[tweetmeme source=”akhilsethi” only_single=false] It has been a long time since I have written a blog post, courtesy to my job and the fact of not able to find a relevant topic to write a post. At last I decided to write on a topic or a field that I like the most. It’s Cricket, the game that each and every one loves in India, it’s a kind of religion & if I am not wrong Sachin is the God in India. But this post is not about the nation’s love for Cricket or either Sachin or the Lalit Modi Saga that is going on and on……..!!
This post is about a simple question i.e. whom do you think the best team in the world. Cricket purists will argue that it’s not the right question as Cricket itself has 3 versions now. The tests, the ODIs and thanks to Englishmen & Modi jee, T20s. But my point is why there has to be three best teams in respective formats, why can’t there be a single one coz to be best you have to prove that you are the best in the game irrespective of the format of the game. Yes, the players of the team should be talented/able enough to change their style of play according to the format to become the part of best team in the world.
Yesterday I watched two T20 world cup matches, one was the highlights between Australia vs SriLanka and the other one was the Semi-final between Australia vs Pakistan. In the first match (Aus vs SRL), Australia were 5 down for just 67 runs at the end of 11th over and when I looked the last score, it was 168/5 at the end of 20 overs. It means they scored 101 runs in the last 9 overs without losing a single wicket, courtesy Cameroon white & Mike Hussey and when I checked the last score, it was a heavy 81 run heavy defeat that was being handed over by Australia (SriLanka all out at 87 in the 17th over).
Then there was the Semi final match in which Pakistan batted really well to score 191, all thanks to Akmal brothers & Salman Butt. I thought Australia would not be able to chase this big score considering the wickets are on a slow side in WestIndies, but as they say…..Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties and here I was visiting yet another turnaround by Australians. They needed 70 runs from last 5 overs and then 48 runs from the last 18 balls, (for every ball 3runs) which I thought would be next to impossible, but Mike Hussey had some other plans……..!! Then came the last over in which Australia needed 18 runs, but thanks to 3 big sixes and a four by Hussey, the match ended with a ball to spare. In the end he made 60 runs of just 24 deliveries (or I can say 15runs per 6 balls) which is something extraordinarily remarkable and Australia chased the score with one ball to spare. That is what a champion side is, which can bounce back from this kind of situation. This hasn’t happened for a single time, we all know how good the Australian side is..!! After the retirement of Warne & McGrath, I thought Australians have lost all the firepower to be a champion side, but they proved me wrong……..with the cricketers like Hussey (Mike not David :P), White, Jhonson, they are a side which still hold the firepower to become no. 1 in all formats of the game.
What do you think, will Australia be able to reach the no.1 position in all formats of the game or not..? They are still third in the test rankings and first in the ODI rankings.
Another important thing that I want you to contemplate upon is what makes a champion side, what ingredients are required, the domestic infrastructure or the selection criteria, what determines the success, what’s your opinion…??