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ICC World Cup 2019: Shahid Afridi picks all-time World Cup XI, no Sachin or MS Dhoni in the team

The exclusion of Sachin from the team is bewildering as the batting maestro has appeared in six editions. He has scored 2278 runs in 44 innings at an average of 56.95 with 16 half-centuries and six centuries.

cricket Updated: May 02, 2019 08:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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File image of MS Dhoni, Shahid Afridi(Getty Images)

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has picked his all-time World Cup team and it is filled with a lot of surprises. Indian fans will not be too happy with the side as it does not feature Sachin Tendulkar or World Cup-winning skipper MS Dhoni. The lone Indian in the side is current captain Virat Kohli.

Shahid Afridi’s all-time World Cup XI: Saeed Anwar, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, Inzamam ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq

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The exclusion of Sachin from the team is bewildering as the batting maestro has appeared in six editions. He has scored 2278 runs in 44 innings at an average of 56.95 with 16 half-centuries and six centuries.

Also, MS Dhoni is perhaps the greatest finishers the game has ever seen and has also led India to a World Cup triumph back in 2011. The seasoned campaigner will once again be an integral member of the Indian side at this year’s World Cup.

“He (MS Dhoni) is one person who knows the game inside out, who understands the game from ball 1 to ball 300 on the field,” Virat Kohli told India Today in an interview last month.

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“I won’t say it is a luxury to have him but I am fortunate to have a mind like that from behind the stumps. At the end of the day, I want to be involved in strategy with the team management with Mahi bhai and Rohit (Sharma),” he further added.

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First Published: May 01, 2019 12:15 IST