All Time World XI: Our Choice

28 09 2010

Over the past 15 months a panel of experts from the various countries have been picking their All Time XI’s for each test playing nation at the behest of Cricinfo. Whilst this is a fairly thankless task due to the fact that no one will ever agree, it is an interesting one.

For links to the All Time XI’s selected already please click here.

Entering into the spirit of things, the Compulsive Hooker has selected our own All Time World XI (picked only from the players voted into the Cricinfo World XI’s). This was a particularly difficult task and the results we have come up with we feel sure will cause squeals of anguish from a few Indian supporters but we will give the reasons why below. The make up of the team is slightly unusual due to our wish to accommodate two all rounders but in our eyes this doesn’t weaken the side at all.

Here is the team and let us know what you think…

1. Jack Hobbs (England) 61 Tests, 5410 runs, 15 hundreds, average 56.94
A man who finished with 197 first class hundreds and bestrode the 20’s like a colossus. Was known as a master on all types of wickets including conditions never faced by the modern player – the uncovered drying wicket after a deluge.

2. Sunil Gavaskar (India) 125 tests, 10122 runs, 34 hundreds, average 51.12
A man with virtually perfect defensive technique, he was the first to score 10,000 test runs. Was India’s rock at the top of the order and sneaks in ahead of his compatriot Virender Sehwag.

Honourable mentions: To Gordon Greenidge, Virender Sehwag and to Barry Richards who, had he played more, may well have been an automatic choice for this list.

3. Sir Don Bradman (Australia) 52 tests, 6996 runs, 29 hundreds, average 99.94
Who else quite frankly? The man whose average is indelibly marked upon the game and whose feats of run scoring have never even been remotely threatened.

4. Sir Viv Richards (West Indies) 121 tests, 8540 runs, 24 hundreds, average 50.23
One of the most destructive batsman to have ever played the game, few could match his ability to tear bowling attacks apart. His record tailed off in his final few years as his eyesight diminished but, for the Compulsive Hooker at least, he is an automatic choice.

5. George Headley (West Indies) 22 tests, 2190 runs, 10 hundreds, average 60.83
The ‘Black Bradman’ as he was known in the 30’s, Headley was a brilliant player and whilst we obviously never saw him play, everything we have read about him suggests he was an all time great. In an era in which the West Indies were not a force in world cricket he carried the side making his feats all the more impressive.

Honourable mentions: Sachin Tendulkar (obviously!) who just misses out to Headley, Brian Lara who is just behind Sachin, and Graeme Pollock who, like Barry Richards, suffered from South Africa’s exclusion from the world game. Pollock in particular was rated so highly that he may well have scraped on to this list had he played more.

6. Sir Garry Sobers (West Indies) 93 tests, 8032 runs, 26 hundreds, average 57.78 – 235 wickets @ 34.03
Possibly the greatest all round cricketer ever,  he could easily get in this side for his batting alone. Turned his first test hundred into a world record 365 not out and could open the bowling or be used as either a left arm orthodox or wrist spin bowler. Another automatic choice.

7. Adam Gilchrist (Australia) 96 tests, 5570 runs, 17 hundreds, average 47.60 – 379 catches, 37 stumpings
Wicket keepers who bat have always been popular contrary to the belief it is a modern phenomenon, however Gilchrist took it too a whole new level. With a strike rate of a shade under 82 he was a player who could and frequently did change the course of games. Whilst not in the Alan Knott class as a keeper he was still more than good enough and the all round package is irresistible.

Honourable mentions: Alan Knott, by all accounts an artist behind the stumps, and the more modern but competing claims of MS Dhoni.

8. Sir Ian Botham (England) 102 tests, 5200 runs, 14 hundreds, average 33.54 – 383 wickets @ 28.40
At one point the world record holder for wickets in test cricket, Botham was a world class fast swing bowler and devastating batsman who was frequently known for his match winning innings. Like Richards his record tailed off as injury told but at his peak was a better player than any of his rivals for this spot.

Honourable mentions: Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Richard Hadlee who were all considered although just lost out to the two selected. Imran in particular can count himself unlucky.

9. Wasim Akram (Pakistan) 104 tests, 414 wickets @ 23.62
The best left arm quick ever to have played the game we felt we had to select him for his pure wicket taking ability. Could also have been considered an all rounder having scored 3 hundreds including a mammoth 257* against Zimbabwe.

10. Shane Warne (Australia) 145 tests, 708 wickets @ 25.41
Surely the best spinner ever and a hugely exciting bowler who was always looking to take wickets. His one blemish was his record against India as even all time greats aren’t quite perfect. No mug with the bat either.

11. Sydney Barnes (England) 27 tests, 189 wickets @ 16.43
Again one from another era but his ability to bowl fast, swing, seam or spin (quite apart from his quite incredible record) gets him in the side. We hesitated in putting him in the team due to the fact that there is no one around today who can compare his bowling to the more modern greats – yet having read all we can find about him we decided he deserved his place.

Honourable mentions: Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath, Waqar Younis amongst the quicks. Muttiah Muralitharan and Bill O’Reilly in the spinners division.

As we mentioned at the beginning these selections have been taken from the all time greats voted into their respective teams by an expert panel and rather than quibble with the experts we felt it fairer to select from this list. Therefore if you feel there are other deserving players not mentioned – it may be because they weren’t selected in the original 88.

Therefore our final team comprises of:

  • 3 West Indians, 3 Australians, 3 English, 1 Indian and 1 Pakistani.
  • 1 is pre 1914, 1 is pre 1930, 2 from the 30’s and 40’s, 1 from the 50’s and 60’s, 3 from the 70’s and 80’s and 3 from the 90’s and 2000’s.
  • 5 Knights of the Realm

What do you think? Who would you choose?

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36 responses

28 09 2010
Howe_zat

Oh God, world XIs. I tend to shy away from this sort of thing because I can’t really comment on those I haven’t seen play. Yours certainly sound like good picks, though Imran Khan has real claim to be the world’s best bowling all-rounder.

I’ve only been watching cricket from the last 20 years, so here goes:

Atherton
Sehwag
Ponting
Lara
Tendulkar
Steve Waugh
Gilchrist
Wasim Akram
Warne
Ambrose
McGrath

…I honestly expected it to be full of Australians, but there we go. Jayasuria, Vettori, Mark Waugh, Kallis and Murali can consider themselves unlucky.

28 09 2010
Bradders

Yeah – its true that picking a world all time eleven is fraught with difficulties – inevitably you can only go on other peoples opinions, stats and reading about them. A side from the last twenty years would be a better undertaking! I did do a side from the last decade a while back here

In your team from the last 20 years I would probably swap Athers for Hayden or possibly Slater. Otherwise looks good.

Cheers for commenting

28 09 2010
Jonathan

I would be tempted to put Langer in for consideration too for the opening slot.

29 09 2010
Bradders

Langer but not Hayden?

29 09 2010
Jonathan

No, no, just adding Langer into the Hayden, Slater equation. All 3 were superb players.

28 09 2010
Jonathan

I want to reiterate a comment I made on a previous post…. what has happened to the Windies; just look at those names either on the list or those given mentions, and yet there are names still missing. Ah! Gone are the days of the great West Indian teams, such a shame.

Great list though Bradders, all quibbling aside!

29 09 2010
Mahek

We must be from the same school of batting because we have an identical top 7! I’m glad someone picked George Headley. I also went in with two allrounders although I picked Sir Richard Hadlee. Botham wouldn’t have come anywhere near my 11 but then I’m not English so I’m generally not as much in awe of him as you guys are. To me it’s always been Hadlee-Imran-Kapil-Botham.

Coming to the bowlers, I had Marshall ahead of Barnes although statistically no one can hold a candle to the latter. 9 out of 11 in common. Great minds think alike?

29 09 2010
Bradders

Great minds indeed.

I did think long and hard about Hadlee and if given the chance I would have probably picked him as a bowler rather than an all rounder. As a batsman though I don’t think he could hold a candle to the other 3.

