Following the trend, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has picked his all-time XI. The dashing southpaw, who captained India for five years has picked two of his teammates in his XI.
He has picked former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and England capatin Alastair Cook as the openers. This comes as a surprise as Virender Sehwag was not included in the team and Dada gave an explaination for the decision. He confessed that he was tempted to include Sehwag in the team, but since Cook has scored a lot of runs at a young age, he decided to go in with the left-hander.
His middle-order includes his teammate Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting. Sangakkara will be the wicket-keeper in Ganguly’s team while Ponting, who won two World Cups and two Champions trophy as a captain has been named the team’s skipper.
Ganguly picked 7-4 combination to his team with Kallis being the all-rounder to bring balance to the side. Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath has been picked as the pacer alongside South Africa’s Dale Steyn while spin wizards Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan will take care of the spin department.
Ganguly’s all-time XI: Matthew Hayden (Australia), Alastair Cook (England), Rahul Dravid (India), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Ricky Ponting (Australia, captain), Glenn McGrath (Australia), Shane Warne (Australia), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Dale Steyn (South Africa)