Ramachandra Guha's Gentlemen XI October 23, 2010

Nice guys finish first

Cricketers who'd break your spirit and shake your hand
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The Australians have dominated world cricket over the past two decades. It is sometimes argued that this is because they have not just the best cricketers but also the nastiest.

The XI chosen below demonstrates that decency and cricketing genius can often co-exist. In any epoch, players like Victor Trumper and Anil Kumble would have stood out for their gentlemanliness; whereas those like Adam Gilchrist stand out because of the contrast between them and their colleagues.

From ESPNcricinfo's all-time country XIs, I have chosen a Nice-Guys-Finish-First XI, which, in batting order, shall read:

1. Jack Hobbs
Although in theory, a "professional", Hobbs upheld the Victorian code of fairplay far more honourably than the "gentlemen" cricketers of his day. And yet the finest opening batsman of his time, perhaps of all time.

2. Victor Trumper
A brilliant attacking opener and a man of great nobility of character, admired by his team-mates and even more by his opponents, his goodness immortalised in the writings of Cardus and Fingleton.

3. George Headley
In my view the greatest West Indian batsman of all time, greater than Richards or Lara and indubitably a more impressive human being, who braved colonialism and racial discrimination and came out of it all with his head high.

4. Vijay Hazare
A man of upright character, a quiet, steady, understated captain of India's first Test-winning side, and himself a superb batsman, conqueror of (among other bowlers) Keith Miller and Ray Lindwall.

5. Garry Sobers
The greatest cricketer of all time. A man of charm and whimsy, a delight to watch, talk to, play golf with and drink with, who set records despite never caring for them.

6. Keith Miller
A superb all-round cricketer, and like Trumper, a man respected and loved by his opponents - his best friend in cricket, unusually for an Australian, was a similarly guileless Englishman, Denis Compton.

7. Adam Gilchrist
A man apart from his crass, crude, boorish and bullying team-mates, and yet as much a world-beater as any of them.

8. Anil Kumble
The finest Indian spin bowler ever, the bravest Indian cricketer ever. Utterly principled in his behaviour to team-mates, adversaries, umpires and ordinary folks.

9. Derek Underwood
Called "Deadly" in the dressing room for the terror he struck in the batsman's mind on wet or wearing wickets, but in person one of a dreamy, gentle, endearingly harmless cast of character.

10. Curtly Ambrose
The second-greatest West Indian fast bowler (next only to Marshall), yet, like the man who bats before him in this team, deadly only with the ball. In fact, whether or not he was taking wickets, he wore the broadest smile ever seen on a cricket field (and perhaps the shiniest chain too).

11. Lance Gibbs
A gentle Guyanese, a master of offspin and a brilliant fielder at cover and slip, who (like Sobers) embodied what used to be called "calypso cricket", which was a man's game played with a grin on one's face, goodness in one's heart, and music in one's ears.

Historian and cricket writer Ramachandra Guha is the author of A Corner of A Foreign Field and Wickets in the East among other books

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  • InnocentGuy on October 26, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    How come Sachin isn't on the list? Maybe he is too great a gentleman to figure on this list of lowly mortals? All you so-called cricket lovers go jump somewhere. Any and every 'best-of' list should and must contain Sachin's name at the top! Garry Sobers is "best cricketer of all time"? Ha ha. Plus don't even get me started on Australian cricketers. Sydney 08 epitomized Australian cheating. Btw, if Ponting truly did stick to the agreement, he should have walked when Ganguly took his catch and said he pouched it. But he didn't. He wouldn't even move when the umpire said he was out, not until a few seconds later, reluctantly. What Kumble said was the truth. If it's taken as controversial, no one can help it. Oh and Sydney 08 WAS in fact played between India and (Australia + 3 umpires).

  • Gulshan_Grover on October 26, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    @Jameslawlor: They leave things on the field because they play dirty and any mention of such behavior off the field will invite sanctions. Don't believe me? Then read Matt Haydens Bio mate.

  • on October 26, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    @McGorium: Roebuck is English, so I would hardly call him "our own", nor would I agree with his claim that Katich should have become the next test captain after Sudney 08 even though he was not in the test team. Ponting and Kumble made a gentlemen's agreement to take the fielder's word for it when a catch was possibly grounded. When Clarke caught such a ball, Ponting asked Clarke if he caught, which he said he did, and Ponting told the batsmen he was out, as per the arrangement with Kumble. However, when India lost, Kumble decided to say that only his side were playing within the spirit of the game, thus starting the controversy. That is the real story, not the one purported by the Indian media, nor the one you seem to think is the truth. A true gentlemen plays hard and within the rules of the game on the field, and leaves whatever happens on the field on the field. Despite the Australian's sledging and mental games, they always left things on the field, unlike Kumble.

  • Beertjie on October 26, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Some problems with your idea of "gentleman". Ever country has them and facts speak louder than perceptions. Let their contemporaries speak: Trumper, Hunte (moral rearmament), Headley, Barrington (Eastend Jewish walker), Tendulkar, Miller, Rashid Latif (outspoken anti-corruption critic), Shaun Pollock (personal experience) , Hadlee, Vaas, Gibbs.

  • Engle on October 26, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Graeme Pollock is one heck of a gentleman cricketer with a broad flashing smile to match his effortless batting style

  • fataquie on October 25, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    I know there was a recent article citing example of Tendulkar's fans being on every list. I think this is one list where not having is really injustice to his character. I have never seem him acting arrogantly, even in tense Pak vs India games. I am a Pakistani, and compared to the emotion on the field by say Harbajhan, Yuvraj Shoaib Akhtar, Miandad, and others, he always behaves as a gentlemen, despite being the greatest batsman of our era.

  • wibbly on October 25, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    FRANK WORREL? FRANK WORREL? FRANK WORREL?

  • tejnarinegeer on October 25, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Well written piece. I am in agreement.

  • Proteas123 on October 25, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Would have liked to see Jonty Rhodes in this list. He is a great gentleman and a sponsors dream. Best fielder ever.

  • D.Sharma on October 25, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    @Graeme_Swanns_Cat, you, my friend, have no knowledge of Indian cricket or Dravid, so if I were you, I would keep my mouth shut. I think a player from each country (at least) would have been more fair. If I had to choose from current cricketers, then the likes of Dravid, SRT, Brett Lee, Vettori, Murali and Y Khan would be in there.

  • InnocentGuy on October 26, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    How come Sachin isn't on the list? Maybe he is too great a gentleman to figure on this list of lowly mortals? All you so-called cricket lovers go jump somewhere. Any and every 'best-of' list should and must contain Sachin's name at the top! Garry Sobers is "best cricketer of all time"? Ha ha. Plus don't even get me started on Australian cricketers. Sydney 08 epitomized Australian cheating. Btw, if Ponting truly did stick to the agreement, he should have walked when Ganguly took his catch and said he pouched it. But he didn't. He wouldn't even move when the umpire said he was out, not until a few seconds later, reluctantly. What Kumble said was the truth. If it's taken as controversial, no one can help it. Oh and Sydney 08 WAS in fact played between India and (Australia + 3 umpires).

  • Gulshan_Grover on October 26, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    @Jameslawlor: They leave things on the field because they play dirty and any mention of such behavior off the field will invite sanctions. Don't believe me? Then read Matt Haydens Bio mate.

  • on October 26, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    @McGorium: Roebuck is English, so I would hardly call him "our own", nor would I agree with his claim that Katich should have become the next test captain after Sudney 08 even though he was not in the test team. Ponting and Kumble made a gentlemen's agreement to take the fielder's word for it when a catch was possibly grounded. When Clarke caught such a ball, Ponting asked Clarke if he caught, which he said he did, and Ponting told the batsmen he was out, as per the arrangement with Kumble. However, when India lost, Kumble decided to say that only his side were playing within the spirit of the game, thus starting the controversy. That is the real story, not the one purported by the Indian media, nor the one you seem to think is the truth. A true gentlemen plays hard and within the rules of the game on the field, and leaves whatever happens on the field on the field. Despite the Australian's sledging and mental games, they always left things on the field, unlike Kumble.

  • Beertjie on October 26, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Some problems with your idea of "gentleman". Ever country has them and facts speak louder than perceptions. Let their contemporaries speak: Trumper, Hunte (moral rearmament), Headley, Barrington (Eastend Jewish walker), Tendulkar, Miller, Rashid Latif (outspoken anti-corruption critic), Shaun Pollock (personal experience) , Hadlee, Vaas, Gibbs.

  • Engle on October 26, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Graeme Pollock is one heck of a gentleman cricketer with a broad flashing smile to match his effortless batting style

  • fataquie on October 25, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    I know there was a recent article citing example of Tendulkar's fans being on every list. I think this is one list where not having is really injustice to his character. I have never seem him acting arrogantly, even in tense Pak vs India games. I am a Pakistani, and compared to the emotion on the field by say Harbajhan, Yuvraj Shoaib Akhtar, Miandad, and others, he always behaves as a gentlemen, despite being the greatest batsman of our era.

  • wibbly on October 25, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    FRANK WORREL? FRANK WORREL? FRANK WORREL?

  • tejnarinegeer on October 25, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Well written piece. I am in agreement.

  • Proteas123 on October 25, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Would have liked to see Jonty Rhodes in this list. He is a great gentleman and a sponsors dream. Best fielder ever.

