No Sri Lankan in Wisden's all-time world Test XI

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Only two Asians - Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram -- feature in Wisden's all-time world Test XI.

Wisden World XI

1. Jack Hobbs (England, Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1909) 61 Tests, 5,410 runs at 56.94

2. W. G. Grace (England, CY 1896) 22 Tests, 1,098 runs at 32.29

3. Don Bradman (Australia, CY 1931, capt) 52 Tests, 6,996 runs at 99.94)

4. Sachin Tendulkar (India, CY 1997) 198 Tests, 15,837 runs at 53.86

5. Vivian Richards (West Indies, CY 1977) 121 Tests, 8,540 runs at 50.23

6. Garry Sobers (West Indies, CY 1964) 93 Tests, 8,032 runs at 57.78, 235 wickets at 34.03

7. Alan Knott (England, CY 1970, wkt) 95 Tests, 4,389 runs at 32.75, 250 catches, 19 stumpings

8. Wasim Akram (Pakistan, CY 1993) 104 Tests, 414 wickets at 23.62

9. Shane Warne (Australia, CY 1994) 145 Tests, 708 wickets at 25.41

10. Malcolm Marshall (West Indies, CY 1983) 81 Tests, 376 wickets at 20.94

11. Sydney Barnes (England, CY 1910) 27 Tests, 189 wickets at 16.43

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Sakthivel's picture
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Well done Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram

Sanjeev Bernard Fernando's picture
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These types of selections should never be taken seriously. It is impossible to ever come up with the greatest XI. What about Gavaskar the greatest run scorer as an opener, against perhaps the best bowling ever? What about the prince of Trinidad, Lara? How could you look past Kallis for the statistically most sucsessful all-rounder? Was Marshall better than Hadlee? Lillee? You can analyze this however you wish and still not ever get it right.

With all due respect for Murali fans, in my personal humble opinion, Shane Warne is the greatest spinner the world had ever seen. The art of leg-spin is by far the hardest to master and Shane delivered without any flaw. While we Sri Lankan’s should forever cherish Murali and what he meant to us, the truth is that cricket had to give up a bit of its’ innocence to allow the likes of Murali to continue playing. To put it politely, the ICC did have to “bend the rules” a bit to allow for Murali. Those who are puzzled by the inclusion of Barnes, do read about him. Certainly an interesting story and a player!

Rocket Raja's picture

Master class Sachin

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What about bowling off spin with a wrist spinners action or the helicopter wrist and shoulder. Murali was one of a kind. Dravid and Lara were the 2 best players of spin of their era. Both of them felt Murali was the hardest. I would have selected Murali and Barnes, would like to take nothing away from Warne though. Barnes was legendary.

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this refugee haven't stopped insulting SLC .. even he got humiliated yesterday after sh*t indian fans ,stoned MSD's house . I mean a person should have a dignity but this sh't indian don't .

Sakthivel's picture
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Dont divert the topic Slave !!!

(Last edited by Sakthivel on October 25, 2013 - 00:21)
Narbavi Raja..'s picture
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who cares? this same people named murali as the best bowler ever in world in 2002.Even before the best part of his career http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/crick... with this latest selection they only become jokers infront f the cricketing world.. #Wisden=BCCI

(Last edited by Narbavi Raja.. on October 25, 2013 - 00:52)
Silva's picture
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@Narbavi maybe Wisden got scared that they will be stoned :P

Narbavi Raja..'s picture
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haha..yeah.. fools like wahi r there.so it's fair minded decision in their part

Deepak Wahi's picture
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who cares about SL fools. :D)))))))))))))))))))). cry babies. haha

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