Cricket Dream Team (All Time)

Just saw a similar thread for Football… Why not one for cricket… Considered players who’ve played test cricket after 1900. Here I go : 1. Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. DG Bradman 4. BC Lara (debatable??) 5. Wally Ha…

Just saw a similar thread for Football....
Why not one for cricket....
Considered players who've played test cricket after 1900.
Here I go :

1. Jack Hobbs
2. Sunil Gavaskar
3. DG Bradman
4. BC Lara (debatable??)
5. Wally Hammond
6. Garfield Sobers
7. Alan Knott (far superior to Gilchrist as a keeper,
reliable bat to boot)
8. Wasim Akram
9. Malcolm Marshall
(inarguably the best among the great WestIndian fast bowlers..
Was no mug with the bat unlike Dennis Lillie)
10.Shane Warne
11.Sydney Barnes

12th Man : Bill O'Reilly

Fairly representative of all eras...

O'Reilly - probably the most underrated bowler in the history of test cricket, is the reserve spinner.


PS: There is an ancient dream-team thread for contemporary players...Didn't want to resuscitate it.

My dream team:

Sachin Tendulkar
Viv Richards
Sir Garfield Sobers
Sunny Gavaskar
Steve Waugh
Sir Don Bradman
Adam Gilchrist
Wasim Akram
Courtney Walsh
Shane Warne
Michael Holding.

Ho abt an all time great one day team? will come up with mine soon.


1. Jack Hobbs
2. Sunil Gavaskar
3. DG Bradman
4. BC Lara (debatable??)
5. Wally Hammond
6. Garfield Sobers
7. Alan Knott (far superior to Gilchrist as a keeper,
reliable bat to boot)
8. Wasim Akram
9. Malcolm Marshall
(inarguably the best among the great WestIndian fast bowlers..
Was no mug with the bat unlike Dennis Lillie)
10.Shane Warne
11.Sydney Barnes

12th Man : Bill O'Reilly

no tendulkar:wow::wow::wow::wow:
rajeshnsitian Says
no tendulkar:wow::wow::wow::wow:

n lara debatable:shocked: :shocked:

Here is my Test Team
1.Bryan lara
2.Barry Richards
3.Sir Don Bradman
4.Sir Garfield Sobers
5.Viv Richards
6.Sachin Tendulkar
7.Adam Gillichrist(WK)
8.Imran Khan
9.Malcom marshal
10.Shane warne
11.Courtney Walsh

12th Man:Sunil Gavasker

My Dream Team wud be Like this:
1) Adam Gilchrist (wk)
2) sachin Tendulkar
3) Ricky Ponting (Cap)
4) Sir Don Bradman
5) Viv Richards
6) Clive Lloyd
7) Jaques Kallis
Andrew Flintoff
9) Wasim Akram
10)Kapil Dev
11)Courtney Walsh
12th man Abdul Razzaq

:

Hey somebody... revive this thread...!!!!

ChUcK

Tough to pick the ODI team...

But a 2 min job to pick 1 for the longer version...

Heres my team...



Sunil Gavaskar
Barry Richards

Sir Don Bradman(Capt)
Sachin Tendulkar
Sir IVA Richards

Sir Garfield Sobers(V.C.)

Adam Gilchrist

Wasim Akram
Malcolm Marshall
Shane Warne
Dennis Lillee


12th Man...Imran Khan


Tough to pick the ODI team...

But a 2 min job to pick 1 for the longer version...

Heres my team...



Sunil Gavaskar
Barry Richards

Sir Don Bradman(Capt)
Sachin Tendulkar
Sir IVA Richards

Sir Garfield Sobers(V.C.)

Adam Gilchrist

Wasim Akram
Malcolm Marshall
Shane Warne
Dennis Lillee


12th Man...Imran Khan



I think Akram would have made a better kaptaan. True, he has an excellent record as captain, but then look at the team he had at his disposal... they were, after all, called 'The Invincibles'.

IMHO...

