Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena Picks His All-Time XI
There is always something intriguing with the All-Time XI charts of various players. Perhaps, because of the legendary players in the list or else because of the individual, who is revealing it. Meanwhile, it is Sri Lanka’s cricketer-turned-umpire Kumar Dharmasen who disclosed his favourite XI. Earlier, England veteran Alastair Cook had named his favourite XI. Cook recently retired from the top-flight cricket following The Oval Test against India.
Much like any other, Dharmasena also filled his team with the various legendary players in the world cricket. His chart is also dominated by Australians with as many as four members.
Ricky Ponting will be my captain of All-time XI: Kumar Dharmasena
The former Sri Lanka off-spinner Dharmasena wants two left-handed batsmen to open the innings. He picked Australia’s swashbuckling opener, Mathew Hayden alongside his former teammate Sanath Jayasuriya.
Dharmasena gave the crucial number three position to Ricky Ponting. Dharmasena has got some high praises for the Australian and also gave him the captaincy mantle as well.
The Indian great Sachin Tendulkar will follow him at number four. Then, Dharmasena asked the Windies great Brian Lara to accompany Sachin Tendulkar in the middle-order batting lineup.
Coming to the wicketkeeper, without any conscious thought, Dharmasena opted for Kumar Sangakkara, who has been a legendary figure in the cricketing world.
Much to the same of any cricketer, Dharmasena also asked Jacques Kallis to serve as an all-rounder for his team. Coming to the spinner’s section, he embedded the two greats of the game, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan in his all-time XI.
Dharmasena inducted a left-right bowling pair in his side. He opted for Pakistan’s swing master Wasim Akram alongside Australia’s Glenn McGrath, who has been exceptional throughout his career.
Also, here is the All-Time XI of Kumar Dharmasena from Sri Lanka:
Mathew Hayden, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ricky Ponting (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Jacques Kallis, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath.