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BeautifulGame posted a topic in Cricket TalkAfter a two week voting process we are in the final of ICF ODI Draft .The final face off will be between @Lord/ @SLICKR392 VS @OpeningBatsman / @Cricketics FINAL - EDEN GARDENS ,KOLKATA : Along with the MCG, the Eden Gardens remains cricket's answer to the Coliseum. It first hosted a Test back in the days of India's cricketing infancy, with Douglas Jardine's team easing to victory inside four days in 1934. Since then, it has become something of a place of pilgrimage for most international cricketers, a chance to strut their stuff in front of the most passionate and vocal crowd in the game. The voting will close on Monday. Opening Batsman Lord / Slickr Adam Gilchrist © (WK) Hashim Amla Mark Waugh Sanath Jayasurya Kane williamson Steve Smith Pieterson Andrew Symonds Mohd. Azharuddin VS MS Dhoni © Michael Beven Ian Botham Dwayne Bravo Shahid Afridi Shaun Pollock Brett Lee Shane Warne Sunil Naraine Waqar Younis Zaheer Khan Michael holding Curtly Ambrose OPENING BATSMAN Well, I honestly believe we have the most balanced squad in the tournament. Some teams are packed with hitters without any one to hold the innings together so they could easily be 5 down for 50, while some other teams are so poor in bowling depth that they will concede 300+ every game. The batting OPENERS The openers are the highly successful World Cup winning pair of Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh. Gilly is also the captain of my side and he will keep wickets. Not only is Gilly the best WK batsman of all time (hands down), he's a very shrewd captain (conquered the final frontier in India with regular captain absent). The duo partnered during the 1999 Cricket World Cup in England, a tournament that Australia went on to win beating Pakistan in the final. Gilchrist and Waugh scored 3853 runs, including eight century run stands and twenty half- century run stands MIDDLE ORDER At no.3, NZ skipper and a guaranteed future ATG Kane Williamson. This guy is not only technically correct (Avg 45) but also scores at a very fast clip (Strike rate 83) and ideal for a team with openers like Gilly n Waugh. Already regarded as NZ’s best ever, there is nothing more pleasing than watching Kane in his full flow. The destructive Kevin Pieterson comes at #4. KP was one of the most stylish batsman to play for England. His never say die attitude and fighting spirit made him a force to reckon in the cricketing world. A maverick and match winner on his own, KP is the ideal no 4 any team can have. Following KP will be Mohd Azharuddin. At his best there was no equal to Azhar. Such an artist with the wrist and a delight to watch, he could take apart any bowling attack on his day. One of the best Indian fielder ever to play cricket. He was a complete fielder and could field in all position. (9378 runs in 334 matches) At #6 , I have the best finisher the ODI game has ever seen. The OG, incomparable Michael Bevan. Unlike today’s players, Bevan faced some of the best bowlers ever to play and still averaged 50+ coming in at no.5/6. No total is safe as long as Michael Bevan is in and... LOWER ORDER to support him at no.7 we have one of the most underrated AR in cricket - Dwayne bravo. Excellent death bowler with slower deliveries and yorkers, he can also hit them big in the final few overs. Made for limited overs cricket. Adding to the late order batting muscle, Shaun Pollock , comes in at no.8. One of the best all rounder to play ODI (underrated), he averages 26 with the bat, batting at no.8 and 9!! The bowling The combination of Michael Holding, Shaun Pollock, Waqar Younis and the GOAT Shane Warne has to be the best bowling combo any team would love to have at their disposal, given the batting prowess my side possess. Not to forget they will be ably supported by the wily Bravo. We also have Kevin Pieterson and Michael Bevan to bowl their part time spin and Mark Waugh who could bowl both spin and military medium according to the conditions. What happens when one has the bloodline of legendary cricketers like Peter and Graeme Pollock? One of the greatest disciplined bowlers in the history of the game, Shaun Pollock has 393 odi wickets @ an avg of 24.5 and an amazing economy rate of 3.67. Pure poetry in motion.King of yorkers and reverse swing. Waqar, one of the fastest bowler of his era and virtually unplayable with the older ball and a wicket taker with the new ball as well, has taken 416 wickets @23.84. With Whispering Death Michael Holding to partner them, we have the most complete fast bowling unit in this competition. His bowling was smooth and very fast, and he used his height (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in ) to generate large amounts of bounce and zip off the pitch. Shane Warne – the name is enough. THE FIELDING Imagine Adam Gilchrist keeping with Azhar, Shane Warne and Mark Waugh waiting in the slips. Three of the finest slip catchers the world has seen. Add to it, gun fielders like, Pieterson, Williamson, Bravo, Bevan etc, this team will easily save 25-30 runs in every match and take breathtaking catches, such a joy to watch. Ladies n Gentlemen, this is a team full of champions and truly a team for all conditions with batting depth till 9, bowlers and all rounders for any pitch conditions and one of the best fielding team one can assemble. VS LORD/SLICKR392 : H.Amla-: [Matches/Runs- 150/6880] [Bat avg.- 50.21] [Bat SR- 89.10] [100s/50s- 24/31] HS- 159 S.Jayasuriya: [Matches/Runs- 445/13430] [Bat avg.- 32.36] [Bat SR- 91.20] [100s/50s- 28/68] HS- 189 [Matches/Wickets- 445/323] [Bowl avg.-36.75] [4w/5w- 8/4] BBI- 6/29 S.Smith: [Matches/Runs- 95/3101] [Bat avg.- 43.67] [Bat SR- 87.72] [100s/50s- 8/16] HS- 165 [Matches/Wickets- 95/27] [Bowl avg.-34.48] BBI- 3/16 MS.Dhoni (c/wk): [Matches/Runs- 286/9275] [Bat avg.- 50.96] [Bat SR- 88.98] [100s/50s- 10/61] HS- 183* (CT/ST- 269/94) A.Symonds: [Matches/Runs- 198/5088] [Bat avg.- 39.75] [Bat SR- 92.44] [100s/50s- 6/30] HS- 156 [Matches/Wickets- 198/133] [Bowl avg.-37.25] [4w/5w- 2/1] BBI- 5/18 Sir I.Botham: [Matches/Runs- 116/2113] [Bat avg.- 23.21] [Bat SR- 79.10] [50s- 9] HS- 79 [Matches/Wickets- 116/145] [Bowl avg.- 28.54] [4w- 3] BBI- 4/31 S.Afridi: [Matches/Runs- 398/9064] [Bat avg.- 23.57] [Bat SR- 117.00] [100s/50s- 6/39] HS- 124 [Matches/Wickets- 398/395] [Bowl avg.-34.51] [4w/5w- 8/4] BBI- 6/29 B.Lee: [Matches/Wickets- 221/380] [Bowl avg.-32.36] [4w/5w- 14/9] BBI- 5/22 S.Narine: [Matches/Wickets- 65/92] [Bowl avg.-26.46] [4w/5w- 4/2] BBI- 6/27 Z.Khan: [Matches/Wickets- 200/282] [Bowl avg.-29.43] [4w/5w- 7/1] BBI- 5/42 Sir C.Ambrose: [Matches/Wickets- 176/225] [Bowl avg.-24.12] [4w/5w- 6/4] BBI- 5/17