Interesting you should say that about Botham – in ym opinion he ruined his reputation slightly with some middling to rubbish performances in his later years (from 87 onwards) yet at his peak he had the best record and just the sheer amount of match turning and match winning performances he put in make him the best for me (as a pure all rounder). Imran and Hadlee were probably better bowlers, and despite Imran finishing with a better average Bothams 14 centuries (usually when most needed) make him the best batsman of the four. All my humble opinion of course!

I almost had Marshall over both Barnes and Akram although in the end couldn’t get myself past Barnes record and Wasim’s sheer dangerousness plus batting.

Thanks for commenting.

29 09 2010
Mahek

Yeah Hadlee was probably not as good a batsman as the other three. But then whoever I pick will bat at 8 so I don’t know if it makes a lot of difference.

Regarding match turning and match winning performances, I’ve always felt it to be a flawed argument because winning or losing never depends on just one player. Would England have won the Headingley test if Willis hadn’t backed up Botham’s hundred? Would Lara’s 153* count as one of the greatest innings had Walsh not survived? On the other hand, you have Tendulkar’s 136 at Chennai which isn’t rated as highly just because his teammates couldn’t put together 20 runs for the last 4 wickets. I guess what I’m trying to say is the weakness of the Kiwi side meant a lot of Hadlee’s performances didn’t result in wins.

29 09 2010
Mahek

If it were a World XI for just the last 20 years,

Graeme Smith
Virender Sehwag
Jacques Kallis
Sachin Tendulkar
Brian Lara
Adam Gilchrist
Wasim Akram
Shane Warne
Waqar Younis
Curtly Ambrose
Glenn McGrath

29 09 2010
Bradders

No Ponting? Quite a big call that one – although I suppose Kallis offers alot more with his bowling too. How about a game against this team:

Hayden
Slater
Ponting
Dravid
S.Waugh
Sangakarra
Dhoni
Steyn
Donald
Walsh
Muralitharan

29 09 2010
Mahek

Never rated Ponting as highly as Kallis, Lara, Dravid or Sangakkara. Infact his absence for 3 tests was one of the crucial factors in Australia finally winning a test series in India.

I quite like the alternate XI you’ve put up. Glad that you don’t have Sangakkara as a keeper-batsman. Most people don’t realise he quit keeping wickets in tests long ago and his batting record as a keeper isn’t that great.

How is it that Shaun Pollock doesn’t find a place in either of the XIs?

29 09 2010
Bradders

I know – astonishing really about Pollock but couldn’t quite squeeze him in… You could probably put up a third eleven that would also give them all a run for their money… Langer, Jayasuriya, Jayawardene, Laxman, Chanderpaul, Flintoff, Boucher, Pollock, Vettori, Gillespie, Shane Bond… And thats off the top of my head – sure there are many others also deserving – Mark Waugh has just sprung to mind!

29 09 2010
Mahek

Sounds about right. I’d have Kumble ahead of Vettori though. Oh and Andy Flower ahead of Boucher. Damn, we could go on forever so maybe it’s best to stop at three teams!

30 09 2010
Russ

But you’ve left out so many players… Tresco, Vaughan, Inzaman, MoYo, Younis Khan, Martyn, Stewart, Reiffel, Bishop, Fleming, MacGill.

Incidentally, Andy Flower is very under-rated. Remember, its harder to be a good player in a dud side.

30 09 2010
Bradders

I know I have – its so difficult to simply remember everyone – let alone pick them!

Of all the players you’ve mentioned there Inzaman and Flower are very hard done by not to make it into any of the sides picked in this comments thread!

30 09 2010
Bradders

Well said! Forgot about Kumble and Flower. As you say could go on forever!

30 09 2010
dr.shrikant.desai

With Ref.to above I think it is a wonderful All Time Great World cricket XI yet To my opinion I would have selected D.K.LIllee and M. Marshall in place of sir.Botham and Akram. Otherwisw it is O.K.

30 09 2010
dr.shrikant.desai

It is wonderful yet I wish to replace sir.Botham and Akram with D.K.Lillee and Malcom Marshall.

1 10 2010
Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog

It’s not really something I’ve have thought about, but it looks a good balanced side fair to almost every era.

