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Aakash Chopra picks Sehwag and Gavaskar as openers in his all-time India-Pakistan Test XI

Sunil Gavaskar (left) and Virender Sehwag (right) are two of India
Sunil Gavaskar (left) and Virender Sehwag (right) are two of India's greatest openers
Aakash Arya
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 09 Apr 2020, 13:02 IST
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Former India player Aakash Chopra, in a recent video, picked his all-time India-Pakistan Test XI, which included legendary batsmen Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag as openers.

While choosing his combined XI, Chopra went with six batsmen, a wicketkeeper and four frontline bowlers. His side featured seven Indian and four Pakistani cricketers, with the 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan leading this star-studded Indo-Pak line-up.

With Sehwag and Gavaskar opening the batting, Chopra went with stability down the order and selected the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq in a formidable middle order. The opening duo played a combined total of 229 Tests for India and scored over 18,000 runs in their Test career.

88-Test veteran Imran Khan was renowned for his player-management skills.
88-Test veteran Imran Khan was renowned for his player-management skills.

MS Dhoni was selected as the wicket-keeper batsman, while Kapil Dev and Imran Khan made up a lethal-looking all-rounders' duo. India's Anil Kumble, with a total of 619 wickets to his name in 132 Tests, made it as the lone specialist spinner in the side.

Although Chopra succeeded in naming a pretty balanced team, his choice of captaincy may be questioned by some. With three World Cup-winning captains at his disposal, Chopra went with Khan to skipper the combined XI. Khan, who played 88 Tests, was renowned for his player-management skills; maybe this attribute made him Chopra's pick as the leader of this dream team.

Aakash Chopra’s combined India-Pakistan Test XI- 

Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kapil Dev, Imran Khan (captain), Wasim Akram, Anil Kumble

Published 09 Apr 2020, 13:02 IST
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