Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has named his favourite XI of cricketers who played in the just-concluded edition of the World Cup held in England and Wales.
Tendulkar — the only player with 100 centuries in international cricket — chose New Zealand skipper and arguably the coolest head on the scene Kane Williamson to lead his XI men army. Meanwhile, five Indians have made it to the team and they are Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah. However, wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni failed to get a spot.
Rohit and Jonny Bairstow are the two openers while Williamson comes in at number 3. Kohli is set to bat at number 4 followed by all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Stokes, Pandya and Jadeja. The three pacers in Tendulkar’s World Cup XI are Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer and Bumrah.
Earlier, the ICC had also named its World Cup 2019 XI in which only two Indians — Rohit and Bumrah — were able to make a cut.
Talking about Dhoni, the 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has been under the scanner for his slow-paced innings throughout the World Cup, especially the semifinal of the mega event. Meanwhile, speculations have been rife that Dhoni would soon retire from the game but the former India captain has not clarified anything yet.
Tendulkar’s World Cup 2019 XI: Rohit Sharma, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson (captain), Virat Kohli, Shakib Al Hasan, Hardik Pandya, Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah.