The twelfth edition of the World Cup is just over a month away. All the ten participating teams will be desperate to give their all as they look to lay their hands on the coveted World Cup trophy. This year’s format will see each team playing against each other once in a round-robin format. The top four teams will then make it to the semifinals. The much-awaited tournament will get underway on May 30 with hosts England South Africa taking on South Africa. This is the fifth time England is hosting the competition.
And ahead of the World Cup, ESPNCricinfo has released their all-time World Cup XI.ahead of the World Cup, ESPNCricinfo have released their all-time World Cup XI. Only one Indian in the form of Sachin Tendulkar made it to the list. With 4 players, Australia, the most successful team in the history of the World Cup, has the most number of players in the team. Pakistan is second with two names while Sri Lanka has two. South Africa and surprisingly West Indies have just one name each in the team.
Tendulkar has been given the role of opener alongside former Australia opener Adam Gilchrist. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will bat at number three and will be followed by Viv Richards and Kumar Sangakkara.
Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their first and only World Cup title till date in 1992, will lead the side and is one of the two allrounders of the star-studded team along with Lance Klusener. Wasim Akram and Glenn McGrath have been picked as pacers while the spin department features Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.
Here is ESPNCricinfo’s all-time World Cup XI:
Adam Gilchrist (wk)
Matches 31 Runs 1085 Average 36.16 Strike Rate 98.01 Dismissals 52
Matches 45 Runs 2278 Ave 56.95 SR 88.98 100s/50s 6/15
Matches 46 Runs 1743 Ave 45.86 SR 79.95 100s/50s 5/6
Matches 23 Runs 1013 Ave 63.31 SR 85.05 100s/50s 3/5
Matches 37 Runs 1532 Ave 56.74 SR 86.55 100s/50s 5/7
Imran Khan (c)
Matches 28 Runs 666 Ave 35.05 Wickets 34 Ave 19.26
Matches 14 Runs 372 Ave 124.00 Wickets 22 Ave 22.13
Matches 38 Wickets 55 Ave 23.83 Economy Rate 4.04 4s/5s 2/1
Matches 17 Wickets 32 Ave 19.50 ER 3.83 4s/5s 4/0
Matches 40 Wickets 68 Ave 19.63 ER 3.88 4s/5s 4/0
Matches 39 Wickets 71 Average 18.19 ER 3.96 4s/5s 0/2