Australia’s legendary leg spinner Shane Warne has picked up India’s greatest Test XI.
Warne already named his greatest Test XI from countries including Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan.
His criteria was the selected players in the greats XI must have played against him.
He unsurprisingly named Test cricket’s overall greatest run-scorer, Sachin Tendulkar at No.4 in his side.
Tendulkar had retired at the age of 40 having played a the highest number of22 Tests and scored 15,921 runs in his remarkable career, with 51 hundred would be an automatic selection
However, Warne said selecting greatest Indian XI was his toughest to date, with the biggest decision the choice between VVS Laxman and Mohammad Azharuddin at No 6.
“This was the hardest team to select as I played against a few legends at the end of their careers like Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjreker, Ravi Shastri, Manoj Prabhakar as well as current players like Zaheer Khan too,” Warne wrote on his Facebook page.
“The Indian side I’ve selected is a very strong one & would be tough to play against.
“The hardest position to select for me was the number 6 spot between my great friend VVS or Azharuddin.”
Warne finally preferred to Azharuddin in the XI and opted to have Laxman carrying the drinks, he eventually decided to sit on the fence, saying the final decision would depend on the conditions.
“Hence I named 12 & would choose the 12th man on the day!”
Former captain Sourav Ganguly featured in the list as No 5 batsman while Azharuddin at No6 would be followed by Kapil Dev.
Current Indian limited overs skipper MS Dhoni also sneaked in the team as the wicketkeeper. Warne’s criteria for his greatest XI demands he must have played against all selected, Dhoni qualifies having faced him in the Indian Premier League.
Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath round out Warne’s bowling attack.
Next, Warne has promised to name his greatest combined Ashes XI and Sri Lankan Test XI.
WARNE’S GREATEST INDIA TEST XI
Virender Sehwag, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath (VVS Laxman 12th)