The Indian cricketers are a highly-valued lot. Seven Bharatya players, including batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar figure in a list of 48 cricketers for the Dream ODI Team, being chosen to mark the 40th anniversary of one-day cricket.
The official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is soliciting fans from across the world to select a dream team from a shortlist of 48 players as well as choose their favourite match from a dropdown of 10 memorable encounters.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and current opener Virendr Sehwag are the other two Indian batsmen whose names have been nominated for selection from a group of eight openers for the first two batting slots in the dream team.
India's World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev's name is up for the allrounder's slot while present skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in a race with seven others for the wicket-keeping position.
Ace legs-spinner Anil Kumble and off-break Harbhajan Singh are in the reckoning for the lone spinner spot, against six others, including Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
ICC has said in a statement, "Supporters can vote on www.icc-cricket.com until Jan 2 to make their selections. They can also send in their dream teams and favourite matches via www.facebook/cricketicc or www.twitter.com/cricketicc."
The final XI will be announced on Jan 5 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first-ever ODI match between Australia and England.
'Cricket Australia will kick off the celebration for the 40th anniversary of ODI cricket with a host of events, including a reception for members of Australia's first ODI team in Melbourne.
The Australian ODI team from 1971 will also be introduced to the crowd during the innings break of the first ODI match of the series between Australia and England at the MCG Jan 16.
Greatest ODI team of all time
Opening batsmen (2) - Saeed Anwar, Sourav Ganguly, Gordon Greenidge, Matthew Hayden, Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Turner.
Middle-order batsmen (3) - Michael Bevan, Martin Crowe, Aravinda de Silva, Inzamam-ul Haq, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards.
All-rounder (1) - Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Andrew Flintoff, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock.
Wicket-keeper (1) - Mark Boucher, M.S. Dhoni, Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Moin Khan, Alec Stewart, Kumar Sangakkara.
Fast bowlers (3) - Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath, Chaminda Vaas, Waqar Younis.
Spinner (1) - Shahid Afridi, Carl Hooper, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori.