April 5, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011 *Dream Team*

   Well of course, the World Cup 2011 is over and well of course you know who won it. Well of course Team India. April 2, 2011 will be etched in every Indian's heart. Kapil's Devils wont be shown on TV lifting the cup anymore or not as frequent. The Blue men have shoved up the critics's ___ in style. We couldn't have asked for a better climax. Dhoni's helicopter hit meant that he will feature in the PEPSI ads for lifetime. Anyways, back to business. This world cup had everything a cricket lover would want. Its time for us to pick the dream team, i.e a team which every captain would love to have.
WARNING: Selection criteria purely based on World Cup performance .

  • Dilshan (SL):- Scoring the most runs in this world cup (500), he is in by default. Not to forget  his attacking batting, more than handy bowling and brilliant fielding .
  • Tendulkar (Ind):- "In God We Trust" However well the team may perform, they always believe in GOD, so do we. Also with 482 runs under his belt and 2 top notch centuries, Sachin pairs up with Dilshan in the opening slot.

Middle Order
  • Trott (Eng):- He has been the mainstay of English batting. Consistent, calm, courageous. 5 fifty's in 7 innings, his lack of 3-digit score was the only flaw in his WC campaign. Its only because of him (and some Irish luck) England reached till the quarters at least. His almost perfect technique, cautious approach makes him a perfect no.3.
  • De Villiers (SA):- He's one man who can up the ante anytime. His batting is a mix of caution and aggression. Brilliant fielder at any position of the field. He scored at a S.R. more than 100 and averaged 88.25 only second to King Kumar. It was tough to choose between Sangakkara and ABCD  so, we had to toss and since there was no cheating re-toss De Villiers was our pick.
  • Yuvraj (Ind):- Coming into the world cup with negative confidence, his performance in this edition shut the mouths of many. Chipping in with the ball initially, his confidence meter improved with every match and it showed in his batting and mainly on the field. We got glimpses of Vintage UV on the field during the finals. He pinned down the other nominations of the  Man of the Series hands down.
  • MS Dhoni © (Ind):- Do you need any explanation on why he features in the Dream Team? Moving on...
  • Afridi (Pak):- Yes, his batting was dud but he overcame it with his magnificent bowling where he ran through the middle order of the opposition in most of the matches. 2 5-wicket hauls and 2 4-wicket hauls his strike rate was 21.2 balls per wicket and averaged 12.85. Also, Pakistan's only safe pair of hands this world cup.
Tail-enders Bowlers
  • Southee (NZ):- Wonder kid of New Zealand. He made wonders with the ball picking up 18 wickets @ 17.33 per wicket. He picked up wickets in all the matches and his economy rate was also exceptional.
  • Zaheer (Ind):- He was Dhoni's 'go-to' man this world cup and he never disappointed . He has improved a lot on his control of the ball. He was instrumental in breaking partnerships in the power plays or applying brakes to the scoring he's done it all.
  • Malinga (SL):- He's a captains dream. He picked up wickets whenever he bowled.Again was tough to choose between Umar Gul but, the sheer accuracy and consistency of hitting the block-hole in the world cup earned Slinga Malinga a spot here.
  • Tahir :- South Africa's import find of the decade. An almost perfect leg spinner with lot of varieties and mainly tons of confidence. With an average of 10.71 per wicket and Strike Rate of 16.9 he would be leader of the spin pack  perfect support to Afridi in this team.

12th Man
Sangakkara (SL):- Averaged 93 with the bat. Was the third highest run accumulator getting 465 runs. Was amazing behind the wickets as he was in front. Captaincy wasn't 100% though. And he lost out to AB De Villiers.

Close Calls
Andrew Strauss, Umar Akmal, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Upul Tharanga, Robin Peterson, Umar Gul, Muralitharan, Kemar Roach, Brett Lee, Jacob Oram, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn.


  1. Dude,
    How does GG come in close calls ?? He hasn't had a great WC, though had a fantastic final.

    Also, for me Sangakkara before MSD. Much better batting form is more important to me.

  2. Your team is not balanced.. lol.. yeah i know they have got all the best performing players.. but than.. your side have Afradi, Tahir, Yuvraj and GOD SACHIN as your spinners trurning the ball away fron the right hangers.. and you have Dilshan the offie.. (not regular) against good batsman he will be clobbered..

    see you didnt take a certain swash buckling SHEWACK in ur team.. so ur opponent might hire him.. and he will be angry on U.. so he can well shorten PalluScoops bowling career..

    now u got the only choice of asking GOD to keep VIRU calm..

    and well of course will take care of the rest.. well of course you know.. he is cool dude.. ;)

  3. @Freehit : MSD is in mainly for the Midas touch and shrewd captaincy.

    @Amit : Malinga is there in the team to remove Sehwhack.He wont last till Dilshan is bought to bowl.Again,as said selection based mainly on the WC performace and no off spinner made the cut . Since you bought Sachin in the issue , he can even bowl offspin :). Afridi is from the Kumble school of spin. More pace ,less spin and a googly.

  4. Opener Shain Watson & Shewag

    Rikey Ponding, Virot Kohli, M.S Dhoni, Kirron Pollord, Sahib al Hassan, Shahid Afridi, Dale Steyn , Lasith Malinga & James Anderson

  5. Here We Have Bowlers and All Rounders also... and few captains.