Many say test match cricket is languishing in the doldrums at this moment in time. आहे योजना सर्व प्रकारच्या प्रयत्न आणि त्याच्या डगला पुरुषांचा संध्याकाळी वापरण्याचा कोट करून तो त्यातला थोडा भाग सुमारे chucked जात. Such one sided demolitions as the England Sri Lanka series only add weight to the naysayers cause and the half empty (किंवा पूर्ण असणे आवश्यक आहे?!) 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, तसेच, 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.
अर्थात ते जागांवर bums मिळवा फक्त संघ नाही. Individual players have the ability to light up an entire stadium and even, काही वेळा, संपूर्ण देश. 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 (आणि तसेच केले) 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. हे सर्वोत्तम कधी यादी म्हणून समान नाही. 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. क्षमस्व 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.
त्यामुळे आपण खाली काय वाटते ते पाहू. 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:
श्री व्हॅट रिचर्ड्स (सर व्हिव्ह) कोणत्याही यादीत असणे आवश्यक आहे. The man mountain was simply immense and could rip a bowling attack to shreds with his aggression and style. खोबणी मध्ये तेव्हा (बहुतांश वेळा) तो गोलंदाजी करणे अशक्य होते किंवा शेतात सेट. When faced with difficult pitches his response was simply: "आपण एक बॅट मनुष्य आला, defend yourself.” If he was playing today he would average well into the 60s
Sachin Tendulkar. ठीक आहे, 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. ठीक आहे, so the guy carries with him a suitcase full of baggage but boy, मनुष्य शक्य झाले (आणि अजूनही हे करू शकता) फलंदाजी. तेथे पटकन तो हे करू शकता म्हणून खूप काही गीयर माध्यमातून स्थलांतर करू शकता कोण आहे. Great entertainment value. I did consider Chris Gayle and he came close to nicking the spot. पण के फक्त त्याला पुढे sneaks.
स्टीव्ह वॉ. 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).
ब्रायन लारा. What a brilliant player. तेव्हा तो सुमारे, रेकॉर्ड या कुशीवरुन त्या कुशीवर लोळणे. तो एकदा परंतु दोनदा चाचणी डावात सर्वाधिक धावा बुबका. He even hit 500 in one innings. Every time he walked to the wicket you felt something momentous might happen. Quite incredible.
उलट येथे फार मौल्यवान वस्तू पण तो 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, तो क्वचितच उघड होते. His batting on the other hand was simply awesome, Freddy फ्लिंटॉफ कारकिर्दीत शेवटी त्याच्या मार्क आला जरी. He was a big game player too and would be a dependable option should my other stars fail.
पुन्हा, येथे निवड भरपूर. 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. मी गेले केले आहे इयान बोथम. 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. शेन वॉर्न आणि Muttiah Muralitheran हा एक बाहेर एक प्रकारची गोगलगाय. तो एक अतिशय बंद कॉल आहे - श्रीलंकेचा निवृत्त 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. वॉर्न, who has the bigger the personality of the two, पेय म्हणून वाहून शकता 12व्या man and be a second spinner should the pitch suit.
Dennis Lillee – brilliant bowler and fearsome / fearless Aussie patter. 'फक्त दुवा की मला घाबरणे होईल.
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. चेहरा पांढरा युद्ध पेंट फक्त मधाचे बोट जोडले. My one South African representative.
Malcolm Marshall – तर Messrs बोथम एक तेज तिरंगी, 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.
त्यामुळे उपलब्ध आहे. 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. किमतीची एक लक्ष?
आम्ही काहीतरी चुकलं आहे असे वाटते? आम्हाला खाली टिप्पणी कळवा. आपण सदस्यता करू इच्छित असल्यास कृपया वरच्या उजव्या मेनूवर सदस्यता दुवा वापरा. आपण खालील सामाजिक दुवे वापरून आपल्या मित्रांसह शेअर करू शकता. आणि आपण ते करतोय.