Karachi: Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra has come up with all-time Indo-Pak Test XI, which includes four cricketers from Pakistan and seven from India.
The cricketer-turned-commentator admitted that both the countries have had produced great players and picking them up and forming a single squad of XI was tough. “It wasn’t an easy task for me to pick players,” he said in a video on his Facebook page. “Initially, one thing was decided that more batsmen from India and bowlers from Pakistan but I ended up with a mess and managed to finalize this combined squad,” he added.
Indian openers Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag will open the inning for Akash Chopra’s combined Indo-Pak XI. “Undisputedly, Sunil will on top for the opening slot and I kept Sehwag with him following his track record in Test cricket, especially due to his two triple century in Test cricket,” he said.
Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar got a place at number three and number four whereas Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad join them at number five and six respectively.
“There was a tough competition while deciding middle-order as every other batsman is strong at his own place. Inzamam and Javed are unfortunately at wrong numbers but what can I do, it was tough to decide,” he maintained.
MS Dhoni is the wicket-keeper of the team as Akash wanted to include a genuine keeper instead of a part-timer.
Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan will captain this Indo-Pak all-time XI whereas India’s 1983 World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev will accompany him. “Imran is not only a great bowler but a batsman too and he can bat at top order as well,” he said.
Wasim Akram and Anil Kumble are the last two picks for Akash in his special XI. “Wasim Bhai is mandatory in any team as he had ruled the world for a long period and in the end, Kumble, who has over 600 Test wickets, suits best in this team,” he concluded.