Sourav Ganguly names himself as captain of his dream Test team, says Dhoni is automatic choice for ODIs

In what clearly is a post-Eighties selection, Ganguly has not chosen Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna or Chandrasekhar in any squad. VVS Laxman as 12th man in Test squad debatable even as Mohammed Azharuddin is totally ignored. Most slots have gone to players Ganguly has captained or groomed. The choice of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja in the ODI squad tells about the potential in the current Indian team that won the Champions Trophy in June in UK.

updated: August 19, 2013 18:35 IST
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No one from the legendary Indian spin troika of Bishan Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Erapalli Prasanna figure in Sourav Ganguly's all-time best Indian Test team. In what was a "tough choice" for Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble have made the cut as the only two spinners in the Test squad that has VVS Laxman as 12th man.

Ganguly named his best ODI and Test XIs on a TV channel on Independence Day. Unlike the 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev who did not include himself in his all-time best Indian ODI team, Ganguly didn't hesitate to name himself in both the ODI and Test teams he picked. (Also read: Why MSD does not want to pick a dream team)

While he has chosen himself as Sachin Tendulkar's opening partner in ODIs, Ganguly feels his position at the top of the Test batting order could only be 'challenged' by Gundappa Viswanath, whose batting average (41.93) is marginally less than his own (42.17). Although they played in different eras and against different kinds of attacks, Ganguly has 113 Test caps to Vishy's 91 and scored 16 hundreds to the Little Master's 14.

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