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Old 26th September 2016, 20:48   #141
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I'm surprised that Dhoni gets in, he was never particularly that good a batsman for the time that he played let alone keeper. I guess the young Indian generation that have computers probably won't recall players from the 70s and before. Just a guess mind.
I think that's almost certainly the case. Gavaskar and Kapil retain a sufficiently high profile in Indian cricket still to be considered.
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Old 27th September 2016, 05:46   #142
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India All Time XI chosen by Cricinfo readers

1 Gavaskar
2 Sehwag
3 Dravid
4 Tendulkar
5 Laxman
6 Dhoni
7 Kapil Dev
8 Ashwin
9 Kumble
10 Srinath
11 Khan
My own all-time India XI would be:

Gavaskar
Sehwag
Dravid
Tendulkar
Vishwanath
Engineer
Kapil Dev
Gupte
Bedi
Srinath
Zaheer

I've heard stories about how quick Amar Singh and Mohd. Nissar were, so I just might be tempted to play either one of them or both in place of Srinath and Zaheer. I might be tempted to rotate Gupte with Chandra or Kumble while Bedi might get rotated with Prasanna or Ashwin.
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Old 27th September 2016, 05:56   #143
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Or Gupte.

And with the best spinners surely has to come Kirmani.
I went with Engineer myself though Kirmani is also pretty good.
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Old 27th September 2016, 13:00   #144
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Surely depends on whether India play home or away.
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Old 28th September 2016, 14:14   #145
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I went with Engineer myself though Kirmani is also pretty good.
Farokh's my personal fave, I have to say.

I love the story about the Lancashire chairman approaching Engineer at Old Trafford at the time of the 1971 India-Pakistan war. The chairman asked if the conflict was affecting his family and the keeper replied "Well, sir, if the fighting gets any nearer to their home, I will have to go and join them". The chairman replied "Well of course you must, that goes without saying....where exactly do they live?" Farokh grinned "Timperley".
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Old 29th September 2016, 05:05   #146
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Farokh's my personal fave, I have to say.

I love the story about the Lancashire chairman approaching Engineer at Old Trafford at the time of the 1971 India-Pakistan war. The chairman asked if the conflict was affecting his family and the keeper replied "Well, sir, if the fighting gets any nearer to their home, I will have to go and join them". The chairman replied "Well of course you must, that goes without saying....where exactly do they live?" Farokh grinned "Timperley".
Haha....that's a good story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 23rd October 2016, 16:52   #147
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This is the nineties England XI that Emma John interviews in her book "Following On" (I've rearranged them into a batting order):

Atherton*
Stewart
Hussain
Ramprakash
Thorpe
Crawley
Russell+
Cork
Caddick
Tufnell
Mullally
Interesting that the best bowler of the decade Darren Gough is left out....
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Interesting that the best bowler of the decade Darren Gough is left out....
Gough may have been too (self) important to be interviewed for a book.
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Interesting that the best bowler of the decade Darren Gough is left out....
Not to mention Angus Fraser and Robin Smith.

It's a bit of a joke XI really, to include Ramprakash and Crawley, even Hussain is touch and go.
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Not to mention Angus Fraser and Robin Smith.
And England's outstanding batsman of the 90s, Graham Gooch.
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Not to mention Angus Fraser and Robin Smith.

It's a bit of a joke XI really, to include Ramprakash and Crawley, even Hussain is touch and go.
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And England's outstanding batsman of the 90s, Graham Gooch.
It's not meant to be the best XI, but she interviewed the players she felt encapsulated the side of that era and her experience as a teenage fan
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Old 23rd October 2016, 23:09   #152
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It's not meant to be the best XI, but she interviewed the players she felt encapsulated the side of that era and her experience as a teenage fan
Yeah, I sussed that. Just wanted to mention Goochie to rankle cabin.
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Zafar Ansari's All Time XI

1 Gayle
2 Trescothick
3 Amla
4 Hildreth
5 Sobers
6 S Davies
7 A Ansari
8 Akram
9 Arafat
10 Linley
11 Ojha

Sounds like the eleven he would like to invite round for dinner.
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Old 8th January 2017, 23:05   #154
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Root's All Time XI

1 Vaughan
2 Cook
3 Tendulkar
4 Kallis
5 Kohli
6 de Villiers
7 Sangakkara
8 Flintoff
9 Warne
10 Johnson
11 McGrath
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Difficult to take seriously any World XI not picked entirely on merit as, clearly, there are a couple in that team who haven't been.
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Ghatotkacha
Abhimanyu
Duryodhana*
Bhima
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Arjuna
Krishna+
Satyaki
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Broad's All Time XI

1 Cook (c)
2 Hayden
3 Ponting
4 Tendulkar
5 Lara
6 Kallis
7 Prior
8 Hadlee
9 Warne (vc)
10 McGrath
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Why have none of them gone for George Lohmann?
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Cook captaining Ponting and Warne? That's going to be something.
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Cook captaining Ponting and Warne? That's going to be something.
There'd be mutiny during the first session of the first match.
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