27 January, 2021

Fifteen Till I Die

Dravid didn't make it, so you know this is a world-beaters' party. It'll take some beating.

Fifteen Till I Die
When I took up the challenge of picking a squad of contemporary players for a World XI, I knew I'd have to get the selection criteria right first. This had to be a squad of players who are fully fit, capable of performing in all conditions, in good current form and with a proven track record. After considerable brainstorming, I arrived at a squad of 15. Many have achieved greatness beyond doubt and some are on their way to achieve that status. They are all bound by the fact that each has fire raging in his belly, eager to make his presence felt with winning performances. Above all, they are men who rejoice in the success of their teammates, each wearing the hero's mantle with elan and dignity. A youngster could pick any of these 15 to emulate and can be sure of having picked the best he could.

The left-handed Sanath Jayasuriya may be past his 37th birthday but he recently showed in England what a destructive batsman at the top of the order he can be. Age hasn't withered the Sri Lankan blaster's skills. What can I say of India's own Sachin...


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