All-Time

Jeetan Patel may not have done justice to his international career as a New Zealand cricketer. As an off-spinner he averages over 47 with the ball. However, when it comes to county cricket, he is a giant for Warwickshire. He scores at will, takes wickets at bulk. Unfortunately, New Zealand cricket would be much richer today had Patel replicated the same in Test whites. Having made his international debut in 2005, Patel is one of the senior-most cricketers in the circuit and recently Lord’s social media interviewed him, asking his all-time XI. The parameters as usual being the players he has played with, against or watched them playing. Surprisingly, Patel’s team does not find a place for Sachin Tendulkar, arguably regarded as the greatest since Don Bradman. Also, there is not a single New Zealand player in his side. ALSO READ: No Sachin Tendulkar in Alastair Cook’s All-Time XI

Patel has 2 southpaws opening for him. Players of very contrasting styles: while Matthew Hayden is the aggressor, Alastair Cook will holding the fort at other end. At No. 3 is the side’s captain Ricky Ponting, followed by all-rounder Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid. At No. 6, there is Kumar Sangakarra, followed by the wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.

A side infested with southpaws, Patel has Wasim Akram and Mitchell Johnson opening the bowling for him, followed by the 2 wizardry spin bowlers, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Watch Patel reveal his selection reasons:

Jeetan Patel’s All-Time XI: Alastair Cook, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (c), Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Wasim Akram, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan.