ESPNCricinfo reveals the Men's ODI XI for the last 25 years

ESPNCricinfo reveals the Men’s ODI XI for the last 25 years

MS Dhoni to lead the elite team.

MS Dhoni of India
MS Dhoni of India. (Photo Source: Twitter)

ESPNCricinfo, one of the most renowned sports news websites in the world has recently churned out the Best ODI XI from cricketers in the last two and a half decades. The team has depth in batting and its bowling attack can give any side a run for their money. The team also consists of some current players who are wielding their magic in world cricket.

An explosive lineup

Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar are the openers. The left-right combo is undoubtedly a deadly one and can decimate bowling attacks of the highest quality. Brain Lara’s style and charisma coupled with his ability to notch runs at will make him a certainty in the team. He comes at number three. Virat Kohli has been on a record-churning spree and his inclusion doesn’t spring a surprise.

AB de Villiers may have strained in the last few years, but his potential with the willow remains unquestionable in every format where he has made a mockery of the best in the business. Jacques Kallis is rated amongst the best all-round cricketers, the world had ever witnessed.

His temperament has been exemplary and quite rightly, he was indispensable for whichever side he represented. MS Dhoni’s records are worth envying. He was swashbuckling in the early part of the career but has matured as his career has progressed.

Even at 36-years, he is among the most sought-after personalities in cricket. Wasim Akram and Glenn McGrath used to ruffle the feathers of the batsmen and racked up a significant amount of success. Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan’s record warranted them a spot in the elite team.

ESPNCricinfo men’s ODI XI of the last 25 years:

Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan

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