UltimateXI

Rohit Sharma’s career started slowly. He was clearly a talented player but never found that consistency all great players possess. Over the last few years though, that part of his…
Brad Haddin’s arrival to Test cricket was delayed until he was 30 years old because of a man called Adam Gilchrist, who was unmovable in the Australian Test side. However,…
South African batsman Abraham Benjamin de Villiers was just an excellent athlete. As a fielder he was superb and when he took the gloves there was no difference between himself…
A quick look at the stats of legendary South African all-rounder suggests that he should not just routinely be part of conversations that speak about the best all-rounder of all-time…
Panellists and the SportsMax Zone have gone through their picks for the batsmen who will make up SportsMax’s Ultimate XI Test team but fans (Fanalysts) are still coming up with…
Kevin Pietersen was as inspiring to England on the field as he was divisive off it. Tattoos, bleach-blond dyed hair, Pietersen was as different an English batsman as could be…
It is unfortunate that in a 24-year-long career, West Indies legend George Headley only managed 22 Tests. An intervening World War and the difficulties of travel made Test cricket in…
There has never been a greater batsman out of Pakistan than Javed Miandad. The former Pakistan captain was an obvious talent even as a teenager, becoming the youngest man at…
Younis Khan makes up the group under which you could put the headline, modern greats. Younis started his Test career brightly, scoring a century on debut, but that didn’t make…
Cricket commentator David Brooks believes South Africa’s Jacques Kallis does not merit a place on the Sportsmax Zone’s Ultimate Test XI. This, despite the fact that the now-retired South African…
In a Test career spanning 85 matches, Wally Hammond amassed 7,249 runs and took 83 wickets. His career aggregate of runs was the highest in Test cricket until surpassed by…
Widely regarded as the best Australian batsman since Don Bradman, Steven Smith began his Test career as a leg spinner who batted at number 8. However, in a matter of…
Rahul Dravid, despite not sharing the explosiveness of a very explosive group of batting stars coming out of India from the mid-1990s until the end of his career in 2012,…
Among the most difficult batsmen to dismiss in the modern era of Test cricket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul revelled in unorthodoxy while carving out one of the most successful careers in West…
During a career in which he set many records, Allan Border played 156 Test matches, a record for the most by an Australian until fellow Steve Waugh surpassed it. Border…
Not only is Jacques Kallis one of the best allrounders in the history of the game, but he is also widely considered one of the best batsmen of all time.…
The audacious pulls, the rasping cover drives, garnished by the archetypal Aussie attitude. Ricky Ponting burst onto the scene as a supremely talented teenager in the great cricketing nation and…
Sachin Tendulkar’s heavenly gifts redefined cricketing statistics: the only batsman to score 100 international centuries, the only player to play 200 Tests, the only batsman to score 30,000 international runs,…
Few in world cricket made batting look more sublime. Lara’s style would mesmerize not only common spectators but professional cricketers, inclusive of his opponents as well. Brian holds the record…
Former Australian batsman Don Bradman is one of the most worshipped players in the history of cricket. His batting redefined the game of cricket and his brilliance confounded opponents. Throughout…
From a country filled with great cricketers, it means quite a lot that former captain Greg Chappell was considered the finest batsman from that country in his generation. His average…
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, Viv, was the epitome of confidence. No bowler during the 1980s or early ‘90s, an era marked by quality tear-away quicks, can lay claim to…
While Sir Garfield Sobers is undoubtedly the greatest all-rounder of all time, meaning he was good with bat and ball, and in his case, in the field as well, his…
So far, the fans and the SportsMax panel of experts have not been in agreement over the nature of the Ultimate XI Test cricket team. A few weeks ago, SportsMax…
Like many ardent fans of the gentleman’s game I confess to being blown away by the awesome ferocity and near unrivalled destructiveness of Matthew Hayden, however, his opening pairing with…
“I like that about him,” Sir Curtly Ambrose had said about young West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph. Sir Curtly was speaking about the fact that Joseph never seemed to smile…
Wasim Akram is the best left-arm fast bowler of all time. He has mastered all types of deliveries, slower balls, inswingers, outswingers, seaming in, seaming out, he could do it…
Sir Richard Hadlee makes our shortlist on two occasions, as is the case with Sir Garfield Sobers. Both are undoubtedly among the best allrounders of all time but while Sir…
Michael Holding was fast. But you never knew it from the way he ambled to the crease and quietly allowed the ball to kiss the pitch before the batsman was…
From a guy who used to play a sheet anchor role for his team and had limited playing shots in his book, Sangakkara swiftly evolved into an attractive batsman who…
Graceful, artistic and pure, Bedi has a rightful claim to being India’s greatest ever left-arm spinner. His relaxed action, combined with impeccable control were his biggest allies and this went…
It's been more than 40 years since the West Indian off-spinner Lance Gibbs snared his 308th victim and overhauled Fred Trueman to become the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket. Tall…
Anil Kumble was the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack for more than a decade and half. The 6 foot 1 inch tall, lean and calm cricketer had scintillating charisma…
Shane Warne is a former Australian cricketer, widely regarded as the greatest leg spinner in the history of cricket. Warne first caught eyeballs when playing for the Australia B squad.…
Viewed purely through numbers, Muralitharan is a giant performer and is in the unique position of holding the records for most wickets in One Day Internationals as well as Test…
Glenn McGrath, throughout his career, has been compared to West Indies great, Curtly Ambrose. The comparison makes sense. Both quicks were pencil thin and mean as snakes. They gave nothing…
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