Former New Zealand bowler Daniel Vettori picked the Indian batting trio of Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in his all time XI. In collaboration with Lord’s Cricket Ground, Vettori revealed his dream team.
Vettori chose Virat as the leader of a star-studded outfit which also includes two-time World Cup winning skipper Ricky Ponting, Australian wicket-keeping batsman Adam Gilchrist, quick Glenn McGrath and spin king Shane Warne.
The only Kiwi in the side is all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee. The likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Ab de Villiers complete the line-up. Jacques Kallis comes in as the 12th man.
When asked why, in the presence of other experienced names did Daniel Vettori choose the young Kohli as the captain, the 37-year old said, “I have seen Virat Kohli up front, up close for a long time and been nothing but impressed by the way he plays and the passion that he has for winning I think would pervade the whole team. I mean they’ll win anyway, but it would be nice to have him in charge as well.”
With 362 wickets from 113 matches at an average of 34.36 including 20 five-wicket hauls, Vettory is the second most successful left-arm spinner in Test history, He was also a handy batsman lower down the order – his 4531 Test runs at an average of 30 is the proof.
Head coach Vettori is currently enduring a terrible IPL season in the RCB camp. The side will play their final group game game against Delhi Daredevils on the 14th.
Daniel Vettori’s All Time XI: Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist (WK), Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath, Sir Richard Hadlee and Jacques Kallis (12th man).
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