Cricketer-turned-commentators Sunil Gavaskar and Ramiz Raja named their combined Indo-Pak Test and ODI XIs on the Sony Ten show Pit Stop, which was streamed live on the network’s official Social Media page on Saturday.
Gavaskar chose a lethal opening combination Virender Sehwag and the original little master, Hanif Mohammad. The duo went down as the first triple-centurions in Tests for their respective nations.
The 70-year-old then went for the ‘Asian Bradman’ Zaheer Abbas at no.3. Sachin Tendulkar and Gundappa Viswanath then added more fire power to the middle order. Gavaskar also decided to include two of the most successful all-rounders of all times, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev, in his side.
While Sunny went for Syed Kirmani as the wicketkeeper in his team, his bowling attack comprised of legends like Wasim Akram, B.S. Chandrasekhar and Abdul Qadir.
Meanwhile, Raja decided to go primarily with all Indian batsmen in his line-up. Leg-spinner Anil Kumble was the only Indian in his bowling attack dominated by Pakistani pacers Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.
“I briefly discussed this with my son. It’s a massive situation to be in, how to assemble a star caste of some giants of the game. But he said no it’s very simple, you have Pakistan bowlers and Indian batsmen in the line-up and you get a fantastic India-Pakistan XI,” Raja said.
The 57-year-old chose the 1992 World Cup winning captain Imran Khan to lead his side.
Gavaskar’s Indo-Pak XI: Hanif Mohammad, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Abbas, Sachin Tendulkar, Gundappa Viswanath, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Syed Kirmani, Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir, B.S. Chandrasekhar
Raja’s Indo-pak XI: Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Anil Kumble, Saqlain Mushtaq