ઘણા કહે ટેસ્ટ મેચ ક્રિકેટની સમય આ ક્ષણે ઔદાસીન્ય માં languishing છે. ત્યાં યોજનાઓ તમામ પ્રકારના આસપાસ પ્રયાસ કરો અને તેના કોટ પૂંછડીઓ દ્વારા તે મૂકવો chucked કરવામાં આવી. માટે naysayers થઇ અને અડધી ખાલી ઈંગ્લેન્ડ શ્રિલંકા શ્રેણી તરીકે આવા એક બાજુ Demolitions માત્ર વજન ઉમેરો (અથવા તે સંપૂર્ણ પ્રયત્ન કરીશું?!) stands at Chester Le Street don’t exactly help matters.
As always the answer to turn things around isn’t straight forward. We’re all searching for that silver bullet or miracle cure to guarantee packed stadia but the only thing that is clear is that there is no simple answer.
One thing is for certain – cricket is in the entertainment business and so needs to, સારી રીતે, entertain. Two tests in and England Sri Lanka has not entertained. There’s supposed to be sport in sport – shooting fish in a barrel doesn’t draw the punters in. I can’t see people rushing to snap up tickets for the third and final test at Lords.
અલબત્ત તે માત્ર ટીમો જે બેઠકો પર bums વિચાર. Individual players have the ability to light up an entire stadium and even, આ સમયે, સમગ્ર રાષ્ટ્ર. I once turned up at Headingly to see England against the West Indies but was there five minutes late (thanks to the Great British trains) only to hear as we ambled past security that a wicket had fallen already. Sure enough it was the man I really wanted to see – none other than Kevin Pietersen – and although England still scored a hatful of runs, ultimately I was left disappointed.
Alistair Cook’s recent achievement of being the youngest ever player to hit 10,000 test runs and the first Englishman to achieve the feat is right up there (અને સારી રીતે કરવામાં) but personally speaking I wouldn’t shell out money just to see him soldier on and anchor an innings together. He’s the bread to allow the tasty preserves to be spread on top. Without the bread the preserves just taste weird but without the preserves the bread just tastes a little dry and boring.
So I was thinking recently what would be the most exciting XI ever? A side of eleven stout yeoman who would grace any slice of Hovis (enough bread metaphors already!!) and have them dancing in the aisles. આ એક શ્રેષ્ઠ ક્યારેય યાદી તરીકે જ નથી. Best ever lists are almost impossible to put together anyway – different eras and different pitches make comparisons sketchy at best. In putting together this list I’ve tried to reach out across the cricketing divide and include different nationalities where possible. Personality also comes into the calculations and it must be remembered I’ve only been watching cricket since the mid to late 80s. માફ કરશો W.G. Grace but you’re back in the pavilion. This will be a band of renegades to tour the world and showcase the best cricket has to offer – even if many of them are rather long in the tooth.
તેથી શું તમે નીચે લાગે છે તે જોવા. I’ve gone with the modern day formula of five front line batsmen, an all-rounder, stumper and then four front line bowlers – one of whom is a spinner. I must admit to cheating just a little – I’ve selected a group of five batsmen rather than two openers, a number three and so on so forth.
My five hitters:
મિસ્ટર IVA રિચાર્ડસ (સર વિવ) કોઈપણ યાદી પર હોય છે. The man mountain was simply immense and could rip a bowling attack to shreds with his aggression and style. જ્યારે ખાંચો માં (તો મોટા ભાગના વખતે) તેમણે ઓછામાં વાટકી અશક્ય હતું કે એક ક્ષેત્ર માટે સુયોજિત. When faced with difficult pitches his response was simply: "તમે એક બેટ માણસ મળ્યો, defend yourself.” If he was playing today he would average well into the 60s
Sachin Tendulkar. ઠીક છે, so this isn’t really about records but the Little Master is the best part of 2,500 runs ahead of the next best in terms of runs accumulated over a test career (Ricky Ponting). He is also feted as almost God like by 1.2billion Indians – that should shift a few seats in the stadium. On top of it all though he was simply immense even if he did suffer from being part of an Indian side who hated touring – English eyes rarely saw the best of him.
