Warne singles out only one Indian in his WC dream XI
Legendary spin wizard Shane Warne who has been chipping in with some interesting opinions about the bat-ball game revealed his all-time ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 dream XI. Shockingly, only one Indian player made the cut in his power-packed World Cup XI.
The former Australian leg-spinner was asked to choose the 11 players during a show organised by India Today at the Lord’s. Warne made it clear that he would choose only the players whom he had played with or played against in his stellar cricketing career.
Warne’s team pick four fellow players from Australia and then two players from Pakistan and Sri Lanka and only one apiece from India, West Indies and England.
According to Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar would start the game and the pair will be followed by Ricky Ponting who skippered Australia to two World Cup titles.
At number four position Warne picked up the legendary Brian Lara and for the fifth spot, Warne singled out Mark Waugh, rating him the greatest all-round cricketer he has played with.
Warne praises Mark Waugh
“It’s a pretty good top-four and No.5 wasn’t as clear-cut as the top-four. I wanted an all-rounder at No.5 and I went with Mark Waugh because he was the greatest all-round cricketer I played with,” said the spin wizard.
Speaking about the number six slot, Shane Warne straightly went for left-handed Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara. Warne then went on to say that he was already thinking of picking Andrew Symonds in the team as the prolific all-rounder but he went for England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff due to his ability to bowl some pretty good yorkers and good hitting skills.
“For No.6, I wanted a left-hander and I went with Kumar Sangakkara. If you wanted to change it up, he could go up the order. If something happened to the wicketkeeper, Sangakkara could keep wickets. Andrew Flintoff can bowl a good yorker and he has good hitting capabilities. I thought of Andrew Symonds but went with Flintoff at the end,” said the legendary spinner.
Cut to the bowling department, Shane Warne was quick to choose Shahid Afridi, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram and Glenn McGrath. Talking about his picks, he had interesting words in store for the bowlers.
“Shahid Afridi’s bowling was underrated and his fielding was good. Akram at No, 9 is a good fielder and could smash it out of the park. At No.11, there would be so many options but I ended up going with my mate,” Warne said.
Shane Warne’s World Cup dream XI:
Adam Gilchrist (WK), Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Mark Waugh, Kumar Sangakkara, Andrew Flintoff, Shahid Afridi, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath