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All-time Asia ODI XI

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Sachin Tendulkar is the most adored cricketer in the modern era

Cricket might have taken its birth in England but it is in Asia that it has the greatest appeal. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are the major nations in Asia that play cricket and for each of these countries, the cliche 'cricket is not just a sport but a religion' holds true. Where else can one find frenzied fans burning the effigies of players if they come a cropper and worshipping them as deities when they accomplish a glorious victory? Such is the popularity of cricket in the continent!

As there are a number of great players from Asia, compiling a list of eleven is an arduous task. Some big names had to be inevitably left out. Here is a list of the all-time ODI XI from the Asian countries.

#1 Sachin Tendulkar

For his gargantuan achievements, Sachin Tendulkar is universally considered the greatest batsman to have ever played the game. While a few other greats might have scored runs at the same pace as Sachin, none of them boasts of Tendulkar's longevity.

In an incredibly long career, Tendulkar rarely had a lean patch, remained a perennial scourge for the bowlers and shattered almost all batting records. That a chasm of almost 4000 runs exists between him and the next highest run-getter in ODIs shows how far ahead of his rivals he was. Tendulkar also possessed the 'golden arm' that could break partnerships at critical junctures and change the course of the match.

Just imagine the reaction of millions of cricket fans when a former great creates an all-time list without Tendulkar. He would be crucified for committing the cardinal sin of omitting Tendulkar, the 'God of Cricket' and his credentials as a cricket pundit would come under serious scrutiny.

Such is his status in the world of cricket that he is an automatic choice for Opener no. 1 in our side.

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