Some of the names that people have come up with since shows just what a tough job it is to select a side. I suppose the likes Warne, Bradman, Sobers and Viv Richards pick themselves, but after that it is a really hard task.

Names like Andy Flower, who I believe averaged around 50 in an average side, Richard Hadlee, Shaun Pollock, Allan Donald, Greenidge and Haynes etc hardly get a look in.

From my point of view, I don’t think the names of Hadlee and Flower would have even been on my radar if I was doing this, it just goes to show what a tough call it is.

4 10 2010
Harsh Thakor

A great team,but there are mistakes.Imran Khan was not as great a match-winning all-rounder as Ian Botham was from 1977-82 but still was a more consistent performer overall.In 1982-87 Imran was the best all-rounder in the world.Botham was great at his best but hardly displayed consistency after 1982.Imran should replace Botham.

Sachin Tendulkar has to be included as his records speak for themselves.No batsman may ever score 100 International Centuries and 30,000 runs.I feel he would score over George Headley who could not prove himself completely,however brilliantly he performed.Lara would just miss out to Viv and Sachin because of marginal inconsistency.I would still vote him above George Headley.

It is unpardonable to leave out Malcolm Marshall and Dennis Lillee,the 2 greatest ever pace bowlers.There were champions in all types of comditions against the best batsman,who combined great pace with agression,control and versatality.Their records speak for themselves.

Viv Richards deserves his place as he was the best ever bataman against pace bowling ,destroying the greatest paceman with utmost disdain.So does Sunil Gavaskar,who set records against the greatest ever bowling attacks.

Other Batsman who could have almost made it but miss out were Brian Lara, Walter Hammond,Everton Weekes,Graeme Pollock,Len Hutton,Barry Richards,Greg Chappell,Ricky Ponting and Rohan Kanhai.

Other Bowlers who just missed out were Andy Roberts,Wes Hall,Ray Lindwall,Fred Trueman,Curtly Ambrose and Glen Mcgrath.

Keith Miller,Richard Hadlee and Kapil Dev marginally lose out as allrounders.

6 10 2010
Bradders

Thanks for commenting Harsh.

Understand your feelings on Tendulkar and I almost included him – however whilst he has been incredibly consistent, remember that he has played a hell of a lot more cricket than someone like Headley and so whilst I admit it is almost impossible to compare era to era, I felt that Headley deserved selection due to his impressive ability on uncovered pitches etc. Sachin has played most of his cricket on flat modern tracks you see…

We’ll have to disagree on Botham – yes Imran was more consistent over his career as a whole yet Botham was by far the better batsman and was more likely to win you a game as well as being a world class bowler (certainly up until about 1985). 14 centuries and the then fastest to 200 wickets speak for itself.

Again I debated the merits of Lillee and Marshall but to be fair you are probably also doing Holding, Younis to name but two a disfavour. To say that they’re the best unquestioned is difficult…

Anyway – its all opinion and as I have talked about in the previous comments it is possible to put a second side together thats really pretty indistinguishable from the first in terms of skill!

9 10 2010
Harsh Thakor

Thanks Braddey,for your kind reply.I appreciated your comments on Botham but wondered whether we needed 2 allrounders.Isn’t Gary Sobers enough?Infact in that sense Marshall is a valid inclusion instead of Imran and Botham as he had batting ability .

I still mantain that considering the pressure they carried either Tendulkar or Lara should make the 11.Lara bore the brunt of his team’s batting more than any post-war batsman,with a penchant for mammoth record -breaking scores while Tendulkar carried more pressure than any great batsman.Viv Richards was a devastating batsman but never faced the same situations as Tendulkar or Lara.

Infact Viv Richard’s should have serious rivals for a place and not only George Headley. Walter Hammond,Ricky Ponting ,Graeme Pollockand Rohan Kanhai could well have given Viv a run for his money on their day.Similarly Barry Richards could have been an alternative for Jack Hobbs,who could have been the best ever had he played official test Cricket.Just as Headley played like a champion on wet tracks,Rohan Kanhai could even surpass Bradman on his day -such was his creative imagination and prowess.

Dennis Lillee and Malcom Marshall’s statistics speak for themselves,which the likes of Waqar Younus and Michael Holding do not match.Infact in that light Andy Robert’s statistics hardly do him justice ,who was morally the closest to Dennis Lillee,with his great repertoire and variations.More worthy considerations were Fred Trueman and Ray Lindwall.lindwall was the most perfect fast bowler of all,with more control and swing than Dennis Lillee.

Overall the only certainties are Bradman ,Gilchrist and Sobers.

These are my World teams

World Team 1
1.Jack Hobbs
2.Sunil Gavaskar
3.Don Bradman
4.Viv Richards
5.Sachin Tendulkar
6.Gary Sobers
7.Adam Gilchrist
8.Wasim Akram
9.Malcolm Marshall
10.Shane Warne
11.Glen Mcgrath

World team -2
1.Barry Richards
2.Len Hutton
3.Ricky Ponting
4.Brian Lara
5.Walter Hammond
6.Clyde Walcott
7.Ian Botham
8.Andy Roberts
9.Dennis Lillee
10.Curtly Ambrose
11.Murlitharan

World Team 3
1.Arthur Morris
2.Matthew Hayden
3.George Headley
4.Everton Weekes
5.Graeme Pollock
6.Imran Khan
7.Allan Knott
8.Alan Davidson
9.Ray Lindwall
10.Michael Holding
11.Subhash Gupte

Await response

regards,Braddey

12 10 2010
Bradders

Hi Harsh, thanks for replying. The reason why Sobers wouldn’t be enough by himself is that his bowling, whilst excellent and varied, wasn’t in the same class as some of the other all rounders. He is more of a Kallis type all rounder rather than a Botham, Dev, Imran type…

Agreed that Lara carried his team – but couldnt’ the same be argued for Headley?

To be honest we could debate this endlessly and inter change many of the names you have put together in these three teams around. Great sides, great players and thats even without someone like Bill O’Reilly who Bradman rated as one of the best spinners ever!

15 10 2010
dr.shrikant.desai

Good.But I would love to add Lillee and M.Marshall in place of Akram and Botha..By the way I think Davidson was a better bowler than Akram. Headley was a great batsman like Ranji yet I would include Tendulkar in his place.

17 10 2010
Kirksland

First of all I feel obligated to point out that a great portion of Botham’s great beginning of his career coincided with the advent of World Series Cricket when most of the big boys were away, and he is in now way in the same class as Imran or Keith Miller. That being said here is my first 3 XI’s.
1st XI
Jack Hobbs
Barry Richards
Don Bradman
Brian Lara
Sachin Tendulkar
Garry Sobers
Adam Gilchrist
Imran Khan
Shane Warne
Malcolm Marshall
Glen Mcgrath
2nd XI
Sunil Gavaskar
Len Hutton
Viv Richards
Greg Chappell
Wally Hammond
Jacques Kallis
Allan Knott
Richard Hadlee
Dennis Lillee
Cutrtly Ambrose
Muttiah Muralitharan
3rd XI
Herbert Sutcliffe
Gordon Grenidge
Ricky Ponting
George Headley
Graeme Pollock
Les Ames
Keith Miller
Wasim Akram
Michael Holding
Fred Trueman
Bill O’Reilly
4th XI
Arthur Morris
Virender Sehwag
Rahul Dravid
Ken Barrington
Clyde Walcott
Javed Miandad
Ian Botham
Allan Donald
Joel Garner
Jim Laker
Waqar Younis
Let me know whet you guys think.

18 10 2010
Bradders

Hi Kirksland,

thanks for commenting. Some fine elevens in there and I think simply proof that you could move many of the names around and still end up with an eleven that is essentially as strong as any other.

Have to disagree with you on Botham though as the only series he played in his early years in which the opposition were devastated by WSC was the 78/79 Ashes series under Graham Yallop. If you look at his record most of his early games were against NZ, India and Pakistan – series in which most if not all of the opposing teams big guns were playing. The interesting thing is that in that one Ashes series that he played in 78/79 he actually didn’t score many runs so actually his record isn’t really affected. Agreed Imran and Miller have better records on the face of it and were obviously very fine players but I would say that actually you can make a very strong argument for Botham too. More hundreds and similar amounts of wickets etc.

