Gary Sobers – One of the finest all rounders of the game, Sir Garfield Sobers of West Indies is another fantastic entry amongst our list of All Time Test Captains XI. His adaptive game play, his adorable sense of batting by advancing down the pitch and his enigmatic charisma as a bowler, everything counts for this list.
Allan Border – This Australian heavyweight has every right to buckle up and join our list of All Time Test Captains XI. Border took over the Australian team when they were at their lowest point and won only 20% Tests he scored a century in shows he was a lone warrior and scored his runs when others couldn’t.
Sachin Tendulkar – Sachin Ramesh Tendulakar, one of the finest players of the century and of all times, and also beholds the title of being the highest run scorers of Indian Cricket. The Little Master though did not have a good time captaining overseas, still he has made his bat speak in lieu of his captaincy.
Don Bradman – Undoubtedly, the greatest test batsman of all time, Sir Don Bradman is a shining brand that the game of Test Cricket likes to adore. According to his notion, there were many more batsmen of talent and repute even more than him, but lacked the concentration that he possessed. He could go on batting for hours and days, without a single distraction, such was his perseverance. Though he missed out his career average of 100, he did achieve that as a captain.
Graeme Smith – The South African skipper cum left-arm opener is the second best in the slot. With his penchant for big scores that was evident early in his career with back-to-back double centuries in his 11th and 12th Tests, he also possesses some excellent away records.
Len Hutton – This English Test cricketer of 1940s was a perfect showcase for technically correct cricket. Being England’s first professional captain, Hutton broke the then world-record score in his sixth Test itself, scoring a magnanimous 364. With the best records up in his cap, this Englishman secures the first position in our list of All Time Test Captains XI.
MS Dhoni – Mahendra Singh Dhoni, popularly known as ‘Mahi’ among his teammates is literally the ‘Captain Cool’ of Team India. Back to back successes in all the three major three formats of Cricket has enamoured him with numerous feathers and earned him this title.
Courtney Walsh – This 198cm giant of West Indies bowler reminds us of those lethal and sheering deliveries that generally scare the hell out of every batsman’s minds. Courtney is an automatic choice by virtue of having the best bowling average overseas, coupled with a mind-boggling strike rate. His unbelievable overseas record as captain also overshadows his decent show in West Indies.
Wasim Akram – One of the finest fast bowlers to bowl for Pakistan, as well as in the World, Wasim Akram is genuinely referred to as the ‘Emperor of seam bowling’. With such impressive pieces of variety in his otherwise deadly bowling, he garners our list of All Time Test Captains XI.
Imran Khan – This Pakistani all rounder was really onto something as he deliberately chased almost all records as a captain, and has thereby, secured his place in our list of All Time Test Captains XI. With the batting average of 50 and priming as a bowler, he is literally the Superman of Pakistan’s Cricket.
Bishen Singh Bedi – The last man standing is this superb sub-continental spin wizard, without whom, the list could never have been complete. Singh could relatively play (it was rather child’s play for him) along with possessing a menacing arm ball. He also has the highest first class wickets by any Indian bowler.