The debate about Greatest ODI XI of all time

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The debate about Greatest ODI XI of all time

The Unbeatable ODI XI of all time

The decades of ODI cricket has given continuous birth to hundreds of good, great and legendary players. Looking at the history of the one-day cricket, I’ve rectified the gems and diamonds who proved their worth to the whole world, being the best of their era, with the support of my own personal experience as well as the statistics.

However, there need to be some criteria for the selection of players, so that my bias gets neutralized, to make sure the deserving cricketers get a spot.

Before starting the selections, here are some statistical criteria for players to be eligible for selection:

Criteria for pure batsmen:

~ Minimum 5000 runs in ODI cricket

~ Minimum batting average of 40.00 and a strike rate of 70 or above

Criteria for wicketkeeper-batsman:

~ Minimum 3000 runs in ODI cricket as a wicketkeeper-batsman

~Minimum batting average of 30 and strike rate of 70

Criteria for pure bowlers:

~ Minimum 250 wickets in ODI cricket

~ Minimum bowling average under 30 and economy rate under 5 RPO

Criteria for all-rounders:

~ Minimum 2000 runs and 100 wickets in ODI cricket

~Minimum batting average of 30 and bowling average fewer than 40

Oh wait; did I mention my team composition? Well, that’s important to construct a balanced team. Here’s the team composition for my All Time ODI XI:

~ 4 batsmen (WKB included)

~ 3 all-rounders (One pace bowling and two spin bowling all-rounder)

~ 4 pure bowlers (One pure spinner and three pure pace bowlers)

Players eligible for selection

Pure batsmen:

Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brian Lara, Mohammad Yousuf, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Michael Clarke, Hashim Amla, Ross Taylor, Michael Bevan, Gary Kirsten, Rohit SharmaWicketkeeper batsmen Kumar Sangakkara, MS Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, Mushfiqur Rahim, Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Brendon Taylor, Jos Buttler, Alec Stewart

All-rounders:

Sanath Jayasuriya, Sourav Ganguly, Jacques Kallis, Chris Gayle, Aravinda de Silva, Yuvraj Singh, Steve Waugh, Shoaib Malik, Viv Richards, Mohammad Hafeez, Carl Hooper, Shane Watson, Shakib Al Hasan, Hansie Cronje, Angelo Mathews, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Symonds, Scott Styris, Imran Khan, Lance Klusener, Andrew Flintoff, Kevin O’ Brien

Pure bowlers:

Allan Donald, Saqlain Mushtaq, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralidharan, Brett Lee, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Shane Warne, Kapil Dev, Chaminda Vaas, Javagal Srinath, James Anderson, Zaheer Khan

Now, the most important part of this article, My ODI XI:

Sachin Tendulkar (BAT)

Sourav Ganguly (ALL)

Virat Kohli (BAT)

Viv Richards (ALL)

AB de Villiers (BAT)

MS Dhoni (BAT/WK)

Lance Klusener (ALL)

Wasim Akram (BOWL)

Glenn McGrath (BOWL)

Allan Donald (BOWL)

Muttiah Muralidharan (BOWL)

The greatest ODI opening pair, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly as my openers; if the accumulation of runs through aggression is an art, the pair of Sachin and Ganguly is the Picasso of it.Then, comes the greatest ODI batsman of today’s generation, Virat Kohli whose ability to build an innings is absolutely mind-blowing. The ‘swagger’ and the greatest ODI batsman ever, Viv Richards, comes at 4 in my team as an all-rounder. No words are required to describe the class and dominance of Viv Richards. At 5/6/7, I have probably the greatest trio of finishers in AB de Villiers (the greatest ODI batsman at No.5), MS Dhoni (the greatest ODI wicketkeeper batsman and finisher) and Lance Klusener (the greatest ODI all-rounder ever).

Similarly, my pace trio consists of Wasim Akram ‘the greatest ODI pacer’. Glenn McGrath ‘Mr. Consistent’ and Allan Donald ‘the white-lightening’.My solo spinner is the greatest ODI spinner ever, none other than Muttiah Muralidharan. MS Dhoni, the greatest ODI captain will be leading my side.

Bimarsh Adhikari

A Cricket FAN