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An all-time ODI XI

Ayush Verma
Top 5 / Top 10

#1 Sanath Jayasuriya

England v Sri Lanka - 1st Natwest One Day International Series

A dynamite at the top of the order, he was one of the batsmen who changed the way openers approached the innings in the first 15 overs.

His counter-attacking approach was one of the reasons behind Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup triumph.

He played 445 ODIs, scoring 13430 runs, at a strike-rate of over 91. The reason why he pips another legend, Adam Gilchrist (believe me, it was a tough call !), for the opener's slot, are his 323 wickets at an economy of under 5. Now these are staggering numbers for a part-time spinner, aren't they?

An attacking opener who can give you 10 overs is an asset for any team.

#2 Sachin Tendulkar

Sussex v India - Tour Match

Who else? The master blaster, the most successful International batsman of all time, they call him the "God of cricket" in India.

He has played the most number of ODI matches (463) and has the most number of runs (18426), most centuries (49), most half-centuries (96) and also the most number of man of the match awards (62).

With being equally adept at playing attacking cricket and playing the role of a sheet anchor, he brings immense value to any team. No matter how much one tries to say about him, it still won't be enough to describe his legacy.

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