Shane Warne picked his all-time dream World Cup XI at Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s on Sunday. The former Australian spinner picked the players with whom he had shared the field together. He did not pick any player from 80s.
He picked Sachin and Adam Gilchrist for the opening slot, followed by Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara. Strangely, Warne went with Mark Waugh, a career opener, as a middle-order batsman.
“It’s a pretty good top-four. 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-rounder cricketer I played with”, Warne said.
Warne went for Sangakkara for the No.6 slot, and also as a backup wicketkeeper. He said,
“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.”
Making a strange choice, the Australian leggie picked Flintoff for the all-rounder spot ahead of his own teammate, Andrew Symonds. Giving some backing to his choice he said,
“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.”
The most surprising one was the selection of Shahid Afridi as a bowler, rather than as a batsman. Muttiah Muralitharan was the other spinner in his team. Wasim Akram and Glenn McGrath were the pacers that he picked.
“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.
Adding to these strange choices, Warne also said that in this line-up everyone knew what to do and did not need any coach.
Shane Warne’s 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.