28 July, 2021

Wisden Diary

In Outlook this week, a diary on cricket XIs, 'dream team' and Wisden India, by Suresh Menon.

Illustration by Saahil
Wisden Diary
All-time XI

It’s an old habit, the naming of ideal cricket XIs. Even the great Don Bradman could not resist the urge. In The Art of Cricket, he writes of a friend who amused himself while recovering in hospital by picking teams with players whose names began with the same letter (for instance, ‘H’, which had Hutton, Hobbs and Hammond in the top three) or players with seven  letters in their name (Trumper, Bradman, etc).

My latest is a list of cricketers who have written for Wisden India Almanack. After eliminating those like C.K. Nayudu, Jack Hobbs and Vijay Merchant who didn’t write specifically for the Almanack but whose pieces have appeared in it, here it is in roughly batting order: V.V.S. Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Viv Richards, Virat Kohli, Mahela Jayawardene, Greg Chappell, Michael Brearley, Richard Hadlee, Anil Kumble, Bishan Bedi, Michael Holding and Vic Marks. That’s 12, and depending on the...

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