Graeme Swann picks only one Indian after ICC asks to choose ‘team you would watch for rest of your life’

In 79 ODIs, Swann picked 104 wickets while his 51 T20I wickets came in just 39 matches.

Graeme Swann. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the entire world to come to a standstill. Cricket has dried out across all the nations with ICC deciding to shift all International matches until the global pandemic is dealt with. In the wake of this, ICC decided to play a little game with all the fans on Twitter. During this fun activity on social media, former English cricketer Graeme Swann also joined in and participated in it.

ICC asked all its fans on Twitter to upload a team of 11 players that they would love to watch for the rest of their lives. While every other fan went on to pick some legends, the former English spinner picked up his own set of 11 players in a list. Out of the 11 players which he picked, five were English cricketers and three Australians. He picked one each from Pakistan, India and New Zealand.


Graeme Swann names only one Indian in his squad, picks five Englishmen

There was one only player from India and it was none other than Sachin Tendulkar. He picked up a few more legends in the squad. In the bowling department, he picked up the famous Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, who was also the only spinner whom Swann picked.

As far as the pace bowling is concerned, he went on with England’s Harold Larwood, who played during the 1920s and 1930s. His other two choices were Pakistan’s legendary left-arm pacer Wasim Akram and the England superstar James Anderson. James Anderson and Swann have played a lot of cricket together at the international level. His next pick was that of English player Alan Knott as the wicketkeeper. Knott played 95 Tests for England through the 60s and 70s.

The 41-year-old also decided to include the great Sir Ian Botham as the only all-rounder in the team. He also picked two great Australian batsmen– Mark Waugh was one and another one was, the great Sir Donald Bradman. One surprise pick was that of  Colin Milburn, who played only nine Tests for England but was a first-class legend. To open the batting with Milburn, Swann chose New Zealand’s famous batsman, Martin Crowe.

Graeme Swann will go down as one of the best spinners to have played for England. The off-spinner from Nottingham played 60 Test matches and ended picking up 255 wickets. In 79 ODIs, he picked 104 wickets while his 51 T20I wickets came in just 39 matches.

Here’s the tweet: