Shane Warne, former Australian spinner and one of the greats of all time, is well known for the sheer competition with team India. The legendary spinner was part of the invincible Australian team of 2000’s era. His dual with Sachin Tendulkar, another Greats of all time, was the most fascinating rivalries in Cricket World.
In a Career spanning almost two decades, the Australian great developed a great chemistry with Indian batsman. In the later part of the career, the legendary spinner also shared dressing room with the likes of Rahul Dravid- courtesy the Indian Premier League.
Now, when the world has confined itself amid the fears of COVID-19, Shane Warne has named the best India XI, he played against. In an Instagram Live Session, Warne recollected his playing days and picked the best possible Indian XI, he faced in his illustrious career.
The Australian has picked the fearsome duo of Virendra Sehwag and NavjotSingh Siddhu as the openers. Both Sehwag and Siddhu redefined opening in Test Cricket with the audacious shot making.
Rahul Dravid “the wall” will solidify the team at No.3 in the XI. In the session, Warne also recollected the excellent century from Dravid in county cricket.“Dravid became a friend over the years, I got to know him during a stint with Rajasthan Royals, he made plenty of hundreds against us. One of the best knocks was when Hampshire was playing against Kent and Rahul made a terrific hundred,” he recollected.
Sachin Tendulkar will follow the wall at his usual No.4 position in the XI.“Have said so much about Sachin, there is nothing more to say. He was just a great player, he is number 4,” leggie said. Master Blaster will be followed by a wristy craft-man from Hyderabad – Mohammad Azharuddin.
The No.6 position put the Australian in a bit of dilemma as both VVS Laxmanand Sourav Ganguly were fierce competitors for the slot. “I went for Ganguly because I wanted him to be the captain of my side, that is why VVS Laxmanmissed out,” Warne clarified.
At No. 7 comes the greatest Fast-bowling all-rounder and World Champion –Kapil Dev, followed by two spinning legend in the form of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. While Nayan Mongia is trusted with the gloves, JavagalSrinath will handle the new ball duties in the XI.
Here is Warne’s Best Indian XI of his time:
Virendra Sehwag, Navjot Singh Siddhu, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly(c), Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Nayan Mongia(wk), Javagal Srinath