Brendon McCullum has announced his all-time cricketing XI led by the great Sir Vivian Richards but surprisingly the list has no Pakistani in it.
The opening pair in the team is Chris Gayle and Sachin Tendulkar meanwhile Aussie great Ricky Ponting is slotted in at number three. Apart from Gayle and Richards, left handed batsman Brain Lara is also inducted in the 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.
“(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,”
McCullum also included the great South African allrounder Kallis in his team and he is the only Proteas player in the list.
“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.
It is quite interesting to point out here that McCullum never opted for any Pakistani even in the bowling department because Pakistan produced the likes of Wasim, Waqar and Imran Khan in this particular field who destroyed even the best batting lineups of their time.
MCCULLUM’S GREATEST CRICKETING XI
Chris Gayle, Sachin Tendulknar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Viv Richards (c), Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Warne, Tim Southee and Trent Boult.