England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan recently revealed his “All-Time XI” and it is bound to cause plenty of debate as the left hander’s eleven missed big names like Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan , Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne etc. Morgans’criteria for his greatest XIs demands playing with, against or influence of the players on him.
Morgan has selected his compatriot and England test captain Alastair Cook to open the innings. Cook has also been named the captain of this star-studded side. Cook, who recently became the youngest player to score 10,000 test runs will be partnered by retired South African great Jacques Kallis, who holds the unique record of being the only player in the history to reach the 10,000 run mark in both Tests and the One Day Internationals in addition to having more than 200 wickets in both the formats.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who led Australia to two World Cup triumphs, has been included for the third position. He is followed by West Indies’ great Brian Lara, who is considered as one of the greatest to have played the game. Current player AB de Villiers takes up the number five position while retired Sri Lankan player Kumar Sangakkara grabbed the number six spot .
The finisher’s role of the team has been given to Indian MS Dhoni who is considered as the best finisher the game has ever seen.
The bowling attack is a lethal combination of pace and swing with James Anderson, Mitchell Johnson, and Dale Steyn filling the pacers’ spot while the spinner’s role has been taken by legendary spinner, Anil Kumble.
Alastair Cook (c), Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, AB de Villiers, Kumar Sangakkara, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Mitchell Johnson