Only Wasim Akram of Pakistan could make into Sanga’s all time XI
Sri Lankan batting genius Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday shared his all-time greatest XI with the world and the only Pakistani that made into his team was the Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram.
In a video for the historical venue of Lord’s Cricket Ground, Sangakkara praised the skill set of Wasim Akram, “I’ll have Wasim as a left-arm fast-bowler [at number ten],” said Sangakkara, “High skill! Belittles you both with the old and the new ball; a left-armer, just unbelievably challenging to face him.” He added.
The Sri Lankan legend said that every great batsman that he knew always quoted Wasim’s name when asked about a bowler that they were afraid of, “Any batsman that I have spoken to, said he always feared facing Wasim.”
Sanga named Mathew Hayden and Rahul Dravid as his openers and the West Indian great Brian Lara at the key no. 3 spot. Whereas, Rickey Ponting after Lara.
Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawerdene, both believe that the best ever batsman produced by the Island was Arvinda De Silva, so Sanga chose him for the fifth spot. One of the best allrounders to play this game, Kallis was at no. 6 in Sanga’s all time great XI.
As expected, Adam Gilchrist was the wicketkeeper of Sanga’s team. He also included the greatest two spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in his side as spinners following Wasim Akram and his teammate Chaminda Vaas.