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MS Dhoni named captain of Wisden’s all-time Indian XI

India’s celebrated captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named captain of the all-time India Test XI chosen by cricket magazine Wisden. The celebrated team has been picked ahead of India’s 500th Test which will

India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 21, 2016 20:47 IST ]
MS Dhoni named captain of Wisden’s all-time Indian XI
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India’s celebrated captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named captain of the all-time India Test XI chosen by cricket magazine Wisden.

The celebrated team has been picked ahead of India’s 500th Test which will be played against New Zealand in Kanpur.

Dhoni, currently India's captain for one-day and T20 teams, also remains the wicket-keeper.

Pace legend Kapil Dev has also been named in the dream team.

The openers in the side are Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag, followed by Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, all-rounder Kapil Dev and Dhoni, the wicket-keeper batsman.

The bowlers who made the cut are Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Bishan Singh Bedi. The 12th man is Mohammad Azharuddin.

Cricket Australia, after receiving more than 50,000 votes from fans, had earlier named its greatest India Test XI which included former batsman Sourav Ganguly and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

The side, similar to Wisden's, named Gavaskar and Sehwag as the openers with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar the unsurprising choices for the No 3 and No 4 positions.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was named as the No 6 batsman and Bishan Singh Bedi was replaced by offie Harbhajan Singh.

Kapil Dev led the bowling department with left-armer Zaheer Khan in a two-man pace attack, while leg-spinner Kumble and offie Harbhajan Singh rounded off the fantasy team.

The team:

Wisden Test XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Kapil Dev, M.S. Dhoni (capt, wk), Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Bishan Singh Bedi, Mohammad Azharuddin (12th man).

Cricket Australia's India XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni (captain, wk), Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan.

(With inputs from agencies)

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