  • D.Sharma on October 25, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    @Graeme_Swanns_Cat, you, my friend, have no knowledge of Indian cricket or Dravid, so if I were you, I would keep my mouth shut. I think a player from each country (at least) would have been more fair. If I had to choose from current cricketers, then the likes of Dravid, SRT, Brett Lee, Vettori, Murali and Y Khan would be in there.

  • McGorium on October 25, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    @James Lawler: I don't think anybody questioned the philanthropy of aussies off the field. That was hardly the point of this article; it seems to concentrate on behavior on the field. Steve Waugh, Glenn McGrath, Warne, Hayden and co took trash-talking to new heights ON the field, and have made it the norm in the game. Hayden can wear his Christian faith as proudly as he liked, but what he was on the field was decidedly unchristian. Kumble was a curmudgeon when he played. Sullen and dour-faced. However, as far as we know he never said a mean word to the opposition, which is perhaps why he is on the list. As far as his comments sparking the controversy, perhaps I should refresh your memory. Ponting sparked the controversy by claiming a grounded catch, after making a gentlemanly agreement with Kumble not to have catches referred to the 3rd ump, and take the fielder's word for it. Kumble commented on it, as was his right to do so; it was a breach of trust. Your own Peter Roebuck agreed.

  • Farce-Follower on October 25, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    For heaven's sake please put a disclaimer that Sachin Tendulkar cannot be in every XI. Indian fan's just don't seem to get it. They will insist on Tendulkar's inclusion even in a list of best Tallest players. Ignorant Indian (and Pak too) fans just seem to tire the rest of us out.

  • krrish001 on October 25, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Ram, it seems you are confused between your favorites and the nice guys! Anil Kumble wasn't that nice, you know. Thanks for that nice article about the third days play in Bangalore :)

  • knowledge_eater on October 25, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Only complain I have with Kumble is that Is it just me or I find Anil Kumble scolding team mates too much in name of playing hard cricket ? I mean sometimes I think youngsters must have been feeling so much pressure while they are fielding. Sometimes Kumble shouts like that fielder have lost the match in fact he failed to throw faster. I think he is pushing too much sometimes. And youngsters needs to express themselves naturally to perform optimally. May be he is very professional with his team mates outside of Cricket. I thought people choose their XI of players who they have seen them play Cricket in front of their eyes. Well, its your opinion and your team. Too much sportsman spirit is impossible in competition.

  • on October 25, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    interesting! the gentle list of 11 does not include Vishy (GR,Visvanath)... who in fact became infamous for recalling Taylor .....greatest Indian sportsman indeed...

  • on October 25, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    Obviously written by an Indian. Who would call Anil Kumble a nice guy? It was his comments which sparked all the contreversy in Sydney 2008 test. He was shown then to be a sore loser. And "crass, crude, boorish, bullying" Australians? Take a look at all the charitable work Steve Waugh is doing overseas at the moment, or the charities Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have set up and what they do. A typical Indian - keen to critisize Australians, without admitting the faults of his own country

  • on October 25, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    All time douchebag XI: 1: Brendon McCullum 2: Herschelle Gibbs 3: Hansie Cronje 4. Dean Jones 5: Andrew Symonds 6: Trevor Chappell 7: Harbajahan Singh 8: Shane Warne 9: Stuart Broad 10: Andrew Flintoff 11: Sreesanth

  • jrm1186 on October 25, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    lot of stupid people commenting about having Sachin, VVS and Dravid in this eleven!!! Folks, this eleven is made up only of the players who have retired from international cricket!!! Only Kumble and Gilly are playing league cricket like IPL and Champions League!!! Sachin is playing both ODIs and Tests, VVS and Dravid play Tests!! But, none of them have declared their retirement form any form of the cricket. Please, read properly before posting any comment: Nice guys FINISH first!!!

  • cricsavvy on October 25, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Mr Guha, Waste of time. No one is a Saint in any sport. At one point of time emotions take control of a man. For example,an angry Viv Richards once slammed his bat on a glass door and broke it (while playing in England). As one reader posted, it is a sheer waste of time to have an all time XI. You can never compare Bradman with Tendulkar as they played in different eras. Period. Those days fielders knelt to field the ball and batsmen just walked to take singles. The game of Cricket has evolved over the period. So it is time that Cricinfo stop this non-sense of All Time XI of this and that and try to ignite the readers passion. All this ends up in is unhealthy, rubbish hate comments being posted.

  • on October 25, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Gilchrist is in and Sachin- Dravid out. Yeah isn't it an awesome article!

  • Gurman_MSD.Freak on October 25, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    Excuse Me!! It's a tragedy that Rahul Dravid, the ultimate portrait of a gentleman (along with Anil Kumble) isn't on this list. You have failed!

  • MartoAus on October 24, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Curtly Ambrose a nice guy?! You can't be serious... a smile itself does not make you a nice guy. And did you seriously refer to Justin Langer as crass, crude, boorish and bullying? He should probably be in the XI ahead of Hobbs. And Sobers is not the best cricketer of all time. Bradman 1st, Sobers 2nd, Warne 3rd.

  • le_stephenois on October 24, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    both Sachin and Dravid have ball tampering allegations against them, that is why neither is on the list.

  • Graeme_Swanns_Cat on October 24, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Dravid has to be the most overrated Indian player on these boards. He isn't anywhere as good as what some Indian fans like to believe.

  • JB77 on October 24, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Kumble doesn't deserve a place on this team. In the wake of THAT Sydney test he used allegations of unsportsmanlike behaviour to distract from the real issue - the racial vilification of Symonds by Harbhajan Singh. His handling of the whole issue - including the pathetic threats to abandon the tour and go home if Indian/BCCI didn't get their way - made me lose all respect for this man. He doesn't belong on this list.

  • Ari_Plymouth on October 24, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Lost your mind, Rama! You mean Sachin, Dravid and Lakxman do not make the cut?

  • miza3342005 on October 24, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    @ Mohammad Akhlaq Hayden highest score was 380

  • BellCurve on October 24, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Gentlemen XI: 1. Herchelle Gibbs 2. David Boon 3. Dean Jones 4. Sid Barnes 5. Wayne Larkins 6. Andrew Symonds 7. Ian Healy 8. Harbajan Singh 9. Phil Tufnell 10. Sreesanth 11. Andre Nel

  • on October 24, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    What about Sachin Tendulkar he has been such a great ambassador of the game impeccable behavior on and off the field alas its a big mistake to not include him. I am sorry this list isn't right ..

  • kvrnpavan on October 24, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    How about VVS ??????? .........

  • sri_yan on October 24, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Its very hard to see true gentleman these days. I saw numerous occasions when players like Sachin/Rahul not walk, but their conduct is hard to match. Batsmen like Brian/Adam would walk but there are some other issues with their onfield/off-field behavior. So, definition of term gentleman is very much subjective.

  • kenjai1 on October 24, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    A team of best -ever gentlemen Test XI could never omit Frank Worrell.

  • on October 24, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Most atrocious all time playing XI... Unacceptable... Ram u lost ur creditability... Team without great names who deserved tobe there..

  • raghu2 on October 24, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    I have not seen Vijay Hazare, so cannot comment. I had thought of Vishwanath and VVS purely for the class and also since the list is for nice guys. None of the Pakistani's could classify as nice guys except Saeed Anwar probably. Murali or Kumble, Walsh or Ambrose is a toss-up.

  • on October 24, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    This is a pretty poor article. Everyone knows that jack hobbs was a snob who had no friends within his own team and never gave advice to younger players. He hated Bradman and was jealous of him and resentful all his life. Gilchrist? Please.

  • albertcr on October 24, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    How come the greatest gentlemen of them all who recalled an English batsman and lost the golden jubilee test as India's captain-GR Vishvanath is missing from this list?

  • on October 24, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    So V Trumper qualifies ahead of Hayden in Australian All Time XI for being nice. Here are boths records: Victor/Hayden Match 48/103 Inns 89/184 NO 8/14 Runs 3163/8625 HS 214*/384 Ave 39.04/ 50.73 100s 8/30 50s 13/29

  • on October 24, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Dennis Lillee? Afridi? Are you guys out of your minds. He's talking of gentlemen here! Sure a Walsh here, an Akram there have been missed out. So ( has Richard Hadlee. But Dennis Lillee? Gawd. The picture of him (fists clenched) and Miandad (with bat raised violently) are still etched in my mind! Might as well included Miandad then!!

  • on October 24, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Gilly is not a gentleman No body in australian Team is a gentleman.. if he is then George Bush is a gentleman as well .Mr Ramachandra get your stuff right if you can right about cricket you should know what are u writing ...please get your stuff right next timje ..peace

  • abu-huzaifah on October 24, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Adam Ghilcrist can only make the all time world 11 for hypocrite and two faced cricketers. Who could forget Hobart Test in 1999 and then bending the cricketing rules to get a win, walking without waiting for umpires decision only when it suits him..... Who was ever nicer in world cricket than Sachin, Saeed Anwar and Murali?? these guys probably never even got a parking ticket. FOR GOD SAKE TAKE ADAM GHILCHRIST OUT OF THIS TEAM!

  • on October 24, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    wher is sachin tendulkar????y did u leave him out????

