Jacques Kallis Picks Wasim and Waqar in His All-Time XI

Every cricketer has a different list when it comes to picking the greatest XI players of all time. While Pakistani batsmen are often absent from such teams, the bowlers are almost always there.

South African great, Jacques Kallis has named his all-time ODI XI, picking two of Pakistan’s finest fast bowlers in the side. The 43-year-old termed Wasim Akram as the best fast bowler he has faced in his career.

Great with the new ball, unbelievable with the old ball, [and] good bouncer. You never felt you were comfortably in against him and [he] always asked a lot of questions about your technique.

Here’s how his XI stacks up:

  1. Brian Lara
  2. Sachin Tendulkar
  3. Ricky Ponting
  4. Virat Kohli
  5. AB de Villiers
  6. Andrew Flintoff
  7. MS Dhoni
  8. Shaun Pollock
  9. Shane Warne
  10. Wasim Akram
  11. Waqar Younis

Talking about Waqar Younis, he said that the two would be tough to face, both with the new and the old ball.

Kallis said that it would be a formidable side and very rightly so with the mix of modern and all-time greats complementing each other.

Feature Writer