UltimateXI

When the SportsMax Zone and a panel of experts consider the monumental task of picking its four bowlers for SportsMax’s Ultimate XI One-Day International (ODI) team, there will be an…
Sir Richard Hadlee was a bowler of unparalleled skill. He moved the ball both ways, in the air and off the pitch and could hit any crack in a pitch…
Glenn McGrath’s final One-Day International was the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean. Australia won that World Cup and McGrath was named its Man of the…
Control is one of the hallmarks of a good fast bowler. Add pace to that and you have the ingredients for a great fast bowler. Add pace to that and…
Curtly Ambrose was fast and standing at 6 ft 8 ins, he created steep bounce from just back of a length. Nobody, but nobody found it easy to deal with…
Coming from great cricket stock through his Dad, Peter Pollock who bowled for South Africa through the 1960s and his uncle, Graeme Pollock, who many regard, despite him having few…
Shane Bond could have been the greatest bowler New Zealand ever produced had he the body for it. Unfortunately, the fearsome quick spent much of his time in international cricket…
If you are named to Australia’s greatest ever One-Day International team, then chances are, you’re one of the greatest ODI teams of all time. Australia are the team to have…
A wrist-spinner who bowled off-breaks, and turned his doosra by yards, he was impossible to fathom, physically and through measurement. He could touch his forearm with his little finger and…
He mixed it up by bowling googlies and the quicker ones. On occasion, he even delivered the conventional off-break. This was interspersed with some stunning knocks such as the one…
Saqlain Mushtaq is regarded as one of the best spinners cricket has ever seen. His arsenal consisted of mean spin control and he was renowned for his ‘doosras’. In fact,…
Tall and lithe in his build, Anil Kumble was not the quintessential, everyday spinner. He produced no lateral magic from the surface as Shane Warne did, nor did he create…
Widely regarded as the greatest leg spinner in the history of cricket, Shane Warne was a renaissance man. He breathed new life into the bowling style of leg-spin which was…
He began as a left-arm spinner but gradually established himself as more of an all-rounder in the Test arena. With his preference for good technique, his batting did not flourish…
Michael Holding played his first ODI on August 26, 1976, against England. He took 2 for 38 in the match the West Indies won by six wickets with 84 balls…
Imran Khan is the allrounder of choice for the SportsMax Ultimate XI One-Day International team, so says a panel of experts and the SportsMax Zone. The two have combined to…
The foreboding image of a 6ft 8 inch bowler running in and delivering at lively pace from a height closer to 10 feet made many of the world’s best batsmen…
Chaminda Vaas is easily the most penetrative and successful new-ball bowler Sri Lanka has had. He swung and seamed the ball with skill, his trademark delivery being the late in…
A master of reverse swing, Waqar Younis bucked the 1980s trend of bowling fast and pitching short by bowling fast and pitching full. Not an obvious recipe for success until…
Wasim Akram was perhaps the best left-arm fast bowler in history. With complete mastery over swing and seam, he could sometimes with a single delivery, move the ball both ways.…
There was not much dissension when a panel of experts selected India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be the man they put forward as the Ultimate ODI XI wicketkeeper. Dhoni got…
By the time Dwayne Bravo had scored his first One-Day International ton in 2006, his credentials as a bonified allrounder with real talent and skill had already been understood world…
Lance Klusener’s swing-for-the-fences approach to batting has fooled many into underscoring his technical ability with the bat, while his military medium pace makes many forget that at one time, the…
At no time has Jacques Kallis’ ability as an allrounder and the importance he had in the South African side of the late 1990s and early 2000s been more obvious…
For the better part of a decade following his debut, Ian Botham was the maverick genius who stood opposite to every English stereotype. The first years were nothing but tumultuous…
Brutally aggressive with the bat, powerful and agile on the field and deceptively dangerous with the ball, Symonds was the ultimate limited-overs package. Although his career didn't span a long…
Afridi is well known for his charged style of batting. He was also an economical and consistent bowler relying on changes of pace more than spin. His career began with…
Ian Healy’s hard work and will to succeed, complemented by an undying loyalty to his teammates made him the pulse of the Australian team from October 14, 1988, when he…
Peter Jeffrey Dujon was as stylish with the bat as he was with the gloves. Many have called his efforts behind the stumps when the West Indies bowled a four-pronged…
“Shabash shabash!” were common sounds coming through stump mics around the world whenever Pakistan were playing. That was because Moin Khan was Pakistan’s wicketkeeper, urging his bowler along with a…
Romesh Kaluwitharana debuted in Sri Lanka’s One-Day International team in 1990 against India but did not bad as his side, chasing down 136, romped to victory on the back of…
Raised as a baseball player, Quinton de Kock's fearless striking and handy glove work, early in his career, earned him comparisons to greats of the game like Adam Gilchrist and…
Mushfiqur Rahim was included in Bangladesh's squad to tour Zimbabwe for five ODIs in 2006. He was one of three uncapped ODI players included in the squad alongside all-rounders Farhad…
Andy Flower was, for a long time, Zimbabwe's only batsman of true Test quality in all conditions. He also holds a peculiar record as an ODI wicket-keeper-batsman of world-class quality.…
Brendon McCullum was a brutal batsman capable of destroying bowling attacks like few other men in international cricket. A wicketkeeper-batsman, McCullum has been used throughout the New Zealand batting order…
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is credited with having the fastest hands behind the stumps and that suits him perfectly since he plays the game ahead of what is happening. His overall…
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