  • John-Price on October 24, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Underwood was part of Gatting's shameful tour of South Africa. A terrible blot on his career.

  • neohascode on October 24, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    My Bad Ass XI

    1) Mathew Hayden 2) Gautam Gambhir 3) Ricky Ponting 4) Shahid Afridi 5) Craig Macmillan 6) Andrew Symonds 7) Kumar Sangakkara (WK) 8) Harbhajan Singh 9) Glen McGrath 10) Andre Nel 11) Sreesanth

    No Shortage of Talent in this team though!! Would like to see this team go against the Gentleman XI.

  • KiQa55 on October 24, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    What complete nonsense...choosing Gilchrist just because compared to his caveman like teammates he seemed almost human. And if you have space for Gilchrist, where are two of the nicest guys in cricket today, Sachin n Dan 'the man' Vettori?

  • anah on October 24, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Adam Gilchrist ...HONEST????? O come on dude. Putting Adam Gilchrist in this list means you have not seen enough cricket. No doubt he was one of the best wicketkeeper batsmen BUT I would highly recommend you to see the highlights of a test match between pakistan and australia where both adam gilchrist and justin langer were atleast twice out each but never walked. So if you think you are good enough to write for cricinfo please do watch some cricket as well. That would be reaallllly helpful

  • Shabnam-Narain on October 24, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    ALL TIME GENTLMEN XI: Hershalle Gibbs, Salman Butt, Mark Waugh, Hansie Cronje, Azharuddin, Jadeja, Kamran Akmal, Waseem Akram, Shane Warne, Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Asif

  • Bilal_Choudry on October 24, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Adam Gilchrist is no gentlemen .. .walking when your team is wining is different from walking when you are in trouble. Even in his first series he nicked it twice in Hobart and didnt walk. He's winging loser who thinks he is better than everyone else.

  • insightfulcricketer on October 24, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Switch Walsh for Curtly Ambrose, Murali for Kumble. I think Alan Knott for Gilchrist and we have a pretty good team. Hadlee , Imran and Akram were also one of the greats who did not have to stoop to show their trade skill. I am an Indian fan and have watched incidents when Sachin and Dravid sledge their opponents. They are great human beings alright but they are held to much higher standard like Ram - one blemish in 20 years is enough for an Indian fan to not put them in the pious list.

  • on October 24, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    would suggest tendulkar,dhoni,muralitharan,saeed anwar,hansie cronje(WHY NOT??),vettori also...

  • evenflow_1990 on October 24, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    i think murali trumps all of them [except perhaps headley] considering the graceful conduct with which he has handled the discrimination levelled against him

  • on October 24, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    No inclusion of Pakistani Bowlers make this list inherently biased. And then considering anil kumble as a legend is mocking the cricket sensibilities of the world. He was a good bowler on a very good spinning track. And on a dead track he was mediocre but he was the best bowler the india would have ever produced. And in terms of ethics I don't think gilcrist and kumble deserved position. Probably he was added to put some indian interest. This shows that this article itself is low on ethics of independence, integrity, and self intrest. And considering sachin among the great players is ok if you consider that he has been playing since 1980's.

  • on October 24, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    where is Wasim Akram???????

  • on October 24, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    my team would be

    Gavaskar Jayasuriya Bradman Tendulkar Brian Lara Gary Sobers Adam Gilchrist Shane Warne Dennis Lillee Allan Donald Curtly Amrbose

  • on October 24, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    @Robert Hanlon; If sachin haven't scored a triple century, it doesn't mean that he is not a great player! he is the best cricketer the world has ever seen! Don Bradman hasn't scored a double in ODI, does that mean he is not a great player?

  • Mattimick on October 24, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    From the very first paragraph and the nationality of the 'journalist' (term used loosely) it wasn't hard to tell this was always going to be an article intent on dissing the greatest team of the 20th century. As for the calls of Tendulkar being included...ball tampering isn't exactly gentlemanly behaviour. Why not include Harbajhan for slapping a teammate? Probably more deserving.

  • on October 24, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Oh come On... No Afridi??

  • Sportsscientist on October 24, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    come on people.....can't some of you read..."gentleman XI" I totally agree was some of the bloggers, especially Deepanjan Datta. you can't just put your favourite/best cricketers if they don't fit the criteria. sachin cannot be on every list!!!!! whats wwrong with you people????? how can you argue that sachin & lara be on a gentleman's list????? please !!!!! Roshan pm has a very good arguement to include walsh. if any west indies fast bowler fro that era is going to be in a gentleman's line up walsh deserves to be there......in my opinion even ahead of ambrose.

  • NALINWIJ on October 24, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Nice list Mr.Guha but with one major omission. Sir Frank Worrell should have been selected as the captain.

  • on October 24, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @Robert Hanlon The article is about picking a Gentleman's XI and there is not a greater gentleman / statesman in cricket now than Tendulkar. Get a grip on.

  • on October 24, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    @Robert Hanlon .. LOL indeed. Even as an Indian I feel utterly bemused by the fanatical Tendulkar worship. Not to say he isn't an excellent player and great ambassador of the game. But even he has sledged McGrath, supported Harbhajan on his lies - he isn't dove white! @murthydn - Why Bradman was missed?? Bradman was hardly an on-field gentleman. His differences with Keith Miller ( a man who refused to even play to his potential when opponents were mismatched) are well known. Bradman as a batsman was divine, but his tunnel vision as a person was fairly rude. @atulcricket - Lara? really? he was no less a sledger - to the point that sometimes Aussies backed off cuz sledging him would mean he'd give it back verbally as well as with his bat. Forced young Dhoni in 2006 to get out by claiming false catch. Srinath, Vishwanath, Prasanna wudn't even figure in an Indian All time XI - this is a World XI - first about playing abilities then the behavior. Dravid, Walsh and Murali would be close ...

  • on October 24, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    KUmble in XI line up.... ?? sure he is a lengend but compared to players like warne or murli..?!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 24, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    If a WK was needed, I would've gone with Andy Flower, Kaluwitharana or even Dhoni (though he offers stupid excuses for losses @ times, he is a nice bloke who always has a smile on his face and I've never heard him saying anything negative about anyone - this is coming from a SL fan) Gilchrist is a player who used squash-ball antics to win the worldcup and then dissed two all-time greats to push his book sales (SRT & Murali) Even Michael Clarke is a better gentleman than this overrated joke. Pollock, Vettori, Dravid & Murali were obvious choices...

  • murthydn16 on October 24, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Where are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, GR Vishwanath - who recalled an english player when he was not out, though given out by the umpire, VVS Laxman, Muralitharan, Courtney Walsh, Javagal Srinath - who was abused by ponting for apologising for bowling a bouncer to him, MS Dhoni? Sachin has to be the best amabassador of cricket. Bit surprised that gilchrist was picked, even he has his fair share of brash aussie arrogance but compared to his team mates like hayden, symonds, ponting and others, gilly is much better amongst his contemporaries. None from present day aussie team should make it into gentleman's eleven. Why Bradman was missed?

  • on October 24, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    reading the comments here, it seems that the team should be Tendulkar,Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar. He may be an all-time great, but he is not god. He has yet to score a triple century and got out to Cameron White. CAMERON WHITE!!! Get a grip people

  • whiskeysour on October 24, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Good grief, does Sachin have to be in every list? Get real, guys!

  • on October 24, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    un acceptable!! list without Sachin, Dravid, Walsh, Lara, vettori How come Gilchrist get into this list???

  • shankupals on October 24, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Its a joke really to include Anil Kumle and leave out Sachin and Dravid. Anil Kumble when hit for 4's or 6's, he shows emotions and looks angrily at batsmen and also talks(Abuses/Talks) showing negetive aggression.Whenever a fielder misses while he is bowling, he clearly abuses/ shows anger while himself being a very very very poor fielder.

  • atulcricket on October 24, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    I don't know if this list is about nice guys or best among nice players. Ok, if not sachin then what about Lara and Dravd? how none of these three players are gentleman enough to be in Guha's list in place of Hazare? I can understand reason to exclude Sachin as it gives you enough comments below your article and increase your popularity (now I know you are Ramachandra Guha, well played mate) but what about other two?

  • on October 24, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    For all Sachin fans who are pissed off for not including him for this eleven just a gentle reminder I have seen several occasions where he stayed after he has clearly glowed the ball and umpire has given not out. Also his reluctant accept UDRS may give some thing ponder as well.

    Anyway for SRT worshiping fans would get angry for not including him in worst all time 11(to me he is not in worst all time 11).

  • amitava0112 on October 24, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Oh yes...where is Sachin tendulkar in this team?..I cannot find a better ambassador of cricket..even after all his achievements he is so down to earth. & also Murlidharan .who has gone thru so much pressure yet got to a record that will never be broken in our lifetime.but such a smiling character..so sachin repl Hazare & Murli either Underwood or Gibbs...rest team is probably ok..(I think Worrell,Vishwanath should hv gone close to selection as well)..Now I have selected a rowdy WXI to contest this team: Sohail,Hayden,Ian Chappell(c),Miandad,Border,Botham,Moin(wk),Warne,Lillee,Donald,Shoaib akthar...with Tony Greig missing out narrowly ...well it appears to be a fighting unit with the bowling dishing out some serious hot pace & a middle order batting tough to dislodge..comments

  • on October 24, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    A team with out Sachin . Unbelievable and unacceptable ..

