“Moral policing” seems to be the recent hot topic among Tamil bloggers. Enough has already been said wonderfully by a lot of them. So, let me write something about cricket.
Next week, some of the greatest players of the world would be under one roof, playing with enormous pride and passion, for the eagerly awaited ICC super-series. For my non-cricketing readers, it is the face-off between the best team in the world (now
The point of contention is the team selected for the ICC XI. To think of it, I saw three ways of choosing the members of the side to take on
The first method would bring all the superstars into the game, which is pretty much the case for the current team selected. The second method would bring a select band of players who raise their games to the highest level when playing against the champions in their own backyard, but may not have done so against lesser teams. The third method, though similar to second, would bring in the players who ‘know’ what it takes and how it is to defeat the champions.
14 for the ODI’s and 13 for the tests have been selected, with Pollock being the captain for the former while Smith is the captain for the latter. My team (from the picked squad) would be, in the batting order:
ODI’s: Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Jack Kallis, Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara, Shaun Pollock, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shoaib Akhtar. Super-sub: Daniel Vettori. (Left out: Sehwag and Ntini).
Tests: Virender Sehwag, Graeme Smith, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Jack Kallis, Andrew Flintoff, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Steve Harmison, Shoaib Akhtar, Muttiah Muralitharan. (Leftout: Vettori and Inzamam).
Dream-team, you would say? I felt so too, initially, but I don’t agree with the selection of one or two players. First, on the captaincy. Both the captains are South Africans, and have had only moderate successes, especially against
And, may be VVS Laxman for Jack Kallis? VVS is the second most-feared batsman by
Last, I would have preferred the fast and furious Shane Bond in place of military medium-paced Shaun Pollock in both the test and one-day teams. He is one unique character, the Aus haven’t seen him quite a while, and he almost won an important match for his team in his last encounter with the Aussies.