Sachin Tendulkar Included in “Wisden’s Dream – All Time Test World XI -Team”

India’s “Master of Cricket”-Sachin Tendulkar, has since announced that he would retire from ‘Test Cricket’ after his 200th ‘test match’ be played in Mumbai, against West Indies in November 2013.

As a fitting farewell-tribute to the “Indian Master of Cricket”, Sachin Tendulkar’s name finds a place, that too, as the 4th batsman, (Sachin Tendulkar’s normal batting order in test matches) in the  ‘Wisden’s- All Time Test World- XI’ –Team announced, to mark the 150th Anniversay of ‘Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

 ‘Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’ /’Wisden’/ “The Bible of Cricket” is a cricket reference book published annually in the United Kingdom.

 “Wisen “is considered as the world’s most famous sports reference book.

‘Wisden’ was founded by the English Cricketer John Wisden (1826-1884) in the year 1864, as a competitor to ‘Fred Lilly White’s-‘The Guide to the Cricketers’.

Many traditional Awards such as the following had been given from the year 1889:

  •  “Wisden Cricketers of the Year”,
  • “Six Great Bowlers of the Year”,  
  •  “Nine Great Batsmen of the Year”,
  • “Five Great Wicket-Keepers of the year”.

 and  “Five Great Players of the Year” had been given every year  from the year 1889, excluding the years, 1916/1917 and from 1941 to 1946 because of the first and the second world wars.
 In the year 2004, ‘ Wisden- Leading Cricketer of the World award’ was  started to be given.

The “Wisden Cricketers of the Year” /CY is the cricketer  selected for the honour by the annual publication -Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

In 2012, an Indian edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack was launched to widespread acclaim.

In order to mark the 150th Anniversay of ‘Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and in celebrations of the 187th Birthday of John Widen, a list of an ‘All-Time Test World XI’ Team, with  Don Bradman, the legendary Australian batsman as the captain of the team including.:

  • 4 Englishmen, 
  • 3 West Indians, 
  • 2 Australians, 
  • 1Indian and 
  • 1 Pakistani,

The following is the list of the “All Time Test World XI” of ‘Wisden’-Dream Team:

Jack Hobbs (England, Wisden CY of 1909) 61 Tests, 5,410 runs at 56.94(Opening Batsman- 1)

W. G. Grace (England, CY of 1896) 22 Tests, 1,098 runs at 32.29 (Opening Batsman 2)

Don Bradman (Australia, CY of 1931)) 52 Tests, 6,996 runs at 99.94-Captain

Sachin Tendulkar (India, CY of  1997) 198 Tests, 15,837 runs at 53.86

Vivian Richards (West Indies, CY of 1977) 121 Tests, 8,540 runs at 50.23

Garry Sobers (West Indies, CY of  1964) 93 Tests, 8,032 runs at 57.78, 235 wickets at 34.03

Alan Knott (England, CY of 1970) 95 Tests, 4,389 runs at 32.75, 250 catches, 19 stumpings- Wicket Keeper

Wasim Akram (Pakistan, CY of 1993) 104 Tests, 414 wickets at 23.62

Shane Warne (Australia, CY of 1994) 145 Tests, 708 wickets at 25.41

Malcolm Marshall (West Indies, CY of 1983) 81 Tests, 376 wickets at 20.94

Sydney Barnes (England, CY of 1910) 27 Tests, 189 wickets at 16.43

You may note that Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian Cricketer, in the above prestigious’- ‘Dream Team’and one of the 2 Asians, the other Asian being Pakistan’s Wasim Akram.

Related Reading:

List of Bharat Ratna Award Recipients From 1954 Till Date

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