1. Matty Hayden, 650+ runs at 73+ and at more than a run a ball, he virtually gave Australia the momentum or got them into the tournament. No contenders.

2. Sanath Jayasuriya, 467 runs, 2 centuries, 2 fifties. Not a great tournament with the ball but the only other opening option I considered was Gilchrist.

3. Ricky Ponting, (Captain) , Because…

4. Mahela Jayewardhene, At 548 runs, the tournament’s second highest scorer, but more than anything else for that wonderful 115 in the semifinal.

5. Kevin Pietersen, A bit of a surprise maybe. But I like the guys attitude. He’s performed now against different and formidable opposition in varying conditions and with 2 centuries and 3 fifties making up 444 runs, makes the cut for me.

6. Scott Styris, Never particularly fancied the guy, but he’s done well his world cup and at nearly 400 runs to show for it and a bowling option to add, he makes it ahead of Michael Clarke for me.

7. Kumar Sangakarra , Yes, he got less runs than Gilly did and no, he cant play the a 149 kind of knock in a World Cup final but just for the presence of mind of that reflex Lara stumping (which ICC wont allow on youtube) or that Sehwag dismissal) Sangakarra is, in my view an outstanding cricketer and the one I would rather have in my team.

8. Nathan Bracken, Awesome performance – did anyone miss someone called Brett Lee ?

9. Lasith Malinga, Its not the 18 wickets that surprise me, its the 15.77 average that does. Even yday during teh aussie onslaught he didnt look lost … Well done…

10. Murali, Because when you play agst a team which has him, you have to think of plan B.

11. Glen Mcgrath, Player of the tournament in his final appearance on a cricket field. 28 wickets at 13.73 and a strike rate of 18.6. Ooh Aah….

Thoughts Welcome. (based purely on wc2007)

p.s. I did consider having Andrew Flintoff as a bowler who cud bat (ahem) in at 8 instead of Bracken but his WC performance didnt deserve it. Conversely I thot, this team would win and would go out celebrating , so Andrew Flintoff is my handy 12th Man.


10 thoughts on “WC XI

  1. Hi Cyrus,

    Thanks for dropping by and for the comments. And nice blog there – Not to mention the work you do !

    Re the team to take on the aussies, here goes…

    1. Graeme Smith
    2. Jayasuriya
    3. Kallis
    4. Jayawardhene
    5. Kevin Pietersen
    6. Scott Styris
    7. Sangakarra
    8. Flintoff
    9. Bond
    10 Malinga
    11. Murali

    Feel free to chop / change / criticise / abuse …

  2. Aaah , now the Flop XI of the tournament. Now thats the tough one. When one has to balance one’s neutrality and one’s “love for country “:)

    1. Chris Gayle
    2. Michael Vaughn
    3. Sachin Tendulkar
    4. Mohd Yousouf
    5. Inzy
    6. Michael Hussey
    7. MS Dhoni
    8. Dwayne Bravo / Jacob Oram
    9.Shaun Pollock
    10. Sajid Mahmood
    11. Makhaya Ntini.

    Usual Rules apply.

  3. My two cents

    1. Peter Fulton
    2. AB DeVilliers
    3. K. Sangakkara (wk)
    4. M Jayawardene
    5. K Pieterson
    6. D. Bravo
    7. A. Flintoff
    8. D. Vettori (c)
    9. L. Malinga
    10. S. Bond
    11. M.Muralidharan
    12. T. Dilshan

    Here is my reasoning

    1. Bowlers
    Two tearaways , one with a whimsical action. First change – a guy who bowls the heavy ball better than most, two spinners – one left are orthodox and the other an off spinner – traditionally the two varieties of spin that the Aussies have struggled against.
    Change bowlers – Bravo and Pieterson

    Fielders –
    AB De Villiers, Peter Fulton, Kevin Pieterson and Mahela Jayawardane provide a strong off side presence from point through mid off.
    Andy Flintoff is the slipper.
    Except Murali, none of the others is a “weak” arm in the outfield.
    Bravo at mid wicket, Vettori square leg, Murali long on, Malinga and Bond in the deep.

    Batsmen – 8 batters
    8 batters, 6+1 bowlers, a half decent fielding side, all of whom have had a decent record against Australia.


  4. Cheers Homer …
    Would that be the same if the criteria were purely performance at WC 2007 ? Thats what I considered.

    Also, how abt the Flop XI ? We need some Indians 🙂

  5. Sfx,

    if you would indulge me, I would play Irfan Pathan as the 13th man – reason being he is the only guy who can reproduce Mitchell Johnson’s angles at the nets.

    Of course if he was in mid season form, he would replace Bravo- the batting order remaining unchanged.

    The criteria would remain unchanged Sfx :). I want to front up a team to beat Oz from the current active set of players , all of whom participated in the WC.

  6. Flop XI ( or, guys who promised a lot but failed at the crunch)

    1. Tamin Iqbal
    2.Ed Joyce
    3. Rahul Dravid (c)
    4. Yuvraj Singh
    5. Md. Ashraful
    6. Jacob Oram
    7. Mark Boucher
    8. Mike Hussey
    9. Md. Yousuf
    10. Makhaya Ntini
    11. Monty Panesar

  7. Well I am not sure whether we should be including any Indian / Pakistani player in the flop XI.. they never got the opportunity to flop consistently over some 10 matches.. My captain of the FXI will be BC Lara. His captaincy was brilliantly chaotic.. Mike Hussey never really got a chance to play.. So wud spare him as well.. Not a single WI player in the team? How is that possible.. SChanderpaul with his aggression, Chris Gayle with his consistency, Dwayne Bravo with his flair.. and I would also look to include Ian Bell somewhere. HIs absence is a grave injustice to the average English ODI player

  8. Also there’s a big q mark on Murali’s performance against the ozs. In 2006 he has played 7 matches against them with an average of 40+ and economy rate of 5.5+.. he has choked against them..

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