The Great Indian "Test XI" Cricket Team

July 1st, 2007

To mark the 75 years of Indian Cricket since India played its first cricket match against England in 1932, eight former Indian captains – G R Vishwanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, S Venkataraghavan, K Srikkanth, Ajit Wadekar, Nari Contractor, Syed Kirmani and Abbas Ali Baig – were requested to pick their all-time India best Test XI. From the selections made by the eight ex-captains, a panel consisting of Prasanna, well-known sports journalist Rajan Bala and PTI Editors came up with the all-time great XI.

The All Time Great Indian XI Test Cricket Team

  1. Sunil Gavaskar (captain)
  2. Vinoo Mankad
  3. Vijay Hazare (vice-captain)
  4. Sachin Tendulkar
  5. Mohammed Azharuddin
  6. G R Vishwanath
  7. Kapil Dev
  8. Syed Kirmani (wk)
  9. Javagal Srinath
  10. EAS Prasanna
  11. Subash Gupte

12th Man : Vijay Manjrekar

Reserve Team : Mohammed Nissar, B S Chandrasekhar, Rahul Dravid

Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin, did not figure in any of the teams chosen by the ex-captains but the panel included him with Prasanna explaining that the Hyderabad player was the most elegant batsman who fitted in both conventional and unconventional cricket besides being one of the greatest fielders.

Explaining the inclusion of Javagal Srinath who is only their in Vengsarkar’s post 1975 XI, Bala said, “He was outstanding. His bad luck was many of his outstanding performances were in a losing cause.”

Rahul Dravid with the highest batting average of 57.46 and Anil Kumble with highest number of Test Wicket (552 wkts) are the noticeable missing players in the Indian XI.

Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev are only players present in all the teams picked by the former Captains.

Following are the all-time best Indian Test teams picked by the former captains:

G R Vishwanath’s XI Nari Contractor’s XI:
1 Sunil Gavaskar 1. Vijay Merchant (capt)
2 Vijay Merchant 2. Sunil Gavaskar
3 Sachin Tendulkar 3. Sachin Tendulkar
4 Vijay Manjrekar 4. Vijay Hazare
5 MAK Pataudi 5. Rahul Dravid
6 Vinoo Mankad 6. Vinoo Mankad
7 Kapil Dev 7. Kapil Dev
8 Syed Kirmani 8. Dattu Phadkar
9 E A S Prasanna 9. Farokh Engineer
10 B S Chandrasekhar 10. E A S Prasanna
11 Mohd Nissar 11. Subhash Gupte
12th man: Eknath Solkar.  

 

S Venkataraghavan’s XI K Srikkanth’s XI:
1 Sunil Gavaskar 1 Sunil Gavaskar
2 Vijay Merchant 2 Vinoo Mankad
3 Sachin Tendulkar 3 Sachin Tendulkar
4 Vijay Hazare 4 G R Vishwanath
5 G R Vishwanath/C K Nayudu 5 Rahul Dravid/Vengsarkar
6 Polly Umrigar 6 Polly Umrigar
7 Vinoo Mankad 7 Kapil Dev
8 Kapil Dev 8 Syed Kirmani
9 Syed Kirmani 9 Bishan Singh Bedi
10 Mohd Nissar 10 Mohd Nissar
11 Subhash Gupte 11 E A S Prasanna/Chandra

 

D Vengsarkar’s XI (post-1975) Ajit Wadekar’s XI:
1 Sunil Gavaskar 1 Sunil Gavaskar
2 Sourav Ganguly 2 Vijay Merchant
3 Rahul Dravid 3 Sachin Tendulkar
4 G R Vishwanath 4 Rahul Dravid
5 Sachin Tendulkar 5 Vijay Hazare
6 Kapil Dev 6 Kapil Dev
7 Syed Kirmani 7 Mohd Nissar
8 Zaheer Khan 8 Ramakant Desai
9 Javagal Srinath 9 Anil Kumble
10 Anil Kumble 10 E A S Prasanna
11 E A S Prasanna 11 Bishan Singh Bedi
12th man: Ravi Shastri.  

 

Abbas Ali Baig’s XI Syed Kirmani’s XI:
1 Sunil Gavaskar 1 Sunil Gavaskar
2 Vijay Merchant 2 Vijay Hazare
3 Rahul Dravid (captain) 3 Mushtaq Ali
4 Sachin Tendulkar 4 C K Nayudu
5 Vijay Hazare 5 Sachin Tendulkar
6 Vinoo Mankad 6 Vinoo Mankad
7 Kapil Dev 7 Kapil Dev
8 Naren Tamhane (wk) 8 Syed Kirmani
9 E A S Prasanna 9 E A S Prasanna
10 Subhash Gupte 10 B S Chandrasekhar
11 Mohd Nissar 11 Mohd Nissar




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  1. Almost complete with some changes.
    Azhar Out Dravid In
    Srinath Out Nissar In (Put Amar Singh in Reserve)

    Make Vijay Hazare as Captain

  2. This site r best site of cricket record.

  3. my all time 11 will be
    1. sunil gavaskar
    2. virender sehwag
    3. rahul dravid
    4. sachin tendulkar
    5. vvs laxman
    6. kapil dev
    7. MS Dhoni (capt)
    8. harbhajan singh
    9. Anil Kumble
    10. Javagal Srinath
    11. Ishant Sharma

  4. my all time 11 is
    1.Sunil Gavaskar
    2.Virender Sehwag
    3.Vijay Merchant
    4.Rahul Dravid
    5.Sachin Tendulkar
    6.Vinu mankad
    7.Eknath Solkar
    8.Kapil Dev
    9.Anil Kumble
    10.Mohd Nissar
    11.Subhash Gupte
    12th man:E A S Prasanna
    Reserve Team:VVS Laxman,M.S.Dhoni,Javagal Srinath

  5. 1.Gavaskar 1.Kumble will open bowling for 5 overs
    2.Sehwag with Srinath and will again come back
    3.Hazare after Kapil and Pras…as a spinner.
    4.Tendulkar 2.Rock solid Gavaskar, Hazare and
    5.Dravid Dravid to hold out.
    6.Mankad 3.Sehwag to set up match with blazing
    7.Kapil batting.
    8.Dhoni 4.Stroke maker Tendulkar in between.
    9.Kumble 5.Classical offie-Pras,Left armer Vinoo,
    10.Srinath and fastish leggie Kumble.
    11.Prasanna 6.For his batting, Dhoni noses ahead
    Kirmani
    7.This team will defeat Aussie-48
    in a spinning track! And so the
    best ever.
    8. VEERU IS THE MUST!!

  6. I don’t know about Old players my list would be.

    Sunil Gavaskar (captain)
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Rahul Dravid
    Mohammed Azharuddin
    G R Vishwanath
    Ravi shastri/ Laxman (depending on the pitch)
    Kapil Dev
    Syed Kirmani (wk)
    EAS Prasanna/ Kumble
    Irfan Pathan
    Javagal Srinath

  7. How about best Indian ODI team.
    Mine
    1.Sehwag
    2.Tendulkar
    3.Azharuddin
    4.Yuvraj
    5.Umrigar
    6.Mankad
    7.Dhoni
    8.Kapil
    9.Phadkar
    10.Kumble
    11.Zaheer

  8. hi, i am really impresed by all that guys who have made an indian team for ODI and Test matches, and i am very surprised how they mix up all the older and current players
    at right place, so i think all that guys have huge knowledge about the cricket , ‘thanks’.

  9. Mine One

    S.Gavaskar
    V.Mankad
    R.Dravid
    S.Tendulkar
    G.Vishwanath
    V.Hazare
    M.S.Dhoni
    K.Dev
    J.Srinath
    A.Kumble
    B.Chandrasekhar

  10. 1-Sunil Gavaskar (Captain)
    2-Sachin Tendulkar
    3-Rahul Dravid
    4-Vijay Hazare
    5-Mohd. Azharuddin (Vice-Captain)
    6-Ravi Shasri
    7-Sayed Kirmani (Wk)
    8-Kapil Dev
    9-J. Srinath
    10-Anil Kumble
    11-Subhash Gupte

  11. My Test XI

    1. Sunil Gavaskar
    2. Virender Sehwag
    3. Rahul Dravid
    4. Sachin Tendulkar
    5. VVS Laxman
    6. Vinoo Mankad
    7. MS Dhoni (capt)
    8. Kapil Dev
    9. Javagal Srinath
    10. Zaheer Khan
    11. Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

    Just look at the sheer depth in batting with a genuine all rounder like Kapil coming in at Number 8 and also the variety in bowling attack with 3 good medium fast bowlers and 2 quality spinners in Vinoo Mankad and Chandrasekhar.

    At the top, you have the explosive fire power of Sehwag in partnership with the great technician Sunil Gavaskar.

    And the middle order of Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman has the experience of almost 30,000 runs in test cricket.

    This formidable middle order is backed up by the all rounders Mankad, Kapil and Dhoni.

    As for the bowling attack, no matter what the nature of wicket, this attack has enough variety to test the best batsmen of all time, on any wicket in any conditions.

    In any case, 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners (one left arm spinner and one leg spinner) is always an ideal bowling attack. Plus, the captain also has the luxury of part time bowling of Sachin and Sehwag, if needed.

  12. all time 11

    1.Gavaskar
    2.shewag
    3.dravid
    4.sachin
    5.kapil
    6.dhoni
    7.vinoo mankad
    8.E A S Prasanna
    9.Subhash Gupte
    10.kumble
    11.laxman

  13. 1. SUNIL GAVASKAR
    2. VIRENDER SEHWAG
    3. RAHUL DRAVID
    4. SACHIN TENDULKAR
    5. VIJAY HAZARE
    6. KAPIL DEV
    7. SAYED KIRMANI
    8. VINOO MANKAD
    9. E A S PRASANNA
    10. MOHD NISAAR
    11. SUBHASH GUPTE

    12TH MAN – ROBIN SINGH(as 12th man can only field and India’s best fielder till date is Robin Singh).

    This line up has a good combination with batting line going up to number 8. A world class wicket keeper and a good combination of fast and spin bowling. This looks a very balanced side to me.

    Thanks n Regards,
    Prakash Rajpal.
    0433728228.

  14. My Ideal Indian Test Team is;Gavaskar,Merchant,Dravid,Tendulkar,Hazare,Mankad,Kapil,Engineer,Prassana,Gupte and Gupte.12th man;L.Amarsinh.Gavaskar will be the Captain.
    My Ideal one day Team is;Tendulkar,Ganguli.Sehvag,Azhar,Dravid,Kapil,Dhoni,Kumble,Pathan,Zaheer and Srinath Kapil will be the Captain while Amarnath,Yuvraj and Shastri will be re.player.

  15. 1 SUNIL GAVASKAR
    2 S GANGULY
    3 Rahul Dravid
    4 G.Vishwanath
    5 Mohammed Azharuddin
    6 Vijay Hazare
    7 KAPIL DEV
    8 Sayed Kirmani (Wk)
    9 E A S Prasanna
    10 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
    11 Javagal Srinath

  16. 1sehwag
    2gavaskar
    3dravid
    4tendulkar
    5kapildev
    6dhoni
    7s.jakati
    8agarkar
    9badrinath
    10zaheer
    11r.p.singh

  17. MY ALL TIME TEST TEAM:
    Sunil Gavaskar
    Virender Sehwag
    Rahul Dravid (Vice Captain)
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Saurabh Ganguly (Captain)
    M.S. Dhoni (Wicketkeeper)
    Irfan Pathan (As batting all rounder)
    Kapil Dev( As Bowling all rounder)
    Anil Kumble
    Javagal Srinath
    Zaheer Khan

    my all time one day team
    Virender Sehwag
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Saurabh Ganguly (Captain)
    Rahul Dravid
    Yuvraj singh
    M.S. Dhoni (Wicketkeeper)
    Irfan PATHAN
    Kapil Dev
    Harbhajan Singh
    Javagal Srinath
    Zaheer Khan

  18. My all time test XI
    1) V. Sehwag 54
    2) S Gavaskar 51
    3) R. Dravid 54(best no 3)
    4) S. Tendulkar 55.56
    5) Laxman 47
    6) Vinno Mankad 30 33
    7) Dhoni 43 (c)
    8) K. Dev 31 29 (vc)
    9) A Kumble 18 29
    10) Amar Singh 23 30
    11) M. Nassir ? 28 (very fast)

  19. I am R. Singh from above. On second thoughts i might replace Laxman for V. Hizzare. My Indian ODI XI is below

    1) Sehwag
    2) N S Sidhu
    3) Tendulkar
    4) Ganguly
    5) Yuvraj
    6) M S Dhoni
    7) K Dev
    8) Irfan pathan
    9)Harbhajan
    10) Z Khan
    11)R P Singh

  20. This is nonsense
    and All-time Indian XI would be
    1. Sehwag
    2. Gavaskar
    3. Dravid
    4. Tendulkar
    5. Viswanath
    6. kapil Dev
    7. Kirmani
    8. kumble
    9. Srinath
    10. Zaheer khan
    11. Prasanna

  21. my all time 11 will feature
    1)S.Gavaskar
    2)V.Sehwag
    3)R.Dravid
    4)S.Tendulkar
    5)G.Vishwanath
    6)S.Ganguly(captain)
    7)S.Kirmani(WK)
    8)K.Dev
    9)A.Kumble
    10)A.Agarkar
    11)Z.Khan
    the reserved will be
    12)M.S.Dhoni
    13)V.Mankad
    14)Harbahjan singh
    15)V.V.S.Laxman

  22. 1:Sunil Gavaskaar(C)
    2:Virender Sehwag
    3:Rahul Dravid
    4:Sachin Tendulkar
    5:G R Vishwanath
    6: Kapil Dev(vC)
    7:Saed Kirmani(wk)
    8:Anil Kumble
    9:EAS Prasanna
    10:Zaheer Khan
    11:Subhas Gupta
    others
    12:VVS Laxman
    13:Harbhajan Singh
    14:Mohammad Azuradin
    15:Vijay Hazare

  23. My all time test eleven is
    Vijay Marchant
    Sunil Gavskar(Capt.)
    Sachin Tendulaker(Vice Capt.)
    Lala Amarnath
    Mohinder Amarnath
    Vinu Mankad
    M.s.dhoni(W)
    Kapil Dev
    L.Amarsinh
    Anil Kumble
    Prasanna
    this is all time best team because see the performance they are suit to their position given.Few people know the L.Amarsinh,is fantastic all rounder and we may never see the like of him again, see their first class matches and average of matches over.

  24. My All Time Great Indian Cricket XI is 1.Gavaskar ,2.V.M.Merchant,3.Dravid,4.Tendulkar,5.V.Hazare, 6. V.M.Mankad,7.Kapildev,8.F.M.Engineer,9.Prassana,1o.M.Nissar,11.S.P.Gupte. 2 th man L/Amarsingh.

  25. In my opinion the all time best test XI is
    1. Virendra Sehwag
    2. Sunil Gawaskar
    3. Rahul Dravid
    4. Sachin Tedulkar
    5. G Vishavnath
    6. M Azharuddin
    7. Kapil Dev
    8. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    9. Anil Kuble
    10. Javagal Srinath
    11. Erapalli Prasanna
    12. Dilip vensarkar

  26. all time my grat team
    1.virender sehwag
    2.Sourav Ganguly
    3.yuvraj sing
    4.Vijay Hazare
    5.Mohammed Azharuddin
    6.Kapil Dev
    7.m s Dhoni(cap)
    8.Anil Kumble
    9.Javagal Srinath
    10.zaheer khan
    11.Subash Gupte

  27. G Gambhir
    V Sehwag
    R Dravid
    S Tendulkar
    S Gavaskar
    K Dev
    MS Dhoni (Cap)
    A Kumble
    E A S Prasanna
    Srinath
    Z Khan
    12th VVS Laxman

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