Cricketing World Awaits a New World Order

August 25, 2009 by
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After a series spanning  five tests and approximately two months, England  reclaimed ashes.

Let’s talk about the  winning  team first  – their middle order is ‘average’ if you don’t want to critical . Greame Swann’s contribution with the bat will count no less than contribution with the ball. Stuart Broad – best all rounder was non starter for the 5th test. Andrew Strauss was the only consistent batsman and Jimmy Anderson was the only consistent bowler.

Point here is not to berate the achievements of the winning team but to put in perspective the fact that despite all these, Australia lost. you’ll have to think for few seconds , if asked to name their best bowler.  Right, it was BW Hilfenhaus. Hauritz outperformed everbody’s expectation but was still not good enough to be selected for two of the five tests.  South Africa never became a world beater without a world class spinner , Australia can’t hope to remain one without one good enough one at least. Magician left the stage and it doesn’t look like art anymore, forget magic. Ponting stands tall among lesser mortals and Michael Clarke stands up very often, but that makes them a team with some very good players and not a very good team.
Ashes 2009 will be remembered for Andrew Flintoff’s last Ashes, Stuart Broad’s arrival as an all rounder(if he adds some more Ashes folklore to his promising  start), and one of the most telling debut century of all time by Trott but it will also be remembered as the point where ifs and buts about Australia’s supremacy were finally put to rest, it is over. Don’t get me wrong they can still unearth Mike Hussey or Stuart Clark but you feel the contribution of  all time greats when they go missing. Sometimes they come to remind you of themselves in IPL but still they can not be replaced. Let’s feel blessed for having seen Warne, McGrath and Gilchrist playing together and being supported by Waughs, Ponting, Hyden , Martin and Langer.

Going forward, South Africa will always remain a very good team but they need to win semifinals and be more consistent around the globe, Pakistan will remain enigmatically brilliant, Indian young guns will probably find it tough to fill the shoes of extraordinary predecessors. Sri Lanka should continue to show glimpses of art in craft. But, we may have to wait for sometime before having an all out dominant team or before a captain complains of lack of competition, as Steve Waugh did once.

On a related note – let’s welcome the coming back of Asif , he has a hell lot of potential, let’s hope to see some of that and also welcome Andy Flower in the new awatar, right you can’t keep good men down for long.


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