Announcing your cricket team has become a trend in the modern cricketing world. Like many others, the trend was also followed by Ian Bishop. Bishop, the legendary West Indian cricketer represented West Indies Cricket Team from 1988 to 1988. He was a fast bowler and got 100 test wickets in only 21 matches. Ian is currently an International cricket commentator and is also a part of the commentary panel in the 2019 edition of the World Cup. He recently announced his all-time ODI XI and two Pakistani cricketing legends Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq are part of this team.
He chose Saqlain because he was the first spinner to spin the bowl both ways. He picked up a hat-trick in the 1999 World Cup against Zimbabwe. While the ‘Swing King’ Wasim Akram took 502 ODI Wickets.
Moreover, 4 Indian cricketers including MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli are also part of this team. While explaining why both the openers are Indians Ian said, “I have an opening pair from the same country. Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit can become a modern day great. He can forge a really great partnership with Sachin.”
Ian included Sir Viv Richards from West Indies at Number 3 in his team while the fourth spot is given to Indian Captain Virat Kohli and the South African Mr. 360 degree will come at number 6. Then comes the all-rounder Lance Klusener followed by the wicketkeeper, MS Dhoni. After that, we have the seemer Wasim Akram and then the spinner Saqlain Mushtaq. The last two players in the team are Joel Garner and McGrath.
Here is the complete team: Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Viv Richards, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Lance Klusener, MS Dhoni, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath.