The lockdown has forced every cricketer who wants to be in the public eye and be in constant touch with their fans, to be active on social media. And how does one make an interview or interaction more ‘masala’ than by asking them to pick an all time 11. Yes that would lead to some big names being excluded which would instantly become viral material for the cricket crazy public.
The Australian limited overs captain Aaron Finch became the latest to join the bandwagon and was interacting with Sports Tak when he was predictably asked to pick an all time Ind-Aus ODI 11. Aaron Finch’s most surprising exclusion was Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and even 3 time double centurion Rohit couldn’t find a place in the team.
Aaron instead went for explosive openers in Sehwag and Gilchrist. At one down he had Ricky Ponting followed by Virat Kohli and much to everyone’s surprise, Hardik Pandya came in at 5. He went with Andrew Symonds and MS Dhoni for the finishers role and couldn’t decide the spinners’ spot between Harbhajan and Brad Hogg. However, for the 3 fast bowling options he chose McGrath, Brett Lee and Bumrah.
Aaron Finch’s combined India-Australia All time ODI XI –
Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, , Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Andrew Symonds, MS Dhoni, Brett Lee, Harbhajan Singh/Brad Hogg, Glenn McGrath, Jasprit Bumrah.