Dream World Cup final: India's best XI vs Rest of World's best XI

  • Anurag Singh
  • Updated: Feb 05, 2015 19:40 IST

I started watching cricket when I was about 9 years old, the year was 1996 when the World Cup was being played in the subcontinent.

Since I do not have great amount of knowledge of players before the 90s, for the dream world cup final clash, I'll focus on players who played around the '96 cup or arrived on the scene later.

Also, reminisce these players' absolute peak when you go through the lists below.

Here's my Indian 11

1. Virender Sehwag
2. Sourav Ganguly (C)
3. Virat Kohli
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5. Yuvraj Singh
6. MS Dhoni (W)
7. Ajay Jadeja
8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
9. Zaheer Khan
10. Anil Kumble
11. Javagal Srinath

The obvious omissions are probably Rahul Dravid at #3, and Harbhajan Singh as a spinner. I went with Kohli because I like aggressive cricket. Also, Kumble for me scores over Harbhajan on any surface because of his discipline.

The inclusion of Bhuvneshwar might come as a surprise to some, but I could not think of any other all-rounder for that position. I could have gone for Manoj Prabhakar, but I went with Bhuvneshwar since he adds a lot more in the field.

I was tempted to pick Kapil Dev, but that would go against the precondition I stated up top.

Here's my Rest Of World 11

1. Adam Gilchrist (W)
2. Sanath Jayasuriya
3. Ricky Ponting (C)
4. Brian Lara
5. Jacques Kallis
6. AB De Villiers
7. Michael Bevan
8. Wasim Akram
9. Shane Warne
10. Shoaib Akhtar
11. Glenn McGrath

It was a pretty tough decision to leave out guys from the list above. I was tempted to add one more all-rounder, maybe Andrew Symonds or Lance Klusener, at #7 but went ahead with the best finisher considering there is a 50-50 chance that this team would be chasing a total.

Even for the spinner's spot, I contemplated putting a finger spinner like Saqlain Mushtaq, but I went ahead with a more attacking option because that's the sort of cricket I like to see.

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