Wednesday, 28 February 2007

ODI World 11

As the World Cup approaches, Third Umpire will be selecting a ODI World 11, with one player featuring every day. We begin with our first opener, the West Indies' explosive Chris Gayle.

Chris Gayle is learning to get the best of his talents, even if he remains something of an enigma. His stand-and-deliver style is best suited to the shorter version of the game - in the recent ICC Champions Trophy, Gayle was, by a distance, player of the tournament, scoring two belligerent hundreds, including a match-winning 133* against South Africa.

At his best, Gayle, seemingly nonchalant, crunches opening bowlers through the off-side at will and forms part of the fourth most successful ODI opening pair with Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Meanwhile, Gayle’s offspin – fast, flat and extremely hard to get away – will be an enormous asset in the Carribean. Expect him to regularly deliver 10 testing overs.

Gayle can also boast an ice-cool temperament – though he can seem almost too laid back, this should prove invaluable in pressure situations. If the West Indies are to match – or even better – their Champions Trophy performance, Gayle’s brand of Calypso cricket will be crucial.

Any thoughts on our World 11? Leave a comment.


Chrispy said...

Gayle is top notch. It's unfortunate that his heart problem has hindered him at times. Cool as a cucumber, he has to be the most powerful opener in world cricket.

Suave said...

I like Chris Gayle. He adds the extra dimension of some quick off-spin, which could prove very effective.
My world XI (fit) would be..

Chris Gayle
Sourav Ganguly
Ricky Ponting
Kumar Sangakkara
Kevin Pietersen
Mike Hussey
Andrew Flintoff
Adam Gilchrist WK (floating position)
Shaun Pollock (just ahead of Ntini on batting prowess)
Shane Bond
Mutthiah Muralidaran

With additional bowling support from Gayle/Ganguly.
12th Man Greame Smith.

Whinging Pom said...

Gayle is a fantastic opener and a key allrounder. His off-spin could cause some problems on turning and slow pitches. I'm probably backing him for player of the tournament if he gets going.

Tim said...

Suave - like your team. Mine's pretty similar though, as you can now see, I have opted for a different partner for Chris Gayle.