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Harsh Thakor

All-time best defensive test match XI

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This is my selection of an all-time world xi  to save a test or the best defensive team

 

1.Sunil Gavaskar

2.Hanif Mohammad

3.Rahul Dravid

4.Jacques Kallis

5.Alan Border(C)

6.Javed Miandad

7.Kumar Sangakaara (W)

8.Richard Hadlee

9.Joel Garner

10.Curtly Ambrose

11.Glen Mcgrath

 

This would not be an easy batting line up to penetrate with masters in a crisis to ressurect a team posessing watertight defence.They could master bad wickets.The bowlers took accuracy and control to its highest zenith often unplayable to attack.Sunil and Hanif were simply unpenentranable boulders  while Border,Miandad and Dravid were brilliant improvisers on bad wickets.Ambrose and Garner took accuracy to regions unequalled mastering the yorker while Hadlee and Mcgrath posessed control at a depth no quickie ever did.Kallis was the ultimate allrounder to bat for your life and could play a great role as a supporting bolwer with Alan Border .On a bad or deteriorating pitch this may beat a  great side and match a team with the likes of Bradman,Sobers,Warne,Viv and Sachin.Harder to score of Hadlee, Mcgrath,Ambrose and Garner than  Wasim,Marshall or Lillee and harder to dismiss likes of Border,Gavaskar,Hanif, Miandad and Kallis  in situations than Viv.Lara,Sachin ,Sobers or Sehwag.Alan Border would lead this team.

 

Len Hutton,Keith Atherton ,Bruce Reid,Steve Waugh and Ian Chappell just missed out.

 

 

 

Edited by Harsh Thakor

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