Former Sri Lankan star Tillakaratne Dilshan has named his all-time One-day International (ODI) XI, from among players he played with or against throughout his career.
Dilshan donned the Lankan jersey acrosss 87 Tests, 330 ODIs and 80 Twenty20 Internationals (T20I). The allrounder scored 5492, 10290 and 1889 runs in the three formats, respectively. He also bagged 154 wickets over the course of his illustrious career.
While naming his dream squad, Dilshan picked Pakistan’s legendary pacer Wasim Akram to lead the pace attack.
“What do I say about him? He’s one of the greatest left-arm bowlers in the game. He could swing the ball and he had the best yorker of those days. I pick him over Glenn McGrath because he can swing the ball,” said Dilshan while talking to ESPNcricinfo.
Wasim Akram played 104 Test matches for Pakistan, collecting 414 wickets at an average of 23.6, and 356 ODIs capturing 502 wickets at 23.5.
Apart from Akram, Dilshan’s bowling attack featured former West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh, spin king Muttiah Muralitharan and Australia’s greatest ever bowler Shane Warne.
The 43-year-old chose fellow Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya and Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar to open the innings.
Dilshan filled the middle-order with some of the biggest names in cricket history. Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ricky Ponting and South African duo Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers were also included in the lineup.
Dilshan’s ODI XI: Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ricky Ponting (c), Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (wk), Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne.