Cape Town - Two South Africans - AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis - have cracked the nod for Cricinfo’s ODI dream team of the past 25 years.
The cricket specialist website used statistics between 1993 and 2017 to compile the team.
The Proteas duo received high praise in the report.
De Villiers is called a “madman genius of limited-overs cricket”.
“De Villiers sets himself up at the crease in ways bowlers cannot imagine, and makes shots that other batsmen cannot dream of. When in flow there is no batsman as destructive as him - and has possibly never been. Thirty-one-ball century anyone?” the report adds.
Of Kallis, the report states: “There may be bowlers, it is true, with more than 273 wickets, but have they scored over 11 000 colossal runs at 44 an innings? Kallis was the ultimate team balancer, equally capable of rescuing batting collapses and stepping up to bowl with the field still up.”
The rest of the team consists of three Indians, three Australians and one each from the West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
India’s MS Dhoni is the captain.
Cricinfo’s ODI XI of the last 25 years:
Adam Gilchrist (Australia, wicketkeeper), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Virat Kohli (India), Brian Lara (West Indies), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), MS Dhoni (India, captain), Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Shane Warne (Australia), Glenn McGrath (Australia), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)