Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Ultimate T20 Team

As we are awe struck by the Stars of the T20 World Cup it makes you reminisce about the past and fantasise about some of the names that would have ripped this form of the game to shreds

Duly lets bask in this virtual murderers row of names....

Sanath Jayasuriya ( Sri Lanka )
Perfect T20 player, who only got to indulge in it when he was in the twilight of his career

As an opening batsman few hit the ball as hard and as far and then as a crafty spinner he always managed to dry up the run scoring rates and get crucial wickets.

Very decent fielder as well

Adam Gilchrist ( Australia ) ( wk )

One of the purest hitters the game has seen and then a very athletic and very competent keeper

Some of the most brutal assaults in the game have come at the hands of Gilly for when he was in the mood he was truly unstoppable against any type of bowling regardless of its quality

Viv Richards ( West Indies )

In regards to what the man known as the Master Blaster could have scored in this style of the game.

Richards used to massacre attacks with flimsy bats and huge boundaries that ofter saw 5 be run on

In this Age he would just be breathtakingly devastating with him destroying attacks with his genius and unparalleled power

Then when you threw in his more than useful spin bowling and genius fielding whether it be in the covers or slips...

My God the images of what he might have done are mind blowing

Sachin Tendulkar ( India )

It be fun watch Tendulkar bat with Richards- that alone would be a fantasy lived out

A true Master, Sachin has supreme class with power that was facilitated by his perfect timing.

Sometimes you watched his shots particularly his straight drives and because they were hit so perfectly they tended to sound different coming off his bat

Garfield Sobers ( West Indies )
There is nothing on a cricket field that Sobers could not do

As a batsman, he could play a refined tough as teak innings or shift into over drive and truly dominate with his nice easy power leaving all in stunned awe

Then as a bowler he could bowl quick with swing, seam and menace or a few varieties of spin that were coated with real skill and guile

Great fielder too!

Mike Procter ( South Africa )
Very like Sobers in the talent he had, but also its eclectic nature

He was renowned as a scarily fast bowler that had such skill and menace, but at times in his career he reverted to bowling off spin with equal skill

Then as a batsman was top shelf whether it be as a traditional player or one that had ants in his pants and felt the need to rip an attack apart

Shahid Afridi ( Pakistan )


You cannot leave him out of this Team could you?

With his selection on merit too for he is one of the biggest hitters the game has seen and then a very skilled and dangerous leg spin bowler.

Plus he is one of those players that seems to have a magic about him with how he makes things happen

Lance Klusener ( South Africa )


Imagine BOOM BOOM and The Zulu batting together

The crowd would need helmets!

Especially when Klusener was on strike for his 6's were quite literally crowd killers with them hit flat and really really hard!

Useful medium pace bowler too

Kapil Dev ( India )

And after Afridi and Klusener comes Dev................................

Quite possibly the biggest hitter the game has ever seen and to be frank a very under rated batsmen who under achieved in his career with the willow

Then a high quality strike bowler with real skill and smarts

Plus a very fine fieldsman

Wasim Akram ( Pakistan )

Lethal left arm strike bowler with genius swing and a yorker that would shatter the stumps of the best batsmen

Then a very dangerous lower order batsmen who had real skill as a pure batsmen or alternatively real menace as a hitter

Muttiah Muralidaran ( Sri Lanka )

Brilliant bowler in all forms of the game, but in the shorter forms he was almost impossible to hit.

The combination of his laser like accuracy and rearing spin made that a reality. Then you threw in his smorgasbord of variation and he became a true nightmare