Kevin Pietersen. ઠીક છે, so the guy carries with him a suitcase full of baggage but boy, માણસ કરી શકે છે (અને હજુ પણ કરી શકો છો) બેટ. ત્યાં ખૂબ થોડા ગિયર્સ મારફતે પાળી શકો છો તેટલી ઝડપથી તેમણે કરી શકો છો. Great entertainment value. I did consider Chris Gayle and he came close to nicking the spot. પરંતુ કેપી માત્ર તેને આગળ sneaks.
સ્ટીવ વો. If there is one cricketer I would want on my side to help out when the chips are down then that man is Steve Waugh. The man is as solid as they come and would be my captain. His brother Mark was the more flashy of the twins but flashy doesn’t always mean entertaining. He would be the glue that binds this unit of renegades together. Useful back up bowler too (he was only a few short of the magical 100 wickets to complement the many thousands of runs).
બ્રાયન લારા. What a brilliant player. જ્યારે તે આસપાસ છે, રેકોર્ડ તૂટી. તેમણે ટેસ્ટ વાર નથી પરંતુ બે વાર સૌથી વધુ રન માટે વિશ્વ વિક્રમ તોડ્યો. He even hit 500 in one innings. Every time he walked to the wicket you felt something momentous might happen. Quite incredible.
તેના બદલે અહીં પસંદગી માટે નકામા ગયા પરંતુ તે Adam Gilchrist who invented the modern day knack of wicket keepers being able to flay the willow. His keeping could have been better but as part of a great Aussie side of which he was the beating heart, તે ભાગ્યે જ સંપર્કમાં આવ્યો. His batting on the other hand was simply awesome, પણ જો ફ્રેડી ફ્લિન્ટોફ તેની કારકિર્દી ના અંત તરફ પોતાની નિશાની મળી. He was a big game player too and would be a dependable option should my other stars fail.
ફરીથી, પસંદગીના પુષ્કળ અહીં. The all rounder is so often the beating heart of a great team so it’s vital to get this one right. The winning man needs to be able to bat and bowl (obviously) but also carry the team forward. કે શા માટે હું ગયો કર્યું છે ઇયાન બોથમ. Brilliant bowler and very good batsman, ‘Both’ would also be in charge of choosing the wine list. Both’s drinking exploits are as legendary as his on-field achievements and he will make sure the team has some ‘rosy cheeks’ before and after a match.
There are only two possible options from the modern day era – or arguably any era. શેન વોર્ન અને Muttiah Muralitheran આ એક બહાર ગોકળગાય. તે ખૂબ જ નજીક કોલ છે - શ્રીલંકાના સાથે નિવૃત્ત 800 wickets to his name and Warne wasn’t far behind him – but I want an umbrella of nations to be represented in this side to attract viewers from across the globe and Murali is the only Sri Lankan to get close. વોર્ન, who has the bigger the personality of the two, તરીકે પીણાં વહન કરી શકે છે 12મી man and be a second spinner should the pitch suit.
Dennis Lillee – brilliant bowler and fearsome / fearless Aussie patter. 'એકલા tache કે મને બીક કરશે.
Allan Donald – If Lillee doesn’t get the heart rate skipping a beat then this man will. Brilliant bowler who scared many of his victims to surrender their wicket. ચહેરા પર સફેદ યુદ્ધ પેઇન્ટ માત્ર આકર્ષવું ઉમેરવામાં. My one South African representative.
Malcolm Marshall – જો મેસર્સ બોથમ એક ગતિ ત્રિકોણીય, Donald and Lillee doesn’t get you then surely the late, great Marshall will finish you off. Out of a terrifying pace attack in the 70s and 80s Marshall is widely regarded as the best of the lot although old ‘Whispering Death’ Michael Holding comes close.
તેથી ત્યાં તમે તેને હોય. A completely un-scientific stab at a test side worth the admission price. The top seven have over 66,000 runs between them and the bowlers a combined 2,200 wickets. એક ઘડિયાળ વર્થ?
લાગે છે કે અમે કંઈક ચૂકી કર્યું? અમને નીચે ટિપ્પણી દ્વારા જણાવો. તમે સબ્સ્ક્રાઇબ કરવા ઈચ્છો, તો જમણી ટોચ પર મેનુ પર લિંક સબ્સ્ક્રાઇબ ઉપયોગ કરો. તમે પણ નીચે સામાજિક લિંક્સ ઉપયોગ કરીને તમારા મિત્રો સાથે આ શેર કરી શકો છો. ટીમે.