Cricket: Test Team Of The Year

Nikhil NadipelliCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2009

We have witnessed amazing cricket last year with many players being very consistent all through. So I decided to come out with the test team of the year. A team consisting of the best players from all over the world.



  1. Virender Sehwag
  2. Greame Smith

Greame Smith and Sehwag have performed all through the year.The only player who give come close to taking their position would be Gambhir who had a very good run but is yet to prove abroad.


No. 3

Hashim Amla

The best of the lot. Though there are some really great players who play at this tough position like Ponting and Dravid, he played really awesome cricket to grab the spot.


No. 4

Sachin Tendulkar

Kevin Pietersen comes close. Both scored Breath taking centuries though in contrasting styles. Both of these players played beautiful match winning knocks ( kevin ended up losing though), both scored over1000 runs each and had a good average. But Tendulkar's presence in itself motivates the entire team and when he is in form, you should not think further. Its a pity Pietersen will be mising.


No. 5


No doubts.Eyes Closed. He has been having a dream run for the past two years, which also won him the ICC Player of the year award. Even if Mr. consistent Hussey had a good series against the South Africans he would not have come close. Probably Laxman played much better than Hussey but Chanderpaul is far ahead.


Wicket Keeper

Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Good Allround performance  from this talented tough cricketer. Good keeping and solid batting at this tough position puts him miles ahead of other keepers. Sangakkara didnot keep all through the year and Boucher is not as consistent as Dhoni.


All Rounder

Monre Morkel

He bowled with great passion and was a contributed more than a bit with the bat. Flintoff didnot play enough to earn a place. Morkel shows signs of becoming a great allounder. He may as well take the place of the fourth seamer




Mendis...... many might be surprised to see his name missing from this list. Yes, Mendis has done very well but he is yet to play outside Lanka. Murali however looked as dangerous and has a lot more experience that puts him in any team , anytime. Experience counts.



Dale Steyn

Zaheer Khan

Ishanth Sharma

All the three were the best bowlers this year. DAle and Zaheer will share the new ball. The left right combination will trouble any batsman. Ishant was effective even with the semi-new ball. These bowlers are now in the best of the form and look dangerous. All of them are different and lethal in thier own way.Only Johnson could have taken Ishanth's place.


12th man

Ajantha Mendis

He may come in as a second spinner when required. Again he edges oyt Johnson and Harbhajan( as the second spinner). He deserved at least this for all that he achieved in his first year.


Now the Captain.

Smith Vs Dhoni


Smith and Dhoni are captains with contrasting styles. Smith is more authoritative and demanding captain. Dhoni is calm, composed and thinking captain. He always seems to have a plan B if the plan A fails.While both can claim the captaincy with very good win record, Smith takes over due to his experience and Dhoni will not lose anything  by playing under Smith. Smith will be open to Dhoni's ideas. Not long ago Dhoni was playing under Kumble.



This team might not have the approval of all the members. These are the players I thought would make the best team. All suggestions are welcome. It is just a cricket fan’s humble attempt. Thank you.