India have been lucky to have produced some of the greatest test cricketers of all time and it may become a tough job to pick the best test XI of Indian cricket team. Meanwhile former Australian captain has decided to do the tough job and came up with his all time India test XI.
The 2015 world cup winning skipper picked the legendary Sunil Gavaskar to open the batting with “The nawab of Najafgarh”- Virender Sehwag.
“I have to start with Sunil Gavaskar. I think he is India’s all time best opening batsman,” said Clarke while speaking on PlayersVoice. “Partnering him will be Virender Sehwag, one of my favourite batsmen of all time, extremely aggressive..”
Gavaskar was the highest run getter in test for India for a long time before Sachin Tendulkar surpassed his record.
Clarke opted for “The wall” Rahul Dravid to bat at number three and following him is “The great” Sachin Tendulkar at number four.
Clarke surprisingly named Virat Kohli to bat at number five in his team which is an unusual batting position for the Indian captain in test matches.
He also went for Rohit Sharma to bat at number six. Its worth mentioning that Rohit has not even cemented his place in the current test XI but Clarke feels that the Mumbai batsman has got alot of talent.
“Rohit is as talented a player as I have seen through my career,” said Clarke.
MS Dhoni will be the wicket-keeper batsman in his team.
Clarke trusted the veteran Indian bowlers in his squad and named legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev to take the number eight slot. He will be accompanied by Zaheer Khan as the second pacer in the team.
Spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble also finds a spot in his team.
India test XI of all time
Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan.