Many say test match cricket is languishing in the doldrums at this moment in time. ಇಲ್ಲ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ರೀತಿಯ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸಿ ಮತ್ತು ಅದರ ಕೋಟ್ ಬಾಲ ಮೂಲಕ ಅದನ್ನು ಎತ್ತುವುದು ಸುಮಾರು chucked ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. Such one sided demolitions as the England Sri Lanka series only add weight to the naysayers cause and the half empty (ಅಥವಾ ಪೂರ್ಣ ಇರಬೇಕು?!) 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, ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ, 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.
ಸಹಜವಾಗಿ ಇದು ಸ್ಥಾನಗಳನ್ನು ಮೇಲೆ ಬಲಾತ್ಕಾರದಿಂದ ಪಡೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ ಕೇವಲ ತಂಡಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ. Individual players have the ability to light up an entire stadium and even, ಒಂದೊಂದು ಸಲ, ಇಡೀ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ. 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 (ಮತ್ತು ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ) 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. ಈ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ಪಟ್ಟಿ ಅದೇ ಅಲ್ಲ. 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. ಕ್ಷಮಿಸಿ 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.
ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ನೀವು ಕೆಳಗೆ ಏನು ನೋಡಿ. 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:
ಶ್ರೀ IVA ರಿಚರ್ಡ್ಸ್ (ಸರ್ ವಿವ್) ಯಾವುದೇ ಪಟ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಎಂದು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. The man mountain was simply immense and could rip a bowling attack to shreds with his aggression and style. ಯಾವಾಗ ಹೆಸರಾದರು (ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸಮಯ) ಅವನು ಅಥವಾ ಬೌಲಿಂಗ್ ಅಸಾಧ್ಯ ಒಂದು ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೆಟ್. When faced with difficult pitches his response was simply: "ನೀವು ಒಂದು ಬ್ಯಾಟ್ ಮನುಷ್ಯ ದೊರೆತಿದೆ, defend yourself.” If he was playing today he would average well into the 60s
Sachin Tendulkar. ಸರಿ, 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. ಸರಿ, so the guy carries with him a suitcase full of baggage but boy, ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ (ಮತ್ತು ಇನ್ನೂ) ಬ್ಯಾಟ್. ಇಲ್ಲ ಶೀಘ್ರವೇ ಯಾರು ಗೇರ್ ಮೂಲಕ ಬದಲಾಗಬಹುದು ಕೆಲವೇ ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ. Great entertainment value. I did consider Chris Gayle and he came close to nicking the spot. ಆದರೆ ಕೆ.ಪಿ. ಕೇವಲ ಅವನ ಮುಂದೆ ರಲ್ಲಿ sneaks.
ಸ್ಟೀವ್ ವಾ. 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).
ಬ್ರಿಯಾನ್ ಲಾರಾ. What a brilliant player. ಅವರು ಸುಮಾರು ಬಂದಾಗ, ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನು ಆಡುವುದು. ಅವರು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ರನ್ ಎರಡು ಬಾರಿ ಟೆಸ್ಟ್ ಇನ್ನಿಂಗ್ಸ್ ಬಾರಿಸಿದ ವಿಶ್ವ ದಾಖಲೆಯನ್ನು ಮುರಿದರು. He even hit 500 in one innings. Every time he walked to the wicket you felt something momentous might happen. Quite incredible.
ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಆಯ್ಕೆಗಾಗಿ ಮೇಲೆಯೇ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಆದರೆ ಇದು 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, ಇದು ವಿರಳವಾಗಿ ತೆರೆದುಕೊಂಡಿತು. His batting on the other hand was simply awesome, ಫ್ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಫ್ಲಿಂಟಾಫ್ ತನ್ನ ವೃತ್ತಿಯ ಅಂತ್ಯದ ಕಡೆಗೆ ತನ್ನ ಗುರುತು ದೊರೆತಿದೆ ಸಹ. He was a big game player too and would be a dependable option should my other stars fail.
ಮತ್ತೆ, ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯ. 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. ನಾನು ಹೋಗಿದ್ದೀರಿ ಏಕೆ ಆ ಇಯಾನ್ ಬಾಥಮ್. 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. ಶೇನ್ ವಾರ್ನೆ ಮತ್ತು Muttiah Muralitheran ಈ ಒಂದು ಔಟ್ ಸ್ಲಗ್. ಇದು ಬಹಳ ಹತ್ತಿರದ ಕರೆ - ಶ್ರೀಲಂಕಾ ನಿವೃತ್ತಿ 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. ವಾರ್ನ್, who has the bigger the personality of the two, ಪಾನೀಯಗಳು ಎಂದು ಸಾಗಿಸುವ 12ನೇ man and be a second spinner should the pitch suit.
Dennis Lillee – brilliant bowler and fearsome / fearless Aussie patter. 'ಒಂಟಿಯಾಗಿ tache ನನಗೆ ಹೆದರಿಸುವ ಎಂದು.
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. ಮುಖದ ಮೇಲೆ ಬಿಳಿ ಯುದ್ಧದ ಬಣ್ಣದ ಮಾತ್ರ ಆಸೆ ಸೇರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. My one South African representative.
Malcolm Marshall – ವೇಳೆ ಮೆಸರ್ಸ್ ಬಾಥಮ್ ಒಂದು ವೇಗದಲ್ಲಿ ತ್ರಿಕೋನ, 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.
ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನೀವು ಹೊಂದಿಲ್ಲ. 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. ಒಂದು ಗಡಿಯಾರ ವರ್ತ್?
ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸ್ವಂತ ಕೆಲವು ಆಲೋಚನೆಗಳು ಗಾಟ್? ಕಾಮೆಂಟ್ ಕೆಳಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾರೆ! ನೀವು ಚಂದಾದಾರರಾಗಬಹುದು ಬಯಸಿದರೆ ಬಲ ಮೇಲ್ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಮೆನುವಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಚಂದಾದಾರರಾಗಬಹುದು ಲಿಂಕ್ ಬಳಸಿ. ನೀವು ಕೆಳಗೆ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕೊಂಡಿಗಳು ಬಳಸಿಕೊಂಡು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಮಾಡಬಹುದು. ಚೀರ್ಸ್.