September 26, 2016 3:18:38 pm
In a poll run by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to pick an all-time XI for Tests on the milestone moment of 500 Tests in Kanpur, name of one of the best captains and a brilliant opening batsman in Sourav Ganguly was a big miss.
With the team decided based on fan votes, Ganguly was a major omission despite scoring 7,212 runs in the longest format of the game and playing over a 100 Tests (113) with 16 hundreds and 35 fifties coming to his name at an average of 42.17. He also picked up 32 wickets to add to his numbers.
Ganguly’s highest Test score of 239 came against Pakistan when the arch-rivals visited India in 2007-08 with the current Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chief scoring the double hundred at Bangalore which is still the highest score by an Indian left hander.
However, bizarrely, Yuvraj Singh’s name is included in the list given the flashy leftie has played only 40 Tests and has 1900 runs to his name at an average of 33.92. ‘Yuvi’ who is more proficient in the limited overs format of the game has over 8300 runs in ODIs and over 1100 runs in T20s while being a handy option with the ball too picking up 139 wickets in both the formats of the game.
Incidentally, the entire XI comprises of right hand batsmen with only Yuvi – the 12th man – the leftie in the team.
The entire team reads: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh (12th man).
— BCCI (@BCCI) 26 September 2016
India marked the 500th Test with a 197 run win over New Zealand to get the series and the domestic season underway on a good note.
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