‘Remember the name! Carlos Braithwaite’ who can forget these words by Ian Bishop after his enthusiastic voice in the commentary box after the emphatic win of the Windies side in 2016 WT20 at Kolkata?
Ian Bishop has been one of the most celebrated voices in the history of cricket. Either for analysis or the live match commentary, he makes the viewers so gripped to the game. He is now the latest person to name his all-time XI which has become a trend nowadays.
Naming his greatest all-time ODI XI, his opening combination included the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma. While Sachin has been one of the most included members in the all-time greatest squads of many legends, Bishop didn’t have any hesitation in naming Rohit who is equally destructive in the midterm day game. He also included Virat Kohli, Viv Richards and AB De Villiers to support them thus forming a tough top order.
It is to be noted that all the above members have several records against their names and it certainly makes the squad look so ‘Royal’. Finishers in the form of Lance Klusener and MS Dhoni added further essence to this squad. Both of them have redefined the term ‘finishing’ in the past two decades and Bishop believed that their inclusion makes it complete.
With Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram leading the pace department, he also added Joel Garner known as one of the most lethal bowlers of his times to the squad. However, the squad comprised of only one spinner in the form of Saqlain Mushtaq.
In short, all the members of his squad have several records to their name and it is one of the most unique qualities of such a tough and top-notch playing XI.
Ian Bishop’s all-time ODI XI:
Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Viv Richards, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Lance Klusener, MS Dhoni, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath
"He's already for me, a modern day great of 50-over cricket."
— ICC (@ICC) June 7, 2019