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
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.
Ps: How come Ajit Agarkar and Matt Prior do not rate a mention? 🙂
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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.
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.
- Virender Sehwag, who succumbed a groin injury in the T20 semi-final against Australia, looks an uncertain starter for tonights’ Finals against Pakistan. He will undergo a fitness test on match-day and a decision will then be made on whether or not he will play.
- M. S. Dhoni (back strain) and Yuvraj Singh (tendonitis of the elbow) are also nursing niggles.
- Shoaib Mallik, the Pakistan captain hopes that, just as Pakistan did in 1992, the team will lift the T20 World Cup will once again lift a World Cup in the holy month of Ramzan!
- M. S. Dhoni indicates that he is very happy with the current team and cites Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina and S. Badrinath as the batting banch-strength.
- After hurting his ankle during one of the practice sessions at the T20 World Cup, Piyush Chawla is out of the 7-match ODI series against Australia. Hopefully, he will be replaced in the team, which already has 2 spinners, by a pace bowler or an allrounder like Joginder Sharma!
- Michael Hussey is also out of Australia’s 7-match ODI-tour of India. Queenslander, James Hopes replaces him in the team.
- The PCB has offered $10,000 to each Pakistan player for having beaten Australia in the leage-stage of the T20 World Cup. It has now offered each player Rs 5 Lakh (Rs 500,000) for reaching the finals of the T20 World Cup. We on i3j3 will be hoping that PCBs coffers aren’t further eroded after tonight!
The BCCI meanwhile confirmed that it has received a few applications for India Coach — including one from me perhaps? — via cricketboRAd@gmail.com, that impressive email id of theirs. The coach, however, will only be appointed after the Australian ODI series, but before the Pakistan series. Niranjan Shah confirmed that he was happy with M. S. Dhoni’s captaincy and announced that it was likely he would be made India’s Test captain too. Wonder what the selection committee makes of this?
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