One-Day Mataram

Deconstructing the gentleman's game

Hi all,

The group stage is all done and dusted now. Here's a look at the Top20 performers so far.

1. Sachin Tendulkar* - 418 Highest number of runs scored
2. Chaminda Vaas* - 404 Has taken the highest number of wickets + contributed with the bat lower down the order
3. John Davison - 369 Formed half the Canadian team on his own and had a dream world cup
4. Herschelle Gibbs - 335 Was in very good form. Could have carried SA further if only they had qualified !!
5. Andy Bichel* - 320 One of the most under-rated of players. Could have been a permanent member of any other team in the competition.
6. Andy Flintoff - 319 Individually he had a fantastic world cup. Realised his abilities with both bat and ball.
7. Wasim Akram - 290 Got to 500 wickets in ODIs. He is still the best Pak bowler on view.
8. Glenn McGrath* - 288 Took wickets by the bagfull against Namibia, but has not really shone against other opposition.
9. Sanath Jayasuriya* - 274 Has captained SL well so far. With Atapattu and D'Silva back in form, we could see him really go after the bowling in the Super Six stage
10. Darren Lehmann* - 270 Has got a lot of bowling to do this World Cup and he has done it well. Has been in tremendous form with the bat as well.
11. Shaun Pollock - 269 Was getting back his rhythm as a bowler. Contributed with the bat as well in the last game against SL.
12. Muttiah Muralitharan* - 268 Contributes consistently with the ball. Comes in to bowl in the middle overs when other teams are looking to consolidate.
13. Scott Styris* - 268 In good form with the bat. Especially his hard-hitting has been useful to NZ this world cup
14. Virender Sehwag* - 254 Has not really taken off but has been getting nearly 25 every game. Lots of catches pouched as well. One gets a feeling that a big one from his bat is just around the corner.
15. Vasbert Drakes - 250 Joins Vaas on the top of the wicket-takers pile with 16 wickets to his name. Who can forget the last over he bowled against SA ?
16. Adam Gilchrist* - 245 Pouched plenty of catches against Namibia. Has shown signs of his devastating batting but has not really got going so far.
17. Makhaya Ntini - 238 Another lion-hearted performance from this man. Has taken over the 'Stirke-bowlers' role from Donald.
18. Shoaib Akhtar - 230 Match against India has given him the nightmares but he had a good tourney until then. Surprised many with his ability with the bat.
19. Rashid Latif - 230 A consistent performance lower down the order. Got plenty of opportunities with the bat as the top order failed too often.
20. Brian Lara - 230 Had a great start to the tournament but fizzled out towards the end, very much like the WI campaign.

* => players who can still win points.

Cheers all !!!

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