Wisden 2011 April 13, 2011

Evergreen Tendulkar feted by Wisden

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The 148th edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, launched today, reflects on a year of dramatic contrasts for the game, from the soul-searching that accompanied the Pakistan spot-fixing scandal at Lord's, to the near-perfection of England's Ashes campaign in Australia. But between those extremes, one of the game's most constant presences is recognised for attaining new heights of brilliance.

In 2010, Sachin Tendulkar enjoyed a year that even by his own exalted standards was phenomenal. He hit over 1,500 Test runs and seven Test hundreds, including an unparalleled 50th. Tendulkar also became the first to hit a one-day international double-hundred. Wisden acknowledges his greatness by naming him as the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2010.

It's the first time Tendulkar has won the award since it started in 2004, although Wisden 2007 identified him as the player who would have won such an award for 1998 - had it been devised then. Ramachandra Guha traces the three phases of Tendulkar's career, and reveals that he is held in such esteem by the Australians that they do not sledge him; and by his team-mates so that the Indian dressing-room, once riven by turf wars and petty jealousies, is now calm.

With the ongoing criminal investigation restricting Wisden's reporting of the spot-fixing affair, the decision to name just four Cricketers of the Year instead of the usual five is a subtle but damning verdict on a summer that turned sour. Elsewhere in the book, Paul Kelso carefully pieces together the events before, during and after the England-Pakistan Test at Lord's last August, while Rob Crilly visits an illicit gambling den overlooking the slums of Lahore.

Crilly's arresting first-hand account brings to light a murky world that will prove difficult to dismantle. "The den was in full swing the day after Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif had received lengthy bans for their role in the spot-fixing scandal. Yet nobody thought the punishments would help clean up Pakistani cricket." One of the gamblers could hardly have been clearer: "I don't think this will put people off getting involved in fixing."

Writing from Pakistan on the reaction to the sanctions applied to the three Pakistan cricketers by the ICC, ESPNcricinfo's Osman Samiuddin reveals the power of denial. He reports on how Mohammad Amir, especially, was greeted more as a rock star than a cheat, and how the actual events were lost in the world of feverish conspiracy theories.

If England's home season was utterly overshadowed by the affair, they made sure that their cricket made all the headlines in Australia three months later. In his fourth year as Wisden's editor, Scyld Berry hails the team's Ashes performance by saying it was "hard to think of a sizeable human organisation that has come closer to perfection for a couple of months than England's cricket team during the Ashes".

Their achievements, however, were immediately undermined by the ensuing limited-overs series that saw England play two Twenty20 internationals and seven one-day internationals, before flying half-way round the world to pause for breath at home - and then, four days later, heading for the World Cup. "Unsurprisingly," says Berry, "the players, especially the bowlers, fell like flies."

The former England captain, Michael Vaughan, and the former Australian legspinner, Kerry O'Keeffe, complement the Almanack's coverage of the Ashes. "The key difference," Vaughan believes, "between the two teams lay in their spine. England had an excellent pair of opening batsmen and opening bowlers, a very good wicketkeeper in Matt Prior, and a captain who led by example." By contrast, the "Australian attack had no X-factor". O'Keeffe castigates the Australians for their poor preparation - "a little like swimming the English Channel to tune up for the London Marathon" - and berates the Aussies' lack of determination: "England counted their batting in hours (and days). Australians looked at minutes."

Despite those exploits, only two of England's cricketers make Wisden's Test team of the year - James Anderson and Graeme Swann. Instead the side is dominated with players from the No. 1-ranked team in the world, India, with Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan bring their contingent to five. For the first time since the Wisden Test XI began in 2008, there is no room for an Australian - but there is a Bangladeshi, with Tamim Iqbal having been chosen by a panel comprising Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, Ian Chappell and the editor, Berry.

The 2009 Wisden Test XI 1 Virender Sehwag (India), 2 Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), 3 Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), 4 Sachin Tendulkar (India), 5 Jacques Kallis (South Africa), 6 V. V. S. Laxman (India), 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India, capt & wk), 8 Graeme Swann (England), 9 Dale Steyn (South Africa), 10 Zaheer Khan (India), 11 James Anderson (England).

