World Cup 2011 March 23, 2011

Sorry you’ve gone XI

From Tim Wigmore, United Kingdom

From Tim Wigmore, United Kingdom

XI of the best players whose World Cup is over, featuring at least one player from each of the six knocked-out sides

Imrul Kayes
While Tamim fired only briefly, his less obtrusive opening partner was the nearest Bangladesh had to a reliable batsman this tournament. Kayes provided the backbone for their successful chases over England and Netherlands, winning the Man-of-the-Match award in both games.

Ed Joyce
His long-awaited return to Ireland colours was a disappointment in many ways – how Joyce will rue his soft dismissal against Bangladesh. But his 84 against West Indies, which begun with consecutive boundaries, was a testament to his class: he is surely the most aesthetically pleasing batsman any of the Associate nations possess.

Collins Obuya
He is remembered for his sharp-turning leg-spin in the 2003 World Cup, when he took 5-24 in the victory against Sri Lanka. Obuya’s bowling has since subsided, but he has reinvented himself as a top-order batsman of genuine quality, as 243 tournament runs illustrates. It was a great shame he ended 98* against Australia, after he had handled Tait, Lee and Johnson with the calm of a Test player.

Niall O’Brien
O’Brien will be extremely frustrated reflecting on this World Cup: he made starts in every innings but only once past 50. O’Brien’s relish for a challenge was illustrated by hitting Morne Morkel for six over long-on, one of the shots of the tournament, and an average in excess of 40 shows the quality of this most industrious of cricketers.

Ashish Bagai (wicketkeeper)
Bagai was one of the best wicketkeepers on display in this World Cup, keeping with poise to seam and spin alike. And with the bat he was easily Canada’s best player, taking them to victory over Kenya and scoring an elegant 84 at almost a-run-a-ball against New Zealand.

Ryan ten Doeschate
ten Doeschate came into the tournament with a reputation as the best Associate player in the world, and, with a century of both brawn and finesse against England, he quickly went about justifying it. Though runs proved harder to score thereafter, he chipped in with a half-century in difficult circumstances against Bangladesh, before ending the tournament with another magnificent hundred. His wicket-to-wicket bowling also troubled England.

Kevin O’Brien
Critics will say he only played one innings of note, but what an innings. O’Brien 113 against England – including 45 off 15 balls during the batting powerplay - will be remembered for decades. As a display of brutal, calculated hitting it is hard to beat – and an IPL contract could be the ultimate reward.

Shafiul Islam
Belying his ODI average of under 6, and three ducks in five innings this tournament, Shafiul proceeded to smash Swann and Anderson down the ground en route to raiding England for a match-winning 24*. His pace, movement and accuracy earned him 4/21 to clinch a narrow win over Ireland. But, like his team, Shafiul was hopelessly inconsistent, leaking 124 runs from 14 overs in Bangladesh’s three defeats.

George Dockrell
When was there last an 18-year-old spinner with Dockrell’s control and big-match temperament? In the intense pressure of the opening game in partisan Dhaka, Dockrell’s wonderful 10 overs, in which he returned 2-23, ought to have secured Ireland victory. Thereafter, he only continued to impress, with the only shame that his skipper didn’t trust him to bowl to Kieran Pollard. What odds him representing England in 2015?

Ray Price
The man with the most theatrical expressions in world cricket illustrated his guile and skill with some admirable performances, notably 2-21 of eight overs against Pakistan, and was equally effective opening the bowling or bowling in the middle overs. Nine wickets at less than 19 deserved better support from his disappointing compatriots.

Harvir Baidwan
Canada’s bustling seamer was impressive throughout, making up for a lack of express pace with nagging consistency and a touch of movement. He will be rightly proud of his haul of 13 scalps, which included Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson and Younis Khan.

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  • fanedlive on July 4, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    I wish shakib would be captain of xi.

  • fanedlive on September 15, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    1.paul stirling 2.imrul kayes 3.niall o'brien 4.ryan ten doeschate 5.b.taylor 6.shakib al hasan 7.mahmudullah riyad 8.trent johnston 9.harvir baidwan 10.ray price dockrell 12th man: kevin o' brien

  • fanedlive on July 30, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    I agree with scorpion

  • fanedlive on June 13, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    if you overall rather than wc. T. Iqbal I. Kayes B. Taylor C. Obuya Sakib al hasan (captain) R.T. Doeshchate N.O’Brien (W.K) T. Jhonston R. Price H. Baidwan G. Dockrell K.O’Brien (12th)

  • fanedlive on May 16, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    Tamim doesn't get a say in this

  • fanedlive on April 1, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    George, your knowledge of cricket is very limited. Look at the batting average and bowling stats of Shakib. Number speaks for itself. And Bangladesh isn't as bad as you think - we lost to England 1-2, beat NZ 4-0, and went 3-3 in the World Cup including a win vs England.

  • fanedlive on March 29, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    @George: Shakib is one of the best cricketer of present time. ICC Test & ODI all-rounder ranking is a proof of it. Shakib should replace Nial and Yeah, Taylor should replace Joyce.

  • fanedlive on March 24, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    I don't think people are quite understanding where the writer of this piece is coming from.

    A) It doesn't matter if Bangladesh aren't an associate nation because the article is about the teams that are no longer in the World Cup, and Bangladesh are one of those.

    B)Shakib is not one of the best players in the world. He is Bangladesh's best player.

    C) Nehemiah Odhiambo and Peter Borren? Pur-lease.

    D) I do agree that Brendan Taylor should be in the XI in place of Ed Joyce.

  • fanedlive on March 24, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    How about umpire Asoka de Silva. He was sent packing as well after the group rounds.

  • fanedlive on March 24, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    well, i guess now you can add the Aussies in this list too.. lol!

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