UltimateXI

At first glance, Joe Root does not look like the type of batsman that makes for a successful T20 player. Obdurate in the Test arena and the solid anchor sheet…
The wicket of Kane Williamson is among the most prized in all of cricket, simple because he takes care of it so well. Not taking a chance against the New…
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is arguably the greatest finisher of the modern era, possibly of all time. A very cool, very calculated middle-order batsman in both T20s and One-Day Internationals, Dhoni,…
An elegant stroke maker, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara is perhaps one of the few batsmen who seamlessly transition from Test to One-Day International, to T20 cricket. Without a significant reliance…
Blessed with an ability to hit boundaries at the end of innings got observers to label Eoin Morgan a "finisher". In 2010, he took those talents to the 2010 ICC…
A gifted cricketer, who didn’t quite live up to expectation as a Test player, JP Duminy still managed to become South Africa's leading T20 run-scorer, in 2013, as well as…
One of the fastest scorers in world cricket, Glenn Maxwell has become a key man in Australia's middle order in the shorter formats. It is not just his power that…
AB De Villiers had every shot in the book and some that were not in it. He could hit the ball anywhere regardless of who was bowling. One of South…
A versatile cricketer, Shoaib Malik is capable of hitting big shots but is also capable of effectively rotating the strike. His power was on display in 2003 against South Africa…
Shane Watson’s ability with bat and ball was never more on show than at the 2012 T20 World Cup when he bested all and sundry to earn the player of…
West Indian opener Evin Lewis has gone through his ups and downs with injury and form over the course of his eight-year career as a T20 opener to date. But…
Long before making his debut for India as a 27-year-old for India, Shikhar Dhawan had displayed serious talent as a T20 batsman. His stylish stroke-making was always something that could…
Trinidad and Tobago batsman, Lendl Simmons was one of the first cricketers from the region to say definitively, he was going to focus almost solely on the shortest form of…
An exciting batsman, known for his aggression and brilliant timing, Tillakaratne Dilshan even has a shot named after him, the Dilscoop. Dilshan did not start opening the innings for Sri…
Aaron Finch made his T20I debut for Australia against England in 2011. Two years later, he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka. In 2013, he scored 156 runs off…
David Warner had one of the most memorable debuts in international cricket, when he was plucked from obscurity - without having played a single First-Class match - and made a…
As far as T20 leagues go, Martin Guptill’s ability to hit them clean has resulted in stints with IPL's Mumbai Indians, CPL's Guyana Amazon Warriors as well as St Kitts…
Rohit Sharma debuted for India in T20 internationals during the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the World Cup-winning Indian national team. He is only the second cricketer…
Picked for the Indian squad for the four-Test tour against the West Indies in 2016, KL Rahul played in the second Test at Jamaica and scored 158, his highest Test…
Quinton De Kock grew up as a baseball player and even considered a move to the United States, but his father convinced him to pursue cricket instead. De Kock was…
Brutal and brilliant, Brendon McCullum is capable of destroying the best of bowling attacks. A wicketkeeper-batsman, McCullum has been used throughout the New Zealand batting order, but whenever he arrives…
Considered the greatest T20 batsman in history, Chris Gayle has been a dominant force in the format for more than a decade. He is the proud holder of many records…
A panel of experts thought better of booting Glenn McGrath from the early reckonings for a place among the SportsMax Ultimate XI team with the Aussie eventually forcing his way…
When the SportsMax Zone and a panel of experts consider the monumental task of picking its four bowlers for SportsMax’s Ultimate XI One-Day International (ODI) team, there will be an…
Sir Richard Hadlee was a bowler of unparalleled skill. He moved the ball both ways, in the air and off the pitch and could hit any crack in a pitch…
Glenn McGrath’s final One-Day International was the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean. Australia won that World Cup and McGrath was named its Man of the…
Control is one of the hallmarks of a good fast bowler. Add pace to that and you have the ingredients for a great fast bowler. Add pace to that and…
Curtly Ambrose was fast and standing at 6 ft 8 ins, he created steep bounce from just back of a length. Nobody, but nobody found it easy to deal with…
Coming from great cricket stock through his Dad, Peter Pollock who bowled for South Africa through the 1960s and his uncle, Graeme Pollock, who many regard, despite him having few…
Shane Bond could have been the greatest bowler New Zealand ever produced had he the body for it. Unfortunately, the fearsome quick spent much of his time in international cricket…
If you are named to Australia’s greatest ever One-Day International team, then chances are, you’re one of the greatest ODI teams of all time. Australia are the team to have…
A wrist-spinner who bowled off-breaks, and turned his doosra by yards, he was impossible to fathom, physically and through measurement. He could touch his forearm with his little finger and…
He mixed it up by bowling googlies and the quicker ones. On occasion, he even delivered the conventional off-break. This was interspersed with some stunning knocks such as the one…
Saqlain Mushtaq is regarded as one of the best spinners cricket has ever seen. His arsenal consisted of mean spin control and he was renowned for his ‘doosras’. In fact,…
Tall and lithe in his build, Anil Kumble was not the quintessential, everyday spinner. He produced no lateral magic from the surface as Shane Warne did, nor did he create…
Widely regarded as the greatest leg spinner in the history of cricket, Shane Warne was a renaissance man. He breathed new life into the bowling style of leg-spin which was…
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