In his team, fast bowlers Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad would not find themselves playing in tandem in a match, but both have been included in the 12-member list.
     
"I wouldn't dream of not playing two legends Pras (EAS Prasanna) and Chandra (Bhagwat Chandrashekhar) in tandem in a match and hence will have no other option but to play either of the two fast bowlers (Sri or Venky) in a match," he said.
     
Kirmani's Greatest Test XI hailing from Karnataka has Venkataraman Subramanya as captain while he picked himself as the wicket-keeper.
     
On Subramanya, Kirmani who played 88 Tests and claimed 160 catches and 38 stumpings, said, "If he wouldn't have migrated overseas, I have no doubts he would have captained the Indian Test side."
     
Subramanya, a tall aggressive middle-order batsman and more than a useful legspin bowler, played Tests between 1965 and 1968.
     
Against West Indies at Madras in 1966-67, Subramanya hit a breezy 61, treating Wesly Hall and Charlie Griffith with disdain. In all, he played nine Tests and scored 263 runs in fifteen innings with 75 as his career highest.

On G R Vishwanath, Kirmani said he was a legend in the making right from his early days when he played for his state and the country.
     
"He has a rare distinction of scoring debut centuries in Test and Ranji. He was brilliant, a legend in the making," he said.
     
Kirmani's Greatest 12-member Test XI hailing from Karnataka: Venkataraman Subramanya (Captain), Roger Binny, Rahul Dravid, G R Vishwanath, Brijesh Patel, Syed Kirmani (Wicketkeeper), Sunil Joshi, Anil Kumble, EAS Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrashekhar, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad.

(Agencies)

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