As one of Wisden's four Cricketers of the Year, Tamim becomes the first Bangladeshi to secure an honour that dates back to 1889. The other recipients are Eoin Morgan, whose innovative strokeplay added a new dimension to England's one-day cricket; Chris Read, who captained Nottinghamshire to a memorable County Championship triumph and Jonathan Trott, who announced himself as England's most consistent run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs.

For the first time in its history, Wisden gives proper recognition to the photographer's art, with Scott Barbour winning the inaugural Wisden-MCC Photograph of the Year award. Will Vanderspar, from Eton College, is the Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year, while Eric Midwinter's synoptic history of the game, The Cricketer's Progress: Meadowland to Mumbai is the winner of the Wisden Book of the Year award.

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  • RichardW on April 15, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Best batsman ever is Bradman.No discussion needed.Most valuable cricketer ever is Kallis.There are many,many other players who would compete with Tendulkar for a place in an all time team,but realistically,only Sobers could compete with Jakes as your batting all-rounder.And if we are going to call someone the god of cricket for being a nice guy and a great player,then I am going to have to argue the case for Shaun Pollock.What a lovely guy.

  • suresh_ocp2007 on April 15, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @kiwirocker-if u dont know any thinh just keep quiet,who said he isnot doing any thing , that is telling ur knowledge,he is supporting so many orpahns and providing money for educationand supporting several organizations , if u dont know why are u talking , about pakistan when ever he faced akram or waquar he played well.

  • on April 15, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Tendulkar has got GOD status because he played on the same pitches where others also played and got to the position where almost no one can reach. He also has done many charities and many few knew about them as he strictly entertains publicity for them. Sachin in 1 year got 8 Centuries in one days and last year he got 7 test hundreds and am sure that 80% of cricketers end their lives not even scoring those many centuries in their career. Winning is not always important when you look at a game like Cricket as it is a TEAM GAME. Sachin has always done his JOB right, If India loses in a match in which sachin got good score, its not his mistake at all. to put it in a easy way - Same school may have State No.1 student as well as State No.1 failures list.

  • MinusZero on April 14, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Why are so many comparing Tendulkar and Kallis? They are both great players and can't really be compared since Tendulkar is not an all-rounder and Kallis is. Most of Tendulkar's part time bowling has been at position 5 or 6, Kallis is at 3 or 4. Kallis has also bowled nearly 5 times as many overs.

  • prashant1 on April 14, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    The Greatest Tendulkar was No.1 ranked first in 2004. After being on and off No.1 and a decline in the mid 2000s due to injury the Greatest is again No.1...17 years after he first became No.1 !! All Hail the Greatest batsman that ever walked God's green earth- Sachin Tendulkar...Bow to the Master.

  • on April 14, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    The greatest sportsman of all times across all sport. I don't even have to say period.

  • Nutcutlet on April 14, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    It seems that several readers have little idea of what Wisden is about and how, due to its comprehensive scope it has a much earlier cut-off date than many can conceive in order to go to print in time to be out with the daffodils. It is, to some extent, hidebound by its tradition and Anglo-centric focus as the majority of its readership is English, or has English as their mother-tongue. The most detailed sections deal with the first class game amongst English counties (compare the report of, say Notts v Lancs. with NSW v Vic, or Delhi v Mumbai). Right or wrong, that's what Wisden does - and that's what its subscribers expect. Now, wouldn't it be a great idea if the subcontinent were to produce its own 'Wisden'? It wouldn't be called Wisden - why should it be? - and it could be as Indo-centric as its major audience could posssibly want. If it were written in English (as I suspect it would have to be) then we in UK could read all 1700 pages of it, amazed at its scope and brilliance.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 14, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    shankupals : I am interested to know for what other reasons you respect Tendulkar? Imran Khan won a WC and he inspired a nation. He built a free cancer hospital in memory of his mother. Inzemam Ul HAQ has done same for his father's memory in his home town Multan. Saeed Anwar goes aorund and does a charity work. I am sorry but may be I am missing something..What other reasons? Is it because Tendulkar bought a 39 Carore Bungalow in Mumbai with all that free money he has earnt fooling Indians....? The man is an imposter who has fooled Indians for decades...India's best batsman of modern era is VVS Laxman. A Champion batsman of few words who has won more matches for India than Tendulkar nad his team mates combined. Tendulkar was one of most vocal opponents of India/Pak matches in late 90's to save his average against two most fearsome bowlers of his time! Just get your facts right mate!

