One of the best batsman in the business right now in the world, Joe Root, has named his all-time cricket XI. He said that he must have played with or against the included players, or would have been strongly influenced by them.
The England batsman picked a pretty balanced side with some veterans in it. He picked some usual members in the form of the Australian legend Shane Warne and India’s batting bulwark Sachin Tendulkar who are automatic entries whenever such lists are made.
He picked three English Players in the form of former captains Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook alongside another great Andrew Flintoff. Root has played test cricket under Cook’s captaincy who had relinquished the post some months ago and Root was appointed the captain. Cook has fantastic numbers in test cricket and is also the youngest player to score 10,000 runs at the age of 31 years.
Root included Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis in the list. Although the two haven’t played against each other, Root said he had a massive influence on him. Root also picked the Superman of cricket, AB deVilliers, and said that “He can keep, field and he has even got wickets, and obviously he has scored some match-winning runs for South Africa. He is a fantastic player for South Africa for a number of years.”
He included the Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the list at no. 5 who happens to be on top of his game in recent times across all formats of the game. He picked Srilankan legend Kumar Sangakkara to fill the wicket keepers position and termed him a prolific scorer in all formats.
To fill the pace department along with Flintoff, Root picked the Aussie pacers, Mitchell Johnson and Glenn Mcgrath. Mcgrath, according to Root, has one of the best records as a seamer and is surely a legend of the game.
Joe Root’s all-time XI:
Michael Vaughan (England), Alastair Cook (England – captain), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Virat Kohli (India), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka – wicketkeeper), Andrew Flintoff (England), Shane Warne (Australia), Mitchell Johnson (Australia), Glenn McGrath (Australia)