POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 11, 2015 AT 22:28 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 11, 2015 22:28 IST

So the results are in for the BBC's all-time greatest World Cup XI contest.

In a countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup, the BBC asked people to choose the World's all-time greatest ODI XI team with players in different categories. People were asked to choose two opening batsmen, three middle order batsmen, one wicket keeper, one all rounder, three fast bowlers and one spinner. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 11, 2015 AT 22:28 IST, Edited At: Feb 11, 2015 22:28 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 07, 2015 AT 20:56 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 07, 2015 20:56 IST

Who would be India’s all-time greatest cricketers and who would feature in the all-time greatest World ODI eleven? The choice is yours. In the run up to the ICC cricket World Cup that commences next week, the BBC has opened a contest to choose the World’s all-time greatest ODI XI with players in different categories.

The contest asks people to choose two opening batsmen, three middle order batsmen, one wicket keeper, one all rounder, three fast bowlers and one spinner.


There are five Indian cricket icons who feature among the "probables" for the greatest One Day International XI of all time. The Indian stars that feature in the options include Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag among opening batsmen, Mahendra Singh Dhoni among wicket keepers, Kapil Dev among all rounders, and Anil Kumble among spinners. Barring Kapil Dev, all the Indian players are from the team that played the last world cup and Dhoni is the only one who will play this year’s world cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Other stalwarts to feature among the probables are South Africa’s Hashim Amla, West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuria among Openers.

Michael Bevan, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh from Australia, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and Brian Lara from the West Indies, Inzamam Ul Haq from Pakistan and A B De Villiers from South Africa feature among middle order batsmen.

Mark Boucher from South Africa, Andy Flower from Zimbabwe, Adam Gilchrist from Australia, Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka and Brendon McCullum from New Zealand are included among Wicket keepers,.

Shahid Afridi and Imran khan from Pakistan, Ian Botham from England, Jacques Kallis and Lance Kluesner from South Africa are seen among all rounders.

Bret Lee, Gelnn McGrath and Dennis Lillee from Australia, Waqar Yunis, Wasim Akram from Pakistan, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner from West Indies, Lasith Malinga from Sri Lanka and Allan Donald from South Africa among fast bowlers.

Finally, Muthiah Muralitharan from Sri Lanka, Saqlain Mushtaq from Pakistan Daniel Vettori from New Zealand and Shane Warne from Australia among spinners.

As the teams participating in the world cup burn the midnight oil to select the eleven that will play in this year’s world cup, this gives a chance to the public to choose their own greatest team. The results of the poll will be revealed on the BBC website on Monday, February 9, 2015.

Predictably, the survey has generated much debate. Journalist and cricket lover Tunku Varadarajan tweeted his 11:

 


So, what's your eleven?

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 07, 2015 AT 20:56 IST, Edited At: Feb 07, 2015 20:56 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 28, 2014 AT 22:08 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 28, 2014 22:08 IST

A simple hashtag #putoutyourbats is all it took. And what a collective worldwide outpouring of grief for Phillip Hughes it resulted in.

Hughes died yesterday, just days before his 26th birthday, having been struck by a Sean Abbott delivery two days earlier, during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

Sydney father Paul Taylor started the trend when he posted a simple image of his cricket bat and blue Australian cap resting beside his front door.

"We've all played cricket in one way or other. We've all grown up with a bat and ball," he wrote.

"This is our way to connect and show our sadness."

Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist posted a photograph of his kids' miniature bats lined up on the front gate along with a simple message: "From the Gilly kids xxxx".

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 28, 2014 AT 22:08 IST, Edited At: Nov 28, 2014 22:08 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Nov 27, 2014 AT 19:58 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 27, 2014 19:58 IST

 

Watching Phillip Hughes, so boyish, cheerful and amiable, was all about the future. There was barely any past...

He had the attitude. He had the look. Here was a cricketer, we told ourselves, with time on his side. Perhaps he assuaged his disappointments the same way. Certainly, he handled himself as first reserve with dignity, patience and enthusiasm.

Thus the intensity of the shock at his loss. Hughes is the tomorrow cricketer who will now form part of history. He is not the youngest Test cricketer to die. That tragic mantle still belongs to Manjural Islam Rana, the Bangladeshi spinner who was 22 when he died in a traffic accident in March 2007.

But he has become the first to be cut down, as it were, before our very eyes — in the act, in full bloom, in the presence of his mother and sister, by a delivery from a bowler who just six weeks ago was his teammate in a one-day series in the Gulf.

Forever young, that’s how we’ll remember Phillip Hughes
Gideon Haigh in the Australian

 

It's not been the same for the world Cricket community since Nov 25, and today was a tragic reminder of the fragility of life:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 03, 2014 AT 22:56 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 03, 2014 22:56 IST

Maria Sharapova may have been knocked out of Wimbledon, but she would certainly have been bemused at finding #whoismariasharapova trending worldwide on Twitter.

Clearly the five-time Grand Slam champion had no idea what a storm her casual remark about not knowing who Sachin Tendulkar is would cause.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 03, 2014 AT 22:56 IST, Edited At: Jul 03, 2014 22:56 IST
     
 
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