Elderly Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar he chose his ODI XI of all time with four Indians making the cut. However, current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is considered to be the greatest ODI cricketer of the modern day, has failed to make the cut.
In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Shoaib Akhtar chose his ideal XI and the former speedster made some controversial but intriguing choices.
The Rawalpindi Express stated:
“The opener should be Gordon Greenidge and Sachin Tendulkar. In the middle order-Inzamam-ul-Haq, then followed by Saeed Anwar, you will be surprised why I put Saeed Anwar in the middle. Because if he had played in recent times, I would have killed them all. Fifth I had the classic guard MS Dhoni and a bat At a ° 6 I had Gilchrist ”.
The selection of Saeed Anwar and Adam Gilchrist in the middle order could raise a few eyebrows since they both made their name in ODI cricket as openers. However, Shoaib Akhtar went with the pair of Gordon Greenidge and Sachin Tendulkar on top.
Shoaib Akhtar chooses his all-rounder and bowler for all time ODI XI
Shoaib Akhtar has selected tournament player Yuvraj Singh in the 2011 World Cup as his No. 7 option. Meanwhile, he has gone with his former Pakistani teammates Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis as the two main fast -bowlers
Akhtar also included former Indian captain Kapil Dev, who branded him “the greatest fast bowler”. Meanwhile, the former Pakistani forward went with Shane Warne, who he entered at n.11, for captaincy.
“At No. 7 I will have Yuvraj Singh. At No. 8 Wasim Akram and then Waqar Younis at No. 9. At No. 10, to be very honest with you, I think he is the greatest fast bowler and the great talent Kapil Dev. At a ° 11 I will keep Shane Warne. And my captain would be, not much agree on that, but my captain is Shane Warne “. Shoaib Akhtar said.
Shane Warne is often regarded as one of the best cricketers around and many believe he would have made a great captain for Australia if he had given him a chance. The former leg spinner demonstrated his value as a leader when he led a fanciful Rajasthan Royals to the IPL title in the inaugural edition of the tournament.
ODI XI of all times by Shoaib Akhtar: Gordon Greenidge, Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, MS Dhoni (WK), Adam Gilchrist, Yuvraj Singh, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Kapil Dev, Shane Warne (C)