  • CareFreeKid on April 14, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    And finally, Sachin is a great human being above all. He is always extremely humble in his interactions with all and sundry. That's one quality that makes him stand apart from the Kallises in the cricket world. 22 years - he has all - the money, fame, celebritydom and the power that comes along with it. And yet he stays firmly rooted to the ground. You can see it in the way he behaves on and off the field.

    It can be argued whether Sir Bradman was greater than Tendulkar - which makes total sense. But IMHO even Sir Bradman would have failed miserably on the above count.

  • Sagarneel on April 14, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    This should have been named the Wisden cricket joke book of the year!! Tamim Iqbal in, but no Amla...Morgan in but no Trott!!! And the world thought that Wisden is the bible of cricket!! BIG JOKE FOLKS!!!

  • RichardW on April 15, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Best batsman ever is Bradman.No discussion needed.Most valuable cricketer ever is Kallis.There are many,many other players who would compete with Tendulkar for a place in an all time team,but realistically,only Sobers could compete with Jakes as your batting all-rounder.And if we are going to call someone the god of cricket for being a nice guy and a great player,then I am going to have to argue the case for Shaun Pollock.What a lovely guy.

  • suresh_ocp2007 on April 15, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @kiwirocker-if u dont know any thinh just keep quiet,who said he isnot doing any thing , that is telling ur knowledge,he is supporting so many orpahns and providing money for educationand supporting several organizations , if u dont know why are u talking , about pakistan when ever he faced akram or waquar he played well.

  • on April 15, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Tendulkar has got GOD status because he played on the same pitches where others also played and got to the position where almost no one can reach. He also has done many charities and many few knew about them as he strictly entertains publicity for them. Sachin in 1 year got 8 Centuries in one days and last year he got 7 test hundreds and am sure that 80% of cricketers end their lives not even scoring those many centuries in their career. Winning is not always important when you look at a game like Cricket as it is a TEAM GAME. Sachin has always done his JOB right, If India loses in a match in which sachin got good score, its not his mistake at all. to put it in a easy way - Same school may have State No.1 student as well as State No.1 failures list.

  • MinusZero on April 14, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Why are so many comparing Tendulkar and Kallis? They are both great players and can't really be compared since Tendulkar is not an all-rounder and Kallis is. Most of Tendulkar's part time bowling has been at position 5 or 6, Kallis is at 3 or 4. Kallis has also bowled nearly 5 times as many overs.

  • prashant1 on April 14, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    The Greatest Tendulkar was No.1 ranked first in 2004. After being on and off No.1 and a decline in the mid 2000s due to injury the Greatest is again No.1...17 years after he first became No.1 !! All Hail the Greatest batsman that ever walked God's green earth- Sachin Tendulkar...Bow to the Master.

  • on April 14, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    The greatest sportsman of all times across all sport. I don't even have to say period.

  • Nutcutlet on April 14, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    It seems that several readers have little idea of what Wisden is about and how, due to its comprehensive scope it has a much earlier cut-off date than many can conceive in order to go to print in time to be out with the daffodils. It is, to some extent, hidebound by its tradition and Anglo-centric focus as the majority of its readership is English, or has English as their mother-tongue. The most detailed sections deal with the first class game amongst English counties (compare the report of, say Notts v Lancs. with NSW v Vic, or Delhi v Mumbai). Right or wrong, that's what Wisden does - and that's what its subscribers expect. Now, wouldn't it be a great idea if the subcontinent were to produce its own 'Wisden'? It wouldn't be called Wisden - why should it be? - and it could be as Indo-centric as its major audience could posssibly want. If it were written in English (as I suspect it would have to be) then we in UK could read all 1700 pages of it, amazed at its scope and brilliance.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 14, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    shankupals : I am interested to know for what other reasons you respect Tendulkar? Imran Khan won a WC and he inspired a nation. He built a free cancer hospital in memory of his mother. Inzemam Ul HAQ has done same for his father's memory in his home town Multan. Saeed Anwar goes aorund and does a charity work. I am sorry but may be I am missing something..What other reasons? Is it because Tendulkar bought a 39 Carore Bungalow in Mumbai with all that free money he has earnt fooling Indians....? The man is an imposter who has fooled Indians for decades...India's best batsman of modern era is VVS Laxman. A Champion batsman of few words who has won more matches for India than Tendulkar nad his team mates combined. Tendulkar was one of most vocal opponents of India/Pak matches in late 90's to save his average against two most fearsome bowlers of his time! Just get your facts right mate!

  • CareFreeKid on April 14, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    And finally, Sachin is a great human being above all. He is always extremely humble in his interactions with all and sundry. That's one quality that makes him stand apart from the Kallises in the cricket world. 22 years - he has all - the money, fame, celebritydom and the power that comes along with it. And yet he stays firmly rooted to the ground. You can see it in the way he behaves on and off the field.

    It can be argued whether Sir Bradman was greater than Tendulkar - which makes total sense. But IMHO even Sir Bradman would have failed miserably on the above count.

  • Sagarneel on April 14, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    This should have been named the Wisden cricket joke book of the year!! Tamim Iqbal in, but no Amla...Morgan in but no Trott!!! And the world thought that Wisden is the bible of cricket!! BIG JOKE FOLKS!!!

  • shankupals on April 14, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    @RichardW: Kallis could never have been God in India. We worship Sachin not only for cricketing reasons.For non-cricketing reason, Kallis is nothing. He is an another human being on earth. Sachin is an absolute joy to watch while he is batting. You see the stats and say that they are equals in tests and T20 but he is no where near the great Tendulkar and Lara. He may be the greatest all rounder but not in the same league as Sachin and Lara in batting.

  • on April 14, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Friends, anyone who knows cricket, will realise that both Sachin and Kallis are equally great and cannot be compared, because they are from 2 different countries and play for different teams. True Kallis has more runs on bouncy tracks, but he has been brought up on them..to be brought up on low wickets and then score centuries in Aus and SA speaks of Sachin's greatness. moreover, for the greater part he has played with weak teams with poor bowling attacks, compared to Kallis who had better bowling attacks to back him.. Similarly the fact that Kallis has in excess of 10k runs and 250 wickets in both tests and ODIs speaks of his greatness...So, just feel lucky that we saw the great ones play instead of bickering who is great...both have records that are bradmanesque... why commit the folly of comparing bradman and sobers for that matter?

  • GOD_Is_Sachin on April 14, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    @KiwiRocker, Whilst I agree and understand that it could be annoying to always read/listen about one player repeatedly. But I kindly disagree your stats, The 3 bowlers you named played between 1993-2007 and here is the link for sachin's performance,

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?class=1;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;spanmax1=31+Dec+2007;spanmin1=01+Jan+1993;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting

    Now, coming to why people are Insanely responsive on Sachin's articles, is what he has done to India's cricket. It could be easier for Aus or Eng to name a few legends, but it was Sachin who opened the doors for such an opportunity. In 1990s Indian cricket gained popularity than any other sport in the world, not because India bagged all tournament victories, but it's just because, they had Sachin. What does that mean, a developing country was craving for some one to take India's presence to International Arena in some form. And that man was Mr.SACHIN TENDULKAR

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @kf84

    Thats why sachin is treated the way he has to be . Is Kallis a legedary batsman ? No (but Sachin is so) . Is Kallis a legendary bowler ? No (but Wasim is so) . Is Kallis a legendary fielder ? No (but Jonty is so ) . Thats why Kallis is not treated as these legends . He may be the perfect cricketer but with nothing perfect . Though i accept he has everything near to perfect .

  • gothetaniwha on April 14, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Whey to go kiwirocker , this just proves what the rest of the cricket world thinks of Sachin .scores most of his runs in boring draws , Yes his records will never be broken - but give me Viv Richards any day ! . hey donda he may be 38 but looks 48 get him a wheelchair LOL

  • on April 14, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    @KiwiRocker

    Everything has to stop one day . First all of you were comparing Sachin with Lara . Then lara dipped in form and retired . Then you all started comparing Sachin with Ponting . Now he has also dipped in form . Now you all has started comparing Sachin with Kallis . This is what the plus for Sachin . He has performed all through his 20 years . But others have peaked only at times and just have some good years in thier career . This is what the diffrence between Sachin and others .

  • Nutcutlet on April 14, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Tamim deserves his place in Wisden's Test XI. His presence in a side that is out of its depth in test cricket can be compared with the great George Headley's in the WIndies XI in the decade before World War 2, although Tamim has a distance to go before he can approach Headley in stature and stats (for those who think stats 'prove' everything!) Frankly, without Tamim, Bangladesh would be utterly humiliated on the Test stage, thus BD cricket needs all the positive publicity it can get. His is the only wicket that really matters; the rest of the side are like a weak Division 2 side in the county championship, pretending to be test cricketers. If this comment angers some cricket fans, just remember the old English idiomatic expression: If the cap fits, wear it.

  • kf84 on April 14, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    @maddy- call back when Tendulkar takes anywhere near as many wickekets as Kallis. There is no way to really compare the two. Tendulkar is the better batsman for sure, but I rekon Kallis is a better cricketer.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 14, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    It disappoints me to see that a great player is not getting credit he deserves. I am tired of reading praises of impostor Tendulkar.World knows that Tendulkar only plays for records.A recent example was how he left tail enders high and dry during first test against SA and conveniently saved himself as a NOT OUT.World's greatest cricketer EVER has been J. Kallis.Lets compare Tendulkar's batting with Kallis.In tests Kallis has average of 57.50 runs compared to Tendulkar's 56.90. Clearly Kallis is a better batsman.Lets do not forget Kallis has also scored bulk of his runs on bouncy SA tracks instead of Tendulkar's worthless runs in Indian dustbowls. Kallis has won more matches for SA than Tendulkar and his other team mates combined. Here is the real stat: Kallis also has 270 wickets in test matches and 166 catches. Is there any other cricketer including Bradman, Sobers, Imran Khan ever compare with J.Kallis? Please make up you mind as numbers tell the story.Kallis=Complete Cricketer EVER

  • on April 14, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    @maddy - kallis way better..SA chokes in the vital matches despite kallis performances..but, sachin's record breaking innings in WC 2003 and 2011 speaks how consistent he is

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    @time_waster: Well said bro....brainless chickens wobble a lot defying records. All the players listed above ONLY beyond any doubt deserve their place

  • NishuB on April 14, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    @naveed.... hahahaha...gold !!! i honestly wish pakistan performed better than what they have done..pure case of stupid selectors. As an indian, i have great respect for pakistan cricketers. I agree Amla and Cook should fit in somewhere. Whoever said Prior needs to get the nod ahead of Dhoni, dream on. The only keeper/batsman/captain in the same league currently is Sanga. Kallis is great, however ou cannot compare him or anyone to Sachin. History will be the judge. This guy will be knighted. This guy will be made "bharat ratna"..and he MIGHT score a 400+ test score before he is finished. Why not do that at the SCG in January 2012 sachin?? i would love to be in his midspace for just 1 day in my life...(dreaming)

  • prashant1 on April 14, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar....The Greatest batsman that was , is and ever will be ....Amen.

  • maddy20 on April 13, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    @RichardW Agreed that Kallis is an all-rounder but he is nowhere near the greatness of the legendary Sachin. Wanna prove me wrong? Call back when Kallis completes 100 TONS in international cricket!

  • on April 13, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    on behalf of all Pakistani fans......whatevaaaaar

  • MinusZero on April 13, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Amla and Trott are surprising exclusions. A lot of people are saying why Tamim Iqbal and not Watson. This is a test XI remember. Watson's test record was only average last year. Tamim played only 7 tests to Watson's 11. Scored only 60 runs less in 8 less innings than Watson. Tamim had a higher best score 151 to 126, higher average 59 to 42, higher strike rate 80 to 50 and had 3 centuries to Watson's 1. Tell me again why Watson should be there instead of Iqbal? In having said that, Amla with an average of 78 in 11 test and 5 centuries should have been in front of both of them.

  • cricketcritic on April 13, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Anderson fully deserves his place, this is a TEST XI. Yes he got belted in the world cup, different format. Somebody mentioned Mitchell Johnson deserves a place (I assume that suggestion is laced with sarcasm?!). Anderson helped bowl England to Ashes glory whilst Johnson went missing in all but the Perth test

  • jcr1976 on April 13, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    I'd certainly have Amla ahead of Tamim and, given Dhoni is in the side, Trott in for Sangakkara. Otherwise its pretty much spot on given Test performances in 2010. Cook cant be there because of his struggles in the summer, brilliant though his winter was. By the way, for anyone struggling to make sense of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year, remember the title is given based on impact on the English season.

