Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has announced his All-Time World Cup XI. In this list, he has included the top 11 players in the world. Surprisingly, it includes only one Indian player on the list amid five from Pakistan, four from Australia, and one from South Africa. Any guesses who is that Indian?
Neither Tendulkar nor Mahendra Singh Dhoni included in the list. The lone Indian in the side is current captain Virat Kohli.
The most surprising thing about this list is that Ricky Ponting has got the place but Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is not included. Sachin has played 6 World Cups in his 19-year career, in which he scored 2278 runs at an average of 56.95 in 44 innings. He is the highest-scoring batsman in World Cup history. The next on the list is Ponting with 1743 runs in 46 matches. Ponting has scored 1743 runs in 42 innings at an average of 45.86 in 15 years of career.
On the other hand, Dhoni is India's World Cup-winning skipper. His astute leadership qualities and calculative mindset had played a crucial role in India's second World Cup trophy in 2011 where Dhoni had scored the winning run en route to Besides, he has scored 507 runs in 17 World Cup innings at 42.25 with three half-centuries.
Former Indian captain Dhoni, India's World Cup-winning skipper. Who can forget his unbeaten knock of 91 runs in World Cup 2011 which made India the champion for the second time. But Afridi has chosen Virat Kohli, who scored 587 runs in 17 World Cup innings with two centuries and one half-century.
Shahid Afridi’s all-time World Cup XI: Saeed Anwar, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, Inzamam ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq