Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed his all-time XI, which didn’t feature a single English cricketer. While a single English cricketer didn’t feature in his list two Indian greats featured on his list. Earlier, the popular YouTube Channel of the Lord’s Cricket Ground had run a video series as they talked to many notable cricketers and asked them to make their own all-time XI for the famous Lord’s cricket stadium.
A playing XI he made which could beat any team in the world anytime. His team is a great combination of retired and contemporary stars. Among the legends Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar of India, former South African captain Graeme Smith and Australian captain Ricky Pointing, legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene, former South African wicket-keeping great Mark Boucher featured on his list along with best of contemporary cricket Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, South African pacer Dale Steyn, former Australian fast bowler Dale Steyn and New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee. (Here is the reason why Ravichandran Ashwin’s wife Prihti kept the birth of ‘carrom’ baby a secret)
Yes, obviously Graeme Smith is certain for the opening slot along with Indian batting great Rahul Dravid while Ricky Ponting comes at No. 3. Batting all-rounder Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar will bat at No. 4 and No.5 respectively. At No. 6 Mahela Jayawardene will bat while at No. 7 former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher will come.
While Smith and Dravid were one of the bests in the world, Ponting, Kallis and Tendulkar were part of the vintage era of cricket
Talking about the bowling department Dale Steyn is the best among the all contemporary bowlers while Mitchell Jonson, Swann knew, was a deadly bowler during the Ashes. Saeed Ajmal was an outstanding spinner till he changed his bowling action while Tim Southee is known for accuracy in Test cricket. (Year-ender 2016: Here are sweet and sour moments of Indian cricket)
Graeme Swann’s XI: Rahul Dravid, Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar, Mahela Jayawardene, Mark Boucher, Saeed Ajmal, Dale Steyn, Mitchell Johnson, Tim Southee