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Thatscricket - News - Sunil, Kapil, Sachin among Bradman's 'world best team'

Published: Saturday, August 11, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Three Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar - were among a pool of 69 from whom the legendary Sir Donald Bradman made his selection of the 'world best team' before he died.[an error occurred while processing this directive]'The all-time ideal team' of Bradman will be announced on Monday, Roland Perry, who chronicled the careful considerations of individual talent and corporate balance behind how the Don selected his Best XI, wrote in his book 'Bradman's Best', a report in the Times Daily, said on Saturday."In interviews for Bradman's best, the Don, over a concentrated six months in 1995 and intermittently over the next five years, discussed the greatest players of the game, from W G Grace and Victor Trumper at the beginning of the 20th century to Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar at the end of it," the report said.Bradman exhibited an enormous capacity for analysing the strengths, weaknesses, technical skills, temperament, personality and character of scores of cricketers who have graced the world stage over more than 120 years. "I was intrigued to know his all-time ideal team. At first we discussed it in terms of achieving the perfect balance under normal playing conditions," Perry wrote. According to the report, Bradman opted for the following:Two recognised opening batsmen of whom one shall be a left-hander, three other batsmen of whom one should be a left-hander, one all-rounder, one wicket-keeper who is also a good bat, one fast bowler to open with the wind, one fast or medium-pace bowler to open into the wind, one right-arm off spinner or right-hand leg spinner and one left-arm orthodox first-finger spinner.Perry said Bradman's understandable obsession to avoid publicity made a book on his best team untenable. "Yet I was still interested to know his World Best XI. I suggested that the team only be made public posthumously and sent him a range of selections for the positions in the team, based on our discussions," Perry said. PTI

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