World Test 11: Throw Your Hat In The Ring Pt5
Well all I can say, is sorry for the delay!
But we are back with the Bleacher World Test 11.
So far we have gone up to the No.4 batsmen, which turned out to be the great Sachin (I had little doubts on that).
So now we proceed to the fifth spot in this prestigious line-up.
We start with someone who has been a great at almost everything. This none other that Steve Waugh. He was dropped in place of his brother early in his career but came back with a bang and became one of the all time players along with one of Australia's greatest captains.
Now why wouldn't you want a thinking brain along with a great player in this line-up? Steve is also a man who can occupy the crease for a long period of time and can shepherd the tail as well. Another interesting thing about him is that he did not score a century for over 20 tests and still ended with 32 centuries in the end. This means he became much better as he went on.
Most importantly, who can forget his 200 in Jamaica. He was a good fielder and a quick between the wickets along with being a fairly good medium pacer who could be used to great effect. This man is one of the strongest contenders for the spot. Ave: 51.
This player could have well become one of the most elegant surgeons but ended up being the ever elegant V.V.S. Laxman. And for all those who think V.V.S stands for only "Very Very Special", it also stands for Vangipurappu Venkata Sai.
He is maybe the most wristy player alive in this world. He is not so quick between the wickets but he doesn't need to be if he can find the gaps the way he does. This man has got a lovely pair of hands too. The advantage with this is that he can come up to bat at No. 3 and become a match winner once in a while (The Eden Gardens 281 is the proof).
His is also at his best against the best (Australia), that tells you a lot more about how his game rises against top teams. He is also very good in forming partnerships with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar who are the previous two in this line-up.
He is another player who bats very well with the tail. Another good quality about his is that he can play second fiddle very well and suddenly change gears. It also seems that he is very defensive but it is because he usually plays along the ground and doesn't loft. Trust me this man can score quickly in the simplest of ways. Ave: 45.
The next contestant us the future Aussie captain Michael Clarke. He has removed all doubts about his capability, talent and temperament after his 151 against the Indians. After that he had a minor blip early in his career he has come back to become a backbone of the Baggy Green wearers in times of need.
His century at Sydney against the Proteas earlier this year helped his team earn a consolation win. He can also loft the ball far and high along with some elegant strokes. His fielding is also second to no one and his accurate throws have often got batsmen run out. He is also a quick between the wickets runner. And like the others even he has batted well with the tail. Ave: 48.
This fella has been tried at so many spots in his team but has finally been stable at this position. AB De Villiers just played a sizzling knock against the Aussies of 163 which one them a consolation match. If you are looking for an aggressive batter you won't have to look further beyond him.
Last year he got a brilliant double hundred against the Indians in India which won them the match. He is not only a brilliant fielder but can done the wicketkeeping armour in times of an injury to to regular one. And though I am getting bored of mentioning this fact again and again, even he is a good player along with the tail.
In fact all in this list are. De Villiers is no more a talented youngster, he is a matured young man now. He is also quick between wickets. Also a useful right hand man to Graeme Smith(SA captain and also an opener in this team). Ave: 43 and rising.
Well if you ask me, this man is highly underrated. Paul Collingwood is a singles and doubles player who keeps the score board ticking. His 206 at Adelaide though in a losing cause, is proof of his ability. A good fielder and a quick runner make his all the more important.
He is also a good adviser to the captain. Colly has improved immensely over the past 2-3 years and now is after successfully shrugging of the 'one day batsmen' tag, is the one of the main men in the English team. He also bowls some dibbly-dobly and effective medium pace and can almost be called an all-rounder. His mental strength is also something to look at. His experience also adds to this resume of his. Ave: 44.
The fellow is more remembered for his almost match winning heroics in the T20 world cup final. Misbah-Ul-Haq hasn't played too many Tests but has already shown his temperament. His match saving knocks in Bangalore and and Kolkatta were something that prevented a definite 3-0 whitewash by India of the series.
So what if the pitches were flat, application was required. Maybe he came a bit to late to the weak Pakistani line-up but still I am sure he will have some effect. Many of the seniors wanted him as captain of Pak. That tells us that he is a good right hand man too. Also a quick runner and a good fielder. Ave: 42.
Choose well. This position is crucial as you may have to hit or may have to defend according to the situation. Also you only have one more batsmen after you so it is important you bat long.
Keep the votes coming and the dice rolling.
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