The former India opener named 14 players for his team that comprised cricketers from 1970 onwards.ttmum
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has picked Sunil Gavaskar to lead and open his all-time Mumbai XI alongside Rohit Sharma with Sachin Tendulkar slotted in the no. 4 slot and Zaheer Khan spearheading the bowling for the side.
The Mumbai cricket veteran, who announced his retirement from the sport last month, revealed the team comprising of players from 1970 onwards on the Twitter social media platform.
A total of 14 players were named with opener Ghulam Parkar named as the 12th man.
While the contrasting Sunil Gavaskar and Rohit Sharma would open the innings, Dilip Vengsarkar was listed as the one-down batsman.
The middle-order is bolstered by Sachin Tendulkar taking his traditional no. 4 slot ahead of his old friend Vinod Kambli.
"What can I say about Sachin? I could go on and on about him," Wasim Jaffer had said when he announced his retirement. "He was my role model. Feel really blessed to have watched him play from such close quarters. In my opinion, he was one of the best players of that era along with Brian Lara."
Wasim Jaffer's coach at Vidarbha and former Indian wicket-keeper Chandrakant Pandit was appointed as the man behind the stumps.
Sairaj Bahutule or Ramesh Powar were to fill the all-rounder spot.
Zaheer Khan's reverse swing paired with Ajit Agarkar's screamers formed the pace duo, bolstered by the 6-foot 6-inch Abey Kuruvilla.
Abdul Ismail and spinner Padmakar Shivalkar completed the team.
My all time Mumbai XI since 1970:— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 11, 2020
1. Gavaskar (c)
6. C Pandit (wk)
7. Bahutule / @imrameshpowar
8. @imAagarkar/ Abdul Ismail
10. A Kuruvilla
11. P Shivalkar
12th- G Parkar
Thoughts guys? @MumbaiCricAssoc
Incidentally, six of the players have been associated with T20 Mumbai in its two seasons so far.
Sachin Tendulkar is the League Ambassador, Sunil Gavaskar the League Commissioner, Dilip Vengsarkar the League Mentor, Rohit Sharma was picked as an Icon Player in the augural season, while Vinod Kambli and Zaheer Khan have served as mentors for teams.
Wasim Jaffer too was a mentor last season with the Shivaji Park Lions.
Despite his prolific run-scoring in the domestic scene and the Ranji Trophy, the 42-year-old described by Sunil Gavaskar as "a real team man, selfless to the core" didn't pick himself in the line-up.
Are you serious?? Where is your name Wasim bhai?? 🧐— lets stay indoors India 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 11, 2020