  • ani_che on October 24, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    MY TEAM:

    1) RAHUL DRAVID 2)SACHIN TENDULKAR 3)VVS LAXMAN 4)VIJAY HAZARE 5)GUNDAPPA VISHWANATH 6)MS.DHONI 7)KAPIL DEV 8)ANIL KUMBLE 9)BHAGWAT CHANDRASEKHAR 10)ERRRAPALLI PRASANNA 11)JAVAGAL SRINATH.

    YA,I'M BIASED,BUT CAN ANYONE SAY ANYONE IN THIS LIST IS BAD??AND GILCHRIST MAY BE GOOD FOR AN AUSSIE CRICKETER BUT DIDN'T HE TRY AND INFLUENCE UMPIRES TO GIVE WRONG SECISIONS LIKE ANY OTHER KEEPER EVEN WHEN HE KNEW HE WAS LYING??[RAHUL DRAVID - CAUGHT BEHIND,SYDNEY TEST]

  • pradeep_dealwis on October 24, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    no murali?....a joke of an article

  • cricinme on October 24, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I am an Indian fan. I would have selected Mohd Rafique of Bangladesh or Vettori of NZ ahead of Kumble and on a wider list gone for Tendulkar and Stephen Fleming as well.

  • on October 24, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Dravid should have been there in the list...one of the most honest and sincere cricketer of all time!

  • Reggaecricket on October 24, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    This X1 seems like it was compiled by someone who follows the game not! Talk about harmless characters with the brodest grin - Murali, the world record beating spinner is a gentleman, too. Where is Courtney Walsh? Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar?

  • thescorpio on October 24, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    There is not a Nice Guys XI team complete with out a place for Sachin and Dravid. Period!!!

  • Ennarkay on October 24, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Mr. Guha, My only surprise is the non-inclusion of Walsh. Let's not forget Steve Waugh could get Ambrose out of his gentlemanliness but even the prospect of winning a World cup match couldn't get Courtney effect a mankad. On the lighter side, I'd put Walsh above Ambrose in this particular list strictly going by their first names.

  • sifter132 on October 24, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Brett Lee has to be one of the nicest blokes you'll find - very rare among fast bowlers. And he's certainly had a decent career.

  • switchmitch on October 24, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Yet another 'All Time' list...I would have thought Walsh to be in this list but ....Ambrose?

  • on October 24, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    I am surprised that Courtney Walsh (Remember that Abdul Khadir), the ever selfless man of Cricket isn't in this XI. I wouldn't include Adam Gilchrist, in the recent memory it would have to be Dhoni but for the past there are few other names. I don't remember Kirmani making batsman covering their ears.

  • Zynxed on October 24, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Whilst I am unaware of the decency credentials of most players on your list, the presence of Gilly and ambrose makes me skeptical abt how good the other players were. True, gilly walked when he nicked, but he wasnt a saint at all times on the field. He chose to be a gentleman when he wanted to be. Sydney 2008 comes to mind for appealing for things when there wasnt an edge. He smeared tendulkar in his bipgraphy, why then has any of the other 1000 players that tendulkar played against, accuse him of being a sore loser. And whilst ambrose was known for not sledging others, he never got along with anybody outside his team. And he had that on field incident with Steve waugh. I suppose Tendulkar/Dravid were left out for picking seam/lozenge respectively, but courtney walsh should have been a shoo in. Can anybody, team mate or otherwise accuse him of anything but decent?

  • aaditya98june on October 24, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    The only selection I would not agree to is Gilchrist. I dont know on what basis he has been included. The only reason could be his so called "Walking". However there is nothing like half honest. The same "walker" also used to appeal when he knew the batsman had not nicked the ball and he did get a lot of decisions in his favour even when Steve Bucknor was not the man in white. Among the Aussies I would any day pick a Shane Warne who was more honest in his approach both on and off the field.

  • Aurovillian on October 24, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    While he may not have been good enough to enter the above XI, it is pertinent to point out that Ramnath Kenny was the only batsman that I know who wood acknowledge a good delivery that was bowled while he was batting in a Test Match. And he was one of the most elegant and correct of batsmen.

  • Pras1501 on October 24, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    I couldn't get why Gillly is there in this XI.. ridiculous..

  • Woody111 on October 24, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    I'll admit that us Aussies can be overly aggressive and lack decorum on the cricket field but I take offence to this vitriol painting the whole cricket team - bar Gilchrist - with the same brush. How would the writer feel if the Indian team were branded 'sooks' or 'racists' because of a single event or a few players behaviour? It's been well documented that players like Damien Martyn disliked the atmosphere and approach that some of his teammates adopted in the field. To label all but Gilchrist as this writer does is not only short-sighted it is plain rude. Hardly a bad word has ever been said of Damien Flemming, Michael Kasprowisz, Jason Gillespie, Justin Langer; do I need to list more? Warne, Hayden and others may have been uncompromising and undignified but when canvassing a 'team' one needs to look at the sum of its parts - in whole!

  • indnumerouno on October 24, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    i don't believe this.....how can this guy forget rahul dravid who even has a autobiography named "the nice guy who finsihed first" in his name!!!!!this is rubbish!!!

  • Nadeem1976 on October 24, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Sad to see Sachin is not in the team. What should he do to be in that team of gentleman. The biggest crickter in last 20 years but still extremely humble. As a pakistani i only love one Indian cricketer becuase of his game and being a true spokesman of cricket and that is Sachin Tendulkar. He is reall legend in all terms of cricket either as genius or gentleman or technicaly correct or what so ever. Most commited cricketer in my life time is Sachin. This team is not even close to Sachin commitment to the game. How can you say Anil is most bravest indian crickter. He did not play 171 test matches, did not face fearest bowlers of all time. Sachin did. Stop making teams like that without sachin. Shame on selector.

  • le_stephenois on October 23, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Sachin does have the tampering incident. Not sure a tamperer can make this team. Anil Kumble is someone I agree should be in this team. He played so many games against sledging Australian and always kept good behavior. Never even saw him over appeal, an anomaly for an Asian Spinner, truly an upstanding cricketer.

  • nzcricket174 on October 23, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    Its interesting how Ambrose is in here. Its also ironic because he used to bowl no balls on purpose so he could get closer to the batsman (a strategic move to intimidate batsmen).

  • 32ball100 on October 23, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    I am not sure if Anil deserves to be on there for not only the spin department but also being the gentleman. During his latter years, we have seen numerous incidents where he has not lived up. Not adding Sachin is a huge mistake, never seen such a gentle and perhaps the best ambassador for the game around the world. Muttiah Murlidaran is one guy who has over 1400 wickets in Intl' cricket and perhaps the most humble and honest guy. Even with his action controversy, he remained quiet and held his innocence and let the SL team mgmt handle that. Never seen so subtleness and finesse in a player.

    This is the list of best cricketers and most adored/respected. not just based on batting or bowling records. Maybe now Cricinfo should come up with a list of Meanest and finest cricketers, now that would be a tough one;)

  • waspsting on October 23, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    contenders - Trumper, Benaud, Davidson, Lindwall, Miller, McKenzie, Worrell, Sobers, Walsh, Barry Richards, Oldfield, Adam Gilchrist, Murali, Tendulkar, Mark Taylor, Sayeed Anwar, Wes Hall, Inzamam, Bedsar, Godfrey Evans Be fun to have a nasty lot too - Border, Steve Waugh, Lillee, Chappell brothers, Wasim Bari, Harbajhan, Tony Greig, Viv Richards, Hayden, Colin Croft, Jardine, Larwood, Miandad, Shoaib Akthar, O'Reilly, Armstrong, Ranatunga, almost any Australian after Ian Chappell's time

    Tendulkar is a gentleman, but i don't know what this calling for Dravid is all about. He's not nasty, but i wouldn't say he was nice... neutral is about it

  • le_stephenois on October 23, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    no Majid Khan or Fazal Mahmood... OK, maybe Majid Khan doesn't have the record but Fazal Mahmood was a great cricketer.

  • on October 23, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    So V Trumper qualifies ahead of Hayden in Australian All Time XI for being nice. Here are boths records:

    Match Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St Victor 48 89 8 3163 214* 39.04 8 13 31 0 Hayden 103 184 14 8625 380 50.73 30 29 128

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on October 23, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Sachin has to be in this team...nicer guy is difficult to find !

  • OmanBiek on October 23, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Four West Indians...nuff said

  • on October 23, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Gilchrist, seriously? Man wouldn't know Gentlemanly conduct if it danced in front of him wearing a toga.

  • on October 23, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    Courtney Walsh would be a first pick in this team. There probably never was a more loved cricketer (and clown) in any of the myriad teams he played for. And what about Dan Vettori who is the most respected cricketer today.

  • RohanBhalerao on October 23, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    If not Tendulkar, atleast DRAVID please.....! I think all these writers who dont include these greats in their teams are just doing this for grabbing attention.. All cricket lovers, please IGNORE...!

  • nzcricket174 on October 23, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    I think Vettori could be a contender...he never does anything bad and his skill is worthy enough to be in the XI.

  • HamzaDGr8 on October 23, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    this list is by far the worst the cricinfo has made

    Imran Khan.

    END.

  • landl47 on October 23, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    I doubt if those who are calling for Tendulkar's inclusion have seen any of the top 6 batsman in this list except possibly Sobers. All the others finished playing in the 1950s or earlier. This list, as far as the batsmen are concerned, is based largely on reputation and therefore hard to argue with. There are many others who would qualify. Colin Cowdrey would certainly be one, Gubby Allen (who refused to bowl bodyline at Bradman) would be another and there are many more. Tendulkar and Dravid wouldn't be out of place on such a list- so make your own list!

  • on October 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    I dont understand why the hell every Indian think that half of the world XI should be from the Indian team. I mean the inclusion of Anil Kumble and V. Laxman.... I mean why do we all are so imperative on our own choices and think unbiased for once. Yes Sachin Tendulkar who is I think the second greatest batsman of all time after Sir. Bradman should be in the world XI but other then him I only think maybe Sunil Gavaskar or V. Sehwag would make like the 15 man squad if they had to extend the worldXI to a 15 men best squad of all time. This should be the worldXI and extended squad in my opinion:

    1) V. Sehwag 2) Garry Sobers 3) Sir Don Bradman 4) Sachin Tendulkar 5) Brian Lara 6) Ricky Ponting 7) Imran Khan 8) Wasim Akram 9) Glen Mcgrah (sorry for the spelling) 10) Shane Warne 11) Murli Dharan (sorry for the spelling)

    Extended 15 man squad

    12) Sunil Gavaskar 13) Javed Miandad 14) Denis Lilly 15) Waqas Younis or Ambrose

    Thanks

  • AsherCA on October 23, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Surprising exclusions - 1) Sachin, never heard / saw him complaining against ICC umpires like Bucknor whose only mission in life it seems was to cut Sachin's innings short. 2) G R Vishwanath who re-called Bob Taylor (I am not very sure of the name, but remember the incident) in an India Vs England Test match & risked losing the test (which India unfortunately did), rather than take undue advantage of an umpiring error. Surprising Inclusions - Gary Sobers. If I remember reports correctly, he did nick the ball at least once near the end of his career and instead of walking as was his wont till that day, chose to wait & try to take advantage of an umpiring error. He benefitted from the error, got a hundred & won the test match. Adam Gilchrist - He was after all part of the great Australian Sydney 2008 team. Being honest was definitely less important to him than winning, a characteristic that goes against at least my definition of Gentlemen.

  • on October 23, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    No Dravid ? Kidding me !

  • mitgop11 on October 23, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    no sachin and dravid ? this is yet another questionable selection!!!

  • DeokarAshish on October 23, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    All Tendulkar Fans, I am also big fan of Tendulkar, but guys dont get emotional whenever his name is not there in any list.You are undermining his name by acting in such foolish manner, by dragging his name in all the discussion.

  • on October 23, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Without SRT, Dravid, VVS, Jayasuriya, Murali in the team and with Gilly, Kumble, Ambrose in the team...Guha has lost it...Kumble didnt spare his own team mates for misfielding..only if looks could kill..and what a fielder the guy was to others bowling..Gilly..calling Sachin a sore loser...and Ambrose?? Seriously? Where is Walsh? Might as well include Salman Butt, Asif and Md.Amer in this Gentlemen's XI

  • sanzo5 on October 23, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    where is tendulkar??? he is the best gentleman i have seen in cricket field for over 20 years....

  • KnightRiderX on October 23, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    sachin should be there, he's a gentleman of the first order IMO.... and to say that he is selfish is ridiculous... I've never seen him trying to take credit for what others have done... when he made 200 he praised all the other batsmen and not himself... he is very humble and down-to-earth

  • dvmd on October 23, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    i never saw such stupid discussions. dont you guys think its waste of time? watching cricket for long periods is more than enough.guys who love cricket they watch it n they play it. ridiculous this notion of all time world eleven

  • on October 23, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    What did Peter May and/orJim Laker do wrong? They should be automatic inclusions in a list of "nice" people who played good test cricket!

  • on October 23, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    hey wer is my master blaster sachin

  • on October 23, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    in any day tendulkar will be part pf the cricket gentleman's team..so sad he s nt der...dis selection nt fair..

  • mayur07301 on October 23, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    what about this! hayden,gambhir, ponting,sidhu, miandad,symonds,afridi,harbhajan , warne,sreeshant.merv hughes...!true gentlemen',isn't it? wow, would be fun to see them play together.true entertainers!far better than sachin's mundane batting..!

  • inswing on October 23, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    It is only a good sign that there are several greats that one feels should not be left out. Murli, Dravid, and Walsh come to mind immediately.

  • Shabnam-Narain on October 23, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    @Cricketchopper u did not include me in your team. I am Bradman (though am a women) of Cricinfo Fans. So here is my team to defeat your XI. My All time cricinfo fans XI - Longstrand(Gavaskar of team), GreenBack, Shabnam-Narain(c), TheOnlyEmperor(Viv of team), thealmighty(god,Sachin of team), ChapperT(match for chopper), Nadir Khan(Imran of Team), )PrinceOfPortofSpain(Lara), Adi_the_punisher(Lillee), fyrestorm(Marshal), Vice-Captain(my deputy & WK) SteveTurner(Warne, will turn the ball)

  • waspsting on October 23, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    brian Statham, Laker, Compton, Walcott, Worrell, all possible contenders. And murali must be a shoo in! not too sure about Ambrose, but Walsh definitely.

  • akasavani on October 23, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Ambrose? Has everyone forgotten his ugly spat with Steve Waugh?

  • Singhe on October 23, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Fair lteam, but there cannot be a top-talent gentleman's team without Vishy, Knott, Hadlee and Shaun Pollock. Sobers was no gentleman.Ambrose,Gilly and Underwood are off the team.

  • CricketPissek on October 23, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    @Akash Deep - erm.. yeah, actually. Sri Lankans HATE Kapil Dev because of the way he behaved after losing the test series in 1985. In his hissy fit and tantrums during the press conference after the game he went on to say things like "Sri Lanka will never win a test overseas" etc. He is NO GENTLEMAN. amazingly talented as a player and captain though :)

  • on October 23, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    where's Makhaya Ntini? What a legend that man.

  • GMNorm on October 23, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Gavaskar,Hayden,Miandad,Jardine(c),Symmonds,Rod Marsh (w/k),Afridi,Harbhajan,Sreesanth,Nel,Asif 12th man : Roy Gilchrist. Manager:Bill Lawry

  • joelucky on October 23, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    What about Dravid, Jayasuriya, Murlitharan, Courtney Walsh? You missed out on these genuine contenders. Never seen any of the above get ruffled on the field, and no controversies off the field either.

  • on October 23, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    VVS Laxman should be far ahead of most other players in this team.In South Africans Brian Mc Millan would fit the bill.

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    No tendulkar and murali ?

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    shocking no dravid considering he is one of the most repected figures in world cricket. even after scoring over 20000 runs in internantional cricket he is still humble

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    There cant be any Cricket XI without SRT . Can author plz tell me how Kumble or any other player listed here is better behaved on and off the field than SRT?

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    how could anil kumble be in this list n murali cant be.....n btw if anil kumble ca be in this list....shane warne also deserves it :D

    n more interesting....no players from Pak,SA,srilanka.....i think if one cant do justice with the topic...he should not write abt it at first place.....not gud at all....

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    What about Ponting, McGrath, Symonds, Hayden, Steve waugh?????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 23, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Players like Murali, Dravid and Pollock deserves to be there while Kumble & Gilly in the squad is a joke. Gilchrist is a hypocrite who bashed 2 greats of all time (SRT & Murali) just to push his book sales and how can one forget him thinking cricket was a game of squash in the 2007 final?

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    where is Sachin Tendulkar ??? Guha has lost his sense....

  • dessi-munda on October 23, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    i am feeling so bad. why not bhaji (harbhajan singh) and symond(andrew) are not in the nice guys team.lol

  • edygriff21 on October 23, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    I like some of the players suggested such as Vettori, Fleming, Vass, Brett Lee and Dravid, but just can't wear hearing about Tendulkar. Everyone knows he blatently lied in the Symonds/Harbajan monkey gate scandel, So no chance of hime been on this list.

  • vimalan on October 23, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    people are missing Guha's point here..he is not saying other players are not gentleman enough. But he is picking the best players among those gentlemen for each position. Although Dravid is a nice guy, I can never pick him above the likes of George Headley for position 3..the same applies to other positions. However, I also think some players like Sachin, Murali may have missed out. Nevertheless a good list.

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    GR Viswanath is a genuine omission.

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Who needs a nice guys XI? Try taking on the might of Charlie Griffith, Dennis Lillee, Patrick Patterson, Shane Warne, Ian Healy, Saurav Ganguly, Alan Border, Javed Miandad, Alan Donald, Sunil Gavaskar and Greg Chappell.

  • BoonBoom on October 23, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Why not come up with a team of nasty guys.....Denis Lillee would be the captain of that team and Symonds as vice captain. Harbhajan and Miandad would also be automatic choice.

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    why not Sachin Tendulkar most decent and respected in this era of cricket

  • CricketkaFunda on October 23, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    It's beyond me that you can consider Anil Kumble(always whining when somebody mis-field) and Gilchrist(sledger and claimed false catch many times) in nice guys XI whereas Sachin, Dravid and laxman are out. Infact, I will even prefer Younis khan ( only one guy in Pakistan team I like for his attitutde) in this list.

