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Brian Lara with Sachin Tendulkar(credits: Twitter)

Top two Test batsmen Steve Smith and Virat Kohli did not find a place in the all-time Test XI picked up by senior India spinner Piyush Chawla. Steve Smith is currently on top of the Test rankings with 911 rating points. Moreover, his unorthodox batting techinque has made his difficult to be picked up by bowlers of any stature.

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Virat Kohli, on the other hand, lost his place to Steve Smith in the Test rankings. Kohli has 886 rating points and stands second in the table. Kohli, has however, made a name for himself with his fine run in the longest format. His temperament in the overseas conditions still needs to proved.

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Piyush Chawla picked up Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara in his all-time Test XI

Piyush Chawla picked up a formidable all-time XI with the left-right combination of Virender Sehwag and Matthew Hayden opening the attack with one of the most successful captains Ricky Ponting stepping in at one down.

Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara who were the finest batsmen to have graced the game are next in the line-up. Representing India in 200 Tests, Tendulkar retired with an average of a little over 53 while Lara scored 11,953 in the longest format of the game with an average of 52.88.

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Piyush Chawla (Credits – AFP)

Tendulkar has 15,921 Test and 18,426 ODI runs to his name, making him one of the most prolific batsmen to have graced the game. Lara, on the other hand, holds the highest score of an unbeaten 400 in the longest format of the game. He has also scored 10,405 from 299 ODIs with an average of 40.48.

Piyush Chawla’s all-time Test XI: Virender Sehwag, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Kapil Dev, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Curtly Ambrose, Jacques Kallis (12th man)