Veteran Indian cricketer VVS Laxman picked India’s best playing XI of past 25 years and he handed the role of captaincy to Sourav Ganguly in his fantasy squad.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, VVS Laxman, who had played under Dada’s captaincy for a long time, picked Sourav Ganguly as his skipper, keeping him ahead of former Indian captain MS Dhoni and his successor Virat Kohli.

In his fantasy squad, Laxman picked swashbuckling Virender Sehwag and the ‘monk’ Murali Vijay as his openers. Rahul Dravid, the wall of Indian cricket, was included in his legendary No. 3 position. India’s batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who holds the record of most centuries in Test, was at number four. The middle order included Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

In bowling, VVS Laxman went with lone spinner Anil Kumble, who is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. Laxman picked Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as pace bowlers of his playing XI.

Notably, VVS Laxman did not include himself in his own playing XI.

Here’s a look at VVS Laxman’s playing XI –

Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Anil Kumble, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan