MCC Bicentenary Celebration Match: Marylebone Cricket Club v Rest of the World XI
Sir Donald Bradman. The ‘god’ of all batsmen to play Test cricket. He has a Test average of 99.94 . No World XI Test team can be picked without Sir Don Bradman.
THE DON: Sir Donald Bradman, the ‘god’ of all batsmen to play Test cricket, has a Test average of 99.94. No World XI Test team can be picked without Sir Don Bradman.

Earlier this year, my friend Terence came up with this novel and ingenious idea of an all-time Righties World XI vs Lefties World XI, in Test cricket. I have seen all-time cricket XI teams of all sorts and opinions; of countries, from notable past players, and from reputed sports magazines, but rarely one in terms of handedness. Terence’s proposed teams, to be gentle, had a few weak links, but the overall idea chain clung to me like the stripes on a zebra. His friends and I suggested our inputs for possible improvements leading to a heated discussion on which team we thought would possibly win a one-off Test match or series. This forced me to consider my all-time Righties vs Lefties World teams, which I’ll share with you today.

Brian Charles Lara, receives a guard of honour after becoming the first man to score 400 runs in an innings in Test cricket. A record he still has today.
PRINCE: Brian Charles Lara receives a guard of honour after becoming the first man to score 400 runs in an innings in Test cricket. A record he still has today.

In any cricket team, every player has a special role to play. There are the openers, who as the name suggest, commence the batting side’s innings against a red, hard pelting new ball – oftentimes – from the opposition’s fiercest and deadliest bowlers. There are also the middle-order batsmen, the all-rounders, the wicketkeeper, fast bowlers, and the spinners. Therefore, my teams must have the right mix of players to ensure it is a balanced side. Ideally, the XI should constitute two openers, three middle-order batsmen, one genuine all-rounder, a wicketkeeper, three fast bowlers and a spinner. The only question that remains unanswered is, who will lead the teams as a captain?

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