The Cricket World’s Best: Irfan Pathan and Wasim Akram’s GOAT ODI Selections Revealed!


In a recent discussion among former cricketers, including Irfan Pathan, Wasim Akram, and others who are part of the Star Sports experts panel, the topic of selecting the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) ODI cricketers emerged. These experts shared their opinions on the greatest ODI batter, bowler, spinner, and pacer ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023. Let’s take a closer look at their selections:

GOAT ODI Batter:

  • Wasim Akram: Named Sir Vivian Richards as the best ODI batter of all time.
  • Muttiah Muralitharan: Quick to name Virender Sehwag, known for his aggressive batting.
  • Irfan Pathan: Chose Sachin Tendulkar, one of India’s cricket legends.
  • Sanjay Manjrekar: Also named Sir Vivian Richards as the greatest ODI batter.
  • Piyush Chawla: Selected batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Sanjay Bangar: Believes Virat Kohli deserves the title.
  • Mithali Raj: Agrees with Irfan Pathan and Piyush Chawla by choosing Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest ODI batter.

GOAT ODI All-rounder:

  • Wasim Akram: Backed former South African Jacques Kallis, a cricketing legend known for his all-round skills.
  • Irfan Pathan: Opted for Kapil Dev, who inspired many with his performances.
  • Mithali Raj: Also chose Jacques Kallis.
  • Sanjay Manjrekar: Named Yuvraj Singh, highlighting his outstanding performance in the ICC World Cup 2011.
  • Piyush Chawla: Supported Jacques Kallis.
  • Sanjay Bangar: Agreed with the majority by picking Jacques Kallis.

GOAT ODI Spinner:

  • Piyush Chawla: Named Shane Warne as the greatest ODI spinner of all time.
  • Wasim Akram: Supported his former teammate Saqlain Mushtaq.
  • Sanjay Manjrekar: Echoed Piyush Chawla’s choice and backed Shane Warne.
  • Mithali Raj: Named Muttiah Muralitharan, one of Sri Lanka’s greatest spinners.
  • Sanjay Bangar: Rooted for Anil Kumble, India’s legendary leg-spinner.

GOAT ODI Fast bowler:

  • Wasim Akram: Despite being one of the choices, he was named by the majority of experts as the greatest ODI fast bowler of all time.
  • Irfan Pathan: Also chose Wasim Akram.
  • Sanjay Manjrekar: Agreed with the consensus and picked Wasim Akram.
  • Piyush Chawla: Went for Dale Steyn as his choice.
  • Mithali Raj: Supported Wasim Akram.
  • Sanjay Bangar: Agreed with the majority by selecting Wasim Akram.
  • Wasim Akram: Named Curtly Ambrose as the greatest ODI fast bowler.

These selections showcase the diverse opinions and perspectives of cricketing legends on who they believe are the greatest in various categories of ODI cricket. Each player chosen has left an indelible mark on the sport and has contributed significantly to the rich history of One Day International cricket.

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