Thatscricket - News - Gavaskar dubs Dream Team as fake
Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Tendulkar the only current player in Dons team
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New Delhi: India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was "on top of the world" after being named to the late Sir Donald Bradman's Dream Team, but former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar dubbed the exercise a fake.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Tendulkar was the only current player - and the only Indian - to be included in Bradman's all-time World XI, revealed in a book launched in Sydney on Monday.Five specialist bowlers and all-rounder Gary Sobers made up the Dream Team, with Tendulkar batting at number four. "It's a great honour to be among those names, especially when Sir Don himself chose the team and made me bat at number four ... that's really something," Tendulkar said in an interview with the Star TV channel."After Sir Don bats and before Gary Sobers. What else can you ask for? All I can say is that it is a great honour," said Tendulkar, who has so far scored 6,919 runs in 84 Tests with 25 centuries. "There are a lot of great names missing in that list, and my name was considered. I'm on top of the world."One of those missing names was Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, who was reportedly on the shortlist of 69 players considered, but failed to make the final cut.The 52-year-old, who has a world-record 34 Test centuries to his credit, insisted that the list attributed to Bradman was a fake."I refuse to believe the Bradman Dream XI was actually Sir Don's personal selection for the world's greatest-ever combination," Gavaskar told the Hindustan Times."Sir Don was a man who steered away from all controversies in his lifetime," Gavaskar said. "Even when he was the target of bodyline tactics in 1931-32 he never uttered a word."I am sure that he would not have stuck out his neck for something like this which is bound to give rise to a huge debate. He was not involved with the chucking controversies that broke out in the 1960s and 1990s," Gavaskar said. "Even when Australian and world cricket was being ravaged by Kerry Packer's circus, Sir Don chose to keep quiet."Gavaskar declined to speculate as to who, apart from Bradman, might have drawn up the list. "All I know is that after Sir Don's death, a lot of things have been attributed to him, like his having come to Muralitharan's (Sri Lankan off-spinner) defence over chucking. I do not believe he (Bradman) would have said that."Bradman's publisher had earlier claimed that Sir Don believed Muralitharan was not a chucker. "Clearly, Murali does not throw the ball. For me, this was the worst example of umpiring that I have witnessed and against everything the game stands for," the late Aussie star wrote to his publisher Tom Thompson.Thompson, who published the last edition of Bradman's biography "Farewell to Cricket," was known to correspond regularly with the legendary batsman from 1994 to 1998.