Batsmen AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli have collectively named a hypothetical best ODI XI, which comprises only South African and Indian players.
The combined XI featured De Villiers and Kohli. Both agreed on Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendara Singh Dhoni as captain during this week’s conversation on Instagram.
Indian duo Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma were chosen as opening batsmen. The specialist bowlers were Proteas pace aces Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada, India’s Jasprit Bumrah and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Neither South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir nor wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock were chosen.
Dhoni and De Villiers are teammates at the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
This year’s edition of the IPL, though, has been suspended indefinitely as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bangalore have never won the IPL, but have played three finals. They have lost finals to the Deccan Chargers, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2009, 2011 and 2016, respectively.
De Villiers and Kohli’s combined ODI XI: Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, MS Dhoni (c), Yuvraj Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dale Steyn, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada.
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