack hobbs who has 60,000 runs and 199 centuries in first class cricket where is imran khan

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 7:12 GMT)

Suprised by the omission of Afridi, Javed, Ambrose but that apart the rest were extreme entertainers! Tears rolled down my eyes when Lara asked "did I entertain" when he retired.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 6:55 GMT)

How about Gilbert Jessop?

Ok, joking. Good side Chapelli. Heres a team to trump that one:

Boycott, Hanif Mohammad, Gavaskar, Barrington, Tavare, Trevor Bailey, Brendon Kuruppu, Brian Statham, S Barnes, Bapu Nadkarni, Hugh Tayfield

Posted by ravithecricbuff on (October 16, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

Wrong liat...Any lkist of this kind without Tendulakr in it is a BIG JOKE!!! Nothing can justify HIS absence from here...

Posted by mishvik1 on (October 16, 2010, 6:17 GMT)

We all seem to be missing the point that he is talking about entertainers (Thrill XI). Perhaps inclusion of Johny Lever and Asrani would have added more depth to the team. And Yes Javed Miandad for that Monkey jumping act.

Posted by Andrew_Sam on (October 16, 2010, 5:50 GMT)

I totally agree with this team, except sachin tendulkar for dougie walters.. sachin is as big an entertainer as any in his hey day. The fact that he is scoring so many these days with 1/10th of his original game is testament to his technical proficiency.. which these other players didn't have!

Posted by six-hitter on (October 16, 2010, 5:36 GMT)

You could make a "dead cricketers" xi and some of these people would still ask why Tendulkar isn't there. Or a pre war xi, or any kind of xi. they are just too small minded to accept that there are other players out there, and he doesn't always have to be picked. I was looking for conspiracy theories from Pakistanis too. These guys take things way too seriously.

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

I think chappell gone out of places............his mind is like empty vessels...............means how can ignore sachin..............uttered non sense...........ridiculous.............i know you hate least he deserved to be in any deserve a slap..

Posted by DONSILVA on (October 16, 2010, 4:45 GMT)

No place the architecture of modern one day cricket, Santh Jayasooriya. How could ShaneWarn found a place ?

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 4:38 GMT)

You must be kidding me...Due respect to all the greats in this team, but ??? No one from SA they had an array of greats, Barry Richards, Pollock, Garry... No one from Pak - Wasim, Waqar, Imran, Javed, Mustaq, Saqlin, Anwar No one from SL - not even Murali No one from Eng - Ian Both, Mike Gatting, Flintoff, KP No one from NZ - Hadlee ... and for God sake don tell me that Sachin does not deserve a place... Your point about his retirement is one thing that was during 2007, but when picking an ALL TIME 11, it does not matter how Sachin is playing after his 30s.

And there is no varity in spin deparment, both are leggies, Saqlin and Murali are no good from Ian's point :-(

Guess Ian picked an opponent team that he would face so he left out Sachin...

Posted by raghu13 on (October 16, 2010, 4:21 GMT)

why 2 say it world X1..............u can say it WA(West indian australians) X1..........ha ha.......lolz........;-)

Posted by narayanm on (October 16, 2010, 3:57 GMT)

and sachin is very "rightfully" not in this team.

Posted by Charindra on (October 16, 2010, 3:37 GMT)

At first I was like "huh???". But when you think about it, it all makes sense in a weird way. The two greatest batsmen in history (Bradman and Sachin), the greatest spinner ever (Murali) and the greatest left arm bowler ever (Wasim) are not included. Therefore this is purely Ian Chappell's XI. I don't agree with him all the time, but I think he has earned the right to have an opinion, having been a much admired captain. So shall we all agree to disagree? :)

Posted by vish2020 on (October 16, 2010, 3:37 GMT)

this Ian guy is a joke...5 aussie and 5 WI and veeru!! this not called world XI..most wicket taker and most run scorer are both missing..His team would lose to my XI in 9 out of 10 matches..guaranteed! and you can take that to the bank Ian!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 3:14 GMT)

90% of the people here either have visual problems or reading difficulty. For god's sake, he said it's a 'Thrill-a-minute' side.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 3:11 GMT)

Ian has always been harsh on Tendulkar, not including in his World XI further confirm that. No place for Greats - Sir Bradman, Tendulkar, Gavaskar??? Few names that he included most of us havent even heard of!

Posted by MiddleStump on (October 16, 2010, 3:07 GMT)

There is never a dull moment when Ian Chappel tries to be objective. I can say so having watched him play as well as everyone on his list but for O'Reilly. His list includes Walters who was always vulnerable to genuine pace, Richards who could never reach 30 without getting a life when batting against Chandra or Venkat, Warne who would struggle to find a place on the top ten list of spinners for performances in India, and Fredricks who was inconsistent at best. Heck after Chappel has made his selection, who would go to watch Bradman or Tendulkar play on the team?

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 3:05 GMT)

Ian Chappel as usual shows his both his anti-Sachin and anti-Racist attitude, through this list. Stupid list mostly with the sxception of a few players. No Sachin, No Wasim and a few 'not out of the top drawer' cricketers.

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

Nice choice. All of them will definitely entertain..

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (October 16, 2010, 2:52 GMT)

Look at these comments HOW MUCH ATTENTION IAN CHAPPELL gets by not including Sachin..Tha;s how Great is Sachin not Chappell

Posted by Amit68 on (October 16, 2010, 2:40 GMT)

For all the folks complaining about no Tendulkar, please observe... there is no Bradman either. Those two are above giving Ian cheap thrills ;-)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 2:07 GMT)

this is really not a test team but his dream 20-20 team .Mr Chappel wants to make sure that this team gets a strike rate >100 and forgot abt everything else ,what else reason can u give for omission of sachin frm any team in world.

Posted by South_Indian on (October 16, 2010, 1:53 GMT)

@dcaprio >> the biggest joke here in these comments is you claiming to be BRITISH ! which british fan gets hysterical about cricket n defends so emotionally n that too defend Tendulkar?? i would believe you had this been a topic about SOCCER :P The nature n style of your comments clears exposes you as an Indian fan (must be someone settled there recently) n your just trying to mask yourself as british to make an impression that Tendulkar is best, HAHAHA better luck next time! And again, ONLY INDIANs ARE CRYING FOR TENDULKAR HERE !!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 1:06 GMT)

Ian Chappel is known Tendulkar hater. Sometime it just makes me wonder that being in the field of cricket for so long you do not understand what entity Sachin Tendulkar is then really you must look back at what you have been doing for so long in cricket. Sachin Tendulkar has rocked the inform bowlers like McGrath, Vass, Warne, Akram, Waqar... You name it and sachin has dominated them all... Right from NZ tour when he started opening in 1994 till now.. with Sehwag and Ganguly... he holds the name/fame for being one of the most successful opening batsman of an open era... And whom you are kidding Mr. Chappel by not including the God himself in the thrill 11 of yours... Come on stop being haters... and applaud what whole world is applauding... He is the God.. Game starts there and ends there....

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 0:55 GMT)

i belive who ever picked the team stopped watching cricket a long time ago apart from sehwag no young generation player the selector must have seen him play when he was young a kid and want for a sleep woke up thinking it is 1980 and selected a team where is sachin or jayasuryia alan donald dale steyn many moer and the selector thinks only aussiee play good cricket yeh thats why u lost 2 zero to india great man

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 0:41 GMT)

What's a thrill-a-minute XI doing without Waqar Younis or maybe Wasim Akram? Murali's got to be in this team.

Posted by sharprider on (October 15, 2010, 23:58 GMT)

Where 'Thrill-a-minute' is the topic, the one name that should've come to any true cricketlover's mind is, Javed Miandad, who happened to be one of the most genuine cricketers of his time. And, mind you, there was hardly any dull moment when he was on the field, whether batting like a giant or bowling away his heart (with his leggies) or fielding like a hare. So, I think the writer needs to do a detailed research with all his facts in place.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (October 15, 2010, 23:28 GMT)

Sagarch - RESPECT..This guys selectively does not respect players..Do you think We comments people respect him...not only based on this article but this guy always bias on certain players always even if that player is not Sachin and someone else..AND THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR ANY ARTICLE......

Posted by ARAgarwal on (October 15, 2010, 22:51 GMT)

No wonder sachin is not on this list, Mr. Ian Chappell had called for his retirement in 2007... might have really enjoyed the last 9 months....

Posted by chrisrandom9 on (October 15, 2010, 22:39 GMT)

Exceptional amount of stupidity in the comments section, as always on these things. IT'S NOT AN ALL TIME XI. Good team, I would maybe find space for at least one Pakistani; not always the most consistent but nonetheless exhilarating

Posted by ARAgarwal on (October 15, 2010, 22:36 GMT)

@Riwaj... Dude if sachin is not an entertainer, i dont know what half my life has gone watching on television... isnt it thrilling that this guy, as u said 'always' gets that century wen u expect him to.... i mean how many people are able to do tht, wid pressure from a billion people... although i dont argue sehwag is an entertainer...

Posted by nzcricket174 on (October 15, 2010, 22:31 GMT)

Everyone has their own opinions, he just should have explained it better.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 21:53 GMT)

hahaha .. 5 Australians , 5 West-Indians and 1 Indian ... No Pakistani and only 1 Indian , No Sri Lankan ?????????????????????

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 21:51 GMT)

I feel sorry for Indian cricket fans! SACHIN is not an OUT n OUT ENTERTAINER! You always expect a 110 ball century from SACHIN. Thats not thrill!! SEHWAG is an entertainer. Inclusion of AFRIDI has been compromised! Sachin might have the highest number of hundreds. I wish he gets 50 one-day hundreds. However, AFRIDI, although has a handful ones, most of them happen to be thrillers!! If you need an allrounder, you are missing-- Flintoff!

Posted by rko_rules on (October 15, 2010, 21:47 GMT)

Why don't you all guys understand that this is Ian Chappell's choice of team and there are only 11 places in one team, how many great players can he fill in 1 team. No matter what team you select, you cannot satisfy everyone. You guys can suggest your own team and tell that to your friends and i am sure there will be complaints from your friends as well. And most important thing is, Ian is from that era when West Indies and Australia dominated World Cricket. And even if you guys ask your parents, they always remember their younger days and the great players from that era. My father likes Mike Gatting since the time when he saw him playing in Sector 16 stadium in chandigarh in 1984 and the crowd teased him a lot. But yea i agree Wasim Akram should have been there

Posted by rko_rules on (October 15, 2010, 21:45 GMT)

Why don't you all guys understand that this is Ian Chappell's choice of team and there are only 11 places in one team, how many great players can he fill in 1 team. No matter what team you select, you cannot satisfy everyone. You guys can suggest your own team and tell that to your friends and i am sure there will be complaints from your friends as well. And most important thing is, Ian is from that era when West Indies and Australia dominated World Cricket. And even if you guys ask your parents, they always remember their younger days and the great players from that era. My father likes Mike Gatting since the time when he saw him playing in Sector 16 stadium in chandigarh in 1984 and the crowd teased him a lot. But yea i agree Wasim Akram should have been there

Posted by Sagarch on (October 15, 2010, 21:34 GMT)

Its fun reading all the meaningless comments :-) Mr.Ian Chappell is a learned man in cricket and he has an opinion...It obviously will not be acceptable to all billion cricket fans...We can atleast respect the man and his opinion...This is afterall an academic excercise and not like these players are being paid billion dollars to come out and bat for your life!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 21:33 GMT)

Greg, you are were a great player and are an excellent tactician and commentator- but I think your team was made in great haste. It seems that you chose your test team mistaking it for a one day side. You missed Imran Khan who averaged 50 with the bat and 19 with the ball in his final ten years of test cricket. You put in Doug Walters instead of Tendulkar. You put in Sehwag in place of Gavaskar. You chose Lillie and Hall over Wasim Akram who was better than both on all types of wickets and a better fielder and Batsman. You still have two more tries to put it right!!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 21:12 GMT)

It should have been "My time thrill-XI" rather than "My all-time thrill-XI"!! I don't think people have ever seen enough of Bill'O Reilly ( did I get his spell right?) to judge him. Instead Shoaib Aktar would have been a better choice. I would rather add Afridi than Lara. Lara was good alright but Afridi is more thrilling. Sachin/Lara.. its the same thing!! Just that he prefers Lara.

Posted by Harry_ on (October 15, 2010, 21:06 GMT)

Its his article, its his choice, there wouldn't be any point in having columns from as a respected name as Ian Chappell if all they did was pick what the public says. I also feel sorry for any writer on cricinfo, if they don't worship Sachin in all of their articles they are bombarded with criticism from angry Indians.

Posted by ssvsatya on (October 15, 2010, 20:55 GMT)

Ian is always envious of Sachin. Remember the series Aus vs India 2008. Richie Benaud has told Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram that he feels Sachin is by par the best batsman he has ever seen apart from Bradman. When Shastri and Wasim have told the same to Ian and his immediate reaction was "I thought he would have said Sobers". In his expressions it was clear that he did not like Richie mentioning Sachin as the best. Sir Sobers was a wonderful cricketer but this XI if he did not mention a person (Sachin) as who has thrilled billion people everytime when he came to the ground whether a test match or one day or T20 (IPL), there is something wrong with Ian's head. He might say that he did not include Don. Clearly he is not a trustworthy Juror member. Ian, you are completely wrong for your XI. You could not include the two greatest batsmen of all time in a thrill X1, you are failed for your own head. One of your Thrill XI, Mr. Warne was thrashed all over the parks by another unnamed.

Posted by ARAgarwal on (October 15, 2010, 20:54 GMT)

Hahaha Aussies will never understand the 'thrill' of watching Tendulkar bat...

Posted by Stark62 on (October 15, 2010, 20:52 GMT)


Where's the biggest entertainers of the game like Afridi, Gayle and Jayasuriya?

Posted by ARAgarwal on (October 15, 2010, 20:47 GMT)

Aussies will never understand the 'thrill' of watching Tendulkar bat....

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 20:43 GMT)

taste less taste in Mr Chappell slection. i dont understand his criteria of slection... so what? make place in world XI is it sufficient to make fastest test century? or second fastest century? or most runs in over? or to make hundred on 71 balls? i will never understand Mr Chappell . he is including Adam Gilchrist (wk) on basis of second fastest test hundred..!!!! lol

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (October 15, 2010, 20:40 GMT)

Ian Chappell should read most of the comments and then HE SHOULD SELECT HIS TEAM....and publish his article...PERIOD..Lesson should be learned from comments

Posted by miltonabdh on (October 15, 2010, 19:52 GMT)

Ian, are you picking a thrilling world -11 or a thrilling test-11? If it is a thrilling world-11, how come, jayasuriya, afridi, yuvraj, gayle, cairns are excluded? If it is a thrilling test-11, as the names of Lara and sobers suggest, then how come wasim, murali, tendulkar and ponting are left out?

Posted by Jonathan_E on (October 15, 2010, 19:39 GMT)

I have to say, I'd love to fit Botham in there... at least, the old Botham of 1977-1983, when you never knew what was going to happen next, but you knew he would come up with something. Imran may have finished his career with higher averages, but that was only after Botham's back injuries and lifestyle began to seriously hamper him: at the start of his career, I'd have picked Beefy over anyone.

The only question is, who would you drop to accommodate him? The only place I can see him fitting into this team, is if you drop Doug Walters and move Sobers up to five in the order, with Botham batting at six... or Gilchrist at six with Botham at seven.

Oh and by the way, Sobers should not be captain - he was brilliant at everything else but not a great leader except by example. I think Warne would have been better had he ever been tried.

I would also consider replacing Gilchrist with Alan Knott behind the stumps if the pitch was difficult for batting.

Posted by murali3883 on (October 15, 2010, 19:23 GMT)

am not here to discuss whether sachin should be included here or not but for the team to go past atleast qualifying round, sachin should be in here the best xi can be sehwag, sachin, viv richards, ian , beefy botham, bc lara, sobers, warne, murali, akram,lillie.

sachin has always been a pain to the chappells and the aussies and hence they always try to put him down. just like the old saying on consoling yourself......the fruits of a protected orchard are bitter

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 19:11 GMT)

People should read the article before writing comments like ' why Sachin is not in his team'.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 19:10 GMT)

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

Now tell me if this is the criteria why Sachin does not fits into it. Talent-more than anyone Ability to entertain- Most people watch cricket just because of Sachin. Or does he mean the kind of entertainment that Sreeshanth provides Desire to dictate the opposition- Who does it better than Sachin.

Now Mr Chappell- Would you please retire from writing. You seem like to be the guy crying for attention. I know this is also one way to get attention- "Do what others consider filthy stuff". After all, disgrace is also a kind of fame. People remember those, and talk about those who do disgraceful acts.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 19:04 GMT)

wow.....surprising..... SANATH JAYASURIYA is not included.....the man who changed the ODI....

Posted by mastydeep on (October 15, 2010, 18:59 GMT)

is this test team or t-20,no sachin ,no kallis ,no dravid,must be jocking ian chappel

Posted by waspsting on (October 15, 2010, 17:55 GMT)

@ Engle - love the idea! should we call it the "Dull Dogs"? Hanif Mohammed, Boycott, Lawry, Barrington, Bruce Mitchell, Steve Waugh, Dravid, Kallis... all solid contenders for the batting spots.

