Former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey picked three Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and current captain Virat Kohli in his ‘Best Enemies XI’ for test cricket.
Hussey, who played test matches for Australian cricket team from 2005 to 2013, picked the Best XI of opponents he has played against in Test cricket on “The Unplayable Podcast”.
The 44-year-old former Australian cricketer named Sehwag, known for his explosive batting, and former South African captain Graeme Smith as openers in the strong batting line-up in middle order like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara at number 3,4,5,6 respectively.
In the bowling squad Hussey picked South Africans fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, fast bowler from England James Anderson and magical spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
Hussey said that it was difficult for him to leave out former Indian captain wicket keeper and his Chennai Super Kings teammate MS Dhoni. He justified his decision, stating that Dhoni was pipped by Kumar Sangakkara based on the impact in the longest format of the game as wicket keeper batsman.
Asked what it was like facing bowling legends like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Brett Lee in the nets, Hussey said the sessions were ruthless. “It was brutal. If you can get through your net sessions unscathed you know you can get through any thing in Test cricket.” “That was real strength of the Australian cricket team when I was playing,” he added.
Michael Hussey’s ‘Best of Enemies’ XI:
Batsman: Virender Sehwag, Graeme Smith, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli
All-rounder: Jacques Kallis
Wicket Keeper: Kumar Sangakkara
Bowler: Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, James Anderson, Muttiah Muralitharan