India and Australia, the two heavyweights of the history of cricket has gifted a number of astounding opening batsmen. Forming a squad with picking players from the historical rivals was a task for Aaron Finch, and picking his compatriot and legendary batsman Adam Gilchrist as one opener, the Aussie skipper named Virender Sehwag as the Indian counterpart.
Cricket has been on the shelf on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the month of December will possibly see a Test series between India and Australia, if the cards are played right. On the topic of the upcoming red ball series, Aaron Finch remembered the previous tour Virat Kohli and his team made in Australia.
Speaking to Sports Tak, the 33 year old was proposed to put up a squad consisting of current and former players from the two countries. Starting with the opening batsmen, Viru was a no-brainer for the Aussie skipper, as he picked Gilchrist along with the men in BLue icon.
“Sehwag is my number one pick. He was so dominant. As soon he was on, the game was over,” Finch praised Sehwag’s signature swashbucking performances he used to churn out in his prime.
India’s current opening sensation Rohit Sharma was a potential choice for Finch, but he had to go for Viru as to get Gilchrist sharing the pitch with him.
The veteran batsman continued: “I want to go with Rohit Sharma, his record is amazing but I want to watch Adam Gilchrist open with Virender Sehwag.”
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was named, along with Kohli in the batting order. “I will go with Ricky Ponting at 3 and Virat Kohli at 4,” Finch added.
The other players that Finch picked for the combined XI are- Hardik Pandya, Andrew Symonds, Brett Lee, Jasprit Bumrah and Glenn McGrath.