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Shane Warne picks his Dream World Cup XI: Only one Indian but two Pakistanis

Late legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne before the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup picked his Dream World Cup XI. However, he only included players with whom he had played with, thus a team comprising of only 1990’s and early 2000’s star players.

Openers

One would think that Aussie leggie would go with his former team-mates Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden but instead, Warne chooses Indian legend Tendulkar to open the innings with left-hander Gillie. Gilchrist would also keep wickets for Warne’s XI. Maybe the idea was to begin with a left-right combination, but it would have been quite a sight seeing Gilchrist walking down with the mighty Sachin Tendulkar to wreak havoc on the opposition.

Middle Order

All 90’s kids could easily guess no. 3 and no. 4, as they are no-brainers. Warne went with his former captain Ricky Ponting and West Indian great Brian Lara, he says that these were the automatic choices as he has faced none better batsmen than them in his entire career that spanned over one and a half decades.

However, for the fifth spot Warne made a rather unusual and startling choice, he goes with Mark Waugh, who he considers one of the best all-round cricketers who he has played with. Maybe Warne wanted to add someone who could occasionally roll over his arm. For number sixth spot, the three-time world cup winner Warne went with Kumar Sangakkara, whom he considers a modern-great. As per Warne, Kumar could be sent up the order also and he could also fill in for Gilchrist if the need arises.

All-rounders

Warnie goes with Andrew Flintoff, and surprisingly Pakistan Shahid Afridi. Firstly, in case of Flintoff, Warne says that he chose him over his countrymate Andrew Symonds, because of his ability to bowl Yorkers. Moreover, he also said that Flintoff can also whack the ball at the end of the innings. Warne’s choice of Afridi could be best explained through his inclination towards him as a leg-spinner. However, Warne is of the opinion that Afridi was a much better bowler than his numbers, he had not been utilized properly.

Fast Bowlers

As for the fast bowlers, Warne had the privilege of sharing the field with few of the best in the business. He chose his former team-mate Glenn McGrath and Pakistan’s ace fast bowler Wasim Akram, who by many is regarded as the greatest left-arm bowler of the arm. The duo has 883 one-day wickets between them and both are pretty different from each other. McGrath relied on line and length, whereas Wasim Akram with the conventional swing also had the ability to reverse the ball, moreover he could also hit the ball out of the park.    

Spinner

There was no other option than the Sri Lankan great Muralitharan, says Warne. Murali had an uncanny ability to change the complexion of the game single-handedly, he had won numerous matches for his team, and is arguably regarded as the greatest off-spinner of all time.

Do you agree with Warne’s Dream XI, who do you think has been left out, let us know in the comments.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Michael

    January 10, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Shane warne was no doubt an outstanding player

  2. Arbaz

    January 10, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Hmm. good to know

  3. Maddy

    January 11, 2023 at 4:03 am

    I would have gone with Kallis instead of Afridi or Flintoff

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