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Apart from Hooper and Adams, Chanderpaul used to bowl a bit of leg spin in his early days.

The best West Indies Test XI of the 1990s: Part 2

Yes, Pat Patterson was the fastest and the nastiest. But his out puts slowly declined , mainly because of injuries and he finished with an average over 30.

The best West Indies Test XI of the 1990s: Part 2

Yes ,I agree with your point. But he played mostly in the 80s and some spinners had much worse SR than his and still played regularly for their country.

The best West Indies Test XI of the 1990s: Part 2

BTW Kenny Benjamin was always destined to be a fast bowler.
His full name is
Kenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin.

The best West Indies Test XI of the 1990s: Part 2

Thnaks. Yes, the team is a bit imbalanced .it was partly caused by my decision to go with the best keeper, which was David Williams, with his poor batting I couldn’t put him at No. 7. So if I want a 4 man pace attack; then Murray comes in as WK and either Campbell or Hooper would miss out. I would possibly drop hooper.
So my team would look
Haynes
Campbell
Richardson
Lara
Chanderpaul]
Adams
Junior Murray (WK)
Ian Bishop
Curtley Ambrose
Kenny Benjamin’
Walsh
More balanced but still a long tail.

The best West Indies Test XI of the 1990s: Part 2

Thanks. I always rated Roger Harper very highly. His bowling average of 28 is much better than most spinners of the time. But he played only one rain affected test in the 1990s. So, to me he didn’t come into consideration. Similarly to me Jacobs belongs to the 21st century.

The best West Indies Test XI of the 1990s: Part 2

Sorry he took 161 wickets; bad typo. Thanks.

The best West Indies Test XI of the 1990s: Part 2

honorable mention goes to (among others)
Gopal Bose: an opening bat he played 1 ODI for India in 1974
Snehasish Ganguly: elder brother of Sourav and left hand bat himself ,toured Bangladesh with the WB team in 1992.
Utpal Chatterjee: quickish left arm spinner of Underwood type; played 3 ODIs in 1995
Premangshu Chatterjee: left arm medium pacer; In jan 1957 he took 10 for 20 against Assam, still a record in Ranji trophy. He was also a popular radio commentator.

Bengal's all-time Test XI

Bengal does have a very good tradition in the keeping department. Apart from Saha and Probir Sen, there was Sambaran Banerjee. he captained Bengal in their 1990 success. he was unlucky not to play international cricket for India.
Deep dasgupta played 8 tests for India. He was an opener cum WK. but Dhonis presence made it difficult for him. He averaged 28 with the bat in tests; and in my team he could have come in as an specialist bat perhaps in place of Rohan.
Dasgupta was an interesting case; he was born in Calcutta but grew up in Delhi. He returned to Calcutta for his college studies and played for Bengal.
I remember him acting as a guest judge in a reality comedy show about 10 years ago. His Bangla sounded different and in fact he frequently spoke in English.

Bengal's all-time Test XI

Oh, ja.

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

I would like someone to write an article about the best Aus test XI of the 1990s.

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

A small correction. Md. Shami came to Calcutta after failing to make the Uttar Pradesh U19 team not the Delhi U19 team.

Bengal's all-time Test XI

Or perhaps it could be just a repeat of the Bradman-Grimett incident perhaps at a slightly lower standard.

Bengal's all-time Test XI

Regarding the Sunil-Doshi problem I am not sure myself. Sunil once described Doshi as a defensive minded bowler, a rabbit with the bat and a poor fielder. Sunny is probably right about the last two. But for his bowling it seemed sunny expected him to be just like Bedi, now that is difficult.
Sunny wasn’t pleased about Doshi’s bowling against SL in 1982 at Madras, a match India was expected to win easily. Doshi took a five for in the 1st innings but in the 2nd Mendis and Roy Dias played him with ease forcing a draw.

Bengal's all-time Test XI

Thanks. This is not the strongest team. Its a bit of mystery why Bengal hasn’t produced more cricketers for India. One reason could be that Soccer is more popular in Calcutta than anywhere else in India. But then cricket is popular too.
One thing that didn’t help Bengal cricket was the zonal system in Ranji trophy that existed before 2001. East Zone is the weakest region and most of the Bengals zonal matches against Assam or Tripura were mere formalities. Only Bihar I believe occassionally provided some meaningful opposition.
This in contrast to the south zone where thre strong teams Karnataka, Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu used to contest for 2 QF births.

Bengal's all-time Test XI

Nice read.

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before people get confused with terms Bengal and west Bengal I would like to clarify things. In 1947, as the British left the two great provinces Bengal and Punjab were divided. In Bengal the eastern part became East Pakistan and then in 1971 it became Bangladesh. The western part became the Indian state of West Bengal. In the context of modern India, West Bengal and Bengal have the same meaning.

Bengal's all-time Test XI

Ryan Harris was pretty good I believe.

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

yes, I have read it before and thoroughly enjoyed it. 👍

Karnataka's all-time Test XI

The word Blockbuster initially made me a bit zealous. Of course, for me a big factor is whether the crowd would be allowed or not. Sports without spectators is just like-well I don’t find anything to compare this with.
Off topic- offices and businesses are going to open here in Dhaka from 31st, but school are still closed. It seems that in the subcontinent, India, Pak and Ban, the focus now is more on learning to live with the corona virus rather than removing it. It can work-it can backfire very badly.

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Thanks. Yes, you are right about other teams having three quality spinners.

Karnataka's all-time Test XI

ha ha ha

Guyana's all-time Test XI

I believe Chanderpaul used to bowl a bit of right arm leg spin in his early days.

Guyana's all-time Test XI

In the all time India XI of 20th century formed by the experts 5 members of my team made it.
Dravid, Kirmani, Pras, Srinath and Kumble. I would have had Vishy for Vijay Hazare at 5.

Karnataka's all-time Test XI

very interesting and very different. enjoyed it

Explain my cryptic Zodiac XII