  • ravithecricbuff on October 23, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Anything with no Tendulkar in this type of list makes the list a mere joke...what a joke..hahahahahaahah

  • KiwiRocker- on October 23, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Adam Glichrest?? What? You might as well add Chappals for underarm......! Courtney Walsh amd Ambrose should be in list....real fastbowlers with modesty and excellent sportsmanship.Kumble should not be there, He was known to be an arrogant, above average bowler. Actuaally Danish Kaneria should be there. Danish has missed like 100 wickets thanks to Kamran Akmal who is still in team but Danish is Not....! and people please do not mention Tendulkar as he is well known to being selfish!...Murali should also be there----However the most glaring omossion is Sanath Jaysuriya...Jaysuriya was better batsman than most Indian over rated batsmen and he also bowled and fielded superbaly!...Modesty and excellent sportsmanship! He should be at top of the list.

  • varunrallapalli on October 23, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Dravid walks into any Gentle XI as gently as possible

  • RogerC on October 23, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Not sure why Muralidharan is not here. Its easy to be a nice guy when things go well for you but Murali has shown that he can be nice even when treated badly.

  • ThetigersofCricket on October 23, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    My team would be

    Saeed Anwar Virender Sehwag Brain Lara Inzmam Ul Haq Sachin Tendulkar Bradman Imran Khan Adam gilchrist Shane Warne Waseem Akram Waqar younis The best World X11 ever.

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    gilchrist? the man who batted with a ball stuck in his glove in the world cup final which according to cricket laws and laws of fairplay is cheating? [using any other items to increase performance other than the described equipments is against the law] YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING! how about Aravinda de silva? the epitome of gentleman cricket in sri lanka??

  • BoonBoom on October 23, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Imran Khan - the most gentleman player of the modern time - must be on top of this list. I find this team more as a personal choice of the author rather than a team of "nice guys".

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    There is a difference between Cricketers who break your spirits & shake your head and gentlemanliness and nice guys. I am sure most are nice guys underneath. I haven't seen many of the older generation players. Kumble was a man with immense courage & spirit plus a very nice guy. But he was a gentleman only till he became a captain and overstepped the boundaries of being aggressive and being a gentleman. So I disagree with his selection. And how can you miss Inzi,Srinath, Murali & Dravid ? Inzi stood-out very tall as a humble, unassuming no-nonsense performer among the opponets & general public. Srinath apologized once for a fast bouncer to Ponting. Murali has endured many & remained a Buddha. Dravid is the epitome of best of everything...a Perfect Role model. Most srilankan cricketers will fit into this XI if world-class performances was also not the criteria.

  • Itchy on October 23, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    @aruntheselector and every other Indian contributor: Sachin the noted "non-walker" in this side - no way! Agree that Dravid should be there though but not sure who to omit. @intcamd - you are a fool if you believe that Gilchrist is a sledger just because he talks on the field. Sometimes it is just talk. @long_handle9 - I like your XI better than the authors although would include Trumper over Taylor and maybe Vettori over Underwood.

  • Farhan_Khan on October 23, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Selecting ANIL KUMBLE is just a joke. He is not even polite with his colleagues.... i have just seen Kumble and Gili playing so i cant say anyting about others. .... Gili is OK ..But can any one tell why MURLI , Yousuf , Dravid and Younis Khan is not in the side. I think they are the big contenders for this category

  • Prashant007Geetam on October 23, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    You should pick Muttiah Muralidharan instead of Anil Kumble. How can you pick a player who himself was pathetic in fielding and always shouted on fellow team mates while they mis-field.Even Shane Warne never behaved in the manner Kumble did for years when anyone mis-fields on his bowling

  • CricketPissek on October 23, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    appreciate the concept, but i really hope cricinfo publishes its all time XI soon so that we can see a stop to these stupid XIs :) it's always gonna cause more outrage than satisfaction

  • SirBobJones on October 23, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    What, no South Africans?! Surely you must be mistaken! *cough cough*

  • pramatha on October 23, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Not a very interesting exercise. Still I suppose it is good to know there were a handful of gentlemen who performed well. Perhaps being gentlemen worked for them. But Ambrose? On a different note, propositions like Headley being better than Richards are untestable. We all like to believe we have a way with understanding the past. That we can smell the smells of the 1920s, and know just what went on. There is no way we can know how Headley would have coped with Lillee, Thompson, sledging, constant cricket ... . But it is a fair bet that Richards would still have walloped bowlers in a more innocent age. The 10 point difference in average might well have disappeared.

  • sairaghavan5694 on October 23, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Hey... Symonds missing in the list...

  • TruthBeTold on October 23, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I am a bit surprised that only two genuine new ball bowlers have been chosen - Amby and Miller and one of them clearly for his all-round skills.

    There is a general perception that fast bowlers cannot be gentlemenly in conduct and that isn't always true.

    Men like Andy Roberts, Alan Davidson, Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee, Joel Garner, Courtney Walsh, Kapil Dev and Chaminda Vaas are all champion fast bowlers and were never known for their misdemenaours on the field. Some of them could qualify as all-rounders, but I think at least two of them should be brought in to replace Underwood and one of either Kumble or Gibbs. That would result in a more balanced side.

  • on October 23, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Perhaps GR Vishwanath?? Tendulkar & Dravid would also fit the bill

  • nzcricket174 on October 23, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    What about Mike Brearly? He is regarded as one of the nicest people around. Even quoted on cricinfo "he has a degree in people".

  • Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on October 23, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    An alternate good-guy XI:

    Vijay Merchant, Gary Kirsten, Rahul Dravid, Aravind D'Silva, Richie Richardson, Younis Khan, Ridley Jacobs, Shaun Pollock, Umar Gul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sony Ramadhin.

    I've seen all except Merchant, and I'm sure no-one would argue about Merchant!

  • KiwiRocker- on October 23, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    I am tired of people calling a mortal human as God and someone with an unknown IQ as Genius. Here is some cold hard facts about the most over rated batsman of world Tendulkar: In tests against Australia; Sachin averages a modest 36.77 against Australia when McGrath played. In test against SA; Sachin averages a pathetic 32 against South Africa whenever Allan Donald has played.Tendulkar was a failure against Wasim and Waqar and hardly played against them. He anyway averaged 32 runs against them. Interestingly he still averages around 40 against Pakistan.Against the 3 greatest fast bowlers of his era, whom he faced in more than one Test series, McGrath, Donald and Akram, Sachin has scored 1719 Test runs at a modest average of 34.3 (compared to his career average of 56). He hardly played against Ambrose.This is the very definition of being over-rated. You can not become best by scoring against Shane Warne. You need to score against the best to become the best. Just like Sir Viv Richards!

  • on October 23, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Why are these lists full of Australians, Indians and West Indians? Honestly, New Zealand surely is known as one of the most gentlemen-like teams going around? How about Fleming or Vettori??

  • harshthakor on October 23, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Great choice.However you have forgotten Rohan Kanhai and Frank Worrell.Frank Worell was one of the greatest sportsman who ever stepped on a cricket field whose batting possesed a silken touch.Rohan Kanhai's batting surpassed regions even Bradman reached.No batsman ever had as much batting prowess or creative imagination.He too had great qualities of sportsmanship.

    Jack Hobbs was the most worthy choice.Not only was he the greatest ever opening batsman but was the game's noblest gentleman.In the modern era perhaps Adam Gilchrist is the best example of sportsmanship.Another worthy name was Gundappa Vishwanath ,who always upheld the spirit of the game.His batting was sheer poetry.

    Had George Headley played in the modern era he could well have been the greatest batsman of all.He overshadowed Bradman on wet tracks and championed the cause of the black race on the cricket field.

  • aswinmurthy on October 23, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    While i am a Sachinist out and out, i am a sane one. All I am asking for here is the inclusion of Rahul Dravid. Cmon, he is the nicest man on any team.

    And while you are at it, why don;t you include lakshmipathy balaji? I know he didn't make it the Indian XI but anyone who bowled those juicy half volleys and those slow short balls that you can pull twice should be the most nicest guy to the opposition?

  • on October 23, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Where is the great Viv Richards.He was brutal,but only with his bat and his swagger.Apart from that he was a perfect gentleman.

  • on October 23, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    How can a list of nice guys in cricket not include Rahul Dravid?? He ought to have made it to the list ahead of others...

  • AhmadSaleem on October 23, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Muttiah Muralitharan and Wasim Akram always had a gentle attitude. They are also missing

  • hitsamty on October 23, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    I think it's a little absurd to call Headley an unquestionably "more impressive human being" than Lara or Richards. Where are you getting that from exactly? Richards delighted the world with his swashbuckling strokeplay, and won hearts with his confident, relaxed personality. No need to trash other greats to justify your selection, however impressive he may be.

    Moreover, I think you've let nostalgia, and fabricated memories of a 'gentler time' guide your selection. There are no present players on your list; out of the current crop I think Sachin and Murali would universally qualify as 'nice guys', and could easily oust Hazare and Kumble from their places in the XI.

  • on October 23, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Has anyone ever seen Kapil Dev, the highest test wicket taker of 20th century, sledging or shouting at anyone ever.

  • pirateseeker on October 23, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    despite the fact that he walked a few times, gilchrist is no saint. and why no kiwi or lankan players??

    waiting for the all-time XI............. :|

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on October 23, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    What about Richie Benaud? And also Frank Worrell? Maybe Flintoff as well? I'd also have Brett Lee in ahead of the spinners and have Marshall ahead of Ambrose. Ambrose bowled beamers at Reeve, got into a confrontation with Steve Waugh (Admittedly instigated by Waugh) and there was one over in Perth 96/97 where he deliberately bowled no balls to Warne and Bichel so that he could keep bowling bouncers at them.

  • 9ST9 on October 23, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    the inclusion of Gilchrist.........LOL.....there is humor outside of page2 as well.

  • Jamalji on October 23, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    without sachin and murali it's not a proper World - XI

  • on October 23, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    No place for Mr Nice(s) in cricket. Please select teams on cricketing abilities. If Tyson was as nice as Bruno then...I have onle seen 3 of the above play and they are no better than others. I remember once Inzi said that Kumble gives you the look as if he is been hit for six even if you play a defensive stroke. When have you seen Yousaf argue with any body. Maybe they dont socialise because of the language barrier. Please select a team that will please Pakistani fans as well.( And by the way I am not against Kumble, he is in on one of teams selected previously)

  • omairhr on October 23, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    NO TENDULKAR???? blasphemy!!!

  • NISH67 on October 23, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Well done Mr Guha ! Don't lose heart after all you'r entitled to your opinion and we respect that . Iam a Sri Lankan and I have no qualms about Sri Lankan's missing from your eleven as that's your prerogative in a democratic world ! But one word of advice for you - Include tendulkar and you will have no critics after all he is supposed to be in every imaginary eleven even a future women's world team probably as coach or manager !!!

  • on October 23, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    ARE YOU SERIOUS???? You are saying a team of Gentleman n not selecting Sachin- who has been, for ages- called the perfect Ambassador for game? Whom all respect for being such a gr8 gentleman?? I really hope you dont consider his aggression in game as not being gentleman...

  • on October 23, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    when I was started reading it, I thought it will include names of players who behaved gentlemanly while playing and very very honest in conduct, always within rules.. how can be ambrose when he came eyeball to eyeball with Steve W in 1995. must have been rubbed the wrong way by the Aussie. I think the list should include dravd (remember Slater shouting in Mumbai and he was calm as ever), G Viswanath, Kapil (have you ever seen him shouting and his smile was as good as Ambrose) where is Sachin?? why is he not here? and if you go as back as Jack hobbs, pretty muchall players were gentlemen, get the list of players after 1970, thats when the money start to come in and concept of "hard cricket" This eleven will not win you any match.. they will loose to Australia parliament XI

  • on October 23, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    What about Walsh? He did not run out a Pakistani batsman.(Walsh, off the very last ball, could have run out Jaffer for backing up too soon, but good sportsmanship prevailed.) http://www.cricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/150645.html

  • harshthakor on October 23, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    A great effort.I liked your inclusion of George Headley,who bore the brunt of a weak team crisis more than any batsman in test history and was a better batsman than Bradman on wet tracks.Adam Gilchrist,too was a good choice.Jack Hobbs was also a great gentleman apart from being the greatest opening batsman the game has known.

    However you have forgotten Rohan Kanhai,who for sheer batting prowess and creative imagination was the greatest of all.His batting reached regions beyond Bradman ,reminding one of a musical composer.He was also a great sportsman.Similarly,there were few batsman as elegant as Frank Worrell or who posessed such a high degree of sportsmanship.

  • Boris72 on October 23, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Everyone labels Australians as nasty, bullys, sledgers and whatnot. In Australia, however, these are the 'nice' guys. Australia is very different to every other country, people who tease are funny and always sarcastic, people who get teased take it on the chin and dish it straight back. Sarcasm is how Australians talk to one another. The only reason Australia appears that way is because they do the same sort of thing to other countries and they can't dish it back, and what is harmless fun that adds to the game in Australia, comes off as rudeness in other countries. It's simply a difference of cultures, being a wordsmith is just as large a role to Australians as being good at their jobs. Other countries just have to ignore it and remember they don't actually mean what they say, or even better, give back to them what they give to us and they won't take it the wrong way either, maybe even beat them at their own game. I'm English but lived in Australia for a couple of years.

  • sacricketlegend on October 23, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    This is pathetic. Firstly, you have 3 spin bowlers, plus Sobers! But more importantly, how can you possibly include Anil Kumble? Have you ever watched a match where a fielder made a mistake on a ball bowled by Jumbo? I'm guessing not... So let me tell you what happens: he rants and raves like a madman, he shouts and swears like a hooligan. How does that qualify him for the Gentlemen XI?

  • Krishdking1781988 on October 23, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    This is will probably become one of the worst all time XI list that will be picked in the coming days. I can only pick 3(gilly, sobers, ambrose) from Guha's all time XI list who are worth discussing.

  • itzvinay on October 23, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    thr cud hv been a player from sri lanka...aravinda d'silva...he was the most decent of thm all...rahul dravid ought to be thr...ambrose is a tricky selection...i guess marshall was one if the nicest too bt walsh certainly desrve a place for not mankading saleem jaffer tht cost the WI team a berth in world cup semis...whr wud u see such sportsmanship in recent decades...prolly i wud hv given a place to inzamam too...he was gentle giant of this era...

  • mrferret777 on October 23, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    I think this is an excellent selection of players. They were all fine cricketers and did cricket proud.

  • george204 on October 23, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    I'd choose Wally Grout in place of Gilchrist - he once refused to run an opponent out after a mid pitch collision. & probably Richard Hadlee belongs on this list instead of Ambrose...

  • on October 23, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    3spinners n just 1seamer.............wot a team............

  • sairaghavan5694 on October 23, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Gilly - a gentlemen even after Sydney test? The way he claimed Rahul Dravid's catch. Ram, any Indian would deny this, unless u put Deccan Chargers before Team INDIA

  • george204 on October 23, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Curtly Ambrose?!!!?!! Are you serious? Look, I admire Ambrose hugely - one of the all time greatest bowlers. But he was no angel. There was the series of beamers at Dermot Reeve. Or the face off with Steve Waugh. Or or any number of other times when he misbehaved. OK, so he didn't sledge like McGrath (in fact he rarely spoke at all). Yes, he smiled, but it was the smile of a great white just before it bites you in half. Great, GREAT cricketer, but not a gentle giant.

  • on October 23, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    (Cont) Someone mentioned about Sri Lankans missing from the list. I'd say several of them would qualify as gentlemanly - Atapattu, Tillekeratne (Hashan, not Dilshan after the Sehwag 99* no-ball incident), Vaas - Just that they didn't quite end right at the top. Murali's case is sadly thwarted by the allegations against him I suppose. Pakistanis - well name one who ended on top in the last 20 yrs, and wasn't involved in one tiff or another. I was beginning to think very well of Younis Khan after 2009s T20 triumph, but alas!

  • AjaySridharan on October 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    I agree with some of the readers here. This whole World XI exercise is a big joke and nothing but a whimsical vent to the fantasies of the writers who seem to be able to write whatever they want. At best, this World XI stuff is an exercise in intellectual you know what...

  • on October 23, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Nice list, missing Dravid, Laxman & Courtney Walsh ! I'm just fine with Sachin's exclusion. We have seen the odd instance of him losing his cool (2008 - Sri Lanka series - gesturing from the dressing room when miffed about the review system) and after all no-one can be at the top in all aspects! Gilchrist was more confused, than gentlemanly. Walking was one thing, forcing opponents to do so, quite another! And what of the numerous invalid caught-behind appeals, LBW shouts where he was just as vociferous as the McGraths, Warnes, Steve Waughs, Langers & Haydens?? Kallis? Shaun Pollock ? It is very disappointing that the latter has hardly figured on any of cricinfo's lists.

  • vatsap on October 23, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Frank Worrell, GRV, Wasim Raja, Rohan Kanhai .. anyone ?

  • JKSFB on October 23, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Good choices all, but I think we should consider Courtney Walsh (especially wrt to what happened in WC 1987) and Rahul Dravid

  • on October 23, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    my all time xi

    justin langer,hobbs,dravid, sachin,steve waugh, laxman, boucher, anil kumble, steyn, ambrose, jim laker

    these were the most gentlemen at their postions

  • on October 23, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    the team's gud but on anyday u'd expect rahul dravid to come on the list cos he's been a gentleman of the game since he strted his career.....never talks too much just talks with his bat n performance...despite his exclusion unlike many players he sat silent played domestic cricket and returned before he was thrown out due to politics.....Rahul Dravid any day should be there in this team....

  • Amit_4_Sachin on October 23, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Gilly in the list of 'gentlemen'? Perhaps the author likes him enough to ignore the fact that he was a sledger & also claimed bump catches. I'd had chosen Andy Flower in his place. Others are fine even though Dravid, Sachin & Lax missed out.

  • rameshishu on October 23, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    If you wana popular your XI than not includ sachin in your team, its now fashion in cricinfo by the way my world XI is very authentic and very popular, check it. Sachin, Sachin, Sachin, Sachin, Sachin, Sachin, Sachin, Sachin, Sachin, Sachin, Sachin.

  • on October 23, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Good XI, but I think Murali should really have been given a look in. Classic case of Sri Lankans being looked over (the official world XI won't have any either - but I guess that's justified, for the most part).

    Good call on Gilchrist though. Not my favourite cricketer, but he certainly was one of the few who resisted the intimidation tactics in his team.

  • adi_the_punisher on October 23, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Almost all the indian commentators are xpecting to see an INDIAN XI here....! so, what hav u done GUHA....??? only 2 indians in the list... huh, what the hell other 9 r doing here.... lolz

  • jonesy2 on October 23, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    brett lee? dan vettori? man this site is a joke

  • Chatz07 on October 23, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    A very bias selection. No players from New Zealand or Srilanka are in the list. They have won the ICC fair play award the most times and yet no players from there. How the likes of Chaminda Vaas, Murali, Daniel Vettori, stephen Fleming and the other such likes are not included in this list. It is not a fair selection. Please do some more research before publishing this kind of articles. Further this is very much an opinion. And to publish it as a world XI is an utter crime.

  • on October 23, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    I can't believe people think Laxman should be in.

  • dineshp97 on October 23, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Come on. where r dravid and g vishwanath? otherwise good

  • on October 23, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    "nice guys finish first" with no Sri Lankans and no Pakistanis implies that nicety does not exist in these countries? You can make any excuses you want, but in a world XI even with your ridiculous parameters, you cannot simply leave out gentlemen like Arvinda De Silva, Murali, Vaas, Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas.

    At least enhance your article with excuses as to why some of the premiere gentlemen of the game were left out. But then, this is what cricinfo is becoming. A personal blog for the whims of its contributors rather than a definitive source of knowledge on cricket.

  • on October 23, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    I am surprised that the list doesn't include Sachin Tendulkar who is known for his behavior on and off the field. Also there have been many cricketers like Bret Sutcliffe and others who have proven that character is more important to a cricketer.

  • Asur_ke_Sasur on October 23, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Na Na Na! I think you cannot skip MURLI. Just cannot. I think people might argue Sachin's case, too :)

  • KnightRiderX on October 23, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    i really like this list... all these guys were wonderful human beings and legends.... and could play brilliantly without getting under the skin of the opposition.

  • devurandom on October 23, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Happy to see Ambrose and Kumble on the list.

    But Gilchrist? I still remember the "catch" he claimed off Dravid in the Sydney test. He stands tall'er' only because how the rest of his world beating teammates behaved on the cricket field. Dujon or maybe some other great would probably deserve the place more.

    Pak fans would probably see conspiracy here as well. (What!! No Javed bhai on the list?) For them, probably this list proves beyond any doubt that Guha is an employee of CMR (CIA-Mossad-RAW) :)

  • MSDR on October 23, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Where is steve waugh, dravid, jayasuriya, murali???

  • aruntheselector on October 23, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    A good selection. However, Rahul Dravid and above all Sachin Tendulkar would also walk into this league. Sahin has been a class apart from all the batsman who have played the game. He has destroyed bowling attacks, entertained teh whole criket world, been solid in technique and above all has shown clearly shown that everything can be achived being a nice-guy...

  • intcamd on October 23, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    let me see - the sledger Gilchrist is in, and Tendulkar, Dravid, and Laxman are out. Those 3 must be far from nice.

    And this guy Guha is supposed to be some kinda historian? Atavistic kind?

  • long_handle9 on October 23, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Do you guys have any objectivity? As a Pakistani and a neutral I have to say that Aussies aren't the "nasty, boorish" players most viewers (especially Indians since Sydney 2008) make them out to be. It's funny that Indians like Mr Guha always whine about this; they have arrogant gits like Harbhajan and Sreesanth--even Tendulkar isn't as squeaky clean as people make out, though Dravid and Laxman are. And it's an utterly subjective article like most of the rot Cricinfo's XIs have been, always catering to the Indian audience. Anyway rant over here's a real gentleman's xi: 1) Jack Hobbs 2) Mark Taylor 3) Rahul Dravid 4) Gundappa Viswanath 5) Younus Khan 6) Asif Iqbal 7) Adam Gilchrist 8) Shaun Pollock 9) Chaminda Vaas 10)Derek Underwood 11) Courtney Walsh

  • on October 23, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    I would say that S Tendulkar and VVS Laxman would have just missed out on this XI

  • NISH67 on October 23, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    A very well versed article and generally good picks . However No doubt there will be howls of protest asking - WHERE IS SACHIN ?? - We are all waiting with baited breath for the ineveitable !

  • ABHIJATJOSHI on October 23, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    RAMCHANDRA, YOU ARE AS GREAT AS C.L.R. JAMES AND CARDUS. I AM A BIG BIG FAN. BUT I HAVE ONE HUGE ISSUE WITH THIS SELECTION. WHERE IS WORREL? SIR FRANK IS THE MOST REVERED GENTLEMAN IN THE GAME. ONLY TRUMPER CAN BE SAID TO BE ON THE SAME LEVEL IN NOBILITY OF SOUL. I AM A BHAKTA OF SIR GARY THE CRICKETER, BUT AM TROUBLED BY THE FACT THAT HE REMAINED A RECKLESS DRIVER EVEN AFTER THE DEATH OF COLLIE SMITH IN THE ACCIDENT. ALSO THE RHODESIA EPISODE TROUBLES ME SOMEWHAT. I RECOMMEND HAVING SIR GARY THE SUPERMAN REPLACED BY THE MORE HUMAN BUT CERTAINLY MORE HUMANE SIR FRANK.

  • spin_king4 on October 23, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    how does the gentleman of world cricket at the moment rahul dravid not make it into this team. he is definetly the benchmark in todays game regarding manner and behaviour

  • shihan12 on October 23, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Can we think about Anil Kumble withouth thinking Shane warne or Murali??

  • G_singh_G on October 23, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    I was expecting to see Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar I can almost understand, especially since it's a field full of amazing people but not Dravid. He's been a gentleman throughout the game's history.

  • chaiitu on October 23, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    I admit with most of the XI, but sachin missing this is not fair by any means. He is a genius on & off the field and he is the most respected cricketer around the world for the past 15 years or so....Sachin should be on the world ALL TIME XI by any means...what ever factors u consider....

  • BurmaStu on October 23, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Lovely list and hard to fault. But labelling all the crickets surrounding Gilchrist "crass, crude, boorish and bullying"? Well, I guess everybody has an opinion but was this really required in this instance? Leave the insults at home.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on October 23, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    Great team..great review..your knowledge of cricket and cricketers is so very impressive. Could not help but ask how about Vishwanath- I have heard that he was a very noble man. And how about Mohmd. Asif- gotcha..:)

  • Avi_k on October 23, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Usually not one to harp on about Tendulkar's lack of mention in playing XI's... But surely this one was made for him...

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  • Avi_k on October 23, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Usually not one to harp on about Tendulkar's lack of mention in playing XI's... But surely this one was made for him...

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on October 23, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    Great team..great review..your knowledge of cricket and cricketers is so very impressive. Could not help but ask how about Vishwanath- I have heard that he was a very noble man. And how about Mohmd. Asif- gotcha..:)

  • BurmaStu on October 23, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Lovely list and hard to fault. But labelling all the crickets surrounding Gilchrist "crass, crude, boorish and bullying"? Well, I guess everybody has an opinion but was this really required in this instance? Leave the insults at home.

  • chaiitu on October 23, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    I admit with most of the XI, but sachin missing this is not fair by any means. He is a genius on & off the field and he is the most respected cricketer around the world for the past 15 years or so....Sachin should be on the world ALL TIME XI by any means...what ever factors u consider....

  • G_singh_G on October 23, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    I was expecting to see Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar I can almost understand, especially since it's a field full of amazing people but not Dravid. He's been a gentleman throughout the game's history.

  • shihan12 on October 23, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Can we think about Anil Kumble withouth thinking Shane warne or Murali??

  • spin_king4 on October 23, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    how does the gentleman of world cricket at the moment rahul dravid not make it into this team. he is definetly the benchmark in todays game regarding manner and behaviour

  • ABHIJATJOSHI on October 23, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    RAMCHANDRA, YOU ARE AS GREAT AS C.L.R. JAMES AND CARDUS. I AM A BIG BIG FAN. BUT I HAVE ONE HUGE ISSUE WITH THIS SELECTION. WHERE IS WORREL? SIR FRANK IS THE MOST REVERED GENTLEMAN IN THE GAME. ONLY TRUMPER CAN BE SAID TO BE ON THE SAME LEVEL IN NOBILITY OF SOUL. I AM A BHAKTA OF SIR GARY THE CRICKETER, BUT AM TROUBLED BY THE FACT THAT HE REMAINED A RECKLESS DRIVER EVEN AFTER THE DEATH OF COLLIE SMITH IN THE ACCIDENT. ALSO THE RHODESIA EPISODE TROUBLES ME SOMEWHAT. I RECOMMEND HAVING SIR GARY THE SUPERMAN REPLACED BY THE MORE HUMAN BUT CERTAINLY MORE HUMANE SIR FRANK.

  • NISH67 on October 23, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    A very well versed article and generally good picks . However No doubt there will be howls of protest asking - WHERE IS SACHIN ?? - We are all waiting with baited breath for the ineveitable !

  • on October 23, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    I would say that S Tendulkar and VVS Laxman would have just missed out on this XI