Mumbai: An enthralling initiative taken by BCCI (the Board of Control for Cricket in India) for cricket fans to mark India’s historic 500th Test sparked intense debate on the social media as well as of it.
BCCI on first day of India v/s New Zealand Test series asked fans to vote for their best team online. With 285 players having earned India’s Test cap since 1932, the job for picking a Dream Team wasn’t easy.
Finally, the Indian board put out the final results on the 5th Day of the Kanpur Test, with just two players from the 80’s – Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev being part of it.
However, it was name of Yuvraj Singh that shocked more than anything else, especially for Sourav Ganguly’s fans. After which, social media was set on fire by Dada’s followers. Followings are some of the tweets, that are enough for one to understand the situation.
Followings are some of the tweets, that are enough for one to understand the situation.
@BCCI @virendersehwag @msdhoni @anilkumble1074 @YUVSTRONG12 @SGanguly99 without Dada, there is no #DreamTeam, he is a real captain of Ind”
@bcci Where is Sourav Ganguly?”
“No Sourav Ganguly Virat DilipVangeskar Gautam Gambhir Harbhajan ? But Yuvraj Singh is there as 12th Man Pathetic Selection”
No doubt,Yuvraj Singh trumping Dada, Virat Kohli, Harbhajan Singh and Dilip Vengsarkar was a stroke for the majority.But it wasn’t just him , VVS Laxman (58 per cent votes) in the top order has also contributed in the bump.
Truly, this unique exercise by BCCI suggest that the cricket-mad Indian public participated, but only enthusiastically. People were eagerly waiting for their ‘Dream Team’ to be announced, And soon an expected team with some exceptions were in front of their eyes.
Rahul Dravid (96 per cent) polled the most votes, followed by Anil Kumble (92), Kapil Dev (91) and MS Dhoni (90). Dhoni has been named captain of the Dream team. Sachin Tendulkar has polled 73 per cent votes.
India Dream Test XI (as per fan votes): Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh.