ICC Awards and World CUP XI
ICC Awards are held by International Cricket Council (ICC) each year in which Top performers who performed the best throughout the year are appreciated and awarded. Also in this event, ICC announce their ICC Team of year. In this team, all the star performers of the year are featured and hence the best all-stars cricket team is announced.
Recently ICC announced a team which they named as ICC ALL TIME WORLD CUP XI. In this team, they included all the greats of this fabulous game. This is more like THE CRICKET HALL OF FAME of ICC. All these great players had a huge impact on the Cricket and they served their nations while also greatly contributing to the cricketing world. The list of players included ALL TIME WORLD CUP XI is as under.
ADAM GILCHRIST (wk) (AUS):
The Australian champion, and a great wicket keeper batsman of all time, generally known as Gilly amongst his fans, played in Australian cricket team for 12 long years and was a part of three World Cup-winning squads. Adam Gilchrest modernized the style of play in the top order, He is known to have raised the bar for wicketkeeper batsmen with his modern and electrifying shots in the batting department. Adam Gilchrest had a remarkable average of 47.5 in Test which made him a complete batsman and he was always great behind the stumps with gloves on.
He was also an integral part of 3-time champion World Cup-winning squad. His consistency, shots variety and perfection bought him number 1 spot as an opener in ICC’s all-time World Cup XI team.
SACHIN TENDULKAR (IND):
The former Indian right-handed batsman is regarded by many as the greatest batsman of all time. Generally referred to as “The little master” or “Master Blaster”, Sachin Tendulkar stats are unreal including a unique and yet to be broken record of a century of centuries (100x100s). Tendulkar Joined international cricket at a tender age of 16 in 1989 against Pakistan, since then he never looked back and performed consistently throughout his career of 24 years.
Sachin’s technique, pure class, and calm batting style made him different from everyone in the trade. He also played some memorable innings in ICC World cup 2011 edition, particularly in the semifinal against Pakistan where he scored a match-winning 85 runs; eventually, bring his team to an amazing World Cup victory.
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RICKY PONTING (AUS):
The Australian national, the most successful Australian captain of all time in terms of winning world cups for his team. He was also a great batsman who was temperamentally strong and technically sound. He played so many lovely innings for the Australian side especially 197 runs at Perth in the 3rd Test vs Pakistan was one of his finest innings. Pointing also had a great role in making his team champions straight thrice. His skillful, temperamentally strong and calm batting style made him able to fill the all-important 3rd spot in all-time world cup XI.
SIR VIV RICHARD (WI):
The West Indian national, Viv Richards was a fearless cricketer and an electrifying fielder of his era. He was in the squad of the two-time ICC World Cup Champions West Indies team, and also play some handy innings to make his team across the line. He also voted as the GREAT ODI PLAYER in 2015. His fearless batting style at that time where no one tries to pull the ball, he played shots fearlessly against fast bowlers without wearing a helmet and that made him different and great ODI PLAYER of all time.
KUMAR SANGAKKARA (SRI):
The Sri Lankan national, a great left-hander batsman and wicketkeeper but as we put Gilchrist as a wicketkeeper in this team, Sanga plays as a middle-order batsman who had a great record of runs in his career. He is also known as Sanga among his fans. He also has a record of most runs by a left-hander. He scored 4 consecutive centuries in world cup 2015. This shows how consistent he is.
IMRAN KHAN (C) (PAK):
The Pakistan National, the great captain of all time in terms of leading the team and his Fearless captaincy made him different from other captains. Under his captaincy, Pakistan becomes the world champions in 1992. His attitude and his body language leave a sense of fear on the opposition and his plans the way he applied his plans were out of the box. He leads this all-time world cup XI.
LANCE KLUSENER (SA):
The South African national, and very well-known all-rounder who was a left-hand batsman and right-hand bowler. He had a straight forward approach in bowling that “If you can’t hit batsman stumps, hits his head”. His baseball style batting and thunderstorm hitting made him able to grab his position in this team.
WASIM AKRAM (PAK):
The Pakistan National, the great swing bowler of all time, generally known as Sultan of swing, had so many records in the world cups. He played a lovely hand in the finals of 1992 world cup. He swings the ball with great control and his pace and Yorkers were also up to the mark. Bowlers like him born after centuries. His swing was something like once in a blue moon which is then never seen again.
SHANE WARNE (AUS):
The Australian national, the great leg break bowler of all time, still holding so many records including securing the third spot for highest 5 wicket hauls in international cricket. He was the finest leg break bowler ever seen by the cricketing world. Still, there is no match in his class and his bowling. During his era, he was the most demanding and most impactful bowler.
MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN (SRI):
The Sri Lankan national, the great spinner of the ball, holding the record of 800 wickets which is still looking unbreakable. His style of delivering a ball was indescribable. He played in the Sri Lankan side for a long time and also play key roles in many of the world cups for his team.
GLENN McGRATH (AUS):
The Australian national, and great fast bowler of the Australian side. He is the leading wicket-taker in the history of world cups and improved his bowling in every world cup and end it on by taking record 26 wickets and also announced as the Player of the tournament. During his time, he was the leading wicket-taker fast bowler in test format.
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