Kumar Sangakkara to lead; Sachin Tendulkar to bat at No 4 in Ricky Ponting’s All-Time XI

Now this is big, Australian great Ricky Ponting, who is the game’s one of most successful captains, has named his All-Time XI for Lord’s Cricket Ground. He has chosen players of his era and has done a good job with it.

A lot of Ponting’s success relied on his opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer, two very different left-handers. Ponting picks both his Aussie mates in the side. At No. 3, he has Jacques Kallis, who will also be the side’s fourth pacer. No surprise at No. 4 as Sachin Tendulkar makes his way. Ponting says no all-time XI is complete without Tendulkar. Then comes the batsman, who has given sleepless nights to Ponting — Brian Lara is at No. 5, followed by the skipper Kumar Sangakkara at six. ALSO READ: Ricky Ponting to captain Sourav Ganguly’s All-Time XI

No, Sangakkara won’t be keeping wickets and Ponting has entrusted Adam Gilchrist with that job. At No. 8, there is Shane Warne followed by three brilliant pacers, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose and Glenn McGrath. According to Ponting, Akram is the most skilful fast bowler he has seen and McGrath is the first bowler we will pick in any side.

Ricky Ponting’s XI: Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Kumar Sangakkara (c), Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath.

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