Rario, the Cricket NFT platform, has built a brilliant roster of players, signing them up to produce exclusive NFTs. Such are the names that we are tempted to try and pull together a playing XI out of them, assuming they were a franchise.
Virender Sehwag was a destroyer of field settings and opposition plans in his heyday. He started off as a middle-order all-rounder and turned a new leaf when given the role to open the innings. The explosive Indian opener was one of the catalysts of India’s rise as a global international force, playing his part in their ascent to No.1 rank in Tests and an influential role in T20 and One-day world tournament triumphs in 2007 and 2011.
The left-hander from Maharashtra, Smriti Mandhana has risen up the ranks as an essential member of India women’s limited-overs outfits while being one of the world’s most graceful batters. She also stands apart from most of her teammates in class and pedigree. Now the vice-captain of the limited-overs side, she is on her way to greatness in the international game.
Shafali Verma was a batting prodigy in her teens and made her India debut at the age of 15 years, becoming the youngest to do so. The rise of the explosive Verma as an opener has infused a great sense of excitement in India’s white-ball game. Already a crowd puller, the 18-year-old is an essential feature of India’s limited-overs sides with her ability to blast opposition attacks at the start and give India an early advantage and momentum.
Faf du Plessis
South African batter and former captain Faf Du Plessis will go down as one of the finest players that the country has produced on the international stage. From hitting a century on his Test debut to leading the team with elan on the world stage, Du Plessis played a crucial role in preserving the robustness of the Proteas’ Test, One day, and T20 teams on the global stage.
Rishabh Pant brought freshness into Indian cricket and to the heart of the masses with his aggressive brand of cricket, endearing him to not only the Indian fans but experts and the team as well. He has established himself as the No.1 wicketkeeper-batter for the Indian team across formats. The bold left-hand batter has been terrific with his ball-striking and the ability to leave an impact. The sky is the limit to how far Pant can take his game from here on.
Overcoming the shadows of the great MS Dhoni, Karthik has managed to assert his own standing and status within Indian cricket. The experienced wicketkeeper-batter may have not established himself as a member of the Test and One Day sides, but his ever-improved power-hitting skills make him a priceless asset in the shortest form of the game.
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan can confidently lay claim to be the greatest cricketer produced by Bangladesh ever. The left-arm all-rounder is inarguably one of the finest to have played at the international stage and has captained the Tigers well for a number of years. The premier allrounder has been amazing with his left-arm spin and the ability to bat in the middle-order across all forms of the game.
Talking of all-rounders, former West Indies captain Jason Holder will always find himself in conversations as he has established himself as one of the best in the world in terms of sheer all-round ability and influence, especially in Test cricket. From a bits and pieces cricketer in the infant stage of his career, Holder has transformed himself into a mighty effective swing and seam bowler and a consistent middle-order batter in the traditional format.
Easily the world’s best wrist spin bowler in white-ball cricket, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has been an immaculate force against the batters. The great Afghan warrior has established himself as the most sort after T20 cricketer, earning the heftiest of gigs with sides around the globe in various leagues.
If ever a cricketer outlines overpowering the odds and surpassing oneself, it has to be India’s quiet, composed but exceptionally skillful seam bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Not the quickest of pacers, Meerut-born Kumar has managed to retain wood over batters by maximizing his ability to swing the ball both ways. The right-armer has also been a dependable force in the end-overs of the white-ball game.
Starting off as a raw left-arm quick at the turn of the century, Zaheer went on to become India’s finest-ever speedster in Test and one-dayers. Zaheer, who had an interesting transition from an express quick to an incisive swing and seam bowler, went on to deliver game-defining spells in multiple Indian Test victories. His career peak moment came in the 2011 World tournament win when he emerged as the tournament’s joint-highest wicket-taker and India’s go-to bowler at all stages.
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