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Revealed: India's Greatest Test XI

After more than 50,000 votes, we present India's Greatest Test XI as voted for by the fans

The votes are in - this is India's Greatest Test XI as voted by YOU!

Over the past week, we have been asking you to have your say on who you think deserves to be selected in India's Greatest XI as a way of celebrating their 500th Test match, starting on Thursday in Kanpur.

From the greatest openers, the best of a swathe of middle-order batting stars, the wicketkeepers, the quicks and a host of spinners, you've had your say on who you think deserves to make the cut.

From the more than 50,000 votes cast, your selection for India's Greatest Test XI is:

  1. Sunil Gavaskar
  2. Virender Sehwag
  3. Rahul Dravid
  4. Sachin Tendulkar
  5. VVS Laxman
  6. Sourav Ganguly
  7. MS Dhoni
  8. Kapil Dev
  9. Anil Kumble
  10. Harbhajan Singh
  11. Zaheer Khan

The full breakdown of the results is below, showing several clear-cut winners in their respective categories, led by MS Dhoni who won 93 per cent of the vote as India's greatest wicketkeeper-batsman.

The tightest battle was for the No.5 and No.6 positions, with VVS Laxman a clear victor for one spot and former skipper Sourav Ganguly just edging out current captain Virat Kohli for the other spot in the batting order.

Unsurprisingly, the side had a distinctly modern feel; all but Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev played Test cricket since the year 2000, underlining the unprecedented period of success Indian cricket has enjoyed so far this century.

Gavaskar is joined by modern day powerhouse Virender Sehwag at the top of the order while Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were the unsurprising choices to fill the No.3 and No.4 positions.

Allrounder Dev is partnered by left-armer Zaheer Khan in a two-man pace attack, while leg-psinner Anil Kumble and offie Harbhajan Singh bring plenty of variety - and more than 1000 Test wickets - to the spin attack.

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Note: Players listed as having received 0 per cent of the vote did receive a handful of votes, but not enough to warrant a percentage of the total votes


Opening combination

  • Sunil Gavaskar-Virender Sehwag: 63 per cent
  • Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag: 30 per cent
  • Gautam Gambhir-Sunil Gavaskar: 5 per cent
  • Sunil Gavaskar-Navjot Sidhu: 1 per cent
  • Virender Sehwag-Navjot Sidhu: 1 per cent

From the Vault: Vintage Virender in full flow

Number 3

  • Rahul Dravid - 76 per cent
  • Sachin Tendulkar - 23 per cent
  • Mohinder Amarnath - 1 per cent
  • Vijay Hazare - 0 per cent
  • Dilip Vengsarkar - 0 per cent
  • Gundappa Viswanath - 0 per cent


Number 4

  • Sachin Tendulkar - 77 per cent
  • Rahul Dravid - 22 per cent
  • Mohinder Amanath 1 per cent
  • Vijay Hazare - 0 per cent
  • Dilip Vengsarkar - 0 per cent
  • Gundappa Viswanath - 0 per cent

Mix Tape: The Little Master at his ODI best

Number 5

  • VVS Laxman - 37 per cent
  • Virat Kohli - 28 per cent
  • Sourav Ganguly - 18 per cent
  • Mohammad Azharuddin - 17 per cent
  • Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi - 0 per cent
  • Polly Umrigar - 0 per cent


Number 6

  • VVS Laxman - 44 per cent
  • Sourav Ganguly - 25 per cent
  • Virat Kohli - 16 per cent
  • Mohammad Azharuddin - 14 per cent
  • Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi - 1 per cent
  • Polly Umrigar - 0 per cent


Wicketkeeper-batsman

  • MS Dhoni - 93 per cent
  • Syed Kirmani - 6 per cent
  • Kiran More - 1 per cent

Dhoni's nine dismissals

First fast bowler

  • Kapil Dev - 58 per cent
  • Zaheer Khan - 31 per cent
  • Javagal Srinath - 10 per cent
  • Mohammad Nissar - 1 per cent

Mix Tape: Kapil Dev at his very, very best

Second fast bowler

  • Zaheer Khan - 48 per cent
  • Kapil Dev - 29 per cent
  • Javagal Srinath - 21 per cent
  • Mohammad Nissar - 2 per cent


First spin bowler

  • Anil Kumble - 75 per cent
  • Harbhajan Singh - 11 per cent
  • Bishan Bedi - 10 per cent
  • Bhagwath Chandrasekhar - 3 per cent
  • Erapalli Prasanna - 1 per cent
  • Vinoo Mankad - 0 per cent

From the Vault: Kumble makes the SCG his own

Second spin bowler

  • Harbhajan Singh - 44 per cent
  • Anil Kumble - 25 per cent
  • Bishan Bedi - 21 per cent
  • Bhagwath Chandrasekhar - 4 per cent
  • Erapalli Prasanna - 4 per cent
  • Vinoo Mankad - 2 per cent