One-Day Mataram

Deconstructing the gentleman's game

Hi all,

With the group stages done and dusted and the knock-out stage beckoning, it is time I suppose we take a look at the top performers in this Cup so far (as per our own little points system).

Sachin Tendulkar - 524
Adam Gilchrist - 475
Chaminda Vaas - 466
Andy Bichel - 435
Glenn McGrath - 378
Muttiah Muralitharan - 374
John Davison - 369
Shane Bond - 356
Aravinda De Silva - 343
Herschelle Gibbs - 335
Virender Sehwag - 331
Sanath Jayasuriya - 330
Andy Flintoff - 319
Brett Lee - 316
Darren Lehmann - 308
MO Odumbe - 306
Sourav Ganguly - 304
Scott Styris - 300
Javagal Srinath - 298
Ricky Ponting - 295
Rahul Dravid - 295

Gilchrist has taken over the second spot from Vaas but the Master still seems comfortably placed at the top. With each innings of Sachin, the 'Golden Bat' award seems to be an absolute certainty. The race for the 'Golden Ball' award is a much closer affair, with Vaas leading the pack with 20 dismissals. He has equalled Warne and Allott for the most wickets in a World Cup Tournament, and looks certain to beat it. McGrath, Lee, Murali and Bond with 17 wickets each come next, followed by Vasbert Drakes with 16 and the come Srinath, Zaheer and Bichel with 15 wickets each.

If there was an award for the best keeper it has to go to Gilchrist who has been responsible for 19 dismissals, no less, including 6 in the game against Namibia. He is followed by Dravid and Sangakkara who have been a part of 13 dismissals each. Amongst the non-wicketkeepers, Ricky Ponting proves his class as a fielder as he has had a role to play in as many as 10 dismissls.

The presense of Virendra Sehwag in the top 20 may surprise a few, but the guy seems to have got a start in almost all the matches, and considering the rate at which he scores his runs it hasn't been too difficult for him to be amongst the points in our contest. He's also taken 7 catches and has a run-out to his credit. Moreover, he's bowled quite well whenever he's been gven the opportunity. But we still haven't seen his best with the willow and certainly look for one biggie from him, hopefully it will come in the finals.

It feels good to see the ever-smiling Maurice Odumbe in the top charts. He has certainly deserved his place there as have Kenya, I suppose. They now have this wonderful self-belief amongst them and given the opportunity to play more frequently against the top teams, they look certain to give the 'bigger boys' of world cricket a good run for their money. For India's sake I hope they don't continue their giant-killing run on Thursday.

Cheers all !!!

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