In my opinion there is too little in it to call.

Thanks for commenting.

25 10 2010
Harsh Thakor

In my view these are the 4 top all time Cricket 11’s of all time.I would like Readers Comments and own lists.On cricinfo E.S.P.N. is selecting an all-time World 11.These teams are combined test and one-day International teams.

Team 1-1st 11

1.Jack Hobbs

2.Sunil Gavaskar

3.Don Bradman

4.Viv Richards

5.Sachin Tendulkar

6.Garfield Sobers

7.Adam Gilchrist

8.Imran Khan

9.Malcolm Marshall

10.Shane Warne

11.Dennis Lillee

Jack Hobbs is statistically the best opener in first-class Cricket and a master on wet pitches.Dennis Lillee and Malcolm Marshall are arguably the most complete of all fast bowlers,Gavaskar the greatest of all pure test batsman statistically,Viv Richards the best ever destroyer of great pace bowling,,Gary Sobers the best allrounder ever,Tendulkar the best ever right-handed batsman statistically combined in test and oce-day,Bradman the greatest ever batsman,Shane Warne the best ever spinner,,Adam Gilchrist the best ever wicket-keeper batsman.,while Imran Khan at his peak ,though a much better bowler than batsman,was the best match-winner of his era,overshadowing Ian Botham as a cricketer.

Viv Richards makes it because he could change the complexion of a game more than any batsman,even Lara and Tendulkar.His record is better against great fast bowlers than Lara or Tendulkar.Sunil Gavaskar makes it because he faced the greatest bowling of all and still scored 34 test hundreds.Imran Khan is included instead of Ian Botham as there is already a batting allrounder in Gary Sobers and Imran would be more resourceful to the bowling attack.In pure test Cricket with his brilliance in a crisis and ability to compile mammoth scores ,Brian Lara would have made the pure test match 11.

2nd 11

1.Barry Richards

2.Len Hutton

3.Ricky Ponting

4.Brian Lara

5.Graeme Pollock

6.Clyde Walcott

7.Ian Botham

8.Richard Hadlee

9.Wasim Akram

10.Muthiah Murlitharan

11.Glen Mcgrath

The 2nd 11 may well beat the 1st 11

Brian Lara,arguably the best left handed batsman of all and arguably a better test batsman than Tendulkar or Viv RIchards..Ponting in stats. closest to Tendulkar and brilliant against pace,Murli is arguably the best ever off-spinner,Pollock the best of all left handed batsman with Sobers,Ian Botham the closest to Sobers at his best and the best match-winning all-rounder at his peak,Walcott a great batsman as wicketkeeper and Richard Hadlee,the best fast bowler amongst all-rounders(Maybe the best ever paceman)Wasim Akram the best ever leftarm bowler and a competent bat.Had Barry Richards played International Cricket he may have been even better than Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar.No opener has ever been more talented.Glen Mcgrath posessed more control than any fast bolwer and was statistically the greatest of all paceman.

3rd 11

1.Arthur Morris

2.Herbert Sutcliffe

3.George Headley

4.Walter Hammond

5.Greg Chappell

6.Keith Miller

7.Alan Knott

8.Kapil Dev

9.Ray Lindwall

10.Harold Larwood

11.Bill O’Reilly

Competitive with the likes of great allrounders like Keith Miller and Kapil Dev,,3 master batsman in Walter Hammond ,George Headley and Greg Chappell.Bradman was called the White Headley.Headley was a bettter btasman than the Don on wet tracks.Had he played in the modern era r in the 1970’s he would have perhaps been the best batsman of all time.Ray Lindwall was almost as complete a fast bowler as Lillee.This team would give the first 2 a run for their money,but not win.

