There have been a number of acts of particular person brilliance within the 2003 cricket World Cup. An try to pick the star performers in a World XI, based mostly on their type within the occasion.
THIS World Cup won’t be remembered for its shut matches, however there have been a number of acts of particular person brilliance over the six weeks. It’s now time handy out the honours, recognise the celebrities, and make up a composite group. Within the spirit of drawing-room cricket dialog in all places, a World XI based mostly on performances within the 2003 World Cup, is constituted under.
Weight has been given to the significance of a participant’s contribution to his group’s fortunes and his performances beneath strain. Opposite to some pre-tournament expectations, no all-rounder that’s, a batting-bowling all-rounder has impressed. Primarily based on that truth, this World XI contains six common batsmen and 5 common bowlers; whereas some chosen are able to contributing in each departments, they aren’t true all-rounders.
This time the pitches have been, by and huge, pleasant to the batsmen. In consequence, a number of groups selected to play seven batsmen and depend on part-time bowlers. At first look, enjoying six batsmen appears to make for an extended tail however part-time bowlers characterize a considerable danger which may not be outweighed by the presence of an additional batsman. Furthermore, if six world-class batsmen, who’re at present in glorious type, can not rating sufficient runs, it’s arduous to see how an extra batsmen will make a cloth distinction.
Sachin Tendulkar, the Participant of the Event, is the primary identify that involves thoughts. He scored 673 runs at a median of 61.18 and a strike fee of 89.25. It was not merely his mixture however the dominant method during which he obtained his runs that impressed. Sachin was the catalyst for India’s run to the ultimate and his awe-inspiring performances on this World Cup make him an apparent choice as opener.
For his harmful batting on the prime of the order, Adam Gilchrist wins the second opening spot over Herschelle Gibbs, Marvan Attapatu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Stephen Fleming and John Davison. As Gilchrist confirmed within the remaining, a typical attacking begin from him instantly places the opposition on the again foot and eases the strain on the opposite batsmen. He scored 408 runs, together with 4 fifties, at a median of 40.Eight and a strike fee of 105.15. He’ll make any aspect based mostly on his batting alone, however his further function as wicket-keeper cements his spot. He additionally brings to the sport a spirit of old style chivalry witnessed in his Brian Lara-like strolling away from the center when he knew that he was out towards Sri Lanka.
Despite the fact that he can’t be accommodated in his accustomed spot, Gibbs should comply with Tendulkar and Gilchrist at quantity three on this World XI. Gibbs single-handedly managed to maintain his aspect aggressive in some key video games. He scored 384 runs, together with a highest of 143 and two fifties, at a median of 96 and a strike fee of 100.78. Gibbs was the fifth highest run-getter within the event, a putting truth contemplating South Africa was eradicated within the first stage of the event. The prospect of Tendulkar and Gilchrist inflicting havoc, in tandem, on the prime of the order is simply too attractive to surrender. However Gibbs can’t be neglected and so the following finest different is to play him at quantity three. Along with his wide-ranging repertoire of cricket strokes and his capacity to attain towards tempo and spin, he is usually a match-winner on this slot.
Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds, and both Ramnaresh Sarwan or Rahul Dravid are thechoices to fill the middle-order spots on this group, although a number of others, together with Aravinda de Silva, Andy Flower, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, and Michael Bevan advantage consideration.
Ponting’s magnificent 140 within the remaining confirmed his fame as a champion batsman in each types of the sport. At instances, he appeared inclined to spin however he dominated when it mattered most. Ponting was the third highest run-scorer within the event and his 415 runs, together with two a whole lot and one fifty, got here at a median of 51.87 and a strike fee of 87.92. He additionally fielded and led his aspect beautifully and is a transparent option to captain this group of star performers.
The choice for the quantity 5 spot could be narrowed all the way down to Ramnaresh Sarwan and Rahul Dravid. Prior to now, they’ve been dubbed as Take a look at-only gamers however it’s now clear that they’re among the many best even within the shorter model of the sport. Each have proved glorious at constructing partnerships, rotating the strike, ending successfully, and bearing the burden of nice duty.
Sarwan was explosive within the dying. He scored 209 runs, together with one fifty, at a median of 104.5 and a strike fee of 95.87. Tendulkar might have been India’s star, however sufficient can’t be mentioned in reward of Dravid’s contribution. He performed 4 essential innings towards Zimbabwe, England, Pakistan and New Zealand and delivered every time he was on the crease. He scored 318 runs, together with two fifties, at a median of 63.6 and a strike fee of 64.11.
Ideally, each Dravid and Sarwan must be picked. However then, the explosive Andrew Symonds is ideal for the sixth spot and can’t be omitted. The selection between Sarwan and Dravid is left to the reader.
Symonds promised lots previously and eventually delivered on this World Cup and the way. His century towards Pakistan was a flawless gem and his 91 towards Sri Lanka within the semi-final was invaluable.
Symonds scored 326 runs, together with a century and two fifties, and averaged 163 and scored at a strike fee of 90.55. His large shot-making capacity and his quickness between the wickets are property on the dying. He’s additionally a spectacular fielder.
Brett Lee and Shane Bond have been devastating and lead the bowling alternatives on this group. Brett Lee was, arguably, the decide of the bowlers on this event. He demonstrated this with 22 World Cup wickets at 17.9 apiece. He bowled with hostile tempo and immaculate accuracy and attacked always. Each Lee and Bond used their excessive tempo to full impact and typically appeared virtually inconceivable to face. They have been costly sometimes, however this may be neglected since they have been continuously striving for wickets. Bond took 17 wickets at a median of 17.94.
Andy Bichel is a perfect foil to the 2 genuinely quick bowlers. His line and size have been impeccable and he generated loads of swing. Bichel made key contributions in virtually each sport he performed. He took 16 wickets at 12.31 apiece and an economic system fee of three.45. Few would have anticipated Bichel to play two very important knocks, which he did towards England and New Zealand. He’s being chosen within the aspect primarily for his bowling, additionally for the sheer leisure worth of getting the tail wag.
Left arm seamers have had a really profitable World Cup, however none extra so than the World Cup’s highest wicket taker, Chaminda Vaas. Vaas rounds up the tempo quartet on this group. He confirmed loads of variation and his capacity to swing the ball each methods made him tough to deal with.
On the whole, spinners didn’t carry out exceptionally on this World Cup. However they did add selection and have been capable of apply the brakes on the batsmen. Of the spinners within the World Cup, solely Muttiah Muralitharan, Brad Hogg and Collins Obuya could be thought-about for choice. Muralitharan is the only spinner on this World XI, although his wicket tally was not as massive because it normally is. He was efficient in stopping the move of runs at any time when he bowled, notably on the dying. He took 17 wickets at a median of 18.76 and an economic system fee of three.63.
Deciding on a World XI from this yr’s World Cup is a tricky problem and should contain at the very least a level of subjectivity. However, right here is my line up:
1.Sachin Tendulkar 2. Adam Gilchrist (wicket-keeper) 3. Herschelle Gibbs 4. Ricky Ponting (captain) 5. Ramnaresh Sarwan/Rahul Dravid 6. Andrew Symonds 7. Andy Bichel 8. Chaminda Vaas 9. Brett Lee 10. Muttiah Muralitharan 11. Shane Bond