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Thatscricket - News - Tendulkar in the Dons Dream World XI

Published: Monday, August 13, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Sachin Tendulkar is the only player from the Indian continent and the only one still playing to find a place in Sir Donald Bradman's Dream World XI the all-time ideal team to beat the rest.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Though two other Indians besides Tendulkar Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were among a pool of 69 cricketers chosen, only Tendulkar could make the coveted Bradman's grade, according to a book, Bradman's best, chronicled by rolandPerry and published on Monday. Exclusive extract from the book was published in the times here on Monday.The Dream Team selected by Bradman, with the understanding that it would be revealed only after his death, includes (in batting order with twelfth man) - Barry Richards (South Africa), Arthur Morris (Australia), Don Bradman (Australia), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Garry Sobers (West Indies), Don Tallon (Australia), Ray Lindwall (Australia), Dennis Lillee (Australia), Alec Bedser (England), Bill O'reilly (Australia), Clarrie Grimmett (Australia) and Wally Hammond (England) (12th man). According to the report, the legendary batsman picked six Test captains, representatives from five nations spanning almost 80 years, one player from the present (Tendulkar) and Seven Australians, including himself, in his first XI.Bradman ranked Tendulkar above Brian Lara, Graeme Pollock, George Headley, Wally Hammond, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Viv Richards, Everton Weekes, Stan Mccabe, Charlie Macartney, Neil Harvey, Greg Chappell, Denis Compton, Peter May and Victor Trumper. "When you look at the statistics - and it's fair to say they mean something if sustained over time - most of these batsmen were close in performance. You could choose any one of them to come in at no 4 and he would do well. They are all greats," Bradman said. Nevertheless, "from our discussions, I had the impression that he (Bradman) ranked Tendulkar and Lara marginally above the rest, Perry says in the book. "Lara and tendulkar proved to be the two best batsmen in the 1990s," Bradman said. "Tendulkar has a very strong defence. But he can be very aggressive. On balance, however, Lara has probably proved more aggressive though more mercurial. Tendulkar is proving more consistent."In the end, he selected Tendulkar, which seemed as much based on his similarity to himself than his superiority to Lara and the others. "Bradman felt he was looking at a mirror-image of himself when he watched the little Indian," Perry commented.While branding these two as the best of the modern-day players, he was at pains to praise both the Waughs. He ranked Mark in technique with the best stroke makers, including Greg Chappell, and had high regard for Steve's "tremendous" application in tough situations. Though Bradman said he did not want any "argument" regarding his selection of a best Test team, "yet there were discussions and questions," the author said. With so many openers of almost equal performance from whom to choose, he selected the best left-hander in his eyes, Arthur Morris, first. "What I saw in 1948 was enough for me (concerning morris)," Bradman said. PTI

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