Speaking of rivalry in cricket, no other rivalry can match the intensity of the Ashes battle. But the rivalry that can come close to the Ashes in the Indo-Pak rivalry. The Indo-Pak rivalry which is called the Mother of All Battles has seen some intense and high pressure matches. Both the sides had few proven match winners in the past and if both the countries wasn’t split after independence, then India would have ruled the cricket world. Both India and Pakistan has produced a galaxy of legendary cricketers. This is how the All Time Indo-Pak ODI XI look like.

The Openers:

When talking about opening the innings in ODI’s one cannot find a better pair than India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. The left-right combo of Dada-Paaji is considered as the best in business as the duo has put on 6609 runs together while opening at an average of 49.3 per match with 26 instances of 100 plus partnership. This record makes the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Batting Maestro open the innings for the Indo-Pak ODI XI ahead of Pakistan’s opener Saeed Anwar.

Middle Order batsmen:

Rahul Dravid is an automatic choice at number three which is his natural position. Even though he is considered as a flop by majority of the people, Dravid is one of the most underrated ODI batsman to have played the format. He has scored over 10,000 runs and holds the innings together in the middle overs and set a platform to attack towards the end of an innings.

The competition for the middle order of the Indo-Pak ODI XI is so high that a batsman of Yuvraj Singh’s calibre has been left out of the team. Pakistan’s Javed Miandad comes in to take the guard after the fall of the second wicket and the next batsman in will be Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Javed Miandad is considered as the batsman who revolutionized the batting in limited overs game in Pakistan and has an outstanding record as an ODI batsman. The other Pakistani batsman in the line-up Inzamam is one of the few batsmen to feature in the 11,000 ODI runs club. Leaving out Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam is the greatest ODI batsman produced by either of the countries.

Wicket Keeper:

For the Wicket Keeper’s slot, it should be a toss-up between Pakistan’s Moin Khan and India’s MS Dhoni. But considering MS Dhoni’s batting powers and his ability to finish the innings with ease, Dhoni overcomes the Moin threat to be the wicket keeper for Indo-Pak ODI XI.

All Rounder:

One of the easiest choices while formulating the Indo-Pak ODI XI is picking Imran Khan as the All-Rounder ahead of Kapil Dev.

Pacers:

Pace bowlers hunt in packs. The primary example to second the previous statement is Pakistan’s new ball duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. The stalwarts is a threat to any opposition on any pitch. Even with the new ODI rules, Wasim and Waqar would have had an authority over the batsmen. Swing, Pace, accuracy- the duo had everything and has as many as 918 ODI wickets between them. No wonder they are the new ball bowlers of Indo-Pak ODI XI. Wasim Akram also provides the team with some crucial runs down the order.

Spinners:

If the bowling team opens with Waqar and Wasim with Imran Khan as the first change, it is a nightare for the batsmen to score runs. It will be even worse for the batting side when India’s best spinner ever Anil Kumble and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal bowls in tandem. Kumble is an automatic choice in the Indo-Pak ODI XI.

But Ajmal’s selection ahead of Saqlain Musthaq can trigger some controversies among few fans. The reason behind Ajmal’s inclusion is he stood out among other bowlers in the modern day ODI’s in which the rules are favouring the batsmen who uses effective bats and the sizes of the grounds too has been reduced.

Playing XI:

  •          Sachin Tendulkar
  •          Sourav Ganguly
  •          Rahul Dravid
  •          Javed Mianded
  •          Inzaman-ul-Haq
  •          Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  •          Imran Khan
  •          Wasim Akram
  •          Anil Kumble
  •          Waqar Younis
  •          Saeed Ajmal

Substitutes: Yuvraj Singh, Shoaib Akthar, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar.