29 October, 2020

A Bunch Of Dreamers

Speed, steadiness, balance and accuracy—plus the will to win

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A Bunch Of Dreamers
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Jimmy Amarnath’s scathing description of Indian selectors as “a bunch of jokers” crosses my mind as I venture to rustle up India’s Dream Team for the 50-over format. Though most cricket-crazy Indians have at some point in their lives debated and discarded the pick of the selectors, they have fortunately escaped the backlash of the “men who supposedly, spiritually, and suspiciously know it all”. I may not evade that wrath, so a quick disclaimer—this write-up does not aim to hurt the sentiments of readers by including or excluding names they are not in agreement with.

Let us define the task on hand: What do I want from my Dream Team? For a start, the ideal opening combination must have two batsmen who complement each other’s game and are yet diverse in their batting styles. The middle order should be flexible, capable of occupying the crease, rotating the strike in the middle overs, and also upping the ante in the slog overs. The wicketkeeper should be safe behind the wicket and effective in...

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