  • Time_waster on April 13, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    1) Before lamenting Tamim's inclusion in the team, please check the TEST stats for all openers in the past year. Tamim deserves to be on the list. 2) Amla and de Villiers aren't Test openers so you'd have to compare them with the giants in the middle order. That's why they aren't in the team. 3) Sangakkara DOES NOT KEEP IN TESTS. That's why Dhoni is there as keeper, although I would personally prefer Prior as a Test keeper over Dhoni. But, perhaps Dhoni's superior glove-work gets him the nod. 4) Anderson had a phenomenal year as a bowler in TESTS. Again, please, check his record in the past season before commenting. Johnson had only one good performance in Tests last year.

    In conclusion: CHECK THE STATS BEFORE TYPING NONSENSE!!!

  • on April 13, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Who will they be playing? Martians?

  • gothetaniwha on April 13, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Anderson really ? Every batsman at WC were licking there lips when he came on to bowl . He got smashed everytime he bowled .

  • Rahulbose on April 13, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    This Wisden test XI hard to explain. Tamim Iqbal over likes of Watson and Amla? Then they choose Dhoni as wicketkeeper in test matches over Matt prior.

  • on April 13, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    jacquess kallis should be at no 3 and sangakkara should be coming in at no 5, AB devillers at 6 and probably dan vettori at 7..kallis just cant be at any place other than 3...virender shewag with his audacious stroke play sets up the match but bowlers have to take 20 wickets..so vettori might be very handy...also by picking up AB,it adds a new dimension to the fielding..

  • voma on April 13, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    jonesy 2 where does your hatred for English cricket come from ? , now come on mate just because England are now a better test team than Australia . Theres no need to keep writing such strange things . English cricket irrelevant ha ha brilliant

  • on April 13, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    This whole wisden thing is so preposterously British so much so that it stinks of years old British colonilism. Wisden sold out to ESPN years ago then why all this "Wisden Cricketor of the Year" hype. Admitted, players of the caliber of Sachin Tendulkar, M S Dhoni, V Sehwag & V.V.S Laxamn will probably make to "The best of best lists" ir-respective of the what the name of list is called (Noble List, Times/Forbes Most Powerful Cricketers, Booker/Pulitzer List, My List & so on), it hardly makes sense for likes of Tamim Iqbal, Eoin Morgan & Jonathan Trott to feature on the list.

  • donda on April 13, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Forget about others, just discuss about Sachin. The master the genius the greatest cricketer ever born. Better than bradman and better than sobers , even bigger sportsman then Imran Khan. At 38 years of age , he is playing like 28 years old, i don't know how long he will play but if its was in my hand i would never want him to retire ever. He deserves to be wisden all time best player because of his records and humbleness. Just see his man of the match ceremony in last IPL match , no other cricketer can share his man of the the match but Sachin. What a turn around , he has converted into a hell of sportsman. What a player.

  • psychicsaint on April 13, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    guys, as @rohit says why name these XI's... who do they play against!!? what a waste of time... look at the panel who selected the team and you'll know why they chose these players.. that should explain why there is no one from aus or sa...

  • coolboy22 on April 13, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Where is Watson, Amla....? And I think Mitchell Johnson deserved a place more than Anderson...............And what's the point in having 2 wicket-keepers in the same team...?

  • on April 13, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Why come up with these teams? Whom are they playing? Just generate a lot of emotions for no purpose...

  • mrgupta on April 13, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Just because he scored 2 centuries against Eng Tamim became eligible for World XI selection? He is still only a budding player and its too early to include him in the same XI which consists of Sachin, Kallis, Sanga, Laxman. Cook or Watson would have been better choices. When you already have Kallis as an allrounder its better to include 2 spinners alongside Steyn and Zak. I would go for Herath or Bhajji alongside Swann.

  • thehytool on April 13, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Tamim?? ..u must be kidding...if u want to appriciate him thn there are still many other ways...but among all these legends?? Hashim amla must be there in place of Tamim.Hashim has to be here or another option is Alister cook.........i m from India bt i still feel tht Sanga shd b captin and WK...........in place of dhoni Watto shd be here other option is " no other spinner here so in place of Anderson...Vettori can have place as he can contribute with bat as well....."

    Sehwag,amla,sanga(wk+cpt),sachin,Kalis,laxman,Watto,Vettori,swan,stan,Zak..

  • on April 13, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Tamim over Amla-really?? Or is the list consists of players who did well against England...

  • on April 13, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    In response to "buncers" comments on VVS at no.6 as an all rounder, I think over the last 2/3 years VVS has been doing the same in Test cricket. So, there shouldn't be any surprise element. Tamim Iqbal is a promising youngster who can bat with grace and is the future of Bangladesh cricket. He is certainly a surprise inclusion but I would not question it either.

  • Saad_Parekh on April 13, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Silly, Cook ahould have been opening partner of Sehwag. Its understandable that Amla had a better ODI season than test and hence misses out, but what about Kallis and AB?

  • on April 13, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Wisden writers see anyone competing England and achieving success as a pinnacle for that sportsperson.. thats how they put Tamim Iqbal in there. There cannot be a test team without Amla and De Villiers. I think Dhoni and Iqbal and sit out and Amla and ABD can get into this squad. and this is from a Dhoni Fan. Simply, because a Test team like that won't need a brilliant captain. They wud win on merit like Aussies of 2000's with Ricky leading them.

  • cricPassion2009 on April 13, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    @RichardW; Kallis is indeed a great player. I never imagined that he would reach this status; used to see him as bowler, all-rounder. Now he has forced the world to sit up and see him as a batsman of class. He has quitely worked his way up there.

    Tendulkar, Kallis, Ponting - will the world see such a trio operate in the same era ever again ?

  • buncers on April 13, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Strange to put Tamin in this company - he looked quite an exciting player against England, but hasn't done brilliantly since.

    Some other strange one here:-

    VVS at no 6 - in the allrounder slot?? Couple of Aussies come to mind Andreson certainly isn't the best fast bowler in the world - come on - he couldn't even hold his place in the one day team

    Fully agree with Sachin, Sanga and Dhoni and maybe Kallis and Swann

  • YadavAjay on April 13, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    why there is no ABD and HM(can tamim be compared to any of the these?). And i personally think ABD is going to be the most complete batsman after the era of Tendulakar,Kallis,Lara,Ponting,Dravid... Any suggestion welcomed..

  • on April 13, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Dhoni is the Captain of the test team??? You must be joking..1 day is ok for dhoni....not in tests

  • aaditya4u on April 13, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    How did tamim iqbal come thr ? and why dhoni is thr ? What is special dhoni has done wid bat ?? he has done nothing. so my captain&keeper is sangakkara. Instead of iqbal i would suggest Watson as an opener. my team would be 1.sehwag 2.watson 3.gambhir 4.sachin 5.kallis 6.laxman 7.sangakara 8.swann 9.steyn 10.zaheer 11.anderson

  • DV8TOR on April 13, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    No Amla, No AB. WHo writes this stuff?

  • on April 13, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Sachin ll be tired of all these !! He ll want people to stop praising him !! Too much of anythin s gud for nothing !!

  • on April 13, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    What happened to Alastair Cook and AB deVillers??

  • RichardW on April 13, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Yes,Tendulkar is a better batsman than Kallis in the 50 over format,but they are equals in tests and 20/20 matches.Kallis is an absolute legend of the game and the greatest all-round cricketer ever.If he was an Indian player,Tendulkar would only be ranked as the second God of cricket,Kallis would be first.

  • girdoc1 on April 13, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Great achievement. Sachin is the greatest player and sportsman ever on earth. Ofcourse, awards and honours follow the success. Well done, you made us all proud.

  • on April 13, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    What is this list doing without Amla? I cant think of a cricketer who deserves this more - on the basis of his performance over the past year. Major Oversight on Wisden's part.

  • on April 13, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Now when will I see the Knighthood been bestowed on Tendulkar. Who else deserves it better than "Tondulkar".

  • girdoc1 on April 13, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Great, Sachin is the greatest player and sportsman ever on the earth. Ofcourse awards and honours follow success. Keep going Sachin, you made us proud.

  • CJC1 on April 13, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Is Wisden seriously suggesting that Tamim Iqbal in the 'best' test XI in the world, especially as an opener?????? There is no doubt he is an exciting talented player, but one of the best 2 test openers in the world....Really??? Seriously???

    I'm all for promoting talent, and people who bring that extra element of excitement to the game. But come on Wisden, you can't pick a guy as one of the best XI players in the world, solely because you think he's exciting to watch. I can't help but think Ian Chappell had a large hand in this selection, given his unfaltering support of attacking openers, despite their actually lack of ability to back it up with a score.

  • on April 13, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Long live the god of cricket.....

  • on April 13, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Tendulkar is loved by ALL fans of the game. He's a credit to our sport. I am so pleased to see Tamim, but Amla not there is crazy. What a year HE has had...

  • on April 13, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Finally a XI I completely agree with. Can't recollect better performers in those positions.

  • tranmerechris on April 13, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    People need to realise that Wisden is principally dedicated to the English game. It gets tiresome reading paranoid India fans finding 'bias' everywhere and in everything. Chill out. No-one doubts Tendulkar's genius.

  • on April 13, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Wisden's cricketers of the year have always been about those who have made an impact on the English season, usually international but also domestic. Is that really so hard for people to understand?

    Great to see Tendulkar being named.

  • on April 13, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    I think Tamim got into the team because of his century at lords. So funny. Amla is a sure shot candidate for a test 11.

  • SHANEDAPPAL on April 13, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    look the team sehwag, tamim(gambir) sangakara(pujara) sachin, kallis(dravid) laxman, dhoni, swann(baji) styne( no other but just for here ishanth) saheer, anderson(sree-shanth)

    you can find from here why india being as no.1

  • on April 13, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Sachin is no doubt perhaps is the greatest cricketer after world war. He is not only the greatest player but even a greater person. A real Gentleman from India but he is property of all cricket playing nation.

  • pranav9994 on April 13, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    wonder why is tamim featured alongside these greats...

  • on April 13, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Things seem to be going perfectly for Sachin.. He has got the worldcup dream fulfilled and is now rightly adjudged the best player of the year by wisden. Not that he cares for all these things... Playing for India is motivation enough for him.. Hope he scales even more heights in his career... As for not even a single aussie being in the wisden team, that kinda sums up their perfomance over the last 2 yrs.

  • jonesy2 on April 13, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    this is the biggest joke of a concept. who cares about what these people think. england are so irrelevant in cricket. no one cares.

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Who cares about Wisden when you have cricinfo awards?

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    well done 10dulkar u r d master of all d format either it is test or odi or t20 u rocks in all d format & we thoroughly enjoyed it. we salute u 4 ur dedication 2 indian cricket 4 21 yrs. & we hope dat u will serve d indian cr yrs.icket 4 more coming

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    its toooooo late for TENDULKAR,,,,,,,,,atleast they should have consider him before,,,,,,,any way congrats!!!!!!!

  • PooN_ on April 13, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Its Awesome to see, when player like Tamim Iqbal lists in wisden x1..Cheers

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    tendulkar is a legend of the sport a humble man that has lead by example he deserve the award

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478#!/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Sachin remains humble and focused on excellence despite such superlative exploits. He becomes a headline in a foot ball coloumn in British media.... this only goes to prove that greatness gets accentuated with humility!

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    http://www.picbadges.com/india-396/1547384/

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Finally Wisden saves its face by recognizing the amazing year Tendulkar had. I am still baffled that there is no mention of Amla and de Villiers. And why does the cover always have an English or Aussie cricketer? Favourism ??

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  • on April 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Finally Wisden saves its face by recognizing the amazing year Tendulkar had. I am still baffled that there is no mention of Amla and de Villiers. And why does the cover always have an English or Aussie cricketer? Favourism ??

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    http://www.picbadges.com/india-396/1547384/

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Sachin remains humble and focused on excellence despite such superlative exploits. He becomes a headline in a foot ball coloumn in British media.... this only goes to prove that greatness gets accentuated with humility!

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478#!/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    tendulkar is a legend of the sport a humble man that has lead by example he deserve the award

  • PooN_ on April 13, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Its Awesome to see, when player like Tamim Iqbal lists in wisden x1..Cheers

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    its toooooo late for TENDULKAR,,,,,,,,,atleast they should have consider him before,,,,,,,any way congrats!!!!!!!

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    well done 10dulkar u r d master of all d format either it is test or odi or t20 u rocks in all d format & we thoroughly enjoyed it. we salute u 4 ur dedication 2 indian cricket 4 21 yrs. & we hope dat u will serve d indian cr yrs.icket 4 more coming

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Who cares about Wisden when you have cricinfo awards?

  • jonesy2 on April 13, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    this is the biggest joke of a concept. who cares about what these people think. england are so irrelevant in cricket. no one cares.