IND vs SL 2017: VVS Laxman Picks His Modern Dream Test XI
Former India middle-order batsman VVS Laxman has picked his Dream Test XI from the current crop of cricketers. The former stylish Hyderabadi batsman was regarded as one of the best Indian players in pressure situations and has won India many games with his exceptional knocks in the 2nd essay of a game.
He was a terror to the Australian bowling attack, as he enjoyed a rich vein of form against the World’s No. 1 side during that time. Australia was the undisputed best team during that era and Laxman’s Test record and for that matter, his ODI record too against the Aussies during that time was all but phenomenal.
His historical 281 against the Aussies in the Kolkata Test way back in 2001 is still regarded as one of the best Test innings, ever and it will continue to remain so. The way he punished all the Australian bowlers with disdain especially when India was staring at a crushing defeat proved his immense composure, and in the later years he went on to play many more memorable knocks but none more famous than the innings at the Eden Gardens.
He picked flamboyant Australian batsman David Warner and Hashim Amla to open for his Dream Test XI. He then opted for Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson to bat at No.3 followed by the India skipper Virat Kohli. Both Kohli and Williamson are regarded as two of the best modern-day batsmen, and it was an automatic choice for Laxman.
The 5th and the 6th slot were kept yet again for two skippers of their respective nations. While English skipper Joe Root occupied the 5th slot, Aussie skipper Steven Smith took the 6th spot. AB de Villiers was picked as the wicket-keeper of the team while former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was picked as the all-rounder.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the other spinner on the team alongside Shakib. The pace bowling combination consists of two Aussie duos of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood who have the potential to go on and become one of the greatest ever bowling pair in Australian cricket history.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) November 19, 2017
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