Posted by waspsting on (October 15, 2010, 17:52 GMT)

Not much space for elegance in that list - i'd enjoy watching David Gower as much as a more aggresive but less stylish player. I've heard many good things about Lawrence Rowe, too. Guys, PLEASE READ BEFORE COMMENTING. He's making an "ENTERTAINMENT 11" team - not the greatest team.

Sachin's the best batsman i've ever seen - but the way so many of you are fixated on him to the exclusion of the game itself is disappointing, and disrespectful to the game itself. Sachin's the best I've seen, but I'd rather watch Lara or Sehwag bat. Ian Chappell isn't snubbing him, he's just not making everything center around him (as so many respondents here do). Bradman was an amazingly quick scorer, but his style wasn't too pretty - even by his own admission. Stan Mcabe was probably a more watchable bat even in that time.

other lovely players - Sayeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Mark Waugh, Compton, Donnelly, Morris, G. Pollock, Barry Richards, Azharuddin

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 17:41 GMT)


Posted by abner564 on (October 15, 2010, 17:35 GMT)

Remmeber this is not his best XI it's a entertaining XI it has nothing to do with batting as conditions suite or adapting to different conditions.....its a list of player who have one motor and one motor only attack attack attack....his list is ideal but i amke only a few changes to his list who-la its a list form my cricket passion....1. Shewag 2. Fredricks 3. Richards 4. Lara 5. Inzaman 6. Botham 7. Gilchrist 8. Lillie 9. Warne 10. Younis 11. Paul Adams for his bowling style

Posted by vincing on (October 15, 2010, 17:34 GMT)

Thrill a minute AT XI: 1) Matt Hayden 2) roy Fredricks 3) Viv Richards 4) Garfield Sobers 5) Ian Botham 6) Kapil Dev 7) Richard Hadlee 8) Mike Proctor 9) Adam Gilchrist/Dhoni 10) Wasim Akram 11) Jonty Rhodes

No spinners required. This team is a team of real rookies with one pivot point in Garfield sobers. And they will collectively make more than 300 any day any innings and defend it like their life depends on it. Lara, Warne are definitely not entertainers. Mind you, Jonty Rhodes is there to have something on field to thrill you. Sehwag can take place of Hayden, but I still see Hayden more hard hitting and overall imposing batsman and can make huge scores. Imran Khan is not in the team because he was very matured bowler, not really an entertainer. Fasten your seat bealts, bowling to be opened by Wasim Akram and Richard Hadlee followed by Mike Proctor and Ian Botham followed by Kapil Dev and Garfield Sobers and then we start again with Wasim Akram and Richard Hadlee.

Posted by anreddy9 on (October 15, 2010, 17:10 GMT)

Sachin is "Mahatma" Gandhi of Cricket!!

Posted by anreddy9 on (October 15, 2010, 17:08 GMT)

yeah...Ian just wants to find ways to snub Sachin. In the hindsight, he (Ian) is just losing his credibility every time he tries doing that. Sachin will not respond to his insinuations. For all his (Ian's) greatness and intelligence, don't understand why he keeps doing that. This will only enhance Sachin's greatness (as a greatest cricketer with greatest attitude).

Posted by djfw666 on (October 15, 2010, 17:07 GMT)

I think you're close Mr Chappell, but I feel my team would thrill even more: 1. Sehwag 2. Gordon Greenidge 3. Ricky Ponting 4. Graeme Pollock 5. Richards 6. Nathan Astle 7. Gilchrist 8. Warne 9. Brett Lee 10. Jeff Thomson 11. Curtly Ambrose

Fireworks everywhere in that team!

And they'd play the most dour grinding team of all time;

1. Boycott (duhh) 2. John Wright 3. Hanif Mohammad 4. Jacques Kallis 5. Steve Waugh 6. Shiv Chanderpaul 7. Mark Boucher 8. Dan Vettori 9. Chaminda Vaas 10. Fred Trueman 11. Glenn McGrath

The battle is on!

Posted by MasterfulStars on (October 15, 2010, 17:04 GMT)

Personally, Ian Chappel never liked Sachin tendulkar. So its obvious why Sachin is not in his team.

He once asked sachin to go and ask a magical mirror..I now ask Ian chappel to go and ask the same mirror if he has one. Not sure when he is going to mature.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

he should be joking.. No Sachin, and No bradman... He lives in his own world... Come back to reality..

Posted by aquarianx on (October 15, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

It is fitting that Sachin is not on this list. He keeps company with another prominent missing name, the Don.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 16:41 GMT)

I think u people r not getting the point of jealousy of Ian .. He always was a Sachin basher n tried to put someone forward .. As Australia visited India , everytime he said Sehwag is the key n on both occasions in 2008 n 2010 , sehwag was miserable but still he is featuring in his XI.. so u can think what the team Ian can choose.. he is a sick person.. get well soon Mr Ian..

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

lame selection. These australian will never forget their own countrymen lol. where is botham? What abt imran? this selection is a joke.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

I respect Ian Chappel's views on cricket & cricketing matters d most, and although Sachin's exclusion is very very hard to take BUT lets remember that this is HIS CHOICE as the MOST ENTERTAINING TEAM and believe me Ian Chappel knows what he is talking..He is d most unbiased & distinguished cricket commentator in the world right now...

Posted by Kushh on (October 15, 2010, 16:19 GMT)

SANATH JAYASURIYA !!!! hello..... y'all havel forgottn him

Posted by Yorker_ToeCrusher on (October 15, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

Finally Mr Chappel has created a new category of world 11 to omit Mr Tendulkar.Well done Mate!

Posted by sandunk on (October 15, 2010, 16:12 GMT)

Ok so no Bradman and Sachin? If we know Chappel, we know he just wants to do things different. And I guess that's his way, and his choice of course.

Most wouldn't agree though. Just on pure entertainment value, Bradman and Sachin win over everyone else. Stadiums emptied, TV's switched off as soon as one of the 2 legends innings come to an end. Now that is called pure entertainment and quality. Very few people can have the impact as this ever.

Posted by CricketPissek on (October 15, 2010, 16:06 GMT)

p.s. someone mentioned Gavaskar missing from the list which made me giggle. seriously dude, read the damn title.

Posted by CricketPissek on (October 15, 2010, 16:05 GMT)

OMG!!! i hope my first post got published! There were NO comments when i posted it and i wanted to start a game for how many comments it would take before someone cried about Sachin or Wasim missing. i guessed 8, and 8th was indeed the first one where someone asked where Wasim Akram was!! ROFL!!!! surely i win a prize!! :)

Posted by WhoLetTheDogsOUT on (October 15, 2010, 15:54 GMT)

bwaaahahahah ... asking ian to recognize the genius of tendulkar would be like asking a creationist to accept darwinism. a very entertaining list tho!

Posted by rkannancrown on (October 15, 2010, 15:43 GMT)

This article shows the extreme bias of Ian Chappel. Doug Walters ahead of several greats - Sachin, Miandad, etc !!!!!! Two leg spinners - Warne & Bill O Reilly. I have never seen Bill O Reilly but a selector needs to chose and find a balance. Murali was the logical choice or even Bishen Bedi as a second spinner. Bedi would have been entertaining both for his batting & fielding while being an exiciting attacking option to Warne. The other alternative would have been to chose a quickie - Holding, Roberts, Walsh, Imran, Botham, Kapil etc - immediately come to mind. The surprise is how Don Bradman was left out - he has scored a century in each session.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

talking about Excitement than Shahid Afridi must have been there!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 15:26 GMT)

how about a "dull as ditchwater" XI next?

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (October 15, 2010, 15:21 GMT)

Chappell brothers always have something against Sachin.No wonder Sachin is not in his team

Also message to Ian Chappell STOP singning about Sehwag TOO much in all of your articles..He is not very great he is OK....

Always hate to read Ian Chappell articles and he is always different like his team and very bias against some players without any reason BUT WHO CARES....

Posted by george204 on (October 15, 2010, 15:20 GMT)

@nataraajds, praveenu1000 (& all the other fanbois), Yes, no Sachin. Read what Ian wrote - this is an entertainers XI & all the batsmen he chose scored quicker. Sachin is a great among Indian batsmen, of that there is no doubt. But in terms of the all-time greatest he struggles to even make the top ten. This idea that he's the 2nd greatest behind Bradman is nonsense...

Posted by Rohit-Gore on (October 15, 2010, 15:18 GMT)

And what about the dour eleven? 1. Geoff Boycott 2. Bill Lawry 3. Ken Barrington 4. Allan Border 5. Shivnarain Chanderpaul 6. Jacques Kallis (all rounder) 7. Alec Stewart (WK) 8. Bob Willis 9. Courtney Walsh 10. Glenn McGrath 11. Bishan Bedi

Posted by Uzi-Khan on (October 15, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

Signs that Chappel has lost it?

Um......where's Imran Khan and Wasim Akram? Two of the greatest and most exciting crickets of all time....

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 15:07 GMT)

You are talking about thrill XI than where the hell is Shahid Afridi??

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

Sr. Ian Chappell .. You missed the Legend Sachin Tendulkar in the XI. I know you have a strong dislike towards Sachin. You even once wrote in some interview asking Sachin's retirement. Sachin gave a good reply with his bat. He won the ICC cricketer award and now topped the ICC Test rankings..This proved that most of your discussions are wrong.. Sachin is the undisputed champion in any forms of cricket..

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:57 GMT)

Exceptional.. Ian Chappell is known to be the best cricketing mind and commentator around. So whatever he has picked must be good. And too he has given reason behind each selection. So no way pointing finger at him. Right, he hasn't picked Sachin and Bradman but they are not known to be the entertaining players. They are graceful rather than aggressive. Right choice sir!!!!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:57 GMT)

What is that? NO SACHIN NO World XI...I request ESPNCricInfo to stop taking views from Ian Chappell

Posted by Omarrz on (October 15, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

Where is Wasim Akram? Where is Sachin?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

both the chappel brothers are idiots.. the world knows it.. they dont like sachin cos he has done so exceptionally well against aus..

Posted by NickHughes on (October 15, 2010, 14:51 GMT)

Swap Sobers for Botham, make Richards or Warne the captain and that's a proper thrill-a-minute side. Chappell's put 3 spinners and 2 seam bowlers which takes the "thrill" factor down a notch. Put Botham in and you have 3 entertaining seam bowlers and you still keep Warne and O'Reilly.

I'm not doubting Sobers' fantastic talent or greatness, but probably Beefy has slightly more entertainment value for this team.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

Not a very good team weak bowling . Battin is good though . Chappell pick a team which he thinks is good but tats not the case .This bowling attack will get smacked if the ball in this era..shane warne is lucky he is not bowling in t20 i m sure good batsman can hit him 4 sixes in a over...

Posted by Rake1 on (October 15, 2010, 14:44 GMT)

My team : Chris Tavare (Eng), Shoaib Mohammed (Pak), Sanjay Manjreker (Ind), Jimmy Adams (WI), Asif Mujtaba (Pak), Ravi Shastri (Ind), Manoj Prabhakar (Ind), Khalid Mashud - wk (Bang), Craig Matthews (SA), John Emburey (Eng), Ewan Chatfield (NZ).

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:43 GMT)

Don't understand why people are asking questions like "Why no Bradman". Chappelli has selected only those players who he has seen playing. Otherwise the likes of Victor Trumper would have found a place..The senir most of the above XI is Sir Gary Sobers and I believe Iain is a big fan of his 270 played in 1971 in a series between Australia and ROW coming against red hot Lillie.

Posted by Rajitha88 on (October 15, 2010, 14:39 GMT)

THERES NO CRICKET WITHOUT SIR MUTTAIAH MURALIDERAN...if u can add warne to team..u must add murali....because 800>709

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:36 GMT)

@Paddy Mohan

Lara always won match for WI even when batting second, unlike Tendulkar who could not even chase small target of 120 against WI (in 1997).

So West Indies never lost a 4th innings chase which involved Lara !!. Other than fabulous 153 I don't remember any other major matching winnings played by Lara in the 4th innings. May be in thr great 418 run chase he contributed quite well but there also Sarwan and Chanders led the charge.

Please don't express such biased opinions and keep them to yourself !

Posted by __ram on (October 15, 2010, 14:25 GMT)

Some of the why-didnt-you-put-so-and-so comments are tiresome and embarrassing. Why couldn't they just contribute their team in their comments? cricinfo should probably moderate these comments and filter the garbage. Just because one has an opinion it needn't always be made clear to everybody! :-) Btw, I have been wanting to post this for more than year. Couldn't hold myself back any longer.

Posted by bala on (October 15, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

A guy who thrills is susceptible to produce blood racing moments and completely fail at any given ball. You never know wht Sehwag is gonna do the next ball. Thats the thrill. Tendulkar is too solid, sane and dependable to be in this squad. I love Tendulkar like any crazy indian.. but getting tired of the zealots who start arguing Tendulkar should be in any cricketing squad. Reading comment board of any article ends up in the same debate of either BCCI/Indian Team or sachin. I'm scared some of these guys might starting abusing the author if Tendulkar is left out of Cricket's Worst XI too. Can cricinfo start a separate msg board called Tendulkar's Greatness so that some souls can talk about other aspects of cricket too(however minute it maybe)?

Posted by caromball on (October 15, 2010, 14:20 GMT)

Mr.Chappell.....I realy felt very sory for you.There is no doubt about your ability as a world class cricketer.But you are an empty vessel when you have open your controversial are a real empty vessel.You are trying to keep your job as a writer or an commentator by saying these kind of nasty comments.Anyway you have a right to say what do you want.But unfortunately day by day you are becoming a very unpopular and unwanted character.You have always shown your selfishness without any hesitation.I am not wondering even if you have annonced your team with 100% Australian players,becoz you are a such a stupid person.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:20 GMT)

@ Engle, i like the idea of naming a non-thrill XI


Posted by asadkum on (October 15, 2010, 14:18 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA............................ It's really an aggresive one.................................................................. So many talents in cricket world; it's really very very hard to accomodate in only 11 squad....................................................................................... I am not in favour droping Lara - but Sachin must be considered also. AND in place of Wes Hall - I guess Wasim Akram would be a good choice.........

Posted by loung_singh on (October 15, 2010, 14:15 GMT)

its a gud team ian....probably waqar younis shud ve been there...a pure entertainer nd magician...cnt figure out why people are lamenting on exclusion of sachin...cmmon yaar evry1s has his own opinion n dere s nthng wrong in it...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

Ian did a great job picking this side for the thrills they would provide. For guys disputing the side this is not an alltime XI it is simply his opinion based on thrills. The guys questioning no 2, 5, 10, 11 it simply shows you are not students of the game. Go do some research on Roy Fredricks , Wes Hall, Doug Walters etc, cricket has a long rich history of dominating & exciting players that did not begin with the "swipers" in 20/20

Posted by Devi_Criclover on (October 15, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

Complete Bias....nothing else! ....Where is Sachin and Wasim Akram. Ian what is your problem admiring shear genius ?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 14:07 GMT)

Gayle and Sehwag.. what more exciting than that in the top order .. Sir VIV, (Sir) Brian...most definitely... now who is more exciting to watch than a fired up Ambrose?

my team of exciting players will be : Gayle, Sehwag, Sir Viv, Lara, Tendulkar, Gilchrist,Sobers,Warne,Lillee, Ambrose, Murli

Posted by japper on (October 15, 2010, 13:59 GMT)

Why the Indian fans get so annoyed when they see Brian Lara and no Sachin Tendulkar in any list. In what way Brian Lara has achieved less? Brian played 131 Test matches in his career which is more than enough to judge any player. In 232 innings that he played he scored 11953 runs with 34 hunderds, 7 of them double tons, 1 triple and 1 quadraple while Sachin tendulkar after 144 matches and 233 innings had scored 11532 runs with 38 hundreds, 4 of them double tons. If we have to compare players the no. of innings played has to be taken into account though Sachin now has lost more runs than Brian. But, when they both played the same no. of innings there wasn't much to choose, infact Lara got 400 hundred more runs than Sachin. Both Lara and Sachin have had their ups and downs, but both of them thrilled the cricket fans at different times. Both of them are legends and just because Tendulkar is an Indian, let's not demean the image of Brian.

Posted by vincing on (October 15, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

so comes Wasim and mind you he can bat and entertain every second when in mood with bat. Shane warne can bat too. Mr. Chappell, are you reading? You seem to be too biased for Australian and West Indian cricketers and your love for Sehwag is well known. Here is my thrill a minute: 1) Matt Hayden 2) Roy Fredricks 3) Viv Richards 4) Kevin Pieterson/Javed Miandad 5) Sir Garfield Sobers 6) Ian Botham 7) Mike Proctor 8) Kapil Dev 9) Gilchrist/Dhoni 10) Wasim Akram 11) Malcolm Marshall 12th Man: Sir Richard Hadlee

You don't need spinner here. Lara is not thrill a minute player. Malcolm Marshall is solely for thrilling bowling. All these allrounders are absolute freaks. Imran and Hadlee were sensible of the four and had batter figures but the Botham and Kapil, they can thrill you anytime.Wasim Akram can thrill with any ball and ten minutes at crease.

Posted by japper on (October 15, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

why are Indian fans get so annoyed when they see Brian Lara and no Sachin Tendulkar in any list. I what way Brian Lara has achieved less? Brian played 131 Test matches in his career which is more than enough to judge any player. In 232 innings that he played he scored 11953 runs with 34 hunderds, 9 of them double tons, 1 triple and 1 quadraple while Sachin tendulkar after 144 matches and 233 innings had scored 11532 runs with 38 hundreds, 4 of them double tons. If we have to compare players the no. of innings played has to be taken into account though Sachin now has lost more runs than Brian. But, when they both played the same no. of innings there wasn't much to choose, infact Lara got 400 hundred more runs than Sachin. Both Lara and Sachin have had their ups and downs, but both of them thrilled the cricket fans at different times. Both of them are legends and just because Tendulkar is an Indian, let's not demean the image of Brian.

Posted by ILuvTests on (October 15, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

Ian, you have been in the sun too long. Affected your brain. Trumpet and Bradman scored at a run a minute. This translates to an effective rate of between 5 to 6 runs an over. Not exciting enough Mr. Chappell?

Posted by arvin on (October 15, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

it is understandable chappal brothers dont find sachin a great batsman coz he exposed false greatness of home pitches bully bradman and is mainly responsible for end of aussie dominance in world cricket presently... but to say sachin is not entertaining enough to watch well chappal must have been sleeping all the time sachin bats or perhaps he is suffering from insomnia not to remember some of most thrilling/entertainng innings from world's greatest batsman as those innings were against aussies... despite cheating from their umpires...

Posted by chaithan on (October 15, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

In case any of you had bothered to actually read the article, you would have noticed that this isn't the World XI but only the all-time thrill XI. There's a difference which i think all you illiterate guys missed.

Posted by nataraajds on (October 15, 2010, 13:50 GMT)

No sachin , No Botham? a team without these two is always incompetent. These two fit to any format of the game.

Posted by Engle on (October 15, 2010, 13:48 GMT)

It's only fair to give equal coverage to a non-Thrill XI : 1. Hanif Mohammed 2. G.Boycott 3. R.Dravid 4. K.Barrington 5. C.Tavare 6. T.Bailey 7. I.Healy 8. B.Statham 9. A.Kumble 10. G.McGrath 11. L.Gibbs

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 13:44 GMT)

I laughed so hard at this sorry excuse of an all time 11 that it hurts. I generally respect Ian Chappel's opinions and all, but this one disappointed me. The only good choices were having Lara, Viv Richards, Sobers and probably Gilchrist in there. Rest were all garbage.

Posted by vincing on (October 15, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

Sensible XI against thrill a minute which will bash them hard but with one problem, thye both have sir Garfield Sobers, so maybe Imran will have to take his place. 1) Barry Richards 2) Sir Len Hutton 3) Sir don Bradman 4) Sachin Tendulkar 5) Graeme Pollock 6) Imran Khan in place of Garfield Sobers 7) Allan Knott 8) Wasim Arkam 9) Shane Warne 10) Muralitharan 11) Curtly Ambrose

Now, you have the middle order which score runs and runs and runs at brisk pace that will satisfy the purists and those who wnat to be entertained. If required Sachin Tendulkar can also drop anchor. The openers would put the price to their wickets and tire your entertainers. Bowling was difficult to choose, but one offspinner gets murali in and one leg spinner gets shane warne in. One pace and one swing bowler. So Ambrose seems the best fast seem accurate, hostile bowler whose presence sends shivers. Wanted Lillee or Marshall as his partner but a left arm swing would be the perfect foil, so comes

Posted by PraveenU on (October 15, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

This XI will not even clear the preliminary rounds.. :P

No Sachins, No Bradman....

Posted by LukeTheDuke on (October 15, 2010, 13:22 GMT)

Ian Chappel is an idiot, he comes from the same family as Greg and trevor so what more to expect from him.. buzz off mozo jumbo..

Posted by shrnk on (October 15, 2010, 13:19 GMT)

If its fun, then i'd open the batting with Srikanth and Muralitharan.

Posted by Singhe on (October 15, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

Great selection!! I would have dropped Wes for Beefy. It is no coincidence they are mostly WI or Oz: they enjoyed their cricket and produced the two greatest teams the world has ever seen!

Posted by abhi_cricinfo on (October 15, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

@Paddy Mohan So that was you who made (119,122,103 against ENG),(104,124,100 aginst SL with Murali),(155 against Warne's AUS) in 3rd/4th Innings , Played 93% of matches team played in 21yrs as responsible player . Lara my be Entertainer+ Genius but Sachin is PURE GENIUS no mixture. You want to get highlighted by abusing Tendulkar , don't worry even Sachin will say Lara is Better than him because Sachin is dedicated to CRICKET ! Finally I would like to say that in main ALL TIME XI middle order will should contain BRADMAN,SACHIN,LARA.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 13:10 GMT)

All the members in the team are Legends. But you have forgotten the LEGEND of the legends: Sachin Tendulkar. If i am not wrong once Sir Don Bradman said: When you are comparing world's top batsman. Put Sachin aside and compare the others. So i feel that Sachin omission is surprising

Posted by A_HTIMAN on (October 15, 2010, 13:07 GMT)

Another Quality joke from Ian Chappel "For my all-time thrill XI I've selected players on talent, their ability to entertain, and a desire to dictate to the opposition.". So didn't Bradman and Tendulkar do this.. They dominated any opposition. Millions of people waited to watch them.

Posted by CricFan24 on (October 15, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

CHILL guys. This is the most "exciting" team (that too as per Chappell)...Just coz Chappel or some ppl in here get their rocks off watching some players doesn't mean that they are the "best"

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (October 15, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

I think this list completely proves that chappell has gone cuckoo.

Posted by CricketkaFunda on (October 15, 2010, 13:01 GMT)

I did not get what r u trying to say. May be it is another effort of yours to downsize Sachin as i remember you actually suggested 3-4 years ago that Sachin should retire. You keep writing some kind of article putting some point there to ignore or show that Sachin is not great batsman acc. to you. Now, everybody is talking about Sachin, you had to eat your words and came with stng totally idiotic. As far as exciting players goes, I think Sachin (specially)dominated 90s and Ricky noughties. Both are very good ODI players as well as exciting. Including Lara who does not have that good ODI record, is over the head as I think audiences got excitement through ODIs during last decade. Sachin and Ponting have such a good strike rate in ODIs, I would pay any day to watch these players. Your title is mis-guided, only if you have different idea of excitement.

Posted by vish515 on (October 15, 2010, 12:41 GMT)

this ian chappell all time thrill XI will take on Pakistan thrill XI and will be beaten hollow .. lol ..

Posted by dcaprio on (October 15, 2010, 12:41 GMT)


Posted by Kaze on (October 15, 2010, 12:26 GMT)

Sehwag yuck mediocre, he should have Barry Richards in there as opener. Rest of the side is good but would have been nice to stick Michael Holding somewhere in there.

Posted by dcaprio on (October 15, 2010, 12:10 GMT)


Posted by --.-- on (October 15, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

No Sachin, No Akram, No Bradman, No Muttiah ? What kind of 11 is this ?

Posted by Murtaza. on (October 15, 2010, 12:07 GMT)

Do you think that Hall was beter choice then Wasim Akram and Marshal, no way in the world you have just choosed One-day XI....... just look at your reasons for choose the XI. #1 Virender Sehwag The most destructive batsman in world cricket. #2 Roy Fredericks A century off 71 balls. #3 The fastest Test century, in balls (56). #4 Brian Lara for most runs off an over in Tests. #5 Doug Walters Three times he scored a century in a session in Test cricket. #7. Adam Gilchrist (wk) Hit the second-fastest Test century (57 balls). shame on you Ian. and for kind of your information we are going for one best match performance. If talent, ability to entertain, and desire to dictate to the opposition is counted, then Wasim Akram should come among one of the firsts.

Posted by The_Dynamite_Kid on (October 15, 2010, 12:02 GMT)

Calm down. It's just a team of players who in Ian Chappell's opinion are exciting to watch, nothing more. The real deal will be ESPNCricinfo's All Time World XI due to be published on the 18th. And I can guarantee that Tendulkar will feature in that team.

Posted by The_Dynamite_Kid on (October 15, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

Calm down. It's just a team of players who in Ian Chappell's opinion are exciting to watch, nothing more. The real deal will be ESPNCricinfo's All Time World XI due to be published on the 18th. And I can guarantee that Tendulkar will feature in that team.

Posted by Gilliana on (October 15, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

I have been watching cricket in all forms for about sixty years and thats before Ian was born and I can tellyou that I have my own XI that is even better.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

It seems Chappell XI is an agressive team,but I dont think we need that type of team for test cricket. I dont know number 2,5,10,11 players but surely i would say it should have Sachin Tendulkar at number 4.There is no better cricketer than Sachin at number 4.Be it any form of cricket,Sachin should be the part of world XI.I personally feel if sehwag can make it into wolrd XI than Sachin definetly needs to be there.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

I did not expect such kind of XI from you like champion cricketer and Cricket pundit. Where Is Bradman, Gavasker, Sachin, Imran and Muralidharan? My selected world XI much stronger than you and certainly it would be more popular.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 11:40 GMT)

Lara is the greatest, no comparing Tendulkar with him. Lara really mastered both Murali and Warne. Tendulkar has often struggled against Murali n his only double hundred against SL came recently when Murali was not playing and Tendulkar was hopeless against Murali n Mendis in 2008 series in SL. Compare this against Lara, who has scored big double hundereds against Murali n Warne. Agreed Lara was struggling against McGrath, but even Tendulkar struggles against left-arm fast bowlers - Vaas n Akram, especially against Vaas who has dismissed him most # of times in ODIs. The usual plan for Vaas is to swing the ball away so Tendulkar would flash it n get caught by keeper or slip - we seen so many times Tendulkar >> c Kaluwitharana b Vaas. But the media only highlighted Lara's struggle against McGrath, simply bcoz Vaas is not a big legend as McGrath. Lara always won match for WI even when batting second, unlike Tendulkar who could not even chase small target of 120 against WI (in 1997).

Posted by Knightriders_suck on (October 15, 2010, 11:35 GMT)

This XI would be fun to watch. Conditions be damned take out your helmets.

Posted by dcaprio on (October 15, 2010, 11:34 GMT)

i think ian chappel hasgone mad,having sehwag in xi and keeping master blaster out is making no sense.i m british and i feel if chappel hav sehwag then,peterson should also b there,but when i thinkhonestly i find that master blaster deservs place in this xi better than anyone.sehwg is very weak against quqlity pace and even lara is weak against pace,althogh he plays our pacers very easily.but i m not much surprised by seeing sachin out of this as we all know that ian is a sachin basher and is shouting from 2007 for sachin to retire.he also has a misconception that sehwag or lara are more destructive than sachin and better match winners.i read his article in 2008 when aussies were travelling to ind that sehwag holds the key,but he was aflop.this time he also predicted that sehwag holds the key for series but we all saw him gioing flop.ian always tries to prove tha some players s beter than savhin,earlier he said lara and nowadays say sehwag.i would like to tell tht ACHIN IS THE BEST.

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 15, 2010, 11:29 GMT)

Lol..i thought the list will have Pollard, Afridi etc, for they only thrill you for a minute in the field and then gone long into dressing room..

Posted by Blowhole1 on (October 15, 2010, 11:29 GMT)

I think Herschelle Gibbs should have been considered and even included into the starting XI. He has an abundance of talent, although didn't always make the most of it, is an amazing entertainer with the bat (his 175 runs against Aus in the famous 438 game), awesome fielder although his own arrogance sometimes got the best of him (drop during the World Cup) and a great character over all. Definitely a strong contender for me and a thrill to watch.

Posted by South_Indian on (October 15, 2010, 11:25 GMT)

Hahaha no Sachin! in comes BRIAN CHARLES LARA, yay! Always the scales have been weighed heavily against Lara and in favor of Sachin, what with a nation of 1 billion+ make noise that Tendulkar is better than Lara, it obviously sounds true, but in reality its NOT. Yes Lara had a weakness against McGrath, but it simply does not mean Tendulkar is better. Also for long, the media has been sensationalizing Tendulkar,that no day passes without a mention of him in the articles and that every time when he walks in to bat, crowds all over the world give him a standing ovation n all, because it sells well to the majority of 1 billion people and the rest of fans all over the world who believe Lara was better cant match Indian fans numbers. But in fact even Lara had standing ovation every time n was immensely popular in his playing days. Be it Aussies, the English, the Sth Africans, everybody celebrated him. Lara was too good a test player to be compared with Tendulkar.

Posted by Samir.webaroo on (October 15, 2010, 11:20 GMT)

How can you Forgot Sachin Tendulkar from the Eleven Still you have any doubt about his ability.

Posted by roneydaredevil on (October 15, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

If talent, ability to entertain, and desire to dictate to the opposition is counted, then Wasim Akram should come among one of the firsts....

Posted by Venkatb on (October 15, 2010, 11:12 GMT)

I would go for Jayasuriya or Gayle over Fredricks and possibly Chandra over O'Reilly. Other than the Perth innings (that I heard over the radio), Fredricks was otherwise a dour batsman, perhaps something snapped that day!

Chandra brought roars from the crowds when he ran up to bowl - crowds knew something was about to happen - merits serious consideration.

Posted by chaithan on (October 15, 2010, 11:06 GMT)

LOL!!! Except Sehwag, all West Indians and Australians!! Isn't Kalicharan worth a mention?

Posted by ponting_is_the_best on (October 15, 2010, 10:56 GMT)

It is common that former cricketers tend to include a lot of players from their generation and before in world XIs. I mean no Tendulkar and no Mcgrath, no muruli. In what way do they do not entertain us?

Posted by cricketchopper on (October 15, 2010, 10:36 GMT)

Where are Collis Kings and Sylvestar Clark

Posted by vipin.chaudhary2325 on (October 15, 2010, 10:36 GMT)

gud team. but there are some better players den doug walters and Roy fredricks... everyone person have their own choice.. so.. gud team Ian....

Posted by cricketchopper on (October 15, 2010, 10:34 GMT)

Your team consists of mostly Australians and West Indian with only one Indian. Where are people like Sanath Jasuriya, Shoaib Akhtar, Kavin Peterson, Shri Kant, etc.

Posted by Rawal on (October 15, 2010, 10:32 GMT)

I am sorry to disappoint but this seems to me to be more of a Comedy XI than anything else. Mr. Ian Chappell has included some great players but his reasonings point to the fact that the basis of his thinking was doubtlessly Twenty20 cricket. I would assume he perhaps forgot that Test cricket lasts five days. Its basical purpose is to test the mettle. By his logics Shahid Afridi should have made to it.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 10:30 GMT)

As usual, I do not agree with most of his choice...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 10:23 GMT)

No Tendulkar,Imran Khan,Wasim Akram,Kapil would have been better if anyone of them would have included in it.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

Wasim Akram has to be in this lineup.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 9:54 GMT)

I donot know how he able to exclude Sachin Tendulkar, the perfect artist in the game . It is probably his dislikeness towards the batting genius.But onething is clear from his each comments against the so called selected players in all time world XI , that he loves to see those hitting type of batting not the perfect kind of shots & full of techique & the patience in the game . It seems me as if ALL TIME WORLD - XI FOR T-20, only to play 20/25 overs.Thats it.

Where are the legends like sir bradman, sir jack hobbs & the accurate spinner like anil kumble ?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

Two right arm leg break bowlers in one team; bit much don't you think?

Posted by shunky on (October 15, 2010, 9:46 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 9:40 GMT)

haha where is Sachin? Ian, you are too funny! :)

Posted by Rohit-Gore on (October 15, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

Chppelli has left out one big name - Sir Ian Botham, for obvious reasons... ;-)

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

worst team without sachin, leading run scorer

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 9:38 GMT)

Without Sachin and Akram any team is incomplete

Posted by zmkud on (October 15, 2010, 9:19 GMT)

how can you forget murali

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 9:10 GMT)

You cant have a world 11 without Sachin..... AND it is true

Posted by pom_basher on (October 15, 2010, 9:07 GMT)

Bill O'Reilly? C'mon Ian you can do better than that. Sure Murali was better. typical aussie of you again not to select more than one from subcontinent.

Posted by Suhrith on (October 15, 2010, 8:53 GMT)

I'm surprised you haven't included Wasim Akram in the eleven. When in full flow Akram was a treat to behold. The action after the short run-up was almost poetry in motion. And he could swing both the new and the old ball, any which way he pleased.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 8:52 GMT)

"Also bowled a "soap on a rope" in a festival match to an astonished batsman" Could someone elaborate on that?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 8:28 GMT)

Disliked,,,, baised 11, any ways any one have full right to announce his/her own world d11

Posted by soorajiyer on (October 15, 2010, 8:20 GMT)

Wouldnt Sir Geoff Boycot make it to this list Sir Ian :).. Wonderful selection could not agree with more on Lara and Sir Viv @ 3 and 4..

