Former South African cricket team fast bowler Morne Morkel recently formed his all-time XI. Interestingly, the pacer selected only one Indian player. He did not have a place for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning captain MS Dhoni. Also, he left out his brother Albie Morkel from his team. Albie and Dhoni are two players who have been very successful in cricket. They can destroy any team on earth.
Shifting our focus back to the all-time XI of Morne Morkel, he started the team with two left-handed openers. He picked former South African cricket team captain Graeme Smith as one of the two openers. The other opener was Australian cricket team’s star player David Warner. Morkel named Smith the captain of his all-time XI.
Two more former South African cricket team stars received a place in the batting department of the team. At number three is Hashim Amla, who was famous for his ability to play big knocks consistently. And right behind is Jacques Kallis, who is one of the most complete all-rounders in cricket’s history.
Former Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is at number five in the team. Kohli is the lone Indian in the all-time XI of Morne Morkel. Surprisingly, Morkel has kept former England cricket team batter Kevin Pietersen at number six. Pietersen normally batted in the top-order for his country.
Morne Morkel named AB de Villiers as the wicket-keeper of his all-time XI
At number seven is the team’s wicket-keeper batter AB de Villiers. There are four bowlers in Morkel’s all-time XI. The lone spinner is Daniel Vettori, while the three fast bowlers are Dale Steyn, Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada.
Morne Morkel’s all-time XI: Graeme Smith (captain – South Africa), David Warner (Australia), Hashim Amla (South Africa), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Virat Kohli (India), Kevin Pietersen (England), AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper – South Africa), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Pat Cummins (Australia), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa), Dale Steyn (South Africa).