Former New Zealand skipper and current Royal Challengers Bangalore Head Coach Daniel Vettori has selected his own All-time XI in collaboration with the Lord’s cricket ground.
Vettori’s team is one part of the several all-time XI’s that have been revealed in recent times including fellow countrymen James Franklin and Brendon McCullum who recently chose their favourite team combinations.
The 38-year-old skipped the orthodox route and took some surprising decisions. The most stunning being the choice of making Virat Kohli as the skipper ahead of some of the stalwart like Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara. The decision, obviously, comes from the fact that he has worked closely with the current Indian skipper.
“Some modern guys come in at three and four. Virat Kohli of the cinnamon front, up close for a long time and nothing but impressed by the way he plays in the passion that he has for winning. I think I would provide the whole team. I meant that anyway, but it would be nice to have him in charge,” said Vettori in support of his choice.
There is no specific order in the team – meaning no players have the designated role of openers, No.3, 4, 5, and 6, as he felt the chosen names could bat anywhere in the order.
“I have picked the top six in no particular order because they can bat anywhere.” the 38-year-old added.
He went on describe Ricky Ponting as the most destructive batsman and Dravid as the most challenging of his time.
“Ponting was one of the most destructive guys I have seen playing in any conditions. He was amazing. Dravid was the hardest batsman I have ever bowled to. His ability to pick up length was amazing.”
Adam Gilchrist gets the wicket keeper’s role in the team ahead of another legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara. He also went with two of the most successful spinners of all time – Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan – in his bowling attack that will be led by New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee and Australia’s finest Glenn McGrath.
Jacques Kallis, unarguably the greatest all-rounder after Sir Garfield Sobers, is the 12th man on the team.
He was quoted saying,
“Obviously got two spinners in the team. Warne and Muralitharan, the two greatest of all time, so to see those guys in tandem would be amazing,”
Daniel Vettori’s all-time XI:
Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis (12th man).