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According to Cardus, both Trumper and Don represented their respective eras almost perfectly.

Australia's greatest: Victor and the Don

Looking at the list it looks like the Belgium soccer team. Lots of individual talents, but whether it can deliver in the filed remains the question.

Australia’s opposition watch: West Indies T20 squad

Devon Malcolm, specially when his radar was working. certainly Steve Waugh rated him very highly.

The starting XI of intimidation

Being an opening batsman; playing against WI. Surviving with couple of blows in the body against Roberts and Holding. Then see Garner and Croft come as the back up bowlers.

The starting XI of intimidation

Murali eyes.

The starting XI of intimidation

Watched the 2nd mornings play yesterday and enjoyed it. without taking anything away from Mahmudullah and Taskin the Zims were awful in the field, dropped catches, missed run outs etc.
Muzarabani, remember this name; real fast bowling talent from Zim. I expect to hear a lot about this lad. Did exchange a few words with Taskin as well.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

1999 to 2007
these were tough, because Aus won these three events. We know that Aus rely more on overall strength than individual brilliance on most occasions, so there were plenty of fien performances.
2011 As I said in the main article I watched little circket. MS played a great innings in the final. may get the 12th amn role, or can even replace Zulu at no 7 in the main team .
2015 there were some great batting displays but both Staarc and Boutl were brilliant with the ball, Staarc took the limelight in the final.
2019: I thought Kane was simply brilliant with both his batting and his captaincy throughout the event.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

Thanks to everyone for their thoughtful comments. Lots of different permutations and combinations were possible. One change could lead to multiple changes after that. An important thing I did was evaluate (e.g) Greatbatch’s 1992 effort in terms of 1992 standards; no point comparing his SR with say ABD’s.
My summery would bel like this
1975 Clive Lloyd -little doubt
1979 Collis King- Viv Richard seems everyone’s favorite, but both the stats and the videos I saw show that King was the King during the 5th wicket stand.
1983 Abdul Qadir: for the first time a spinner properly made his mark in WC history
1987 McDermott: A part of Aus successful maverick plan. Using a fast bowler well in Sub continent pitches.
1992 Greatbatch : Aggressive opening batting. Krish Srikkanth had done it for India in the 80s, but IMO Greatbatch trying it successfully in th WC caught more attention.
1996 De Silva: little doubt
To be contd…….

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

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An ODI team of World Cup heroes

Thanks for your comments. Here I have allocated only one lot for each WC, and I have basically considered the players’ contribution in that particular event. If I get, Waugh in 87, then I have to drop McDermott. of course, in that case I can get Warne for Zulu in 1999.
Lots of permutations and combinations are possible.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

Tough question for me. I will guess it got to be one of the Aus during their golden era.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

well I was mainly referring to his batting. he was a world class player, and even his slightest flaws caught attentions.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

De silva was a pretty obvious pick for the 1996. Sangakkara obviously created lots of records for SL, but when it comes to flair in the batting I rate Aravinda and Mahela over him.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

The whole aus team was pretty ordinary in the 92 event.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

At the other end of the scale we can think about the flops in the WCs, Gavaskar (1975), Alaln Border (1987) and Salim Malik (1992) comes in to my mind.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

I definitely wanted Qadir in my team. In 1983, he first showed what quality leg spinners can do in an ODI match. The Aus selectors were very reluctant to pick leggies, something about which Richie Benaud was to lament regularly. I think before Warne, Holland played couple of ODIs. Can’t remember any other leggie from Aus.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

I didn’t give much thoughts about the batting position of my 4 specialist bowler. All could handle the bat; I picked Abdul Qadir at 8, because he once famously scored 16 from 9 balls to ensure a 1 wicket win for Pakistan off the final ball of the match. It was at Karachi agaisnt WI during the 1987 wc.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

Very close to selection. I picked Collis King and it was King who started the onslaught. And by the time he was out, the game was almost decided. Most importantly. King made Viv play the support role during the partnership.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

I also remember the group match between Aus and NZ in 2015 very well,. I left the home in a grumpy mood. I was doing very well in a fantasy game; but on this day I decided to pick Boult, but then backed off to save a transfer. Boult took 5 wickets.
Over in the school, no one was giving the match much importance, as we thought NZ would win easily,
Then Arfa, an A level student, off Bangladeshi parents but by birth an Australian, was calling everyone as the Aus started their fightback.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

The 2015 was special in the sense that for the first time I watched some of the matches in our School cafeteria. I had to treat about half a dozen of my students as Mahmuddullah scored a hundred against Eng.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

Zulu vs Warne for 1999 was tough. If I get Warney, I would need someone to bat at 7, so Kapil Replaces Abdul Qadir for 1983.

An ODI team of World Cup heroes

Excellent picks, although bit confused about Laird being picked in the 1980s team, when WSC was in the 70s.

Australia’s teams of the decade - 1930s to 2010s

When the shake up came I expected the sun to rise for the Hyderabad team . in my fantasy team I even took a punt on Bairstow over Buttler, which backfired badly.

What's gone wrong for the Sunrisers in 2021 so far

Some excellent points Paul. Here, I would like to give my views on IPL, which I mentioned in my very first article for Roar some 4 years ago.
I watch IPL regularly and enjoy it thoroughly. For once the timing of a major event suits my work schedule .
But, I view IPL as a great and superbly organized ‘entertainment’ event. I enjoy it as much as I enjoy WWE Royal rumble. I think there are too many set ups. No one questions the quality of the players involved; and some foreign recruits have got big boosts to their national team prospects with a fine season at IPL. also some less well known Indian talents get their chance.
Still, I see IPL more as an entertainment than really competitive sports.

Can we stop cricketers chasing the pot of gold?

Interesting article. Some good points mentioned.

Can we stop cricketers chasing the pot of gold?

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