Now-a-days, it has become a trend among cricket experts to announce their favourite XIs for the different formats of the game. Recently, Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan captain and all-rounder, announced all-time World Cup XI.
The legendary all-rounder from Pakistan, in a career spanning almost two decades, played the game with possibly the best generation of the players. Throughout his career, Afridi was also famous for his verbal spats with contemporary players such as Gautam Gambhir.
Now, Shahid Afridi has sparked yet another controversy by leaving out Master –Blaster Sachin Tendulkar from the World Cup XI. However, Afridi did include Sachin’s successor Virat Kohli in his XI. Afridi has picked five players of Pakistan, 4 players from Australia and one each from India and South Africa in his XI.
Shahid Afridi’s teammate Saeed Anwar along with the fiery Adam Gilchrist will open the innings. In his career, Anwar featured in 21 World Cup matches and scored 915 runs at the average of 53.82 with a highest score of 113 not out. Adam Gilchrist, on the other hand, was one of the chief constructors in all three World Cup finals that he participated.
Shahid Afridi has slotted former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and Chase Master Virat Kohli at No.3 and No. 4 respectively. At no.5, Afridi has gone with Inzamam-ul-Haq, a World Cup hero and one of the best middle order players from Pakistan. South African great Jacques Kallis has been slotted at no. 6.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, Afridi has picked three fiery speedsters in the form of swing king Wasim Akram, Australian great Glenn McGrath and World’s fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar along with the legendary spinners in Shane Warne and Saqlain Mushtaq to complete the attack.
Here is Shahid Afridi’s World Cup XI:
Saeed Anwar, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, Inzamam ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq