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Yuvraj, the finisher, keeps India alive

Number of matches India has lost when Yuvraj remained not out = 1. Check here. The Indian team looks unbalanced (7 batsmen, 4 bowlers) and also unsettled (one man bowling attack led by Zaheer Khan). But Yuvraj Singh has saved them the blushes and taken them home against Australia.

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Tendulkar blasts his way into all-time ODI team

Sachin Tendulkar has become the first male cricketer to score 200 runs in an ODI. Cricinfo says it best: “His experience of 20 years at the international level came into play in this historic innings, staying at the crease from the first ball to the last, never once losing focus. His innings was absolutely flawless.”

Geoff, there have been very few matches, where both teams played to their full potential. (Ireland vs Dutch was an exception). There have been lots of ups and down in each matches. Proabably the sense of occasion and UDRS is causing these issues.

I would like to see two top teams going full blast at each other giving nothing away. That would be the best ad for ODIs. What is happening currently is more IPL like drama. It gets more TRPs, but this is probably not the best of ODIs

The Death of Cricket, and other short stories

precious, I agree too that Flintoff is a bit lucky to be here, because he is still playing, so he might have just peaked and his performance might dip from now on. I mainly included Flintoff and Gough in the all-time list because they are two of the most under-rated bowlers, who bowl with great heart (keep puffing and steaming in like thomas the tank) despite this batsmen favoring era, that too in the slog overs and batting powerplays etc. Based on the performance so far, I rate Flintoff as good as McDermott for whom I have a very high regard. I also rate bowlers like Ambrose and Garner very highly but I dont think they played under such a huge workload as later players.
http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=bowling_average;qualmax3=40;qualmax4=4.5;qualmin1=5000;qualmin2=150;qualval1=balls;qualval2=wickets;qualval3=bowling_strike_rate;qualval4=economy_rate;size=200;template=results;type=bowling

Dhoni is probably another player who is lucky, because he is still playing and can be eclipsed by DeVilliers/Sarwan/Pietersen in the long run. But I think it is a safe bet to nominate a player who scored 183* in a chase – even in this batsmen favoring era.

I would loved to have seen Klusener play for a longer duration for SA or Symonds for AUS. Really explosive players. I also would have loved to see Kapil dev play as a Pinch hitter at the top and Jayasuriya as finisher like Klusener instead of an opener. Also if Chris Cairns, Shaun Pollock, Imran Khan and Flintoff had done more to justify their batting potential.
http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_fielding_first=2;batting_positionmin1=4;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=2;filter=advanced;innings_number=2;orderby=batting_strike_rate;qualmin1=1;qualmin2=1;qualmin3=1000;qualmin4=45;qualval1=sixes;qualval2=fours;qualval3=runs;qualval4=batting_average;size=200;template=results;type=batting

Tendulkar blasts his way into all-time ODI team

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