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Shane Warne picks his dream World Cup XI, only one Indian makes cut

Shane Warne picked his dream World Cup XI and the only Indian cricket team star to make the cut was ‘The Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar.

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2019 08:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Shane Warne,dream World Cup XI,Shane Warne World Cup XI
File image of Shane Warne(Getty Images for Rajasthan Royal)

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne picked his dream World Cup XI and the only Indian cricket team star to make the cut was ‘The Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar. Apart from Tendulkar, the team also included a number of big names ranging from Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and Sri Lanka spin legend Muttiah Muralidharan.

Warne went with Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar as the openers with former skipper Ricky Ponting at No.3. Brian Lara and Mark Waugh came in at No.4 and No. 5 respectively with Kumar Sangakkara at No.6.

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“It’s a pretty good top-four,” Shane Warne said during Salaam Cricket 2019.”No.5 wasn’t as clear-cut as the top-four. I wanted an all-rounder at No.5 and I went with Mark Waugh because he was the greatest all-round cricketer I played with.

“For No.6, I wanted a left-hander and I went with Kumar Sangakkara. If you wanted to change it up, he could go up the order. If something happened to the wicketkeeper, Sangakkara could keep wickets.

When it came to the bowling attack, Warne chose Andrew Flintoff, Wasim Akram and Glenn McGrath. In the spin department, he chose Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi and Sri Lanka’s Muralidharan.

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“Andrew Flintoff can bowl a good yorker and he has good hitting capabilities. I thought of Andrew Symonds but went with Flintoff at the end.

“Shahid Afridi’s bowling was underrated and his fielding was good. Akram at No, 9 is a good fielder and could smash it out of the park. At No.11, there would be so many options but I ended up going with my mate,” Warne said.

Shane Warne’s World Dream XI: Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Mark Waugh, Kumar Sangakkara, Andrew Flintoff, Shahid Afridi, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath

First Published: Jun 02, 2019 18:20 IST