5 deserving players who miss out often in former cricketers' all-time XIs

5 deserving players who miss out often in former cricketers’ all-time XIs

Former cricketers usually come out with their all-time best XIs consisting of their favourite players.

Kevin Pietersen Test
Kevin Pietersen Test. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

In the long history of cricket, many players came, played and bid adieu to international cricket. In the meantime, many players ended their career as a legend of the game. Now, in the modern era, there is a trend that is being followed by the former cricketers who quite often come out with their all-time best XIs consisting of their favourite players from the past and present.

These teams can be based on formats, decade, era and various other factors. And, it is well-known that every former player would like to put the best XI forward in front of his fans. So, they try to pick some of the finest batsmen and bowlers in their side. But they often forget to pick some gems in their side.

Surprisingly, there is a particular pattern being followed by the former cricketing minds due to which the majority of them forget to pick some fine players on their side. So, here we are to tell the fans about the deserving players who miss out often in former cricketers’ all-time XIs.

Here’s the list:

1. Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Muttiah Muralidharan, the leg-spinner from Sri Lanka is rated as one of the finest spinners that international cricket has ever witnessed in its long history. He played for the national side for more 18 long years and ended up being one of the legends. But still, it has been seen quite often that he doesn’t get a place in many of the preferred XIs released by the former cricketers.

The former spin head ruled the cricket world with his brilliant bowling. He used to make batsmen dance on the wicket on his own terms. It was almost impossible for the batsmen to read the mind of the 48-year-old former in order to play strokes against him while batting.

The main weapon of his bowling was his top-spinner and doosra. Moreover, he had an added advantage of having a flexible wrist action that used to help him in getting spin on any surface in the world

He bid adieu to international cricket back in 2010 and still holds several records like most wickets in Tests, most wickets in ODIs, the highest number of international wickets in Tests, ODIs and T20s combined etc. So, it is something cheeky that a player with such calibre is mostly ignored by the former players in their playing XI.