WC 2019: Azhar Mahmood Picks His All-time XI
By Shruti - Jul 14, 2019 7:37 pm
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The former Pakistan cricketer, Azhar Mahmood was a part of the national team in their campaign in the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales where he was the bowling coach. Bowlers have really well, especially Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz have done exceptionally well and he would’ve been happy with them. However, they failed to qualify for the semi-finals due to some poor show with the bat.

Azhar Mahmood

Azhar Mahmood picked his all-time cricketing XI where he chose Matthew Hayden and Sachin Tendulkar as the openers for the left-right combo. Both are legends in their own way in the International Cricket. Sir Vivian Richards is Mahmood’s number three player. The other players are Brian Lara, who has the highest individual Test score of 400 and Jacques Kallis, one of the best all-rounders, scoring 25,000 international runs and picked up over 570 wickets.

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Steve Waugh, who led Australia successfully to their second World Cup title in 1999, was Mahmood’s skipper in the best eleven. Adam Gilchrist was picked as the wicketkeeper by Mahmood. He picked Shane Warne, one of the best spinners of the world with over 1,000 wickets. In the pace attack, Mahmood picked up Australia fast bowlers Glenn McGrath, the earlier leading wicket-taker in the World Cup. However, the record recently broke by another Australia fast bowler, Mitchell Starc in the 2019 ICC World Cup. Shoaib Akhtar is the other choice of Mahmood alongside Wasim Akram. Both were equally dangerous in their respective times and were enough to trouble the opponents.

Here is Azhar Mahmood’s All-Time XI:

Matthew Hayden, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Vivian Richards, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Steve Waugh (C), Adam Gilchrist (WK), Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shoaib Akhtar.