We all know that Cricket is no longer a sport, it’s a religion where every new player is compared to the existing ‘God’. Therefore, we have made our Fantasy Team comprised of all-time great cricketers especially for this World Cup 2015. Hope you like them!
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Nothing can be said as to why ‘God’ was chosen, he is a part of the team because this is one spot that no one else can fill ever. The perfect batsman and that too at the perfect spot. Enough said!
2. Chris Gayle
A left hand – right hand combination is a must in any opening partnership and Chris Gayle is one person who fills the spot perfectly. The free flowing carefree killer batsman is meant for this format of this game especially with the new Power play rules making it easier for him to give the team a flying start to their innings.
3. Rahul Dravid (The Wall)
Number 3 is one of the most important positions in any match and Rahul Dravid fits in that spot perfectly. He can bat throughout the day and get the team out of trouble in case of early loses. He can keep the wicket held from one end so that the batsman at the other end can play their natural aggressive game.
4. AB De Villiers
The man who has the world record for the fastest 50(16 balls) and 100(31 balls) in ODIs and also has played an innings where he scored 33 runs in 246 balls to save his team, is the ideal player for team participating in any format.
5. Jacques Kallis
The most complete all-rounder of all times. No other player has fused batting and bowling ability and consistently performed for a decade and a half’s stretch in multiple forms of the game as Kallis has. He acts as a backbone of the team and will come in very handy as a bowler.
6. Imran Khan
Being rated as one of the best all-rounder’s of all time (batting avg- 37 and bowling avg- 22.8), the figures might not be able to show this man’s real abilities. He is known for his reverse-swinging Yorkers and very handy batting, but the thing which makes him special is his attitude towards the game.
7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wk and Captain)
Nobody else holds the record of captaining a team to victory in T20 world cup, Cricket World Cup 2011 and Champions League 2013. This man may be unreliable with the bat, but he was born with a knack of the game and nobody can take it away from him on any day. He has the ability to pick the right player at the right moment, be it batting, bowling or fielding. This man knows it all.
8. Anil Kumble
This player was chosen specially for CWC 2015 because he is the perfect choice for the Australian pacey pitches. The pitch doesn’t really support spin and in these conditions, the most apt bowler will be a ‘sneaky slow pacer’ who can just drift the ball enough to cause enough harm to the batsman.
9. Glenn McGrath
Being awarded as the “Man of the Series” in his last performance in ODIs in 2007 basically describes in a nutshell about this guy’s fighting spirit. The Yorker specialist and the man who was known for his perfect line and length for his entire career has a very key role to play in the Fantasy team.
10. Umar Gul
The least-hyped but most successful and assured Pakistan pace product of the last few years, Umar Gul is the latest in Pakistan’s assembly-line of pace-bowling talent. He had played just nine first-class matches when called up for national duty in the wake of Pakistan’s poor 2003 World Cup. On the flat tracks of Sharjah, Gul performed admirably, maintaining excellent discipline and getting appreciable outswing with the new ball will be very crucial and helpful in these Australian pitches and conditions.
11. Wasim Akram
A dream cricketer. He has complete mastery over swing and seam, and sometimes moves the ball both ways in one delivery. All this comes at high speed from a quick, ball-concealing action, and is backed up by the threat of a dangerous bouncer or deceptive slower delivery. Akram is rated by many as the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, and his career record certainly bears that out – along with the high regard of his contemporaries. And in terms of batting, he hits like a kicking horse which always helps to get some crucial runs down the order.
In 15-member squad: Virat Kohli, Brett Lee, Kumar Sangakkara and Dale Steyn.