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Monday, January 03, 12:51 pm

Sachin, Dhoni, Sehwag and Zaheer in Ian Chappel's 2010 World XI

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Former Australian skipper Ian Chappel selected his world XI for 2010 in which he includes four Indian cricketers including Batting Maestro Sachin Tendulkar, Dashing Opener Virender Sehwag and Indian skipper MS Dhoni and Indian Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.

By Divve Joshi

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappel selected his world XI for 2010 in which he includes four Indian cricketers including Batting Maestro Sachin Tendulkar Dashing Opener Virender Sehwag and Indian skipper MS Dhoni along with Indian Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.

Indian devastating opener Virender Sehwag and speedster Zaheer Khan are also in Chappel's world x1. His world x1 is dominated by Proteas whose five players features in this world x1.

"Four years ago the Australian cricket team was cock-a-hoop. They'd regained the Ashes and had accentuated their superiority by smashing England at the MCG on the way to an eventual 5-0 series victory. Now the team is in tatters and it's best illustrated by a comparison of World XIs chosen at the end of the calendar year," chappel wrote in his column for 'The Daily Telegraph'.

"In 2006, Australia had six players in the XI, with Brett Lee 12th man. In the 2010 side, no Australian made the XI and Shane Watson is the 12th man," he pointed out.

"It's been a slippery dip for Australia since the retirement of bowlers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. The ride gathered pace when Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden called it a day. They have now hit the sand pit because of the struggles of the one player who kept the brake on the downhill ride, Ricky Ponting," he further explained.

chappel described Sehwag as the most dangerous batsman in the world right now. "A dashing opener who can win a game in the opening session of a Test. The most dangerous batsman in world cricket," he said.

Ian chappel who talked against Sachin many times in past, now take a U-turn and praised Tendulkar.

The 37-year-old, who recently became the first batsman to notch up 50 Test hundreds, seems to be getting better with age.Ian said.

"Unlike Ponting, Tendulkar defied the advancing years and enjoyed a tremendous resurgence. He even rediscovered the art of dominating bowlers," he added.

Former Australian skipper also explained the reasons for selecting Dhoni and Zaheer in world XI.


"Dhoni has batted consistently, scoring runs when India need them and doing an adequate job with the gloves. He's a calm leader with some flair," chappel said.

"Zaheer is a left-armer who has developed into a dangerous bowler with both the new and old ball. He performs well against good opposition," he added.

Among others who found a place in the XI were South African captain Graeme Smith, their middle-order mainstay Hashim Amla, prolific all-rounder Jacques Kallis, the aggressive A B de Villiers and tearaway pacer Dale Steyn.

"Smith is a solid opener who has the knack of making the tough runs when they're really needed. Hashim Amla is a player who really blossomed in 2010. He mastered the knack of scoring centuries and at an improved run rate," he said.

"Kallis's churned out runs with his usual efficiency, displayed a safe pair of hands and bowled with some of his old pace and fire," he added.

"De Villiers came of age. His ability to accelerate the scoring rate stood out like a beacon in a predominant leverage-conscious South African team," he added.

Two England cricketers, James Anderson and Graeme Swann also finds a place in Chappel's x1.

"A most improved attacking bowler who confirmed his progress with another successful year. A probing and accurate spinner.

"Dale Steyn bowls at a good pace and swings the ball away from right-handers. A proven formula for dismissing good batsmen," he said.

"Anderson swings the ball both ways at a respectable pace and has greatly improved his accuracy. Along with Steyn, he's proved the worth of swinging the new ball," he added.

Ian Chappel's world XI: Sachin,Sehwag, Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, A B de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan, James Anderson, Graeme Swann.

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