Ryan Sidebottom Didn’t Include Any Indian In His All-Time XI

Former England pacer Ryan Sidebottom shocked everyone when he announced his best all-time XI but didn’t include any Indian player, or any Asian player for that matter. This, despite the fact that the leading international run-scorer – Sachin Tendulkar – is an Indian, and the highest international wicket-taker is a Sri Lankan, Muttiah Muralitharan.

His eleven comprises 7 Englishmen, 2 Australians and 2 players from New Zealand. He had picked his all-time XI in 2016, and the video of this has been uploaded on the YouTube channel of the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

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For the opening slots, Ryan Sidebottom went with two left-handers – compatriot Alastair Cook and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, who is also elected as the skipper of this particular eleven.

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Australia’s Darren Lehmann, who Sidebottom played together with at Yorkshire, finds a place at number 3. Arguably England’s best-ever batsman, Joe Root, who Sidebottom said “plays the game how I feel the game should be played,” is slotted in at number 4.

Sidebottom, who was part of England’s 2010 T20 World Cup-winning side, picked a left-field choice for number 5: David Hussey, who was renowned for his brilliant skills in white-ball cricket, but also had a great record of over 14,000 first-class runs behind him.

At number 6, he picked Mark Ealhamwho is like a “second dad” for the left-arm seamer and someone from whom he learned a lot as a youngster. Another Englishman, Chris Reed, is the wicket-keeper in this line-up, at number 7.

The first-choice spinner for Ryan Sidebottom is Graeme Swann, England’s leading spinner across formats.

Of his top three seamers, two are Englishman – Darren Gough, who Sidebottom praised heavily, and Steven Harmison, the lanky pacer who on his day would dismantle any batting line-up. At last is New Zealand fast bowler Andre Adams, who although didn’t have a significant international career, went down as a legend in domestic cricket.

Ryan Sidebottom’s all-time XI: 

Alastair Cook, Stephen Fleming (C), Darren Lehmann, Joe Root, David Hussey, Mark Ealham, Chris Reed (WK), Graeme Swann, Darren Gough, Steven Harmison, Andre Adams

Here is the video:

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Jatin Khandelwal

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