Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan pacer, recently selected his all-time favorite ODI XI.

Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan pacer, recently selected his all-time favourite ODI XI. While four Pakistan players were able to make the cut, he included four Indians as well.

However, there was no place for Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, the two modern-day greats. Shoaib revealed his team, with openers being Gordon Greenidge and Sachin Tendulkar. The middle-order was a surprise. The number three position was given to Inzamam-ul-Haq, followed by Saeed Anwar. Anwar was an opener and played most of his career, opening the batting for Pakistan.

“People might be surprised by seeing Saeed Bhai in the middle but in today’s day, he would have murdered the bowlers.”

MS Dhoni was the wicket-keeper of his squad. Shoaib selected Adam Gilchrist at no. 6, which was unusual as the former Aussie opened the innings for most of his career in the ODIs.

For his no. 7 spot, he named Yuvraj Singh, who played many match-winning knocks for India in the shorter formats of the game.

Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Kapil Dev and Shane Warne completed the bowling line-up.

Shoaib Akhtar’s all-time ODI XI: Gordon Greenidge, Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, MS Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist, Yuvraj Singh, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Kapil Dev, Shane Warne (c)

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