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Sangakkara leads ICC's World Cup XI

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April 3, 2011

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Kumar Sangakkara plays one to the off side during his 71, Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Cup warm-up match, Colombo, February 15, 2011
Apart from leading Sri Lanka to the final, Kumar Sangakkara also averaged 93 © AFP

Kumar Sangakkara has been named captain of the ICC's team of the 2011 World Cup that is dominated by players from India and Sri Lanka, with seven spots going to the finalists.

The side, selected with subcontinent conditions in mind and on the basis of performances in the tournament, was chosen by the same jury of officials and media persons who named Yuvraj Singh as Player of the Tournament.

The tournament's top two run-scorers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sachin Tendulkar were named the team's openers, while Zaheer Khan, the joint top wicket-taker, and Dale Steyn (who finished with one of the best averages - 12 wickets at 16.00 apiece) form the new-ball attack. The main spinner's role was given to Muttiah Muralitharan, while Shane Watson and Shahid Afridi, also the joint-top wicket-taker, joined Yuvraj as the team's allrounders. Mahela Jayawardene and AB de Villiers complete the middle order. The tournament's second-highest wicket-taker, Tim Southee, was named 12th man.

Other players whose names came up for discussion while choosing the 12 included Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, Jonathan Trott, Graeme Swann, Kevin O'Brien, Kemar Roach, Kieron Pollard, Imran Tahir, Ryan ten Doeschate, Upul Tharanga and Lasith Malinga.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

-----Here 3 players selections are very bad.------ 1. Watson - He is not in "top 15 batsmen" and no name in list of bowlers then why he is in the list and where he will play, no space for him in top order. I should choose "Southee" in XI with 18 wickets (second leading wicket taker) 2. Jayawerdene - He only perform well in Final, two others performance is very good - Trott (422 runs with 5 fifties in 7 innings) & Gambhir (393 runs). I should choose "Trott" - 422 runs with 5 fifties (record in a world cup) in 7 innings. 4. Murali - 15 wickets in 9 matches with avg. of 19.40 I should choose "Imran Tahir" - 14 wickets in only "5 matches" with avg. of 10.71 (Best Avg. by any bowler) ---My Playing XI - As a performance it is a best team--- 1. Sachin 2. Dilshan 3. Trott 4. Sanga. 5. AB De 6. Yuvi 7. Afridi 8. Steyn 9. Zaheer 10. Southee 11. Tahir

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

is this team gonna play against anyone?

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

Hello Animesh Kumar, please look to the ICC 11 one again. Trott is a good bat but he dose not have place in the team because you need a all rounder who is also a fast bowler. If lookto names there are only two seemers in the team bc Southee is a 12th man. So in this case we have other player who can makethe team was Kallis. Watson is young, open bat, good feilder, hard hitting bat and good fast bowler too. I hope you will know now why he is in the ICC 11.

Posted by alti on (April 5, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

ahhhhh, so thats why he resigned as SL captain.

Who will this new World cup team play? When? Where?

I doubt any of the chosen few will be available, so he will bat, bowl, wk and field by himself.

Good Luck

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

Proud of Sangakkara and the other SL, Nice guys keep rock :)

Posted by Rajneesh on (April 5, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

Sanga as caption? More controversy over the toss or ICC wants a captain who looses the big games. Sanga's captaincy was below par all thru the tournament and very obvious in the finals. Dhoni should have got the captains/Wk slot. Jayawardhane? you must be joking. Can think of atleast 5 guys would could be better than him for the position

Posted by Aziz on (April 5, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

My team XII Will b, Sachin, Dilshan, Sanga (C, W), Trott, AB, UV, RTD, Afridi, Zaheer, Gul, Tahir , Styen

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

Nice XI but Brett Lee and Kallis should be IN for Zaheer Khan and Mahela Jayawardene...

Posted by Thimilaka on (April 5, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

I suggest that the panel has decided the ideal captain for the Best Eleven. What differentiates Sanga from Dhoni ? Sanga has not just captained SL to finals but also by been among the highest run getters in the tournament and making the highest dismissals. Unlike Dhoni who has failed to perform throughout the world cup, except for in the finals. Ergo, SANGA is the Captain of the WORLD ELEVEN 2011 for no doubt.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 5:00 GMT)

against whom this team will play?

My team: Sachin, Sehwag,Trott, Yuvraj, AB De Williars, Watson/Doschate, Dhoni (C& WK), Afridi, Bhajji, Zaheer, Steyn

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