Former India cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra named his combined India-Pakistan XI of all-time, in a video uploaded on his social medila channel.
He tried to assemble the group in such a means that the batting division was dominated by Indians whereas Pakistan was given desire within the bowling division.
“I wanted to do a fun exercise today by selecting the combined all-time Test XI of Pakistan and India, although it was a very difficult task,” Chopra stated in a video uploaded on Facebook. “One thing that we will all agree, before moving on, that the team will give more preference to Indian batsmen and Pakistan bowlers.”
Chopra picked former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag as the openers and few would wish to argue with this explicit choice.
“There is no doubt that Sunil Gavaskar will be one of the openers as his presence is absolutely mandatory,” he stated. “I would partner him with Virender Sehwag because he scored two triple centuries in Test cricket which is quite an achievement.”
Chopra chosen Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar at No.three and No.four spots respectively. The duo received numerous matches for India whereas batting at their favorite positions.
“At third and fourth position, I would include Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar,” he stated. “At fifth and sixth position, although they are both playing out of position but deserve a place in the XI, are Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad.”
Chopra was tempted to handover wicket-protecting duties to Dravid however he finally modified his thoughts and determined to usher in Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“For the wicketkeeper spot I will pick MS Dhoni. Although we can consider Dravid as well but I don’t want to make a batsman playing at one-down to keep the wickets,” he added.
Two World Cup successful skippers come subsequent as Kapil Dev and Imran Khan give this group an entire new dimension. They might bat, they might bowl and so they may lead the group with absolute authority.
“At number eight and nine, I will pick Kapil Dev and Imran Khan. Imran will also be the captain of my side,” the previous India cricketer stated.
Fast-bowler Wasim Akram finds a spot within the aspect and so does Anil Kumble. Chopra additionally acknowledged leaving out Waqar Younis was a tricky name and he was made the 12th man of the group.
“It is 100 per cent certain that Wasim Akram will be part of this lineup and he slots in at number 10. With over 600 wickets, I will include leg-spinner Anil Kumble as the final player in my team. It is hard to keep Waqar Younis out of this XI but I will definitely include him as my 12th man,” he stated.