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Seven Indians in dream chase

cricket Updated: Dec 23, 2010 01:53 IST
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India's top order trio over the past decade - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Saurav Ganguly - dominate nominations for the openers' slot to pick the greatest One-day International (ODI) team of all time.

The International Cricket Council's official website, www.icc-cricket.com, has asked fans to vote for their all-time favourite line-up as well as their dream game, to mark the 40th anniversary of the first-ever ODI game played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Club on January 16, 1971.

Seven Indian players are among the 48 and three India games are featured in the 10 matches shortlisted for the purpose. The contest is also expected to give early momentum to the build-up for the World Cup, which kicks off on Feb. 19.

"Supporters can vote on www.icc-cricket.com until Jan 2 to make their selections. They can also send in their dream teams and favourite matches via www.facebook/cricketicc or www.twitter.com/cricketicc," ICC said in a statement.

Fans can vote in six categories - openers, middle-order batsmen, all-rounder, wicketkeeper, fast bowlers and spinners. No Indian finds mention in the nominations for picking three middle-order batsmen and among the eight nominations of fast bowlers to choose three.

Kapil Dev is among the eight competing for the lone all-rounder's slot and MS Dhoni is in the race with seven others for the wicketkeeper's position. Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh are in the reckoning for the single spinner's berth although Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan are in the eight-man list.

Two of India's memorable victories find mention - the stunning 43-run upset over West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final and the 5-run thriller versus Pakistan in Karachi in 2004. The other India game is the ultimate heartbreaker - Pakistan's one-wicket win following Javed Miandad's last ball six, at Sharjah in 1986.

"With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 now less than two months away, excitement and interest in the one-day format of the game will certainly intensify. We know that fans will enjoy having the chance to remember some of the great games and great players that have played in ODI cricket during the past 40 years," ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said. Fans get to select the team.