He might have hit a purple patch and may be busy smashing records, but India skipper Virat Kohli failed to find a spot in England all-rounder Ben Stokes' dream XI, which includes Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
Stokes, the costliest buy in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) auction at Rs 14.5 crore, kept Tendulkar for the Number 5 spot, and Sehwag as the opener in his XI, which included a mix of present and former players.
Ben StokesI’d have Sehwag as one of my openers. I reckon he averaged about 50 in his career (49.34), and his strike rate was probably in the 80s (82.23). To have that as an opening batsman in Test match cricket if you were an opening bowler would be pretty scary, I reckon.
Stokes, who is expected to be a key member of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise, chose former Australian captain Ricky Ponting at Number 4 and Tendulkar at Number 5.
Ben StokesRicky and Sachin could swap between four and five, and they can have a fight to see who goes in – whichever one’s got their pads on.
Stokes' team also included the legendary West Indian all-rounder Garfield Sobers and Australian spin great Shane Warne. He chose Alastair Cook, who recently gave up Test captaincy, to lead his dream XI. Ben Stokes's dream XI: Virender Sehwag, Alastair Cook (captain), Hashim Amla, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Garfield Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Dale Steyn, Curtly Ambrose, Jimmy Anderson.