World T20 XI

April 21, 2011

With the IPL now in full swing I started to think, who are the very best T20 players in the world? It also got me thinking, which players in previous eras would have shined on this stage.

So here’s my all time world T20 xi

1. Sachin Tendulkar- A batting genius and someone you can bank on to score you runs in any form of the game. Just give the boy a bat, and he will do the rest.

2. Sanath Jayasuriya- The destructive left handed opening batsmen from Sri Lanka has the ability to take down any attack, on any pitch, in just a matter of overs. He hits the ball in funny areas, and if you are watching the game from the other side of the cover boundary, expect some catching practice.

3. Vivian Richards- in Viv’s day there was no T20 cricket for him to feast on. Viv was as entertaining as you could get, and with these modern day bats, and shorter boundaries, I would expect Viv to be a six hitting machine. You could probably expect some brilliant run-outs along the way too.

4. Andrew Symonds- Although ‘Symmo’ found it too difficult to behave himself around the Australian cricket team, there was a few things he was very good at. Firstly he can hit a cricket ball a very long way, he also, on his day was the best fielder in the world, and he offers variety to a bowling attack. The strong Queenslander gets the nod.

5. MS Dhoni- This was a tough call between Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist. Dhoni has the fastest hands in the game and his ability to get under yorkers and hit them out of the park is a skill that I wanted in my side. Don’t go wondering out of your crease when Dhoni is around, he’l have those bails off before you know it.

6. Gary Sobers- ‘Sir Garfield’ would have relished this shorter form of cricket. Probably the best all-rounder to have ever played the game, Sobers made history when he became the first player to hit six, sixes in one over in Swansea. Sobers is a must, especially with his skill and accuracy with the ball.

7. Lance Klusener- During the late 90’s there wasn’t a better cricketer in world cricket then Klusener. He won the player of the tournament in the 1999 World Cup after some of the most devasting batting. Strong as an Ox, Klusener would have been a very, very, rich man had he been born 10 years later. He also offers you wicket to wicket bowling.

8. Kieron Pollard- Pollard is the most brutal striker of a cricket ball that I have ever seen. No boundary is big enough for this man. Although Pollard offers something with the ball, it’s what he can do with the bat that really frightens opposition.

9. Ian Harvey- Harvey was a master of his crafts when it came to bowling at the end of an innings. Although he might not have invented it, he certainly was the first bowler in world cricket to perfect the slower ball out the back of his hand. Harvey also possesses several changes of pace with no change in his action. If it was quick runs you needed down the order then this guy was also the man for the job.

10. Shane Warne (C) – Warne is simply the greatest bowler to have ever lived. His ability to control a big turning leg break picks him up wickets when batsmen are trying to defend, let alone try and attack him. A great leader and a great tactician. Warne also had the ability to clear the ropes with bat in hand- Just ask Ashley Giles.

11. Lasith Malinga- with Harvey bowling at one end at the death, it was important that we found someone to do a good job at the other. Malinga is fast becoming un-hittable in these overs. His accuracy with his yorker is second to none. Malinga mixes his length well and his low arm also makes the short ball tricky to face at good pace.


4 Comments to “World T20 XI”

  1. big phil
    April 21st, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    think hayden is bit unlucky not to get a look in? what about darren maddy? hehe

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  2. Dave
    April 25th, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    No English player in your squad? IT Botham would have surely been in if he’d played T20 cricket.

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  3. Hussey
    April 11th, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Where the hell is BOOM BOOM AFRIDI!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Hussey
    April 11th, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Where’s Kevin Pietersen???????????

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