Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla picked up his Best Test XI and suprisingly left Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni out of it during an Instagram live chat with Cricket Revolt.
Chawla picked up Virender Sehwag and Matthew Hayden as the openers followed by Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Kapil Dev in the middle order.
The lower-middle order and the tail comprises of Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Curtly Ambrose with Jacques Kallis being the 12th man.
Sehwag holds the record for scoring the highest individual score in Test cricket for India which is 319 while Hayden struck 380 against Zimbabwe to surpass Lara’s then highest score of 375*.
Hayden’s record of 380 was later broken by Lara after he notched Test cricket’s first and so far only 400-run mark by an individual player against England. Ponting has led Australia for a very long time while Tendulkar holds the records for the highest number of runs in ODIs and Tests and most centuries as well.
Former Australia wicket-keeper batsman Gilchrist too served the team for a long time and is considered to be the finest wicket-keepers in the world. Kapil’s all-round performances especially with the ball have helped India reach new heights in longer format.
Akram’s swing bowling has troubled almost every team during his playing era while Warner and Murali are the top two bowlers in Test cricket history as far as the wickets tally is concerned. Murali picked up 800 wickets in Tests. Ambrose too has been a consistent customer for West Indies while Kallis is known for his all-rounde perfromances for South Africa across the formats.
Surprisingly, Dhoni and Kohli didn’t find a place in the XI. Kohli so far has been pretty consistent with his batting while alos led India to win in the Tour DownUnder. He also holds the record for scoring most number of double hundreds (7) by an Indian batsman.