At the moment of lockdown in almost every country, cricketers are shifting their focus towards various social media platforms to pass the time and also get an opportunity to interact with fans and followers.
Former Australian spinner Shane Warne is also spending time on social media and releasing his best XI of different teams. The leggie has been picking out teams or best XI for each side. He has been picking players against whom he has played.
Recently, Warne named his greatest Sri Lanka and South Africa XI during an Instagram live session. The 50-year-old chose Mahela Jayawardene as the captain of his Sri Lankan XI which also featured Kumar Sangakkara; the duo led Sri Lanka to consecutive World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011.
Being one of the best spinners of all-time, Warne picked Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath as the spin-duo of Lankan XI. The Victorian cricketer also selected legendary Sri Lanka batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, and Aravinda de Silva.
Here is Warne’s Sri Lanka XI:
Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Kumar Sangakkara, Arjuna Ranatunga, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Chaminda Vaas, Rangana Herath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rumesh Ratnayake.
When it came to South Africa, Warne picked up the most successful Proteas’ skipper, Graeme Smith, as the leader of the team. Smith is the only South African player who has captained his country in more than 100 Tests.
Warne went with the genius AB de Villiers and Gary Kirsten as proper batsmen. He also picked former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje in the final eleven.
Among bowlers, Warne included the pace trio of Dale Steyn, Alan Donald and Shaun Pollack.
The cricketer-turned-commentator also picked Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher and Jaques Kallis in his all-time XI for the South Africans.
Here is Warne’s South Africa XI:
Graeme Smith (c), Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Hansie Cronje, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Pat Symcox, Dale Steyn and Allan Donald.