Shahid Afridi Picks Only One Indian Batsman in his All Time World Cup XI

May 9, 2020 11:27 am

Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi picked his all-time World Cup XI recently. The former batsman has a lot of experience and has played against many cricketers. Afridi made his international debut in 1996. The cricketer picked a lot of interesting players in his all-time World Cup XI. 

For the opening pair, he chose Saeed Anwar and Adam Gilchrist. Anwar scored 915 runs in 21 World Cup matches while Gilchrist scored 1085 runs in 31 matches. But what surprised us more here is that he didn’t choose Sachin Tendulkar as one of the opening batsmen. Sachin has played a lot of match-winning knocks for his team. 

For the third slot, Afridi picked Ricky Ponting. Ponting was a very successful captain for the Australian team as the Australians managed to win the Cup two times. Next, he chose Indian captain Virat Kohli for the number 4 batting position. He has scored 1030 runs in 26 matches across three World Cups. 

Jacques Kallis was the only all-rounder to get a place in Shahid Afridi’s Best XI. Afridi chose a strong pace attack with Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, and Shoaib Akhtar. Akram is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in ODIs while McGrath is the first in the list. Shoaib Akhtar has a record of taking 30 wickets in 19 matches. 

To make his bowling department more lethal, Afridi picked Shane Warne and Saqlain Mushtaq as the spinners in his team. They have taken 32 and 23 wickets in 50-over World Cups, respectively.

All-time World Cup XI of Shahid Afridi:

Saeed Anwar, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, Inzamam ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq

Though Afridi picked a powerful team, he also surprised the cricket fans with his choices. The batsman didn’t choose the only World-Cup winning captain of Pakistan Imran khan which was shocking. 

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