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (October 15, 2010, 8:20 GMT)

I loved Tiger O'Reilly's intro...really it's good to see attacking Warnie, Jumbo, etc..

Posted by srikanth.kvnap on (October 15, 2010, 8:01 GMT)

with due respect, no world XI is incomplete without the MASTER BLASTER - SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR

Posted by sonofchennai on (October 15, 2010, 7:53 GMT)

i like this team probably Waqar/Wasim with their pace would add more thrill

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 7:52 GMT)

hey where is sachin.....what the hell is this??

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (October 15, 2010, 7:38 GMT)

Two leg break spinners in one team??? And Wasim Akram was also a very exciting cricketer, should have replaced wes hall

Posted by rko_rules on (October 15, 2010, 7:37 GMT)

Good to see Vireder Sehwag in there at the top of the order. I would have also kept Wasim Akram in this team. Although a very good team. It all depends on the personal choices. Ian Chappell is from that era when West Indies cricket rule the world on the field. He has seen that golden time. So obviously, there is a good place for West Indian greats in his team. Ian, himself was a great batsman and can easily walk-in in this team. Jeff Thomson is another name that should have been there. I always tried to imitate his action. We can still see some of these greats on the field, in Australian beach Cricket.

Posted by Biophysicist on (October 15, 2010, 7:24 GMT)

I found that Doug Walters' name doesn' figure in the 88 probables to be considered for the World XI. More importantly his name doesn' figure in the short-listed players from which the All-Time Australia XI was chosen. I am actually shocked since people with much lower performances were included in the probables for the All-Time Australia XI! For example, Mark Waugh averaged 41.81 against Walters' average of 48.26. In the bowling department also Walters' average is better (29.08 vs. 41.16 of Waugh). Similarly, David Boon (avg. 43.65) is certainly not to be rated better than Walters.

Posted by smalishah84 on (October 15, 2010, 7:22 GMT)

Hmmm......Ian Chappell generally has some good columns to his name. I don't quite understand the purpose behind this one? Are these the most entertaining among the 88 players in Chappell's opinion or are these some of the entertainers???

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 7:14 GMT)

Its not possible, hw it came, muralidheran better than warne he is the leading wicket taker in the world, sachin also missing

why gilchirist ? no one better than him?

Posted by vinjoy on (October 15, 2010, 7:13 GMT)

Ian, I assume that this is your all time 'Thrill-a-minute XI' (as the title suggests), and not All time XI, right? That is why the Don Bradman is missing. Besides you always need at least 1 or may be 2 grafters/grinders such as Dravid (headingly 2002, Kingston 2006 and many others), S. Waugh, Kallis, A Border, and the Gavaskar.

Posted by hatrick26 on (October 15, 2010, 7:09 GMT)

How about going the other end of the spectrum? All Time Snooze XI - Batters who are stonewallers and bowlers who bore the batsmen with tight line with high economy rates. Tavare,MudazarNazar,Dravid,Barrington,Sarwan,Stewart,Umrigar,Oliviera,Laker,Bapu Nadkarni,Goddard.

Posted by soma.mssasekhar on (October 15, 2010, 7:05 GMT)

Ian Botham - could be squeezed in somewhere? of the 4 master all rounders of the 80's, he was the one who was in the news and could always be counted on to make things happen - a wicket with an innocuous ball.....

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 6:54 GMT)

Only 2 missing - Dravid and Murali..No Sachin,,hahahhaha.. You piched the best of the best yar..

Posted by Auro_007 on (October 15, 2010, 6:53 GMT)

Well Ian Chappel does it again ........... a fantastic team full of entertainers I did the same excercise myself some time ago and came up with two teams:

1. Sehwag 2. Grenidge 3. Richards 4. Lara 5. Ponting 6. Sobers 7. Gilchrist 8. Botham 9. Kapil Dev 10. Warne 11. Walsh

1. Trumper 2. Hayden 3. Bradman 4. Tendulkar 5. Kanhai 6. Miller 7. Walcott 8. Imran Khan 9. Hadlee 10. Wasim Akram 11. Bishen Bedi

Two teams to at it against each other. Of course CHappel's team from the point of view of entertainers is certainly better than both.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

absolutely rubbish .. is this supposed to be a joke or what !! Chappell you should be picking such a team for a t20 match and not an all-time XI .. And what's with having 2 leg spinners :O such a loser team . .

Posted by Biophysicist on (October 15, 2010, 6:36 GMT)

I must add that in selecting the XI posted by me, I specifically excluded all the players in the team selected by Ian Chapell. So one could take this as an alternate XI to that of Ian Chapell. The main objective of the exercise is to highlight that the pool of players chosen is so deep that one could build several top-class teams that are exclusive of each other and still very good not only in terms of overall strength, but also in terms of entertainment value.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 6:34 GMT)

mr.chappell where is tendulkar n bradman, where is wasim and ambrose?

Posted by Strebori on (October 15, 2010, 6:33 GMT)

Eleven entertainers, five Aussies, five West Indians and one Indian. While it's hard to disagree with most of the selections, are there no entertaining cricketers from elsewhere? I'd make a case for the dreamy strokeplay of Gower instead of perhaps Lara or Walters, the pure theatre of Shoaib Akhtar instead of Lillee or Hall and the brilliance of Jayasuriya in there somewhere. Struggling to think of a South African that fits the bill of entertainer, mind you... :)

Posted by Biophysicist on (October 15, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

I would like to add my "Thril-a-minute" team which can give a run to the team of Ian Chapell: Victor Trumper, Barry Richards, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Wally Hammond, Kumar Sangakkara (WK), Ian Botham, Imran Khan (Captain), Kapil Dev, Malcolm Marshall, Muttiah Muralitharan. Each one of these is an aggressive and colorful player and can dictate terms to the oppisition or change the course of the game with their batting, bowling or fielding performance.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

Oh Boy... Where is Murli and Akram and Imran Khan.. I think this is NON-SUBCONTINENTAL XI...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 6:20 GMT)

What is the point having two leg spinners in the side?A off spinner or a third fast bowler would have been a better option.

Posted by kadha on (October 15, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

my all time trill world team is sehwag, hayden, viv richards, brian lara, adam gilchrist, botham kapil dev, anil kumble, shane warne, wasim akram,curtly ambrose.

Posted by KaZsa on (October 15, 2010, 6:07 GMT)

A very exciting 11 consisting of two teams.All time exciting 11 of Australia and West Indies.Definitely not a world 11.Sehwag alone cannot make it a world 11 I guess(even if you add the word 'exciting' into it).But everyone can have their own opinion.So can Chapel.Any way nice to remember the greats once again.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 6:04 GMT)

patheticcccc choice for last 3 slots, and no 5 as well lilly's ability to take wickets ? not more than Wasim Akram Wes Hall not a quicky then Shoaib or waqar or lee Bill O Reilly... you already have a leg spinner in ur team (shane warne) why have 2 legis should be replaced with Murali ?? Dou Walter ???? should have been replaced by Imran Khan or Kapil Dev

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (October 15, 2010, 5:55 GMT)

Nice selection but there have been many batsmen more aggressive than Lara. Walcott comes to mind and so does Barry Richards. Great batsmen the two of them. And Wes Hall, seriously? Why not Larwood who nearly killed people with his pace and was an excellent lower order batsman as well?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 5:45 GMT)

Wot, no Gilbert Jessop? Shoe him in place of Walters maybe...

Posted by vivek_200 on (October 15, 2010, 5:36 GMT)

how come sachin tendulkar does not feature in a team when its main criteria is on the basis of entertainment

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

Hello Ian, your choice is certainly great. Would have been greater with the inclusion of McGrath and Wasim Akram as fast bowlers

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

huh thts some thing?????????????????????

Posted by since7 on (October 15, 2010, 5:12 GMT)

Really nice list Mr.Ian except that the length of your recent articles seems to be reducing for no apparent reason.Would like to read more elaborate articles from you.I expected sehwag to figure in any of your all time 11's and the list is intimidating.I would have liked to see shoaib akhtar in this list.For all his shortcomings,he is a genuine thrill a minute customer and the spell at sharjah against aussies still rings in my mind.

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

Where's Tendulkar and Ponting? One of them should replace Doug Walters. At one point of time, Ian Chappell suggested Tendulkar retire immediately and should not try to eke out a career. I guess life comes full circle.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 5:00 GMT)

what a stupid team he select.......

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:59 GMT)

What About DON BRADMAN? If he is not in your XI, where does he feature??

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:57 GMT)

The only person I can think of who would add to this team in terms of thrill, talent, ability to entertain and dictate oppositions would be Akram.. I guess it will also add a left arm pace/swing bowler to give added variety. Great team Mr Chappell, I would pay to watch them play for sure..

Posted by vaibhavk81 on (October 15, 2010, 4:56 GMT)

I would pay eleven times the ticket price to watch these eleven play!!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:50 GMT)

personally would have put ambrose in there for one of the bowlers...the destructive collapses he could cause were thrilling enough

Posted by Laksh5153 on (October 15, 2010, 4:49 GMT)

No Sachin in the list. Ian U must be crazy. What else should a man do to come into your best player books. Is there any other game as interesting and exciting than Sachin's to see???????

Posted by youfoundme on (October 15, 2010, 4:49 GMT)

Nice choices, being a one-eyed Kiwi though I would rather see McCullum in my line up. I just love the way he bats...

Posted by sharman on (October 15, 2010, 4:48 GMT)

Dear Mr. Chappel, look into that mirror please!! :D Its a nice compilation but to say that Sachin has not entertained is nothing short of blasphemy..anyways, how do you feel now a days when Sachin is performing so well and your countrymen Ponting is failing so badly..are you gonna ask him to look into mirror too??;) don't you think you jumped the gun a bit early? wat use is all ur experience if u cant even judge how good a player actually is??

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:44 GMT)

this looks more of an aus-windies team rather than world XI

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:41 GMT)

Great XI! You couldn't do any better!

Posted by BillyCC on (October 15, 2010, 4:39 GMT)

No Bradman. I suppose Chappell is going on strike rates which were not recorded back in the day. Even so, I would have had Bradman instead of Doug Walters. I am confident that Bradman had the second best strike rate in Test cricket behind Sehwag, but happy to be proven wrong if some other people have done better research on this. I can't argue with Chappell's other selections though,

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:29 GMT)

But what a combination would Sehwag and Fredericks form at the top! Complete destruction.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:24 GMT)

Mr chappell u dont put wasim akram in ur 11 ?? nd none of the w.indian bowlers holding?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:23 GMT)

Why has Murali been overlooked. I would definitely have him before Warne, and then when you have 2 spinners in the XI, Murali should be automatic choice! He is every bit as thrilling to watch as others (in fact I personally always enjoyed watching Murali more than Warne!)

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:18 GMT)

gr8! even d master doesnt find a place!

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

Dear Mr. Chappel, look into that mirror please!! :D Its a nice compilation but to say that Sachin has not entertained is nothing short of blasphemy..anyways, how do you feel now a days when Sachin is performing so well and your countrymen Ponting is failing so badly..are you gonna ask him to look into mirror too??;) don't you think you jumped the gun a bit early? wat use is all ur experience if u cant even judge how good a player actually is??

Posted by Silverstar on (October 15, 2010, 4:16 GMT)

cant forget that century by fredericks... after assaulting lillee and thommo ...freddo smirked and said it was either me .......or them. nuff said!

Posted by WithDueRespect on (October 15, 2010, 4:14 GMT)

Hi Ian, Thrill XI is fine. No Don ?!!. Could you please select your best world XII as well ?

Posted by The-Robot on (October 15, 2010, 4:14 GMT)

Great to see Brian Lara... the complete one man army of the great windies... sorry for sachin the master blaster....

Posted by Rohan1 on (October 15, 2010, 4:14 GMT)

I would also like to add that the "Title" and composition of this article FINALLY make some sense. Most ppl Confuse "exciting" = "best"....and that's where they go completely off the tracks

Posted by venkata.n on (October 15, 2010, 4:11 GMT)

umm, where is bradman? he is the best player of all-time.

Posted by nirvana1989 on (October 15, 2010, 4:04 GMT)

Guess Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis could have been included in place of one of the leggies.

Posted by Rohan1 on (October 15, 2010, 4:04 GMT)

Brian Lara was basically a Roy Fredericks Clone !! Too bad most ppl don't even remember him. Good on Chappell to acknowledge that Fredericks set the template for later batsmen like Lara to follow.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

Nice list.

I would replace Fredricks with Jayasuriya. Sana has shown more consistency and has done it over a longer period of time that Fredricks. He in fact revolutionized the art of big hitting so that is why.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 3:53 GMT)

Oh yeah, on one hand there is SRT and the other hand you have the rest of the greats.SRT is in a league of his own!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 3:53 GMT)

where is murali?????? cant believe shane warne is here.....n what about tendulkar?????

Posted by cricket__fan on (October 15, 2010, 3:51 GMT)

Doug Walters' selection is a surprise. What about Graeme Pollock or Sachin Tendulkar at his peak between 1994 and 2002?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 3:51 GMT)

lol...warnes murali...with bat also... thompson is thrillling that lillee..

Posted by Rangerunseen on (October 15, 2010, 3:46 GMT)

It's a good list, but I'm quite shocked that Shahid Afridi isn't there. Few players have ever been nearly as exciting as he has been; unless I'm mistaken, he holds the record for highest strike rate in tests and has a decent (though by no means good) average of 36. And he is a good bowler, especially of late.

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

wow only sehwag from india makes it.....such a gr8 player to be amongest such names......

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

Ian Chappell. you r the best, the best eleven u hv selected, cheers, keep up the good work

Posted by sammonkey on (October 15, 2010, 3:30 GMT)

Chappel picked these players based on his likes and dislikes...Nothing about thrill in batting except few players on the list including ViV, Sobers and Sewag. Lara is a great batsmen but exciting ???? May be exiting when he is in form(some matches). Its very obvious that sachin will not feature in his list,just because he wants and hopes punter can be better player than sachin and break sachin recors, which will never happen in his life time.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 3:27 GMT)

no Sachin ? cmon Ian thought you had more sporting spirit - would have also found a spot for Sanath Jayasuriya

Posted by mits6 on (October 15, 2010, 3:18 GMT)

personal view, personal choices ,.......... no comments

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

Just a WI and Aus combined team ... nothing great

Posted by coppyshoppy on (October 15, 2010, 3:17 GMT)

I hope he had selected an one day team not a test team. all the batsman are strikers.

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

I dont understand how lillee can be considered a better or more entertaining bowler than malcom marshall. Its extreme injustice. Not just talking about ian chappel here but espn legends of cricket rankings. Lillee got smashed in the subcontinent, marshall was supreme regardless of the conditions. He averages less, has a better strike rate and was as good in the subcontinent as anywhere else. He should always be the first fast fowler you pick in any kind of an all time XI. And by the way i am a pakistani, not a westindian.

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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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Intikhab Alam
Intikhab Alam
Former Pakistan allrounder. Captained the side in 17 Tests and three ODIs between 1969 and 1975 and later served as team manager and coach.
Ali Bacher
Ali Bacher
Captained South Africa in 1970, when they defeated Australia 4-0; was managing director of the South African cricket board through the 1990s, and executive director of the 2003 World Cup.
Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell
Captained Australia in 30 Tests and 11 ODIs between 1971 and 1975. Now a cricket commentator and columnist.
David Frith
David Frith
Cricket historian, writer and archivist. Author of the definitive history of Bodyline
Tony Greig
Tony Greig
Former England allrounder who captained the side in 14 Tests and two ODIs in the mid-to-late 1970s. Currently a cricket commentator and presenter on television.
Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha
Historian and cricket writer. Author of A Corner of a Foreign Field, Wickets in the East, Spin and Other Turns, and editor of the Picador Book of Cricket
Gideon Haigh
Gideon Haigh
Cricket historian and writer. His books include acclaimed biographies of Warwick Armstrong and Jack Iverson, and the definitive history of the Kerry Packer era.
Clive Lloyd
Clive Lloyd
Captained the all-conquering West Indies team of the 70s and 80s in 74 Tests and 84 ODIs. Served as ICC match referee and chairman of the ICC's cricket committee.
Duleep Mendis
Duleep Mendis
Captained Sri Lanka in 19 Tests (including in their first Test and series victories) and 61 ODIs, between 1982 and 1987. Currently chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Peter Roebuck
Peter Roebuck
Former captain of Somerset; author of It Never Rains and Sometimes I Forgot to Laugh among other books.
Ajit Wadekar
Ajit Wadekar
Former India captain, between 1971 and 1974, during which period the team notched up their landmark first wins in the West Indies and England. Later a manager of the national side.
John Wright
John Wright
Former New Zealand opener and captain, and later India coach. Led in 14 Tests and 31 ODIs between 1983 and 1987.

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