Tamim Iqbal’s Picks All-Time World Cup XI; Names MS Dhoni as Captain
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, who’s one of the most-experienced serving batsmen for the national team, is optimistic about Tigers’ show during the 2019 World Cup campaign in the United Kingdom (UK). Ahead of the ODI showpiece in England and Wales which will run between May 30 and July 14, Iqbal has picked his all-time World Cup XI. The southpaw has named calm and composed character MS Dhoni as a captain of the XI.
Sachin, Sehwag to face the new ball:
The duo has done an outstanding job which subsequently saw them delivering for Team India in the quadrennial events in their heydays.
Moreover, Tendulkar has 49 ODI hundreds to his name, which eventually saw him achieving multiple records during his illustrious career.
The opening duo has accumulated 4387 runs between them in 114 matches. So, notably, it gives a fair idea of why Iqbal has opted to go with the duo as an opening pair.
On the other side, Sehwag has dominated the opposition by thrashing their best bowlers on his day. Known for his aggressive brand of cricket, Sehwag has shown remarkable consistency.
The 30-year-old Chittagong-born batsman has named Team India skipper Virat Kohli as another top-order to strengthen the batting line-up.
Kohli has been known for his run-scoring spree which subsequently saw him earning the worldwide fan base. Deemed as the run machine, Kohli resilience has set him apart in contemporary cricket.
Meanwhile, Kohli is leading India for the first time at the mega ICC event.
Besides, owing to the formidable middle-order Iqbal has picked former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan respectively. World No. 1 all-rounder Shakib has been reaping the rewards for his hard.
MSD always a captain:
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Iqbal has named Dhoni as a leader, who will also don the gloves in his World XI.
Pertinently, Dhoni over the years, has proven his leadership trait. In 2007, Dhoni was at the helm when India lifted the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.
Eventually, he guided India to lay hands on the coveted ODI World Cup in 2011. Back then, he scored unbeaten 91 off 79 deliveries. And two years later, he helped India to win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Here’s the all-time World Cup XI picked by Tamim Iqbal:
Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, MS Dhoni (C/Wk), Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan.
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