Bengaluru: Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has announced his “World XI” of the year 2019 with two surprise selections and also the choice of the captain.

Gambhir, who is now a BJP MP in the Lok Sabha, took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to unveil his “World XI” on Tuesday (December 24).

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While Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are the three Indians in the XI, there were two surprise picks in Arvind Vashishth and Vayu Raghavan. The two are the characters in the Amazon Prime’s original show Inside Edge.

Arvind is the captain of Haryana Hurricane and Vayu is skipper of Mumbai Mavericks. In Inside Edge season 2, Arvind’s character is played by Angad Bedi and Tanuj Virwani essays Vayu’s role.

Another big surprise  is that Gambhir has appointed New Zealander Kane Williamson as the captain of his “World XI”.

On Monday (December 23), Cricket Australia (CA) had picked Test team of the decade and it had Kohli as the captain. He was the only Indian in the line-up. Kohli and Rohit had made the cut in ODI team of the decade too. It has MS Dhoni as the skipper.

This is what Gambhir tweeted.

“As #2019 comes to an end, we have witnessed some great cricketing talent. Here's my pick for World XI.
Rohit Sharma
Tom Latham
S. Smith 
Virat Kohli
K.Williamson (c)
Arvind Vashishth
Ben Stokes
Cummins
Bumrah 
N. Lyon
Vayu Raghavan
#YearRoundUp #Wrapped2019 #PPL19 #InsideEdge2.”