The former captain of Indian Test Cricket, MS Dhoni is announced as the captain of India’s all time Test XI by Wisden. The team picked ahead of the India’s 500th Test match against New Zealand at Green Park, Kanpur.
Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag selected as openers. In the middle order Rahul Dravid along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. Kapil Dev full filled the place of an all-rounder. Captain Cool MS Dhoni is the captain and wicket keeper of the team.
The former cricketer and one of the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket Sourav Ganguly failed to make his position in this Test XI. In the bowling department, Anil Kumble and Bishan Singh Bedi led the spin bowling while Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan fast bowling.
The former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin is the 12th man of the team. The current captain Virat Kohli is also away from this Test XI. Surprisingly India’s best off-spinner of Harbhajan Singh hasn’t appeared on this list.
Wisden Test XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Bishan Singh Bedi, Mohammad Azharuddin (12th man)
Sunil Gavaskar: 125 Tests, 10122 Runs, 236* Highest Score, 34 Centuries, 51.12 Average
Virender Sehwag: 104 Tests, 8586 Runs, 319 Highest Score, 23 Centuries, 49.34 Average
Rahul Dravid: 164 Tests, 13288 Runs, 270 Highest Score, 36 Centuries, 52.31 Average
Sachin Tendulkar: 200 Tests, 15921 Runs, 248* Highest Score, 51 Centuries, 53.78 Average
VVS Laxman: 134 Tests, 8781 Runs, 281 Highest Score, 17 Centuries, 45.97 Average
MS Dhoni: 90 Tests, 4876 Runs, 224 Highest Score, 6 Centuries, 38.09 Average
Kapil Dev: 131 Tests, 5248 Runs, 163 Highest Score, 8 Centuries, 31.05 Average, 434 Wickets
Anil Kumble: 132 Tests, 619 Wickets, 29.65 Average
Javagal Srinath: 67 Tests, 236 Wickets, 30.49 Average
Bishan Singh Bedi: 67 Tests, 266 Wickets, 28.71 Average
Zaheer Khan: 92 Tests, 311 Wickets, 32.94 Average
Mohammad Azharuddin: 99 Tests, 6215 Runs, 199 Highest Score, 22 Centuries, 45.03 Average