Dream Team announced
It was heartening to know that four top Indian cricketers appeared in the team of all time greats announced by the ICC on the basis of a poll recently. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Virender Sehwag is the most aggressive opener seen on a cricket field in recent times and ever since he has arrived on the scene, India’s cricket destiny has changed for the better. He is responsible for putting India in a comfortable and winning position more times than any of his contemporaries. It is nice to know that cricket fans all over the world have acknowledged this.
I was equally happy to find Sunil Gavaskar also among the all time greats. He was decidedly the most technically correct batsman who has played for our country and his accomplishments are second to none as he actually faced the best fast bowlers the game has ever produced and scored runs against them. He also did so without the help of any protective gear which shows that his reflexes and technique were superb.
Sachin Tendulkar after his so many feats was a natural choice for a spot in the middle order along with the likes of luminaries such as Sir Don Bradman and Brian Lara. His accomplishments are such that it will not be easy for anyone to match them in the immediate future. He should hopefully complete his 100th International Century in England in the next few weeks.
Kapil Dev was of course the most exciting and fittest of all rounders any Asian country has produced. He has made it to the dream team is what makes us all happy. But I think, it must have been extremely difficult for the cricket fans to include him at the cost of Sir Garfield Sobers, the greatest all rounder of all times and Jacques Kallis, the best all rounder of modern times. Indeed a very difficult choice.
Adam Gilchrist with his immense skills both as a Batsman wicketkeeper is a natural choice and so are Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Curtly Ambrose and Wasim Akram. Many may have argued that BS Chandrashekhar should have also been in. Majority of players who have got included are those who played in the last three or four decades. There are certainly many notable omissions such as Malcolm Marshal, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillie, Ricky Ponting, Sir Vivian Richards, Alan Border and Javed Miandad. The list can be much longer. However, those who have been selected deserve their place. At least 250,000 fans across the world who participated in the poll to mark the 2000th Test between India and England believe so. We must respect their wishes.