Which players would make it to an all-time XI of Bombay/Mumbai cricket team?

Sankaran Krishna, professor of political science at the University of Hawaii chips in with his best Bombay eleven.

  1. Vijay Merchant
  2. Sunil Gavaskar
  3. Dilip Vengsarkar
  4. Sachin Tendulkar
  5. Polly Umrigar (captain)
  6. Vinoo Mankad
  7. Farokh Engineer (wk)
  8. Karsan Ghavri
  9. Zaheer Khan
  10. Padmakar Shivalkar
  11. Subhash Gupte

The 12th man is Eknath Solkar.

In the end he says:

As I scan the team, the absence of any left-hand batsmen in the top order and the surfeit of left-arm bowlers (Gupte is the lone exception) is a bit worrying. Indeed, given the overlap in bowling skills between Vinoo Mankad and Shivalkar, I feared I might have to drop one of them for a right-arm medium-fast bowler. Unfortunately, contenders like Ajit Agarkar, Ramakant Desai, or Dattu Phadkar, just weren’t good enough in terms of their Test records. In the end, I could not bring myself to leave out either Mankad or Shivalkar. Fortunately, since I was the one compiling the XI, I did not need to!

So, does this island team stand a chance against the best of Barbados? Most certainly not. But still, that’s not a shabby XI by any means.


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