Indo-Australia ODI XI
India and Australia have produced some quality players in the past and both are powerhouses of world cricket. If players from both the countries play together, then the match becomes a David vs Golliath story. This is how the Indo-Australia ODI XI look like when players from both the teams are put together in a playing XI.
Both India and Australia had the most feared opening line-ups in the past and to shortlist just two names out of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist isn’t an easy job. The Indo-Australia ODI XI has a left-right combination at the top of the order with India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar opening the batting alongside Aussie dashing opener Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist, who is known to go after the bowlers right from the word go has a perfect foil in Sachin Tendulkar who can adapt to the situations quite easily and play the waiting role.
Middle Order Batsmen:
The middle order of the Indo-Australia ODI XI is very strong that the likes of Rahul Dravid, Dean Jones had to be left out. After the fall of first wicket, the skipper of Indo-Australia ODI XI Ricky Ponting will occupy the crease. Ponting is a kind of batsman who can easily destroy any bowling attack on his day. Ponting has scored over 13,704 runs in his career and that makes him the favourite ahead of Rahul Dravid for the number 3 slot.
Next on the line is former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh. Waugh, who led his side to the 1999 World Cup triumph, has scored over 7500 runs and scalped around 190 wickets. He is the perfect choice for the number 4 since he can steady the innings incase of a collapse and set the platform for the batters to follow to finish with a flourish.
MS Dhoni is currently the best finisher in business. Finisher is the role that was coined to describe Michael Beven, who is still considered as the best finisher the cricket world as ever seen. Just imagine how it would be for an opposition if both Dhoni and Bevan bats together in an ODI. Both the batsmen are capable of scoring runs quickly and take the attack to the opposition in the final quarter of the innings. With both these batsmen in the side, the captain of this team has nothing to worry while chasing.
India and Australia have produced a quality Wicket-Keeper-Batsman each in MS Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist respectively. Both are such vital players that neither of them can be left out of the Indo-Australia ODI XI. As mentioned above, both the players are included in the team and Adam Gilchrist will be the first choice gloveman given his extraordinary skill as a keeper.
India’s 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev is an automatic choice for the All-Rounders slot. He is a good batsman down the order and is destructive with the ball in his hand. Kapil brings in a lot of balance to the side.
Aussie duo of Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee has been chosen as the two genuine pacers for the Indo-Australia ODI XI. McGrath will partner Kapil Dev with the new ball and Lee comes as the first change. McGrath is known to maintain a tight line and length that makes the batsmen very difficult to score against. On the other hand, Brett Lee generates a lot of pace and troubles the batsmen with his deadly swinging deliveries.
Anil Kumble and Shane Warne would be the perfect choice for the spinners’ quota. But since both these are leggies, India’s Harbhajan Singh comes in place of Anil Kumble and partners Shane Warne in the Indo-Australia ODI XI. This gives the skipper some variety in the bowling line-up. With Harbhajan and Warne bowling at tandem in the middle overs, it will be very difficult for the opposition batsmen to score runs easily and keep the score card ticking.
Adam Gilchrist (Wicket-Keeper)
Ricky Ponting (Captain)
Subs: Rahul Dravid, Matthew Hayden, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan.