February 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
With the Cricket World Cup on our doorstep, I thought I’d make up a World 15. I feel that these guys should / would also come good for the 2011 edition of cricket’s biggest trophy.
At first, I just wanted to put on a World 11 plus a 12th man but decided that since each squad picked 15 players I decided that I’ll also go with that. There are a couple of surprises, guys that didn’t make the cut. It’s really surprising actually & looking at the team now I noticed that only three captains that will lead their squads in the upcoming tournament made my team.. and none of them are in my starting 11. So without further a due, here’s my World 15 in alphabetical order:
Shahid Afridi, Hashim Amla, AB De Villiers, MS Dhoni, Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli, Lasith Malinga,
Morne Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Shaun Tait, Sachin Tendulkar, Daniel Vettori, Shane Watson
The Openers: Hashim Amla & Shane Watson
Amla is currently the nr.1 batsman in ODI’s so on that alone, he should walk into any World 11 team whether it’s a world cup, a series or a pick up match on a Saturday afternoon. I find it a bit difficult to grasp that a player can change his method of batting so easily.. From being elegant & patient in the test arena to attacking & aggressive in ODI’s.
Watto has been a rare shining light in Oz during a period the proud cricket country would love to forget. With out-of-form-rungetters like Clarke & Haddin & the loss of their captain (Ponting), Watson has sometimes single handedly led Australia to victory. Both of these players like can devastating in the first 15 overs and with more batting to come, they can lay the platform for what can be a 300+ total. The ozzy will also be a very useful with giving the team a couple of medium-paced overs.
The Rocks: Sachin Tendulkar & Jacques Kallis
Should one of the 2 openers (or even both of them) fail with the bat, the little master has the ability to stable the innings and still go after the bowlers. As the king of India, Tendulkar knows a vast amount about batting conditions in India and being the only batsman to have scored a double 100 in ODI’s, he’s shown that he can be at the crease for very long time without losing his will to attack any bowler. Kallis is the definition of a rock when it comes batting an innings & will gladly take his time to get his eye in while others have a go at the other end. But once he’s eye is in, Kallis do have the tendency to broaden his shoulders & play hair-raising strokes (I couldn’t help myself there). And lets not forget about his ability to brake key partnerships on the bowling end.
The Run Getters: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers & Yusuf Pathan
This exciting trio will bring a lot creativity, a lot of fours & sixes meaning a lot of the runs to my team. I opted for Kohli to come in at 5 because I think AB can sum up with the team needs much quicker than the young Indian star. AB will also be my keeper and because of the batting that came before him, he wouldn’t be that much responsible to be the team’s primary run scorer. It’s because of this that he will also captain my side. And can you imagine what it would be like should he and Pathan be at the crease with 15 overs (including a powerplay) remaining?? I wouldn’t want to be on the bowling side that time.
The Spinners: Harbhajan Singh & Muttiah Muralitharan
As Indian’s primary spin bowler, Singh will be very valuable to my team. Throw in the fact that he like to throw his bat around and suddenly he looks like the perfect nr.8. Murali may not know how to hold a bat but the king of spin (yeah Warne, I said it) is a must-have when playing in the Sub-continent. Alternating overs with Singh, these two has the ability to dry up runs, get through the overs, take crucial wickets and put pressure on the opposition.
The Seamers: Morne Morkel & Lasith Malinga
Yeah I know, no Steyn or Kulasekara? Or Lee & Tait? Or Khan & Anderson? Nope.. I opted for Morkel because this tall timber rocketed up the ODI rankings of late. The pitches in India don’t offer the seamers that much, and therefore I feel that form will be more important than ability. Slinga Malinga is one of the few bowlers you want to see running at you at the death and being Sri Lanken, he’s very familiar with playing conditions. His form also merit his selection.
12th Man: Daniel Vettori
Even though the kiwi captain is the nr.1 ODI bowler in the world, I couldn’t put him in the team ahead of Murali & Singh. Dhoni & Afridi should consider themselves unlucky not to make 12th man.
And there you have it, that’s my team.
O ja Poms, I’m sorry but I could find a place for any of the English players. Trott was awesome in the series against Australia but who would I take out of those top 4 batsmen?? My point exactly..
Exciting batters like Sewhag, Dilshan & Gayle should also find themselves unlucky not to make the squad as well as JP Duminy. There are very few players I know that can score between 40 – 80 runs, by just hiting 1 or 2 boundaries yet still finish with an 85 – 100 strike rate.