Daily Archives: 24 September 2007

World Twenty20 Team

Adam Mountford from the BBC picks his World Twenty20 team. The twelve-member-team has in it two Indians (Yuvraj Singh and M. S. Dhoni). The team also includes two Australians (Matthew Hatden, Stuart Clark), one West Indian (Chris Gayle), 4 Pakistani players (Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul), one Kiwi (Daniel Vettori), one South African (Morne Morkel) and one Englishman (Kevin Pietersen).

Not only is Dhoni the ‘keeper, he is also captain of the World Team that’s been chosen by Mountford who says: “Not only is he a real entertainer, but who better to captain a T20 Dream Team than a real swashbuckling hero. Ian Chappell said on TMS that a team takes on the personality of its captain, and thinks India are playing without fear because of the character of Dhoni. That is how I want this super team to play.

1. Matthew Hayden
2. Chris Gayle
3. Yuvraj Singh
4. Shahid Afridi
5. Shoaib Malik
6. Misbah-ul-Haq
7. M. S. Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper)
8. Morne Morkel
9. Daniel Vettori
10. Umar Gul
11. Stuart Clark
12. Kevin Pietersen

This is not a bad team at all in my view and has the right people in it.

Comments/views?

— Mohan

Ps: How come Ajit Agarkar and Matt Prior do not rate a mention? 🙂

Sreesanth gets under Aussie skins

Malcolm Conn, writing in The Australian — he is not one-eyed, he is just blind(ed) — says of Sreesanth, “The volatile paceman may also face sanction from match referee Chris Broad, who was looking at Sreesanth’s boorish and unnecessary send-off of Hayden after claiming his wicket.

Agreed that that celebration by Sreesanth was a bit over-the-top. But I thought bowlers were allowed to celebrate in any way they can/want as long as it does not lead to abusive behaviour. I do not believe Sreesanth provided Hayden with an abusive send off, although if one were Malcolm Conn and if one was totally pissed off at losing a high-intensity match, one could be lulled into a state where one thought that that was an abusive send off. Moreover, where was Malcolm Conn when Brad Williams, the two-bit player who played but a handful of Test matches for Australia, provided choice send offs to the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar when India toured Australia last? Perhaps Malcolm Conn was busy looking the other way then? Or maybe he was just totally cheesed off on Saturday night and indulged in some sour grapes. This possible mental-state was further illustrated by this bit, possible written with clenched teeth, “The Indian players were overjoyed with their victory, celebrating wildly as if they’d just won the soccer World Cup.

Peter Roebuck, writing in The Age, has this to say about Sreesanth.

Sreesanth was the bowler of the semi-final, a firebrand antidote to notions that Indians are deferential and that pace bowlers can be found only in the warlike and mountainous north.

Sreesanth comes from Kerala, a state that has not produced many cricketers. He is a hero there, of course, and the selectors are loathe to send him home because he comes back a stone heavier and several yards slower.

The entire article can be found here.

— Mohan

News in brief :: Monday 24 September 2007

There is a lot going on. So I thought I’d resurrect this column for today and merely provide pointers to a few news items of interest.

— Mohan