ChUcK

No matter what,this is no easy job.Anyway,my impromptu picks:-

The Test Team:-
1.Sunil Gavaskar(No better accumulator of runs than him.He is the 1 whom you wud rely upon 2 hang on there when it matters.No matter how great any team is you need such players)
2.Jack Hobbs(his records speak for him)
3.Donald Bradman(no arguments)
4.Vivian Richards(the ultimate swagger,u can't leave him out.can and also used to trounce any1 anywhere)
5.Gary Sobers(there can't be a more cmplete cricketer)
6.Brian Lara(the man's a genius even though it may not go well with the 1s obsessed with sachin.the thing is that he plays when it matters)
7.Keith Miller(a fine allrounder.a true match-winner with both bat n ball)
8.Adam Gilchrist(can turn any match on its head.keeps ok.i know knott,rodney are there.but no 1's quite like him)
9.Wasim Akram(has there been a better swing bowler)
10.Shane Warne(the most magical spinner i can think of)
11.Harold Larwood(every team need atleast some1 with sheer pace.he is good enough.anyway, i think this position is most debatable)

all the above players are match-winner.they deliver when it matters.that 2 me is most important.besides ai also think this team is well-balanced.batting is very deep.pace ttack is good enough.only 1 spinner,but then most of the matches are played on those kind of pitches.
the only thing is that i've not thot at all about the fielding standard of this team.i am hard pressed by time

Good list, but i think Lara and Sobers should exchange places. A batsman of Lara's caliber should bat at Number 4, and Sobers is after all an allrounder. The greatest cricketer who ever existed, yes, but still and allrounder who can bat later in the order...

ChUcK

Tests

Matthew Hayden
Sunil Gavaskar
Donald Bradman
Vivian Richards
Sachin Tendulkar(vc)
Adam Gilchrist
Imran Khan (c)
Wasim Akram
Shane Warne
Michael Holding
Glenn Mc Grath

yes,too many aussies....
and no muralitharan .......hes a ****ing chucker.....


ODI

Sachin Tendulkar
Adam Gilchrist
Vivian Richards
Steve Waugh (c)
Chris Cairns
Kapil Dev
Imran Khan
Shaun Pollock(vc)
Wasim Akram
Shane Warne
Courtney Walsh


and no muralitharan .......hes a ****ing chucker.....


I refrain from commenting...

ChUcK

Tests:

1. Sunil Gavaskar
2. Sir Don Bradman
3. Viv Richards
4. Gary Sobers
5. Sachin Tendulkar
6. Adam Gilchrist
7. Clive Lloyd
8. Wasim Akram
9.. Malcolm Marshall
10. Shane Warne
11.Dennis Lillee

Much similar to others.. but then only these names came to mah mind

Cheers!

lots of good test teams already posted, so i'd refrain from that.
here's my odi team :

openers :
sachin tendulkar [14146 runs @ 44.20 + 142 wks @ 43.61]
adam gilchrist (wk) [8025 rns @ 36.14 + 339 cts and 42 st]

middle-order :
ricky ponting [9020 rns @ 42.34]
viv richards [6721 rns @ 47.00 + 118 wks @ 35.83]
michael bevan [6912 rns @ 53.58]

all-rounders : [they often make the difference in odi matches]
imran khan (c) [3709 rns @ 33.41 + 182 wks @ 26.62 ]
kapil dev [3783 rns @ 23.79 + 253 wks @ 27.45]

bowlers :
wasim akram [3717 rns @ 16.51 + 502 wks @ 23.52]
shane warne [ 293 wks @ 25.73]
allan donald [ 272 wks @ 21.78]
glenn mcgrath [ 331 wks @ 22.43]

12th man :
who else, jonty rhodes. [donald , after finishing his spell could conveniently feign a back injury gettin jonty in the game ]

