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From BBC SPORTS on the internet, quoting REUTERS:

Melbourne, August 23: Former Australia captain Richie Benaud named his World XI of the 20th century on Monday, with England's Jack Hobbs and India's Sunil Gavaskar opening the batting ahead of Don Bradman at number three.


India's Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies "Master Blaster" Viv Richards were named at numbers four and five followed by Pakistan's Imran Khan amd West Indian Garfield Sobers as the two all rounders.

Australia's hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist was included at number eight with his Australia team mate Shane Warne filling the slow bowler's position.

Imran and Sobers would also be able to share the bowling behind the pace duo of Englishman Sydney Barnes and Australia's Dennis Lillee.

Benaud named four Australians in his side, with two players from West Indies, two from India, two from England and one from Pakistan.

Leading South Africa players like batsman Graeme Pollock and fast bowlers Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald were unable to squeeze into the side, nor was Sri Lanka's world record test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan and New Zealand's leading wicket-taker Richard Hadlee.

The 73-year-old Benaud, a highly regarded television commentator, said on Monday in a statement he would release a DVD on September 9 featuring tributes to the players named in his Greatest XI of the 20th century.

Benaud is chairman of a five-man selection panel for next month's ICC World XI One-Day International and World XI Test teams of the year, to be named next month in London.

Leg spinner Benaud took 248 wickets at an average of 27.03 in 63 tests and retired 40 years ago as Australia's leading wicket-taker.







bawlachintu
discriminating behaviour of whitemen of
cricket with Murlitharan, the all time greatest
spinner of world cricket. They are busy keeping
Murli in controversies than accepting his genious and talent. abuse.gif

Hope, after Murli takes 800 wickets in test cricket, he will be in the
legends list.cricket is a game of uncertainity.
Anything is possible in cricket. Ganguli ki barson pehle Natwest trophy MCC
mein stands par phenki T shirt ki logon ne burai ki thi
, wohi T shirt will now
be a part of MCC's collection. MCC people have requested Ganguly to gift
down the same for MCC collection.!!

Remember Murli has taken 532 wickets at an average of 22.86 in 91 tests.
other leading takers are far behind. Shane took 112 tests to reach the figure of 527 wickets. Next in the list is Glenn McGrath a fast bowler, taking 440 wickets in 97 tests.


What u feel Unni ji?

regards

chintu
unni
QUOTE(bawlachintu @ Sep 12 2004, 09:01 AM)
discriminating behaviour of whitemen of
cricket with Murlitharan, the all time greatest
spinner of world cricket. They are busy keeping
Murli in controversies than accepting his genious and talent. abuse.gif

Hope, after Murli takes 800 wickets in test cricket, he will be in the
legends list.cricket is a game of uncertainity.
Anything is possible in cricket. Ganguli ki barson pehle Natwest trophy MCC
mein stands par phenki T shirt ki logon ne burai ki thi
, wohi T shirt will now
be a part of MCC's collection. MCC people have requested Ganguly to gift
down the same for MCC collection.!!

Remember Murli has taken 532 wickets at an average of 22.86 in 91 tests.
other leading takers are far behind. Shane took 112 tests to reach the figure of 527 wickets. Next  in the list is Glenn McGrath a fast bowler, taking 440 wickets in  97 tests.


What u feel Unni ji? 

regards

chintu
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Chintu:

Catch an Aussie like Benaud including Murli!

As likely as Hans Cronje being skipper of his team! tongue.gif
Flex001
QUOTE(unni @ Aug 23 2004, 06:41 PM)
From BBC SPORTS on the internet, quoting REUTERS: 

Melbourne, August 23: Former Australia captain Richie Benaud named his World XI of the 20th century on Monday, with England's Jack Hobbs and India's Sunil Gavaskar opening the batting ahead of Don Bradman at number three.


India's Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies "Master Blaster" Viv Richards were named at numbers four and five followed by Pakistan's Imran Khan amd West Indian Garfield Sobers as the two all rounders.

Australia's hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist was included at number eight with his Australia team mate Shane Warne filling the slow bowler's position.

Imran and Sobers would also be able to share the bowling behind the pace duo of Englishman Sydney Barnes and Australia's Dennis Lillee.

Benaud named four Australians in his side, with two players from West Indies, two from India, two from England and one from Pakistan.

Leading South Africa players like batsman Graeme Pollock and fast bowlers Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald were unable to squeeze into the side, nor was Sri Lanka's world record test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan and New Zealand's leading wicket-taker Richard Hadlee.

The 73-year-old Benaud, a highly regarded television commentator, said on Monday in a statement he would release a DVD on September 9 featuring tributes to the players named in his Greatest XI of the 20th century.

Benaud is chairman of a five-man selection panel for next month's ICC World XI One-Day International and World XI Test teams of the year, to be named next month in London.

Leg spinner Benaud took 248 wickets at an average of 27.03 in 63 tests and retired 40 years ago as Australia's leading wicket-taker.
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I know this is a dead topic but I feel this needed to be pointed out as those stats which you have quoted are somewhat deceptive - as stats can be in general.

Murali may have played far fewer tests than Warnie, however, when it comes to bowls bowled by each player they are quite close to one another as the following stats shows, hence focusing on the amount of games played is misleading.

Name Mat Balls M R W Ave Best 5 10 SR Econ Team

SK Warne 120 33649 1546 14504 566 25.62 8-71 28 8 59.4 2.58 AUS
M Muralitharan 91 31124 1380 12165 532 22.86 9-51 44 13 58.5 2.34 SL

On another note Murali's total of 44 5WI - a record - is extremely impressive, but not surprising since he is the most used bowler in the team, rather like Richard Hadlee was for NZ during his time; care to hazard a guess as to who is number two on the 5WI list!

Flex
Akhtar
(of players i have video/radio evdience of)

My ALL TIME PLAYERS:

Test-
Gavaskar
Hanif Mohammed
Bradman
Viv Richards
Brian Lara
Tendulkar
Imran Khan
Gilchrist
Wasim Akram
Abdul Qadir
Muttiah Muralitharan

Man I wish I could get Waqar Younis in there aswell.
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