IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN is an insightful look at how many of the game’s great players rate their best cricketers of the 20th and 21st century. One hundred World XI’s have been selected. Players from the days of Jack Hobbs and Donald Bradman right up to Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar of the current day are all discussed.
Find out which fast bowlers Sunil Gavaskar chose in his team – as one of the best opening batsmen of all time there is no better judge. Discover the most popular choices from over a century of Test cricket culminating in the best team of all-time selected by the greats themselves.
Neil Harvey on Donald Bradman
“He was a freak. His reflexes and his ability to pick up the line and length of the ball early were far superior to any other batsman I have known.”
Charlie Griffith on Ken Barrington
“He was certainly not the kind of batsman who I would take my son to watch, but he was so dependable.”
Colin Bland on Barry Richards
“There were times when he came to the crease and the umpire would ask him if he wanted a guard and he would say, ‘No thanks, I’ve played here before’.”
Michael Holding on Sunil Gavaskar
“If there was no bounce you were pretty much helpless because sideways movement just didn’t bother him at all.”
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RICHARD SYDENHAM has spent 17 years as a sports journalist and during this time has written for Reuters, The Associated Press, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Star Sunday.