Since last few weeks, cricketers have been coming up with their All-Time XI and with the start of India’s historic 500th Test; the bandwagon has been shifted to India’s All-Time Test XI. India became the fourth team to have played 500 Tests after England, Australia and West Indies with the start of Kanpur Test against New Zealand.
The latest cricketer to have joined this trend is former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar and has revealed his India All-Time Test XI. Starting with the openers, he has selected the great Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag followed by Rahul Dravid at number three. The middle-order starts with another legendary batsman and he is none other than Sachin Tendulkar followed by Gundappa Viswanath. MS Dhoni is the captain and wicket-keeper of the side. Not to forget, Dhoni does not carry an impressive record in Tests as captain, especially in overseas.
Coming to the bowling department, it starts with India’s arguably best all-rounder Kapil Dev along with Zaheer Khan as another pacer of the side. There are the only two pacers in Manjrekar’s side as he believes in three-spinner strategy. He had drafted India’s three famous spinners from the famous spin-quartet Bishan Singh Bedi, EAS Prasanna and BS Chandrasekhar.
His side wears a deadly look but it seems that Manjrekar has named his playing XI as per subcontinent conditions. The absence of third pacer, who will be needed in conditions like England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand corroborates the belief.
Manjrekar comes up with his team during the Day 3 of the first Test between India and New Zealand and the video of it was posted by the official Twitter account of BCCI.
Sanjay Manjrekar’s All-Time India Test XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Gundappa Viswanath, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, Bishan Singh Bedi, EAS Prasanna, BS Chandrasekhar.