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Bumrah in Aakash Chopra’s all-time India ODI XI

Aakash Chopra, a former Indian cricket but mostly known for his role as a commentator, has picked up his all-time XI for Team India, with a number of surprise elements including not handing the captaincy job to either MS Dhoni or Sourav Ganguly, and also handing the youngster Jasprit Bumrah a place alongside the all-time legends.

Bumrah in Aakash Chopra's all-time India ODI XI
It’s a huge accomplishment for Bumrah to see his name alongside the all-time greats.

As to who is the captain in Chopra’s XI, It’s none other than Kapil Dev, who led India to their first ever World Cup triumph back in 1983. And Kapil is the only cricketer in the XI from the 70’s and 80’s.

This decision sprung surpise for sure, as Dhoni is unarguably India’s most successful captain, being the the only captain ever to have won all major ICC trophies. He won the T20I World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011, the Champions Trophy in 2013 and the Asia Cup in 2016.

While the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly were almost auomatic choices in the side, Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma also found places in the side.

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There is also nothing much to say in the selection of Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan as the key bowlers. But the biggest astonishment within Chopra’s XI remains with the presence of Jasprit Bumrah, who has just begun his international career and hardly done anything remarkable compared to his other teammates.

Aakash Chopra’s all-time India ODI XI: Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev (captain), Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Jasprit Bumrah.

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