Cricket World Cup Predictions: Dream Team

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In part 5 of this 7 part series previewing the World Cup, Australian Matt Wood (Balanced Sports), Indian Subash Jayaraman (The Cricket Couch) and myself the Englishman discuss their Dream XIs prior to the tournament.

Part 1: Cricket World Cup Predictions: The Leading Wicket Taker

Part 2: Cricket World Cup Predictions: The Leading Run Scorer

Part 3: Cricket World Cup Predictions: The Surprise Package

Part 4: Cricket World Cup Predictions: The MVP

Part 5: Who is in your 2011 Cricket World Cup Dream XI

Matt Wood

Hashim Amla (SAf)

Gautam Gambhir (Ind)

Kumar Sangakkara (SL) (wk) (c)

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

Cameron White (Aus)

Shahid Afridi (Pak)

Yusuf Pathan (Ind)

Daniel Vettori (NZ)

Dale Steyn (SAf)

Zaheer Khan (Ind)

Lasith Malinga (SL)

It was convenient that basically the four best bets to score the most runs in the tournament are easily selectable at opener, first and second drop. I’m not sure why I picked Cameron White – probably because I expect the Australians to have a reasonable tournament and there really isn’t a heap of other elite middle-order options, I think they need to be represented. Afridi is the most destructive batsman in the game today whose leg-spin has developed from inexcusable to, well, excusable. Pathan’s status as Indian cricket’s NBT (Next Big Thing) earns him number seven, when bowlers Vettori, Steyn, Khan and Malinga are each their country’s best bets to top the wicket tallies. The beauty of this Dream XI, Afridi and White excepted, is that it could quite easily translate across and be the best lineup Test cricket has to offer as well. Rather than going too far down the David Warner, baseball slugger mode, it’s refreshing to see good technique rewarded.

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Subash Jayaraman

Sachin Tendulkar

Shane Watson

Jacques Kallis

Sangakkara

Cameron White

Angelo Mathews

Yusuf Pathan

Dale Steyn

Zaheer Khan

Lasith Malinga

Muralitharan

12th man: Shahid Afridi (primarily for his bowling). You may recognize by now there has not been much of a reference to the England team and quite rightly. They have been battered and beaten (even though they lost some close matches in Australia and you may think it’s not exactly a “beating” but it takes toll mentally. They just lost their middle order mainstay and man for the rescue, Eoin Morgan to a finger injury. They have other players out with injuries and some are on the comeback trail. Plus, their kind of bowling is not gonna be suited for the subcontinental conditions and the last time England played in India in 2008, they were shellacked.

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David Siddall

Here is my dream XI for the tournament.

1. Virender Sehwag

2. Hashim Amla

3. Kumar Sangakarra (w) (c)

4. Sachin Tendulkar

5. Jacques Kallis

6. Shane Watson

7. Yusuf Pathan

8. Zaheer Khan

9. Dale Steyn

10. Lasith Malinga

11. Muttiah Muralitharan

12. Graeme Swann

As you can see it is build upon solid foundations. Sehwag and Amla are an even greater answer to Jayasuria and Kalawitharana in 1996. It features the two greatest ODI batsmen of arguably all time in Kallis and Tendulkar. It features the two best all-rounders in the world today as Watson joins the SA all-rounder. The X factor is brought to you by Yusuf Pathan. In Steyn, Zaheer, and Malinga you have the 3 finest quicks in one-day cricket. In Murali you have the finest, most economical and most attacking spinner. Graeme Swann comes in as 12th man for when we need to play 2 spinners and attack.

If this group of players was to extend to a 15-man squad it would include Chris Gayle, James Anderson and Mahayla Jayawardene.

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Who Would You Choose in Your Dream Team?


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  1. harish says

    Virendra sehwag
    graeme smith(c)
    virat kohli
    hashim amla
    kumar sangakkara(wc)
    yusuf pathan
    cameron white
    shakib ul hasan
    del steyne
    malinga
    albie morkel

  2. shiv says

    Sehwag,
    Watson,
    Sachin
    A B Velliers (WK),
    Jayawardane
    Kieren Pollard
    Afridi,
    Johan Botha
    Dale Steyn
    Umar Gul,
    Malinga,

    Extra’s
    Mitchell Jhonson
    Gramme Swann
    M S Dhoni
    Yusuf Pathan

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