Who would be India’s all-time greatest cricketers and who would feature in the all-time greatest World ODI eleven? The choice is yours. In the run up to the ICC cricket World Cup that commences next week, the BBC has opened a contest to choose the World’s all-time greatest ODI XI with players in different categories.
The contest asks people to choose two opening batsmen, three middle order batsmen, one wicket keeper, one all rounder, three fast bowlers and one spinner.
There are five Indian cricket icons who feature among the "probables" for the greatest One Day International XI of all time. The Indian stars that feature in the options include Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag among opening batsmen, Mahendra Singh Dhoni among wicket keepers, Kapil Dev among all rounders, and Anil Kumble among spinners. Barring Kapil Dev, all the Indian players are from the team that played the last world cup and Dhoni is the only one who will play this year’s world cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Other stalwarts to feature among the probables are South Africa’s Hashim Amla, West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuria among Openers.
Michael Bevan, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh from Australia, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and Brian Lara from the West Indies, Inzamam Ul Haq from Pakistan and A B De Villiers from South Africa feature among middle order batsmen.
Mark Boucher from South Africa, Andy Flower from Zimbabwe, Adam Gilchrist from Australia, Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka and Brendon McCullum from New Zealand are included among Wicket keepers,.
Shahid Afridi and Imran khan from Pakistan, Ian Botham from England, Jacques Kallis and Lance Kluesner from South Africa are seen among all rounders.
Bret Lee, Gelnn McGrath and Dennis Lillee from Australia, Waqar Yunis, Wasim Akram from Pakistan, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner from West Indies, Lasith Malinga from Sri Lanka and Allan Donald from South Africa among fast bowlers.
Finally, Muthiah Muralitharan from Sri Lanka, Saqlain Mushtaq from Pakistan Daniel Vettori from New Zealand and Shane Warne from Australia among spinners.
As the teams participating in the world cup burn the midnight oil to select the eleven that will play in this year’s world cup, this gives a chance to the public to choose their own greatest team. The results of the poll will be revealed on the BBC website on Monday, February 9, 2015.
Predictably, the survey has generated much debate. Journalist and cricket lover Tunku Varadarajan tweeted his 11:
My alltime ODI XI, based on BBC choices: 1Sachin 2Jayasuriya 3Ponting 4Richards 5deVilliers 6Dhoni 7Kallis 8Akram 9Garner 10McGrath 11Warne.— Tunku Varadarajan (@tunkuv) February 6, 2015
So, what's your eleven?