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    Your ALL Time Test XI?

    Well the corona lockdown has me bored and we havent had such a thread in a while.

    Only qualifier is that you must have seen the cricketer in your XI play in their peak (or close to it). So since i started watching properly in '98-99 guys like Imran Khan or Viv cannot make my XI. Team has to be all-conditions team.

    Here it goes.

    1. Hayden
    2. Cook
    3. Ponting
    4. Tendulkar
    5. Pietersen
    6. Kallis
    7. Sangakarra (wk)
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Muralitharan
    10. McGrath
    11. Dale Steyn

    Toss up betweek KP and Kohli for #6 a(went with personal favorite) and Sangakarra and Gilchirst for wk position.

    I think the one weakness of the side is the lack of a 2nd spinner so was seriosuly considering putting in Shakib somewhere as the spin allrounder


    #MPGA

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    Hayden
    G smith
    S smith
    Sachin
    Lara
    Kallis
    Gilly
    Steyn
    Akram
    Murli
    McGrath.

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    Smith
    Hayden
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Steven Smith
    Kallis
    Gilly(wkt)
    Wasim
    Warne
    Steyn
    McGrath

    All time Test XIs are boring nowadays with same names. So, the favourite XI that I have seen.

    Fleming(c)
    Gibbs
    Dravid
    KP
    ABD
    Stokes
    Gilly(wkt)
    Wasim
    Swann
    Broad
    Steyn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Well the corona lockdown has me bored and we havent had such a thread in a while.

    Only qualifier is that you must have seen the cricketer in your XI play in their peak (or close to it). So since i started watching properly in '98-99 guys like Imran Khan or Viv cannot make my XI. Team has to be all-conditions team.

    Here it goes.

    1. Hayden
    2. Cook
    3. Ponting
    4. Tendulkar
    5. Pietersen
    6. Kallis
    7. Sangakarra (wk)
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Muralitharan
    10. McGrath
    11. Dale Steyn

    Toss up betweek KP and Kohli for #6 a(went with personal favorite) and Sangakarra and Gilchirst for wk position.

    I think the one weakness of the side is the lack of a 2nd spinner so was seriosuly considering putting in Shakib somewhere as the spin allrounder
    ok replacing Cook with G Smith


    #MPGA

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    I started watching cricket around 98/99 as a 6/7 year old kid. but I do remember most of the games I've watched. so this is my all time XI from the players I've watched

    1. Hayden
    2. G. Smith(Langer misses out)
    3. S. Smith
    4. Kallis
    5. Lara
    6. S. Waugh( what a player. in his last test innings, played like a true man of steel & went for 400+ chase rather than trying for a draw. absolute winner)
    7. Gilchrist (Goat keeper batsman. still waiting for a player somewhat close to him. De cock has the potential)
    8. Warne
    9. Steyn (one of the greatest of all time)
    10. Mcgrath(Born winner. you just knew he would get your fav batsman out. used to hate him. grown to love him after retirement)
    11. Murali(want to see warne & murali bowling. if it's an absolutely green pitch,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishtiaq_ctg View Post
    I started watching cricket around 98/99 as a 6/7 year old kid. but I do remember most of the games I've watched. so this is my all time XI from the players I've watched

    1. Hayden
    2. G. Smith(Langer misses out)
    3. S. Smith
    4. Kallis
    5. Lara
    6. S. Waugh( what a player. in his last test innings, played like a true man of steel & went for 400+ chase rather than trying for a draw. absolute winner)
    7. Gilchrist (Goat keeper batsman. still waiting for a player somewhat close to him. De cock has the potential)
    8. Warne
    9. Steyn (one of the greatest of all time)
    10. Mcgrath(Born winner. you just knew he would get your fav batsman out. used to hate him. grown to love him after retirement)
    11. Murali(want to see warne & murali bowling. if it's an absolutely green pitch,
    If it's an absolutely green deck, i would pick Anderson instead of Murali. In India I would pick Ashwin who is the best spinner I've seen to bowl in india

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    OK, of the players that I have watched.

    1. Barry Richards
    2. Gordon Greenidge
    3. Jacques Kallis
    4. Graeme Pollock
    5. Viv Richards
    6. Mike Procter
    7. Kumar Sangakkara (wk)
    8. Imran Khan (c)
    9. Wasim Akram
    10. Malcolm Marshall
    11. Shane Warne

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    Slater
    Anwar
    Lara
    Smith
    Abdv
    S Waugh
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Akram
    Marshall
    McGrath

    Drinks carrier Hafeez

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    1. Mathew Hayden
    2. Graeme Smith
    3. Steven Smith
    4. Brian Lara
    5. Kevin Pietersen
    6. Adam Gilchrist
    7. Shane Warne
    8. Dale Steyn
    9. Shoaib Akhtar
    10. Mutiah Murlitharan
    11. Glen McGrath

    There can be many changes as there are lot of "nearly same level" players.
    I went without an proper all rounder because it was an absolute must to play the two great spinners and also have 3 pacers.
    I think the top 6 is good enough to make the runs.

    Hard to leave Ponting, Tendulkar, Inzamam, Sanga and ABDV. Nothing really separate them from those playing but with this top 3 I went for the most attacking 4, 5 and 6 test cricket can have.

    No Wasim, Waqar as for me their pick ended around 1995 and I started watching back in 96/97.
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    Gavaskar
    Greenidge
    Richards
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Imran (c)
    Gilchrist
    Hadlee
    Warne
    Marshall
    Lillee
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    From Who i have seen

    1. Gavaskar
    2. Hayden
    3. Viv Richards
    4. Tendulkar
    5. Lara
    6. Kallis
    7. Gilchrist
    8. Akram
    9. Marshall
    10. Warne
    11. Muralitharan


    Aaj ka kaam kal karo, Kal ka kaam parson. Aisi bhi jaldi kya hai, Jab jeena hai barson.

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    Hayden
    shewag
    smith
    kohli
    kalis
    ABD
    sangakarra (keeper)
    murali
    mcgrath
    Alan donald
    steyn GOAT

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    Bhaijaan's ATG Test team:-

    Playing XI
    Gavaskar
    Hobbs
    Bradman (c)
    Tendulkar
    Richards
    Gilchrist (wk)
    Hadlee
    Akram
    Warne
    Lillee
    Muralitharan

    Extras: Sobers, Sangakkara, Marshal, Ambrose

    Shout out to a lot of other elite players who were under consideration but didn't make it because they were not as deserving as the above mentioned.

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    Bhaijaan's Test XI (from players he saw in his and their primes) :-


    Sehwag
    Lara
    Ponting
    Tendulkar (c)
    Kohli
    Peterson
    Gilchrist (wk)
    Akram
    Warne
    Donald
    Ambrose


    Extras: Sangakkara, Steyn, McGrath,Hayden

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    ATG teams will always have the biggest star in the side as captain like in exhibition games. There is no way an inferior Ponting would ever captain an ATG team (if he makes it in playing XI) ahead of either of Tendulkar, Lara, Warne all of whom are above in stature as cricketers.

    Similarly there is no way Sobers, Imran, or other popular captains get to lead ahead of Bradman. Bradman is the biggest star in any cricket XI ever assembled

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Bhaijaan's Test XI (from players he saw in his and their primes) :-


    Sehwag
    Lara
    Ponting
    Tendulkar (c)
    Kohli
    Peterson
    Gilchrist (wk)
    Akram
    Warne
    Donald
    Ambrose


    Extras: Sangakkara, Steyn, McGrath,Hayden
    You considered smith as the greatest batsman of this generation but youve taken kohli?

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    My ALL TIME TEST XI goes like this:
    Sehwag
    Lara
    Sir Bradman
    Sachin (c)
    Kohli
    Gilchrist (wk)
    McGrath
    Warne
    Donald
    Walsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeteshssaxena View Post
    You considered smith as the greatest batsman of this generation but youve taken kohli?
    Yes, exactly.

    Smith is better than any batsman in this generation at making a weak and average team better.

    In a team full of legends, his value diminishes considerably.

    Kohli with his flair and versatility of an added 4th gear is perfect batsman for a team that is looking to win ruthlessly which is what an ATG line up to be.

    McGrath has also been sidelined for the same reason.

    This is why Gilchirst will be picked over Sangakkara every time in any ATG team despite Sangakkara being a better overall 'scorer'. A Bangladesh will give away 2 Gilchrists for 1 Sangakkara but it is what it is when ATG trams are discussed.
    Last edited by freelance_cricketer; 31st March 2020 at 18:35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daksh Goel View Post
    My ALL TIME TEST XI goes like this:
    Sehwag
    Lara
    Sir Bradman
    Sachin (c)
    Kohli
    Gilchrist (wk)
    McGrath
    Warne
    Donald
    Walsh
    Sorry I forgot 1 player Ambrose

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Yes, exactly.

    Smith is better than any batsman in this generation at making a weak and average team better.

    In a team full of legends, his value diminishes considerably.

    Kohli with his flair and versatility of an added 4th gear is perfect batsman for a team that is looking to win ruthlessly which is what an ATG line up to be.

    McGrath has also been sidelined for the same reason.

    This is why Gilchirst will be picked over Sangakkara every time in any ATG team despite Sangakkara being a better overall 'scorer'. A Bangladesh will give away 2 Gilchrists for 1 Sangakkara but it is what it is when ATG trams are discussed.
    that's a very interesting theory. I have always thought about it but moreso in football. You always see some coaches excel when there is less pressure like with midtabe clubs. They over achieve by reaching a top 4 or hell even winning the league. However when the same coach is hired to take charge of a perennial top club they struggle and often fail to win titles due to added pressure.

    Kohli vs smith reminds me of such a battle. Kohli can make a strong team even more powerful and absolutely devastating. Smith's value does diminish a little when he isn't the main guy anymore. Same with sanga.

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    Among the players I have seen live, this will be my XII (one of them will be injured ....)

    +Gilchrist
    BA Richards
    IVA Richards
    Lara (VC)
    Tendulkar
    Sangakara
    *Imran
    Hadlee
    Wasim
    Marshall
    Warne
    Murali

    For some reason, I never liked Jaques Kallis, though wonderful player - closest to Sir Gary as batting all-rounder.

    In all time XII - I'll drop BA Richards for JB Hobbs, Tendulkar for DG Bradman, KR Miller for Sangakara and Hadlee for Sobers.

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    Adam Gilchrist
    Hashim amla
    Viv Richards
    Brian lara
    Steve Smith
    Kumar sangakara
    Imran khan
    Shane warne
    Wasim Akram
    waqar Younis
    Shoaib akhtar

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Yes, exactly.

    Smith is better than any batsman in this generation at making a weak and average team better.

    In a team full of legends, his value diminishes considerably.

    Kohli with his flair and versatility of an added 4th gear is perfect batsman for a team that is looking to win ruthlessly which is what an ATG line up to be.

    McGrath has also been sidelined for the same reason.

    This is why Gilchirst will be picked over Sangakkara every time in any ATG team despite Sangakkara being a better overall 'scorer'. A Bangladesh will give away 2 Gilchrists for 1 Sangakkara but it is what it is when ATG trams are discussed.
    I agree.

    If I have a quality team I go with Kohli as he will take it to the next level whereas Smith overall maybe better but doesnít go the higher gears so will not increase the killer instinct. However for a weak lineup Smith is a great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Well the corona lockdown has me bored and we havent had such a thread in a while.

    Only qualifier is that you must have seen the cricketer in your XI play in their peak (or close to it). So since i started watching properly in '98-99 guys like Imran Khan or Viv cannot make my XI. Team has to be all-conditions team.

    Here it goes.

    1. Hayden
    2. Cook
    3. Ponting
    4. Tendulkar
    5. Pietersen
    6. Kallis
    7. Sangakarra (wk)
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Muralitharan
    10. McGrath
    11. Dale Steyn

    Toss up betweek KP and Kohli for #6 a(went with personal favorite) and Sangakarra and Gilchirst for wk position.

    I think the one weakness of the side is the lack of a 2nd spinner so was seriosuly considering putting in Shakib somewhere as the spin allrounder
    I will take my chances against a team with only four specialist batsmen, all of whom are veritable number 10 batsmen, and three are more fragile than a twig in the wind.

    Wasim would miss every third test, Steyn would probably play only once every three tests, and McGrath will likely go missing for a few months every year.

    It is also inexplicable to have Pietersen ahead of Smith, Kohli, Dravid or even Lara!!! I would replace Sangakarra with Andy Flower and appoint him captain too.

    Courtney Walsh, Allan Donald, McGrath, and Warne...

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    Hayden
    Amla
    Viv Richard's
    Tendulkar
    Lara
    Sangkara
    Imran
    Wasim akram
    Warne
    McGrath
    Akhtar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Well the corona lockdown has me bored and we havent had such a thread in a while.

    Only qualifier is that you must have seen the cricketer in your XI play in their peak (or close to it). So since i started watching properly in '98-99 guys like Imran Khan or Viv cannot make my XI. Team has to be all-conditions team.

    Here it goes.

    1. Hayden
    2. Cook
    3. Ponting
    4. Tendulkar
    5. Pietersen
    6. Kallis
    7. Sangakarra (wk)
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Muralitharan
    10. McGrath
    11. Dale Steyn

    Toss up betweek KP and Kohli for #6 a(went with personal favorite) and Sangakarra and Gilchirst for wk position.

    I think the one weakness of the side is the lack of a 2nd spinner so was seriosuly considering putting in Shakib somewhere as the spin allrounder
    An XI of only those I've seen at their best...I like it.

    So here goes:

    1. G. Smith c - best captain of my lifetime
    2. A. Cook
    3. R. Ponting - we havent seen a better number 3 in recent times
    4. Y. Khan
    5. S. Tendulkar
    6. J. Kallis
    7. A. Gilchrist wk
    8. A. Flintoff
    9. W. Akram
    10. M. Muralitharan
    11. G. McGrath

    Haydos, Kohli, KP, Kohli, Root, Williamson, Smith, Steyn, Waqar and a few others are unlucky to miss out but what ya gonna do?

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    1. Matthew Hayden
    2. Virender Sehwag
    3. Ricky Ponting
    4. Steve Smith
    5. Brian Lara
    6. Jacque Kallis
    7. Adam Gilchrist
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Dale Steyn
    11. Glenn McGrath

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    1.Sunil Gavaskar
    2.Viv Richards
    3.Don Bradman
    4.Tendulkar
    5.Gary Sobers
    6.Imran Khan
    7.Adam Gilchrist
    8.Akram
    9.Warne
    10.Steyn
    11.Mcgrath

    Gavaskar and Viv are a must . You cannot have any all time eleven team without them in my opinion

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    Started watching properly from late 1990's

    Hayden
    Gilchrist
    Ponting (the mental strength of this top 3 is what pips any other possible player)
    Tendulkar
    Lara
    Kallis (just wow until number 6)
    Flintoff
    Wasim
    Warne
    Murali
    Mcgrath

    We've got an such a strong batting line up that i've decided that there's room for the greatest off spinner and greatest leggie in the first XI. If the opposition don't find them unplayable enough then there's 4 quality pace bowlers all offering something different to weasel them out. Bowling is a definite strength.

    My biggest weakness is the batting depth. Wasim is a touch high at number 8 given i have two total tailenders behind him.

    The captain would be Ponting. The self-belief and habitual winning that he possesses makes him the perfect skipper.

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    My all time test XI would be a line up that people would happily travel from north pole to south pole to watch live:

    1. Sir Donald Bradman (captain)
    2. Barry Richards
    3. Sir Vivian Richards
    4. Sachin Tendulkar
    5. Brian Charles Lara
    6. Sir Garfield Sobers
    7. Adam Gilchrist
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Malcom Marshall
    11. Dennis Lillee
    12th man. Imran Khan

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    Gavaskar
    Greenidge

    Richards
    Tendulkar
    BC Lara

    Imran Khan (c)
    Gilchrist (wk)

    Wasim Akram
    Warne
    Marshall
    Waqar Younis

    Bench: Miandad, Dravid, Muralitharan, Kohli and Steve Smith.

    I highly doubt any team can beat this squad in a 5 match series, any era, any format.

    --------------

    ODI/T20 lineup from the same squad:

    Tendulkar
    Gilchrist (wk)

    Viv
    Kohli
    Lara
    Miandad

    IK (c)
    Akram
    Warne
    Marshall
    Waqar

    A relentless 3 Pacers/1 spinner bowling attack with ATG support from IK.
    Batting that can chase anything. This squad would give a tough fight to Bradman himself

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    Only including players that I saw live and based mostly on pure watchability than statistics.

    Slater
    Anwar
    Ponting
    Lara
    Pietersen
    Stokes
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Wasim
    Donald
    McGrath

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    My all time test XI would be a line up that people would happily travel from north pole to south pole to watch live:

    1. Sir Donald Bradman (captain)
    2. Barry Richards
    3. Sir Vivian Richards
    4. Sachin Tendulkar
    5. Brian Charles Lara
    6. Sir Garfield Sobers
    7. Adam Gilchrist
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Malcom Marshall
    11. Dennis Lillee
    12th man. Imran Khan
    Did you see Bradman and Sobers?Great team but it is only meant for those who one has seen play.

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    My team amongst those Who I have seen

    1st XI

    Gavaskar
    Greenidge
    Viv Richards (C)
    Brian Lara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Jacques Kallis
    Adam Gilchrist (W)
    Malcolm Marshall
    Wasim Akram
    Shane Warne
    Glen Mcgrath

    2nd XI

    Gooch
    Sehwag
    Ponting
    Greg Chappell
    Javed Miandad
    Sangakaara (W)
    Ian Botham
    Imran Khan (C)
    Richard Hadlee
    Dennis Lillee
    Murlitharan


    Both teams virtually neck to neck with 1ST XI having more greater specialists and 2nd better allrounders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    My team amongst those Who I have seen

    1st XI

    Gavaskar
    Greenidge
    Viv Richards (C)
    Brian Lara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Jacques Kallis
    Adam Gilchrist (W)
    Malcolm Marshall
    Wasim Akram
    Shane Warne
    Glen Mcgrath

    2nd XI

    Gooch
    Sehwag
    Ponting
    Greg Chappell
    Javed Miandad
    Sangakaara (W)
    Ian Botham
    Imran Khan (C)
    Richard Hadlee
    Dennis Lillee
    Murlitharan


    Both teams virtually neck to neck with 1ST XI having more greater specialists and 2nd better allrounders.
    Who was a better opener, Gooch or Cook?

    I'd say Cook, considering his excellent record in Asia!

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    It's not surprising to see that hardly anyone picks players who are playing today. We've been enduring a dud era for quite some time in fact.

    We might reflect on this in a few decades and figure out that something or other occurred around this time or in the last 5-10 years which gradually killed off the skill in test cricket.

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    Hayden
    Sehwag
    Ponting
    Sachin
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    ABD
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Steyn
    Ambrose
    McGrath

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Did you see Bradman and Sobers?Great team but it is only meant for those who one has seen play.
    Thanks. Not seen them play but have watched a lot of videos and understand that only were they classy but also crowd pullers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitthestump View Post
    It's not surprising to see that hardly anyone picks players who are playing today. We've been enduring a dud era for quite some time in fact.

    We might reflect on this in a few decades and figure out that something or other occurred around this time or in the last 5-10 years which gradually killed off the skill in test cricket.
    No there are just too many nostalgic peeps here who idolize the past players too much.

    Many of the current era players still haven't finished their careers yet.

    smith and kohli are easily two of the best batsmen ever.

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    From players Iíve seen. Iím 32. Not picking current players. Smith Kohli Anderson
    1. Stewart
    2. Sehwag
    3. Dravid
    4. Tendulkar
    5. Lara
    6. Kallis
    7. Sangakkara wk captain
    8. Warne
    9. Akram
    10. Ambrose
    11. Mcgrath
    12th man Steve Waugh

    I an all time team not much would change. Richards, Marshall, Gavaskar, boycott, Khan would all be considered strongly


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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenSultansBowled View Post
    Who was a better opener, Gooch or Cook?

    I'd say Cook, considering his excellent record in Asia!
    Gooch. He was excellent against WI in their heyday - six centuries, including carrying his bat for 154* out of 250 on a minefield. Lillee found him out a few times, but Lillee tended to do that.

    Cook was a bit weak against top class quicks, though excellent against spin.

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    My all time test XI

    1) Saeed Anwar
    2) M.Hayden
    3) R.Ponting (C)
    4) B. Lara
    5) J.Kallis
    6) A. Gilchrist (wk)
    7) W. Akram
    8) S. Warne
    9) Saqlain Mushtaq
    10) Mcgrath
    11) S. Akthar

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    If I reconsider with another alternative what about Tendulkar opening the XI to accommodate another batting great?

    Tendulkar
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Lara
    Ian Chappell (C)
    Sangakaara (W)
    Imran
    Marshall
    Wasim
    Warne
    Mcgrath

    Hypothetically chosen Ian Chappell to lead this team being arguably the best skipper of all time as a tactician and motivator.Tendulkar will open the batting with Sunny Gavaskar.Remember Ian was the best batsmen in the world in a crisis,better than even brother Greg.To me Miandad is the best replacement for Ian Chapell as a pure batsmen and If I choose him then I would make Imran the captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Among the players I have seen live, this will be my XII (one of them will be injured ....)

    +Gilchrist
    BA Richards
    IVA Richards
    Lara (VC)
    Tendulkar
    Sangakara
    *Imran
    Hadlee
    Wasim
    Marshall
    Warne
    Murali

    For some reason, I never liked Jaques Kallis, though wonderful player - closest to Sir Gary as batting all-rounder.

    In all time XII - I'll drop BA Richards for JB Hobbs, Tendulkar for DG Bradman, KR Miller for Sangakara and Hadlee for Sobers.
    Would you ever consider Tendulkar as an opener to accommodate another great like Miandad,Chappell or Border ?Why Hadlee instead of Mcgrath and 2 wicketkeeper batsmen Why not replace Gilly or Sanga with some other great batsmen or allrounder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Would you ever consider Tendulkar as an opener to accommodate another great like Miandad,Chappell or Border ?Why Hadlee instead of Mcgrath and 2 wicketkeeper batsmen Why not replace Gilly or Sanga with some other great batsmen or allrounder?
    No - there are so many options that, I won't play a middle order as make shift opener. Gilly is made opener here because he serves duel purpose for a better combination and he opened for a decade in ODI, in 90s & 00s, opening against white ball was totally different proposition from now days. Tendulkar could have opened, but then I am not sure whom to drop from middle order. In any case, I won't take Javed or Border, but I would have definitely picked Greg, if had I seen him live (retired long before my first live telecast game). Sanga here is picked as specialist bat, where he averages like 65+; as WK, he was inferior gloves man to Gilly, and averages like 46 (lower than AG).

    McGrath was brilliant, but so was Hadlee - two almost similar type bowlers, with very similar stats (but obviously Hadlee didn't have the luxury of playing in ICC globalization era - 6 opponents, worst of them SRL (few games) which still was quite a handy Test team - no free lunch for RJH). The two greatest metronomes game has ever seen - BUT Hadlee could out-perform Mac with bat, even batting right-handed......., o you know. To be honest, I never liked Mc's bowling (true legend & ATG for sure), but he looked to me too mechanical, almost like a perfect bowling machine - he never made mistakes with his length, line or pace; but just not the type of fast bowler I like to watch. In AUS all-time XI as well, you'll notice me picking RR Lindwall with DK & Miller - just my preference, though Mac was absolutely near perfect new ball pacer, with probably the most smooth bowling actions of all that allowed him so many overs in career, till that age.

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    Bradman
    Anwar
    Tendulkar
    Viv Richard's
    Lara
    Kallis
    Gilchrist
    Akram
    Marshal
    Warne
    McGrath

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    I will pick those who I watched:

    Grame Smith(Vice Captain)
    Matthew Hayden
    Rahul Dravid
    Ricky Ponting(Captain)
    Brian Lara
    Jacques kallis
    Kumar Sangakkara(Keeper)
    Dale Steyn
    Glenn Mcgrath
    Shane Warne
    muttiah muralitharan

    Bench:
    Muhammad Yousuf
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Saeed Ajmal
    Kevin Pietersen

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    Tendulkar
    Gavaskar
    Kallis
    Lara
    Richards
    Imran Khan
    Gilchrist (wk)
    Warne (c)
    Akram
    Hadlee
    Marshall

    12th Man: Glenn McGrath

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Well the corona lockdown has me bored and we havent had such a thread in a while.

    Only qualifier is that you must have seen the cricketer in your XI play in their peak (or close to it). So since i started watching properly in '98-99 guys like Imran Khan or Viv cannot make my XI. Team has to be all-conditions team.

    Here it goes.

    1. Hayden
    2. Cook
    3. Ponting
    4. Tendulkar
    5. Pietersen
    6. Kallis
    7. Sangakarra (wk)
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Muralitharan
    10. McGrath
    11. Dale Steyn

    Toss up betweek KP and Kohli for #6 a(went with personal favorite) and Sangakarra and Gilchirst for wk position.

    I think the one weakness of the side is the lack of a 2nd spinner so was seriosuly considering putting in Shakib somewhere as the spin allrounder
    I would replace Cook with Langer and it becomes an unbeatable side... Muralitharan and Warne is a tough one, Warne has been good everywhere except India, while Murali has struggled in India, Aus, even SA ?...


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    a big LOL to the Indians who opted for Sachin as captain. w t f ? he may be th best ever batsman but he sure doesn't even make your top 3 captains ever. Pease quit the b s.

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    Gavaskar
    Greenidge or Tendulkar
    Sobers
    Richards or Lara
    Kallis
    Sangarkara or Gilcrist
    Imran or Hadlee
    Akram
    Warne
    Lillee or McGrath
    Murali

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarf76 View Post
    Gavaskar
    Greenidge or Tendulkar
    Sobers
    Richards or Lara
    Kallis
    Sangarkara or Gilcrist
    Imran or Hadlee
    Akram
    Warne
    Lillee or McGrath
    Murali
    Great team with good choices as alternative players.Surprised no Malcolm
    Marshall?Any reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    a big LOL to the Indians who opted for Sachin as captain. w t f ? he may be th best ever batsman but he sure doesn't even make your top 3 captains ever. Pease quit the b s.
    eww sachin is a trash captain and an overrated batsman as well. Dravid over him anyday.


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