[mind u, the super sub rule is about to be scrapped soon; so we will be back to seeing the 12th man carrying drinks and doing the low-end job of only fielding;
however ; a gr8 super-sub could have been :
sanath jayasuriya [ 10625 runs @ 31.9 + 273 wks @ 36.82 ]

the bowling on this line-up makes me salivate [we indians are a bit short in that dept. , remember ? ] :
We can have Mcgrath and Wasim opening the attack. Mcgrath will do his stuff obviously; if Wasim cannot swing the new ball give it to Kapil / Imran. Atleast 1 of them will surely click.
When the batsmen think they have somehow survived the opening burst( with the score reading 50/2 or 64/3 after 15 overs ) ; bring on Donald.
If nothing, his sheer pace will scare the hell out of those poor souls at the crease.
From the other end bring on Warne. Just imagine the batsmen having to handle Warnie's wrong - uns , zooters and flippers from one end and fending off Donald's thunderbolts at the other.
If the batsmen miraculously surive till the slog overs , bring on the reverse - swinging duo of Wasim and Imran. A few Wasim yorkers should suffice. If need be, finish the tail off with Donald and Mcgrath.
WOOOOOO !!!

My team (TESTS):
1. Geoff Boycott
2. S. Gavaskar
3. DG Bradman
4. S Tendulkar
5. Clive Lloyd (Captain)
6. Gary Sobers
7. Adam Gilchrist (WK)
8. Richard Hadlee
9. Harold Larwood
10. Malcolm Marshall
11. Shane Warne

(ODIS)
1. Adam Gilchrist
2. S Tendulkar
3. Viv Richards
4. Ricky Ponting
5. Javed Miandad
6. Michael Bevan
7. Chris Cairns
8. Wasim Akram
9. Shane Warne
10.Glenn McGrath.
11. Allan Donald

Surprised to see so many people choosing Larwood in their team.
Harold Larwood was an overrated cricketer.
His only claim to fame was his stupendous performance in the Bodyline series.
(thanks largely to Leg-theory)
His bowling average was a pedestrian 28 - not bad given that he had to bowl in an era dominated by batsmen, but not exceptional either.


Surely, the likes of Maurice Tate and Ray Lindwall can be ranked above him.
Sadly they don't get as much press as he does, thanks largely to the inordinate mindshare that Bodyline occupies among cricket-lovers.

MY TEAM (ODI):
1. SACHIN TENDULKAR
2. ADAM GILCHRIST(WK)
3. RICKY PONTING(vc)
4. RAHUL DRAVID (THE ROCK..VERY DEPENDABLE)
5. VIVIAN RICHARDS
6. SANATH JAYASURIYA (MY ALL ROUNDER AND FLOATING HITTER..CAN BE SENT IN ANYTIME DEPENDING ON SITUATION)
7. IMRAN KHAN (ALL ROUNDER 2) AND CAPTAIN
8. SHAUN POLLOCK (CHECK OUT HIS ECONOMY)
9. MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN (CANT KEEP HIM OUT..TOO MANY WICKETS)
10.GLENN MCGRATH (AUTOMATIC CHOICE)
11.ALLAN DONALD (PACE WITH ACCURACY..DEADLY COMBO)
12TH MAN: STEVE WAUGH (AS ALL ROUNDER..I KNOW HE DIDNT BOWL MUCH LATER ON BUT STIL)
ONE OF THE REASONS FOR NOT CHOOSING MANY FROM THE PAST ERA IS THAT ODI CRICKET AS IT IS PLAYED NOW IS VERY DIFFRENT FROM WAT IT WAS IN THOSE DAYS..PLUS THE CRICKETERS TODAY ARE FAR MORE ATHLETIC.
TESTS:
1. SUNIL GAVASKAR
2. DON BRADMAN
3. RAHUL DRAVID
4. SACHIN TENDULKAR/ RICKY PONTING.. (VC)
WILL BE PICKED DEPENDING ON TYPE OF WICKET..IF ITS A BOUNCY TRACK THEN PONTING..WHO HAS THE BEST PULL AND HOOK IN THE GAME..ALL OTHERS TENDULKAR
5. GARRY SOBERS (C)
6. VIVIAN RICHARDS
7. ADAM GILCHRIST(WK)
8. SHANE WARNE
9. GLENN MCGRATH
10. MICHAEL HOLDING
11. MURALITHARAN
12TH MAN: JACQUES KALLIS