Gambhir picks best Playing XI for India in Test, Ganguly, Laxman miss out
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir is a very active person about various issues on social media nowadays. After joining for the ruling government side, he has been more active than ever. He is currently a member of parliament and he has been helping people after the coronavirus pandemic hit back to India.
Recently there have been a lot of opinions about the interesting challenge launched by International Cricket Council (ICC). The challenge says to pick the best playing XI and best players. This time Ghambir has picked his best playing XI for India in test format. He has announced Anil Kumble as the caption.
He picked Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag as the openers. Virender Sehwag opened with Gambhir for a significant part of his Test career. Sunil Gavaskar, widely Known as one of the best batsmen of his generation, was the first to reach the 10,000-run mark in the test format.
After that he picked Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar for India’s batting lineup. The duo aided India to many memorable victories during their cricketing days. Although Tendulkar also holds the record for most runs and most centuries in Test format.
For number 5 and 6 position, Gambhir picked Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev. The current captain of the Indian cricket team Virat kohli is arguably the best all-format batsman in the cricket world right now. Meanwhile Kapil Dev is widely regarded as the greatest all-rounder India has ever produced. However, it’s surprising that India’s one of the best Test batsman VVS Laxman isn’t picked by Gambhir in his best XI.
For bowling unit Gautam kept Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble. These spin bowlers were the best as a spin bowler for India’s side. While Anil Kumble is the highest wicket taker in test format for India. He picked 619 wickets and Harbajan Singh took 417 wickets. As the fast bowler He kept Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath.
Gambhir played cricket in his career from 2004-2016 in which he played 51 Tests, scored 4154 runs with nine centuries, 147 ODIs with 5238 runs and 11 centuries. He also played 37 T20I matches with 932 runs and seven half centuries. He played a crucial role in winning the world cup in 2007 and 2011 as the highest scorer in both tournaments.
Gautam Gambhir’s all-time India Test XI: