Thanks for the A2A Akshay Patil.
I really don't like it when questions like these end up with loopholes. To clear the loopholes, I would be making an ODI XI, and not a Test XI.
Without any delay, let's get started.
Sachin Tendulkar :- This is a question that asks for the best players to have ever captained their side rather than the best captains. And if this guy falls short of greatness, then I don't know what to say or do anymore.
Kumar Sangakkara :- The left hander from the Emerald Island is definitely one of the greatest players from his country.
Virat Kohli :- A modern-day great. I could literally go on for hours together at his batting prowess. The man who mastered chasing like none other. The man who leads by example.
Ricky Ponting :- A captains’ XI and he doesn't play? Seriously, who are we kidding here?
Jacques Kallis :- Two words. Highly underrated.
MS Dhoni (c&wk) :- Probably the best captain and finisher modern-day cricket has seen.
Shahid Afridi :- A powerful striker of the ball who only knows one way of doing things. Also, he's more than handy with the ball.
Daniel Vettori :- Probably the best cricketer to have represented New Zealand.
Shaun Pollock :- The best new-ball exponent of his time.
Wasim Akram :- One word. Deadly. Also, a highly handy bat.
Waqar Younis :- Do I even need to explain anything?
So, there you go. My all-time captains’ ODI XI.
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Ahh.. team of captains. Interesting decision will be to make one of them the captain of the captains.
Since this question doesn't specify ODI or test, I'm considering both the formats.
G. Smith (SA)
S. Ganguly (ind)
S. Tendulkar (ind)
V. Kohli (ind)
R. Pointing (Aus) (c)
M.S Dhoni (ind) (wk)
S. Pollock (Sa)
D. Vettori (NZ)
J. Holder (wi)
L. Malinga (SL)
W. Akram (Pak)
M. Clarke (Aus)
R. Sharma (ind)
K. Sangakara (SL)
S. Hasan (ban)
A.B. deVilliers (SA)
I would always like to have 5 proper bowlers in my team and with Akram and Malinga taking care of the new ball with Holder being the first change, I guess the pace attack is good.
Pollock and Vettori are good bowlers to contain runs or to take wickets in tricky phase.
Ganguly and Sachin too can fill in some overs if needed
I've two world cup winning captains in my team and the captain of this team will be Pointing for me. I feel he can be a better captain than Dhoni.