Shane Warne picks Sri Lanka, South Africa’s greatest XI

Shane Warne

The man who brought leg-spin back to the fore, Shane Warne is one of the greatest leg-spinners ever to have played the game of cricket. There was a time when leg-spin wasn’t given too much of importance until Warne changed everyone’s outlook towards the same.

Making his debut back in 1993 against New Zealand, Shane Warne became a phenomenon in world cricket in just a few years. The Australia leg-spinner went onto the pick 708 wickets in 145 tests and 283 wickets in 194 one-day internationals.

The Australian cricketer is currently enjoying his time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Warne recently came live on Instagram and during the live chat, he revealed his greatest Sri Lanka XI and South African XI.

Graeme Smith

Warne made Graeme Smith as the skipper of South African greatest XI, which also includes the likes of all-rounder Jacques Kallis and legendary player Gary Kirsten. Mr. 360 cricketer AB De Villiers makes the cut, while Warne went with Mark Boucher as the wicket-keeper of the side. The bowling line up comprises of Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, and Allan Donald.

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

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara

Warne selects Mahela Jayawardene as the skipper of Sri Lanka’s greatest XI. The line up boasts of legendary players like Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya and former skipper Marvan Atapattu etc. Premier fast bowler Chaminda Vaas is a certainty while the spin-department includes two legends in Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath.

Sri Lanka XI: Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Kumar Sangakkara, Arjuna Ranatunga, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Chaminda Vaas, Rangana Herath, Muttiah Muralitharan and Rumesh Ratnayake