The ICC World Twenty20 is upon us, and that set me wondering about what the greatest Twenty20 XI would look like. We have all indulged in this exercise for Test matches and ODIs. I don't know about you, but I haven't with T20s. So, why not now?
Unlike the other formats, especially Tests, where we've only heard of and not seen many of the legends, Twenty20 was conceived in front of our eyes. I'm tempted to sift through cricket's Hall of Fame and imagine who might have rocked the T20s scene if only they had been born a few years later. It's more fun than listing the usual suspects - Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Lasith Malinga and others. More than a couple of names I tick off in my head might be members of a Test Dream Team. So what? Great men like Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar have said over and over that handling T20s is more of an adjustment, and what you need is the skill and temperament - something that Test cricket inculcates better than anything else.
Anyway, the criteria for selection is, more or less, the following: