Mohammad Azharuddin recently picked his All-time XI and gave reasons behind selecting the players.
Azharuddin chose Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly as openers. He remembered watching Sachin’s straight drives from the non-striker’s end and hailed the cover drives and square cuts of Ganguly.
“Tendulkar is one of the finest players, and I have played many matches with him. I think his straight drive is to die for. Ganguly’s cover drives and square-cut were elegant,” said Azharuddin on Sky247.net presents ‘Not Just Cricket Show’ on CricTracker.
The former Indian captain also lauded Brian Lara for his attacking mindset. He called the former Australia captain Mark Waugh his favorite player.
“Lara played attacking shots from the time he landed at the crease. Mark Waugh is my favorite player because he made batting look easy,” he added.
Azharuddin revealed David Gower was the rival skipper when he made his India debut. Azhar said that his only regret was not playing with GR Vishwanath during his India stint.
“When I made my debut, David Gower was England’s captain. He was an outstanding player. No one can compare GR Vishwanath, and my only regret is not to play Test matches with him.”
Mohammad Azharuddin also stated that Kapil Dev and Imran Khan are the finest all-rounders in cricket history.
“They are the finest all-rounders in cricket history. Both had amazing fitness levels. Ian Botham was a total entertainer,” Azharuddin concluded.
Azharuddin’s graceful and elegant XI: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Mark Waugh, David Gower, GR Vishwanath, Syed Kirmani (wk), Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Shane Warne, VVS Laxman (12th man)