All-time XI: World


'Would have been great to walk out with Bradman' - Tendulkar
'Would have been great to walk out with Bradman' - Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist, Dennis Lillee and Wasim Akram react at being picked in ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI

Over their dead bodies
Over their dead bodies

A team of slowpokes who will test the patience of the fiercest opponents and the tolerance of the most obdurate viewers

A match-up made in heaven
A match-up made in heaven

The notion of a face-off between Trueman and Tendulkar and Lillee and Lara is mouth-watering, to say the least. Who'll win in a contest between ESPNcricinfo's World XI and the Second XI?

Who after Bradman and Sobers?
Who after Bradman and Sobers?

Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar have effectively been voted the third and fourth-greatest cricketers in the game's history

Tendulkar only current player in ESPNcricinfo all-time World XI
Tendulkar only current player in ESPNcricinfo all-time World XI

Four Australians and three West Indians make it to the side. Warne, Gilchrist and Akram other recent players to feature

On the other hand
On the other hand

Left-handers are increasingly to the fore in cricket. What would an all-time XI composed exclusively of the species look like?

Nice guys finish first
Nice guys finish first

Cricketers who'd break your spirit and shake your hand

The joy of the past
The joy of the past

There may be plenty of well-known problems inherent in picking all-time XIs, but the exercise is still a worthwhile one

For your money (and your life)
For your money (and your life)

A play-for-your-life XI who'll do you proud when it's a choice between not losing and heading to the gas chamber

Poetry in motion
Poetry in motion

Eleven players who couldn't be graceless if they tried

Thrill-a-minute
Thrill-a-minute

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

The excluded
The excluded

Our soon-to-be announced all-time world XI will be picked from a shortlist of 88. But there are plenty of stellar names outside those ranks, as this XI, chosen from those who weren't on the shortlists, proves

ESPNcricinfo to pick World XI
ESPNcricinfo to pick World XI

Team to be picked from all-star country teams selected so far