World Test 11: Throw Your Hat in the Ring Part Six
Now we all have to choose the last batsman who is only there for his batting in this Bleacher line-up.
Next in line will be the wicketkeepers and thus they are there for another reason too.
So far the team is- G. Smith (SA), J. Langer (Aus), R. Dravid (Ind), S. Tendulkar (Ind), and S. Waugh (Aus).
No. 6 is a very tough position to bat AT. It is very similar to the fifth spot but the difference is that you are the main pinch-hitter. You may come early or late, but the your are still expected to keep the innings moving. If not that, you still have to last as long as you can
Here as well all the batsmen are good batters along with the tail
So this is the list to choose from:
Shivnarine Chanderpaul: It all started for him in the West Indies tour of England in 2007. His long batting hours at the crease were proof of his skill that before that went more or less unseen. The fact that no one except for him crossed hundred from the WI side on that tour is the proof of this.
Before that as well, Chanderpaul was one of the mainstays of his batting line-up and often drove the team out of trouble. He has spent the most no. of minutes unbeaten at the crease in test cricket. That just tells you how long he can bat.
Though recenlty his long stays and slow moving batting has been noticed more, he has played some quck knocks as well, like the 76 of 76 balls against the Aussies.
Also a hundred against the same team, at almost a run-a-ball. In such a strong line-up he is very much required in case of a collapse.
Maybe the strong team will also allow us to see his more aggressive side more often. Average is around 50
Sourav Ganguly: He is known for a lot of things but most importantly and most lately for his extraordinary determination. The kind of come-back he made into the Indian team is nothing short of spectacular.
The more important thing is that he played under the tremendous pressure of the possibility being dropped at any point in his career. He is also a fairly aggressive batsmen with a strike rate of 51 (pretty good for tests) at the same time he has also shown some concentration when it comes to saving the test match.
He also bowls useful medium pace which can often get batsmen out. His most memorable innings would be his 144 at the Gabba (Brisbrane) which was a pitch full of bounce, something that has always troubled Ganguly.
He on of the best players of spin and has carted guys like Muralitharan round the park. Also his ability to find gaps through the off-side is quite remarkable.
Also being one of the greatest captains, this ever elegant player will be one of the main strategists in a team like this, averaging around 42.5.
Andrew Symonds: He is currently not in the Australian team but that does not mean he doesn't deserve a place in the line-up. He has been one of the most troublesome batsmen of the opposition. Whatever the position of his team, he will come hard at you and destroy you.
His 60 odd at Perth early last year against India when his team was 60/5 was an absolute gem. His first hundred, which came against the British boys of 150 odd during Ashes 2007 was another gem.
His useful off spin cum meduim pace is a regular partnership breaker as well. There is no one better than him in the field either.
This man will give you the required X-factor in the team. I don't think there is any doubt that when he is going he is no where near stop able. Average is around 40
Andrew Flintoff: He is the only genuine all-rounder in the options given here. Though he is known more for his bowling, but when on song he is as good as any one. Remember his hundred in 2005 Ashes. Also many other of his brilliant knocks were there in the same series.
He is also a bludgeoner. A good fielder as well. His bowling is nothing short of pace: accurate and scary.
He may not always get wickets but still he can hold one end very tight. Batting and bowling averages both around 32.
Jean-Paul Duminy: The last and the least experienced on the list. Though he so far has only played against the Aussies but still he has show remarkable temperament and seems like a fella who has a bright future.
His 163 at Melbourene last year in only his second test match tells us all about him.
Maybe many will disagree with me about why I have kept him in this list but still, I think he is quick learner and you have to see him bat to realise that. Average is around 48
My Pick: Chanderpaul.
He has proved himself enough and will keep on proving himself. Also he is the only one whom you know can actually pull you out of trouble and also can be a huge boon when it comes to saving matches.
P.S. 1) While choosing your player please keep in mind the already chosen member of the team. This may play an important role in the requirement of your pick
2) I found the response for the No. 4 batsmen pretty ordinary. Please make this line-up the best by voting and contributing structured thoughts
Other than that, KEEP VOTING!
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