Friday, March 02, 2007

Watch me if you can !

Players to watch in the World Cup.

It is common knowledge that the Pointings, Tendulkars, Laras are the people to watch, if not,
watch them making a last apperance in the World Cup. So who are we talkin about here?The fringe players. Players who we thought never existed. Players with "that" spark in them.

Here goes:

Shahadat Hossain (Bowler, Bangladesh): Here is another bloke to watch. He has got height, pace, bounce and born aggression. Yet to make a mark, but i believe he will be deadly. Over a decade of International cricket and only the second Bangla player to notch a five wicket hall, speaks volumes of his talent. Has to use his agression carefully though; thinking sensibly.

Ravinder Bopara (Allrounder, England): The Collingwood clone. Bopara was selected ahead on Mal " the fast bowler sweeper" Loye. Top-order batsman and useful skiddy medium pace makes a great prospect in the lines of Paul Colligwood. If wickets are anything to go by, his first wicket is Mike Hussey. If at all Bopora gets into the playing eleven, he is going to cause some headaches to the opposition.

Peter Ongondo (Bowler, Kenya): There was Collins Obuya in 2003 and then there is Peter Ongondo in 2007. As his once illustrious team-mate, Peter has the capability to stun the opposition. The leading wicket-taker in the just concluded World Cricket League in 2007. Medium-fast, accurate and lower order hard-hitting batter. He is Kenya's ace fast bowler.

Jeeten Patel (Bowler, NZ): Often mistaken to be related to Dipak Patel, another off-spinner from NZ. This bloke is wicked, talented and waiting to make it big. You've got to have something to outshine Vettori, the man he once looked upon. New Zealand are thinking of playing both, the senior pro Vettori and the green horn Patel in the Caribean. The are likely to operate in the middle overs and dry out the runs. Watch out oppositions.

Yasir Arafat (Allrounder, Pakistan): First it was Abdul Razzaq and then his tainted team-mates Shoiab Akhtar and Mohd. Asif to miss the World Cup. The Pakistan side suddenly looks out-of-depth when you know that Shahid Afridi is going to miss some games due to the ban he is facing. So who do you rely on? In comes Yasir Arafat, an allrounder, who has made it good everytime he is been presented with an oppurtunity. With a slingy action and a gutsy performance with the bat, he might just be the man Pakistan need if at all they entertain any dreams of lifting the World Cup.

Chamara Silva (Batter, Sri Lanka): Remember the semi-final of 1996 World Cup? Srinath had got the thorn-in-the-Indian-flesh Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluvikarna out cheaply? And then, the we were hit by Arvinda "Mad-Max" DeSilva. Imagine DeSilva and now imagine Silva in the same mould. This bloke is talented as they get. Silva scored his maiden ODI hundered against India in 2007. Tom Moody, the Lankan coach is very fond of him and rates him highly.

Prosper Utseya (Bowler; Zimbabwe): Captain of Zimbabwe, Prosper showed glimpse of his magic in the series against India (yes, the same series after which Ganguly was captain no-more). His control, flight and economy are amazing. He is poetry in action.

Ashish Bagai (Wicket-keeper, Batter; Canada): Ashish which literally mean "Boon" (Not David), was the highest run-scorer in the World Cricket League 2007. He plundered 345 runs at 86.25 with two hundereds. Small, tidy and nibble on his feet Ashish is the man to watch when Canada taken on their opponents.

Lionel Cann (Allrounder, Bermuda): Personally i don't know where does Bermuda excatly stand on the global map. But i certainly have an idea that Cann is the man to watch. A strong lad with batting poweress, Cann is the clear winner in the otherwise lackluster Bermuda side, who stood last in the World Cricket League 2007.


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