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Arnab Bhattacharya

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They’ve always been known for their bowlers rather than batsmen. Had it not been for Malinga and to an extent in DJ Bravo, Umar Gul would be regarded the best T20 bowler IMO

Pakistan's all-time T20I XI

As a diehard Gooner, I just go back to that draw at Stamford Bridge this season. To play with 10 men for over 60 mins and nick a point with two shots on goal was mad. That game made me truly believe in Arteta. Need the funds next season aka board need to invest. Saliba single handedly saved St Ettiene from relegation when he wasn’t injured so I feel he’ll do well. Pepe will only get better and make that 72 mill transfer worth it. Arteta being bilingual is so crucial and undderrated. To effectively communicate in three different languages during a game is helpful for many players, especially those not fluent in English. Bring on Pool on the 29th #COYG

Aubameyang at the double as Arsenal secure FA Cup

12 T20 internationals with 12 wickets. Good numbers but Senanayake and Mendis played more games and took more wickets.

Sri Lanka's all-time T20I XI

Yeah Nathan McCullum was always gonna be in this XI. Neesham and CDG were 2 options i thought of but i guess Coreys record eked the duo out.

New Zealand's all-time T20I XI

Thanks mate. Appreciate that a lot. Doing a Sri Lanka one now hopefully published by tomorrow

South Africa's all time T20I XI

It’s an iffy situation regarding Mitch. After not getting a NZ contract financial security wasn’t on the cards by just playing NZ domestics for him. Don’t think he’s turned his back on NZ. Just like every pro athlete they want some financial security. I still believe he needs to be on the plane to Australia next year

New Zealand's all-time T20I XI

Wouldn’t be anywhere near this XI but Kuldeep Yadav turning into a handy bowler. Has respectable records in all formats but his economy in Tests is a tad expensive. Will get better as he plays more Tests

The best Test team of left-arm spinners

Don’t get me wrong I would love to do that. But in order to do this series well for every international side I’m doing an XI on, I decided to focus on T20I matches only. That being said, leagues such as IPL and CPL are played probably on par with T20Is IMO

Australia's all time T20I XI

I will do that from now on regarding strike-rates. Didn’t choose Gilchrist and Symonds as it was a very small sample compared to their counterparts. Can’t have Gilly down at seven and I’m not dropping Finch or Warner in a T20I XI thus it was between Haddin and Carey. Both have joint equal number of dismissals as keepers but Haddin a better gloveman IMO.

Australia's all time T20I XI

I did think about Smith, but that would mean him at 3. Can’t have Watson or Maxwell below top 4 in this Aussie XI imo. You want your best T20I batsmen to be in the top 4 and I feel Warner, Finch, Watto and Maxwell are my best options. Smith has had a good 2019/2020 in T20 internationals. I’d give him another year or two before he’d get into the XI

Australia's all time T20I XI

Without controversies, I really don’t rate Ashraful. To play over 160 ODI’s and only average 22 at such a low strike rate proves he was just a bloke with talent and no consistency whatsoever.

My Bangladesh ODI XI of the 21st century

That is an excellent question. I have a lot of respect for every coach that has taken over this side such as Jamie Siddons, Stuart Law and Dav Watmore alongside manu more. But I’ll go with Chandika Hathurasingha. Till date we’ve enjoyed most of our success under him

My Bangladesh ODI XI of the 21st century

Even Zaheer Abbas. Averaging 40 with the bat in his era is crazy. Wasim and Waqar declined in the 21st century so i went with shoaib and gul. Miandad and Khan class as well

My Pakistan ODI XI of the 21st century

Perera been way too inconsistent. Average of something like 21 or 22 with the bat and expensive with the ball most times.

Sri Lanka's ODI XI of the 21st century

Maybe Tharanga? He had a few solid innings in the middle order for the Lankans

Sri Lanka's ODI XI of the 21st century

Possibly Chandimal but that strike rate is too low considering he debuted in 2010 or so

Sri Lanka's ODI XI of the 21st century

He still played pretty well between 2000-2003 for Sri Lanka. Hard to leave out a legend like him

Sri Lanka's ODI XI of the 21st century

Finally this mess is cleared up. Let the T20 leagues happen they can still survive with no crowds. An ICC tournament cannot bank on only TV revenue. I had planned to go Hobart for Bangladesh’s games but will have to wait till next year which is fine. Who wants to quarantine in Tassie anyway?

ICC postpones T20 World Cup in Australia

Doing one for all teams that competed in CWC 2019 (excluding Afghanistan). Then will have an associates one which will include afghan and irish players since they were associates for most of this century till date

South Africa's ODI XI of the 21st century

I feel the batting is very close but likes of McGrath and Lee make it a slightly stronger bowling side for Aussies over India

My India ODI team of the 21st century

So the ashes has moved on to 2022-23 summer?

Cricket Australia must invite the West Indies Down Under

Archer looked good but Wood wasn’t that great bar two decent overs on day 5. West Indies batsmen may have had good conditions to bat on but they still had to apply themselves. England failed to do that on day 1 and 2. Like Hussain said had this been the home Ashes Broad would’ve bever been dropped so why now? Stokea decision to bat first under the clouds cost England as well imo

My six takeaways from the first Test between England and the West Indies

I feel Ali bats better on slower pitches so he’ll be a solid shout at 4 just for this test at southampton. His record there is too good to be ignored and like i mentioned, slower pitches can be the norm in this series since Windies have a lot of pace bowlers

The key battles that will decide the England-West Indies series

A betoota article on the roar ???? who would’ve thought

Alarm bells ring as Wests Tigers enter the top eight

All good players but two questions for me – no proper opener to partner Warner. No opener keeps in Tests so Elgar, Latham or even Karunaratne would’ve been a better option to open. Most likely Stokes out of that top seven to accommodate De Kock’s keeping down the order. Secondly – no spinner and five quicks? You always need a spinner in Test cricket. Lyon, Maharaj and Jadeja all decent shouts to take the spinner’s role.

The current world's best Test XI