Former Pakistan pace machine Shoaib Akhtar has always been active in giving his opinions on cricket. He has transformed from a fast bowler to a cricket expert and has recently selected his all-time favorite ODI XI. Shoaib Akhtar names his all-time ODI XI.
No Virat Kohli! Shoaib Akhtar picks his all-time ODI XI, blockbuster line-up features 4 Indians
In a recent interview, Shoaib Akhtar names his all-time ODI XI with Gordon Greenidge and Sachin Tendulkar as openers of his side. Greenidge was one of the top batsmen and best openers of his generation. Meanwhile, Sachin was the highest run-getter in ODI he is one batsman Akhtar had a good rivalry with.
At no.3 he picked Inzamam-ul-Haq, followed by Saeed Anwar. Both the Pakistan batsmen are termed as one of the BEST that their nation has ever produced.
He has explained that – “People might be surprised by seeing Saeed Bhai in the middle but in today’s day, he would have murdered the bowlers.”
Shoaib Akhtar names Shane Warne as his captain
He went on to pick former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, as wicketkeeper and called him as “Indian Skipper Classic”. And at no.6 he picked former Australian skipper Adam Gilchrist – it is unusual to see Gilchrist in 6th position because he usually plays that position in test cricket and coming to ODI games he is an opener.
At no.7 he picked former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh – during his days Yuvi has played some match-winning knocks especially against Pakistan – Akhtar has also revealed that he was the best all-rounder in those days.
And going forward he picked Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis and Kapil Dev, calling him ‘the greatest fast-bowler. And Picked Shane Warne has the captain of his side
Shoaib Akhtar All-Time ODI XI:
- Gordon Greenidge
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Saeed Anwar
- MS Dhoni
- Adam Gilchrist
- Yuvraj Singh
- Wasim Akram
- Waqar Younis
- Kapil Dev
- Shane Warne (C)