Sachin Tendulkar Lone Indian In Brendon McCullum's All-Time XI

Updated: 27 June 2016 19:00 IST

Brendon McCullum's All-Time XI features Sachin Tendulkar as the only Indian. His team comprises four Australians and is led by West Indian great Viv Richards

Sachin Tendulkar Lone Indian In Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum chose Sachin Tendulkar and Chris Gayle as openers in his All-Time Cricketing XI. © AFP

London:

Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian to be selected in former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum's list of all-time cricketing XI led by West Indian great Vivian Richards.

McCullum opted for Chris Gayle and Tendulkar as openers to start the innings with former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting coming at first drop in his team, which also consists of three other Australians in Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Mitchell Johnson.

The 34-year-old, who retired from all international cricket last February, named three West Indians -- Richards, Brian Lara and Gayle, two Kiwis -- Tim Southee and Trent Boult -- and South Africa's Jacques Kallis in his list.

"I wanted someone destructive at the top of the order. Chris Gayle - there ain't much better than that," McCullum was quoted as saying by lords.org.

"Obviously Sachin can bat for days. Ponting is another man with phenomenal statistics, he takes the game on and even if you lose two early wickets, he's still going to come on and play his shots and be aggressive," said McCullum, who broke the record for fastest Test ton in his final match.

In the middle order, McCullum went for Lara at No.4 followed by the legendary Richards.

"(Lara) can hopefully take the game away in a session. Sir Viv Richards comes in next and captains the side as well, with his charm, his swagger and his ability to hit the ball out of the park,"

One of the most successful all-rounders in the history of cricket, Jacques Kallis was given the No. 6 spot to bat with stumper Gilchrist coming next.

"At number six I've gone for the greatest all-rounder in my opinion of all time, Kallis, he's a bit lower in the batting order than he's used to but I'm sure he'll find his way, he's an adaptable man," McCullum said.

"Gilchrist as wicketkeeper at seven, on the back of that top six I think he can come in and ice it off pretty quickly," he added. In his list, McCullum selected Aussie duo of leg-spin legend Warne and pacer Johnson along with Kiwi pace combo of Boult and Southee in his bowling department.

"Johnson terrorised the opposition for years on end, he can also swing the willow as well if need be, (while) Warne speaks for himself," he said.

"Then I've gone for two Kiwis. That's purely because when I was captain of New Zealand, I said I'd never change (Boult and Southee) for the world.

"I saw them change us from an average Test team to a much harder to beat Test team, because of their ability to get 20 wickets," he added.

Highlights
  • McCullum's All-Time XI comprises 4 Australians
  • The team is led by West Indian great Viv Richards
  • The team also features two Kiwi players in Southee and Boult
Related Articles
Rohit Sharma Shouts "Not Now" Before Scoring 6th Test Century. Find Out Why
Rohit Sharma Shouts "Not Now" Before Scoring 6th Test Century. Find Out Why
India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma Breaks Shimron Hetmyer
India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma Breaks Shimron Hetmyer's Record Of Most Sixes In Test Series
Sachin Tendulkar Trolls Yuvraj Singh In Harbhajan Singh
Sachin Tendulkar Trolls Yuvraj Singh In Harbhajan Singh's Throwback Picture
Mary Kom To Abhinav Bindra On Olympics Qualification Row: "Better To Be Quiet"
Mary Kom To Abhinav Bindra On Olympics Qualification Row: "Better To Be Quiet"
Virat Kohli To Miss 3-Match T20I Series Against Bangladesh: Report
Virat Kohli To Miss 3-Match T20I Series Against Bangladesh: Report
Advertisement