World Cup Squad: All-time Cricket World Cup XI

Twenty-two members of our staff picked their alI-time World Cup XIs, from which we compiled a composite team. A total of 39 players featured in at least one of those 22 individual teams. Ten players featured in half or more of the sides. Of these, Wasim Akram was the only unanimous choice.

The battle for the final spot was a close one: Kumar Sangakkara pipped the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya, Steve Waugh, Kapil Dev and AB de Villiers.

Only two of the players in the final XI featured in a World Cup before 1992, both a reflection of how the ODI game has evolved and the average age of the selectors.

Adam Gilchrist (wk)

Matches 31 Runs 1085 Average 36.16 Strike Rate 98.01 Dismissals 52

The destructive keeper-batsman has three World Cup titles. His finest moment came in his final World Cup match, when his 149 (aided by a squash ball in his glove) clinched the third of those title wins.

Sachin Tendulkar

Matches 45 Runs 2278 Ave 56.95 SR 88.98 100s/50s 6/15

In the three World Cups where he opened throughout, Tendulkar topped the run-scoring charts twice, in 1996 and 2003; he was second in 2011, when India won the title in his record-equalling sixth World Cup.

Ricky Ponting

Matches 46 Runs 1743 Ave 45.86 SR 79.95 100s/50s 5/6

Part of a record 34-match unbeaten World Cup streak during which Australia won a hat-trick of titles, two under his captaincy. Ponting's best was a stunning 140 not out in the 2003 final. Also a gun fielder, with the most World Cup catches for an outfielder.

Viv Richards

Matches 23 Runs 1013 Ave 63.31 SR 85.05 100s/50s 3/5

Two-time World Cup champion (and nearly a third). A trendsetter with the bat, who was voted the greatest ODI player by a jury in 2015. And don't forget his electric fielding.

Kumar Sangakkara

Matches 37 Runs 1532 Ave 56.74 SR 86.55 100s/50s 5/7

Hundreds in four consecutive World Cup innings in 2015 - an ODI record. The leading run scorer among left-handers. Also the most dismissals for a keeper, though Gilchrist is first choice for that role in this XI.

Imran Khan (c)

Matches 28 Runs 666 Ave 35.05 Wickets 34 Ave 19.26

The man who delivered Pakistan's 1992 triumph. Steady with the bat (he didn't bowl in the 1983 edition) and deadly with the ball, Imran is also our pick to lead this side.

Lance Klusener

Matches 14 Runs 372 Ave 124.00 Wickets 22 Ave 22.13

The least experienced member of this side makes it on the back of his legendary showing in the 1999 edition. The stunning numbers reflect how awe-inducing his finishing was. Also a handy fast-bowling option.

Wasim Akram

Matches 38 Wickets 55 Ave 23.83 Economy Rate 4.04 4s/5s 2/1

The greatest left-arm bowler of his generation, and perhaps of all time. He swung the 1992 World Cup final his team's way with bat and ball, and led them to the final in 1999.

Shane Warne

Matches 17 Wickets 32 Ave 19.50 ER 3.83 4s/5s 4/0

The wizard who cast memorable World Cup spells. He came up with Man-of-the-Match performances in the thrilling 1996 and 1999 semi-finals, and in Australia's dominating win in the 1999 final.

Muttiah Muralitharan

Matches 40 Wickets 68 Ave 19.63 ER 3.88 4s/5s 4/0

His first World Cup was Sri Lanka's remarkable 1996 victory, and he played a key role in their 2003, 2007 and 2011 campaigns, a constant menace to opposition batsmen.

Glenn McGrath

Matches 39 Wickets 71 Average 18.19 ER 3.96 4s/5s 0/2

The leading wicket-taker in World Cup history improved his performance with each edition, finishing with a record 26 wickets, the Player-of-the-Tournament award, and a hat-trick of titles in 2007. (ESPN Cricinfo)

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