Sachin Tendulkar, lonely Indian in the Tillakaratne Dilshan ODI XI of all time

NEW DELHI: Great Batting Sachin Tendulkar he was the only Indian to find a place in the former Sri Lankan hitter Tillakaratne Dilshan ODI XI. Dilshan formed a team made up of the best Cricket players he played with and against throughout his international career.

Dilshan named former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya and Tendulkar as his first pair. He is one of the best starters in Sri Lanka, Dilshan told ESPNCricinfo about Jayasuriya.

In 1996 Sri Lanka changed the way hitters attacked bowlers in the first 15 attacks and Sanath was the leading man who brought this to the world. Cricket . His focus changed the game from over 50. I think he was one of the best attacking hitters in the world.

Dilshan said that Tendulkar was 'more stylish' compared to Jayasuriya. "He knew how to set up the game. He's one of most experienced guys in the XI and has the most runs to his name in international Cricket . I think it's a good opening combination - one attacking batsman and the other who can be steady, though, of course, Sachin could also attack any time he wanted to. They were the two best openers in the world. And it's a left-right combination," said Dilshan.

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West Indies great Brian Lara came in at No.3. Dilshan said Lara was in his latter years when he was making his early foray into international Cricket and the southpaw still played bowlers with ease.

It was very difficult to play with him. It was so natural in the way he built entrances, he used the crease. He used his feet against the spinners to play a lot of good shots: he hit on extra coverage, he could sweep good, he plays the cut, he said.

In the N. ° 4 came the former Sri Lankan teammate from Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene. Describing him as a good leader and a good thinker, Dilshan said: He scored many runs under pressure in big games, like in the 2007 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand - we lost the first wickets and he hit with me. and got a hundred. He also scored a hundred in the 2011 World Cup final. I think he handled the pressure really well, not just batting.

Dilshan chose former Australia captain Ricky Ponting as the team captain. He won more World Cups than anyone, so I chose him as my captain, said the former right-handed hitter.

He had a very good temperament as a captain. As a hitter, he could handle the turn very well due to the way he used his feet.

In the N. No.6 came ex-versatile South African Jacques Kallis, while ex-teammate AB de Villiers came at no. ° 7. De Villiers was also named as the gatekeeper at Dilshan XI.

Sri Lanka chose a bowling attack consisting of the former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, the great West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh and the legendary spinners. Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.

"During my career, Murali was one of the best spinners I saw. Like Walsh could extract bounce even from a dead track, he could turn the ball and take wickets on a flat wicket, a turning wicket or one that had grass. He could bowl on any track. He was one of the best off-spinners world Cricket has seen," said Dilshan.

Dilshan said he was forced to keep Australian Glenn McGrath as the twelfth man because of Wasim and Walsh. According to Dilshan, Wasim got his pick due to his ability to swing the ball, while Walsh could extract more rebound than McGrath and he would complement Akram and Kallis with his rhythm.