The World T20 thingy (chapter 4)

Sri Lanka

In a startling case of Sri Lanka imitating South Africa, Sri Lanka have also come into this tournament with several of their players in shocking form. Unless they were all playing shit in the IPL as a silent protest.

Can they win?

Kumar looks flat, Jayawardene has lost some zest, Dilshan lost all form, Mendis only good against less pigmented sides and Murali reaching twilight mean that this is not a great T20 side at present. That said they have more T20 match winners than pretty much any other side. Malinga and Mathews only need one or two others to match them and Sri Lanka come flying back in. Can’t see it right now.

Players to watch or not

Angelo Mathews first proved that he did not exist during the last word T20, this time he might prove that not only does he not exist, but that he doesn’t exist even in theory.

Watching Mendis bowling to people who have worked him out one day, and those who haven’t on other days should be a highlight.

West Indies

The West Indies side is always looking cobbled together, but the cobbled together side went all the way to the semi finals last time before falling to a Sri Lankan who doesn’t exist. Brendan Nash has not been selected for this squad.

Can they win?

Roach, Taylor, Benn, Miller, Pollard, and Bravo with the ball. Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, and Deonarine with the bat. I likey. It could all fall apart in a screaming heap, but I’d like my name to be on that heap and say that the team who recently lost to Zimbabwe could win the whole thing. It will take a massive effort from Gayle and Bravo, massiver than massive, even, but I think this squad has every thing it needs, and Gayle’s knock in the world T20 semi last year convinces me he takes this shit seriously.

Players to watch or not

Nikita Miller is the West Indian Nathan Hauritz. Take that as good or bad depending on your preferences.

Kieron Pollard will likely still be angry from Mumbai hiding him at 8 in the IPL final. I wouldn’t want to be a cricket ball that was bowled to him.

Zimbabwe

Remember them? They’re back. A whole bunch of blokes who were good in the late 90s are there with them as well. And Ray Price, who first played for Zimbabwe in the 1890s, is their star.

Can they win a game?

They’re taking on Sri Lanka and New Zealand. If Pakistan or Australia were there, they’d be a better chance. But taking on two teams who don’t lose to minnows much as they know what it is like to be one. I’d say they won’t, but they are probably the best minnow in this tournament.

Players to watch or not

Elton Chigumbura is one of their few batsmen who can really send the ball a long way, and I see him as the sort of batsmen who enjoys doing just that.

Graeme Cremer is my leg spinner to watch, he doesn’t spin the ball a great deal, but I enjoy his wrong one.

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5 thoughts on “The World T20 thingy (chapter 4)

  1. Zimbabwe to win the ICC World T20 2010 , nightmare. They did show some signs but the best they have is spin bowling and may be couple of decent bats but once anything fails they will be right against the walls.

    They will have better chance against NZ with their spin bowling but again NZ never do bad in ICC tournament, that there moto.

    Sri Lankans may understand spin bowling better but their form is crap. On second though they are also the team who came to form right within an ICC event. so here we go first match is a sure cracker :) SL v NZ
    .-= Mudassar @ CricketVibe´s last blog ..Less than 24 hours Hurry Up =-.

  2. Akila says:

    Tait and dirty dirk!!murali and mendis!!the arrogance of kp and the power of the other (kp)!bugs bunny and evil steyn!will M.S.D.S lead india to victory now that sreesanth is missing…or will it make bhajji depressed and under perform..??fingers crossed…..my favorite-lankans

  3. Well I have some wishes that I need to be full filled by this ICC World T20 :) read at my blog. below
    .-= Mudassar @ CricketVibe´s last blog ..Last minute What Ifs before they say Lets PLAY =-.

  4. You are right on the Lankans being out of form, but it appears to be worse than that if this appeal from King Kumar is to be believed http://thereversesweep.typepad.com/blog/2010/05/can-somebody-give-us-our-dilshan-back-and-get-rid-of-this-imposter.html
    .-= The Reverse Sweep´s last blog .."Your guys took one hell of a beating…" – The Sequel =-.

  5. Kristian says:

    Murali is going to be in Twilight? Wicked! I love Bella…

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