4th 11

1.Matthew Hayden

2.Gordon Greenidge

3.Rohan Kanhai

4.Allan Border

5.Javed Miandad

6.Jacques Kallis

7.Don Tallon

8.Fred Trueman

9.Andy Roberts

10.Michael Holding

11.Subhash Gupte

30 10 2010
Kirksland

How is Kapil Dev, Larwood, Roberts and Lindwall beter than Curtly Ambrose. I too will repost my top 4 XI’s but chnges will net be as dramatic as yours.

3 01 2011
Brandon

As stated, no-one will ever agree cos there are only 11 places!! So here’s my eleven, given 30 years of cricket watching and playing. One needs to look at the stats too boys, they contain a lot of info …

1. Jack Hobbs (Eng)
2. Don Bradman (Aus)
3. Jacques Kallis (SA)
4. Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)
5. Graeme Pollock (SA)
6. Garfield Sobers (WI)
7. Adam Gilchrist (Aus)
8. Shane Warne (Aus)
9. Malcolm Marshall (WI)
10. Wasim Akram (Pak)
11. Curtly Ambrose (WI)

3 01 2011
Bradders

Certainly a top eleven! Cheers for commenting.

30 01 2011
Harsh Thakor

Sorry again Bradders but I wished to post my world 11’s.I also later wish to comment on Kirksland’s team selections.

1st 11
1.Hobbs
2.Hutton
3.Bradman
4.Headley
5.Viv Richards
6.Sobers
7.Gilchrist
8.Marshall
9.Warne
10.Lillee
11.Barnes

2nd11
1.Gavaskar
2.Barry Richards
3. Headley
4.Sachin Tendulkar
5.Brian Lara
6.Imran Khan
7.Alan Knott
8.Ray Lindwall
9.Wasim Akram
10.Gen Mcgrath
11.Murlitharan

3rd 11
1.Sehwag
2.Arthur Morris
3.Ricky Ponting
4.Walter Hammond
5.Greame Pollock
6.Sangakaara
7.Keith Miller
8.Curtly Ambrose
9.Andy Roberts
10.Fred Trueman
11.Bill O’Reilly

4th 11
1.Hayden
2.Greenidge
3.Rahul Dravid
4.Everton Weekes
5.Allan Border
6.Ian Botham
7.Rodney Marsh
8.Waqar Younus
9.Joel Garner
10.Michael Holding
11.Bishen Bedi

30 01 2011
Harsh Thakor

I am really sorry again Bradders i made a serious mistake in my post placing George Headley in both my 1st and 2nd XI’S.Please ignore the last list or even remove it.
regards

Harsh

Below are my revised tables

1st XI

1.Hutton
2.Hobbs
3Bradman
4.Viv Richards
5.Tendulkar
6.Sobers
7.Gilchrist
8.Marshall
9.Warne
10.Lillee
11 Barnes

2nd XI
1Gavaskar
2.Barry Richards
3.Headley
4.Lara
5.Graeme Pollock
6.Sangakaara
7.Imran Khan
8.Lindwall
9.Akram
10 Mcgrath
11.Murlitharan

3rd 11
1.Sehwag
2.Arthur Morris
3.Ricky Ponting
4.Walter Hammond
5.Greg Chappell
6.Keith Miller
7.Alan Knott
8.Curtly Ambrose
9.Andy Roberts
10.Fred Trueman
11.Bill O’Reilly

4th 11
1.Hayden
2.Greenidge
3.Rahul Dravid
4.Everton Weekes
5.Allan Border
6. Ian Botham
7.Rodney Marsh
8.Waqar Younus
9.Joel Garner
10.Michael Holding
11.Bishen Bedi

I still feel that it is better for a team to have one genuine allrounder.However it the issue is arguable.My criteria is that is there any use an Imran Khan ,an Ian Botham or Keith Miller coming 6 down at no.8 It would do no justice to their ability as batsman.For selection of a genuine allrounder even if the candidate is a fast bowler he should not be placed below no7.Remember what position Imran,Miller or Botham batted.I would not mind 2 allrounders as long as the batting a llrounder batted at no 5 and the bowling equivalent came at no 7.The adjustment would be a great wicketkeeper batsman and 2 graet spinners in the top 2 elevens.In that case my alternative teams would be

1st 11
1.Hobbs
2.Hutton
3.Bradman
4.Viv Richards
5.Gary Sobers
6.Adam Gilchrist
7.Imran
8.Warne
9.Marshall
10.Lillee
11.Murlitharan

2nd XI
1.Gavaskar
2.Barry Richards
3.Headley
4.Tendulkar
5.Kallis
6.Sangakaara
7.Keith Miller
8.Lindwall
9.Akram
10.Bishen Bedi
11.Bill O’Reilly

3rd XI
1.Sehwag
2.Sutcliffe
3.Hammond
4.Lara
5.Greame Pollock
6.Ian Botham
7.Keith Miller
8.Alan Knott
9.Curtly Ambrose
10.Abdul Qadir
11.Joel Garner

4th 11
1.Greenidge
2.Sutcliffe
3.Ponting
4.Greg Chappell
5.Border
6.Kapil Dev
7.Hadlee
8.Ian Healy
9.Andy Roberts
10. Trueman
11.Subhash Gupte

30 01 2011
Bradders

No need to say sorry Harsh! thanks for commenting!

19 04 2011
Raja

Here is mine: http://indrajit.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/crickets-best-all-time-xi/

I am happy to see that you do not have Lillee in the team. I always felt he is a little over-rated.

17 09 2012
Harsh Thakor

Sorry Bradders,these are again my new teams

I have reassessed my analysis and made the following all time cricket elevens with changes.

1st xi

1.Jack Hobbs
2.Sunil Gavaskar
3.Don Bradman
4.George Headley
5.Sachin Tendulkar
6.Garfield Sobers
7.Adam Gilchrist
8.Malcolm Marshall
9..Shane Warne
10.Dennis Lillee
11.Sydney Barnes

2nd xi
1.Len Hutton
2.Barry Richards
3.George Headley
4.Viv Richards
5.Brian Lara
6.Jacques Kallis
7.Imran Khan
8.Alan Knott
9.Wasim Akram
10.Glen Mcgrath
11.Muthiah Murlitharan

3rd xi
1.Arthur Morris
2.Herbert Sutcliffe
3.Walter Hammond
4.Greg Chappell
5.Graeme Pollock
6.Sangaakara
7.Keith Miller
8.Richard Hadlee
9.Ray Lindwall
10.Curtly Ambrose
11.Subhash Gupte

4th xi
1.Gordon Greenidge
2.Graham Gooch
3.Ricky Ponting
4.Denis Compton
5.Everton Weekes
6.Ian Botham
7.Rodney Marsh
8.Waqar Younus
9.Michael Holding
10.Fred Trueman
11.Bishen Bedi

Sachin Tendulkar’s domination of cricket at the top for a period of 22 years scoring 100 centuries wins him a place in the top 11 although at their best Viv Richards and Brian Lara made a bigger impact.At their best both were better than Sachin ,particularly in winning matches but they lacked the same consistency.Bradman had a phenomenal statistical record averaging 99.94.Lillee and Marshall were more complete than any pace bowlers of all combining swing,cut,pace,control and agression more than any paceman.Shane Warne was simply the best spinner of all.Sydney Barnes figures make him the best bowler ever taking 189 wickets in 27 test matches.Gary Sobers was the greatest ever allrounder and no cricketer could ever turn the complexion of agame more than Gary.Sunil Gavaskar’s test record speaks for itself,puls the fact that he scored heavily against the best bowling attacks.Jack Hobbs phenomenal record on wet pitches and 197 first class hundreds wins him the vote. Wasim Akram’sposessed more natural talent and variations than any great paceman and his left arm variety would be an asset.Adam Gilchrist was the greatset match-winner of his era could turn the course of a match in spectacular fashion.George Headley was in his prime rated even above the Don,outscoring him on wet wickets.Barry Richards was more talented than any opening batsman ever but never proved himself at the test level,although he was the best batsman in World series cricket ,topping the averages.In pure batting prowess he was arguably the most perfect batsman ever with Bradman and Tendulkar.

The decisive elements in the 1st 11 would be Sobers and Bradman.

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