Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne, Commonwealth Bank Series

A lot has happened in the world of cricket since my last post.

Matches were played, runs were scored, wickets were taken.

England beat Pakistan; South Africa beat New Zealand.

But the most important event?

Virat Kohli’s brilliant century for India against Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth Bank series, to pull his country out of the fire, and give them life.

It was a wonderful knock. Simply wonderful. We all saw every reason why most see him as World Cricket’s next great talent.

Unfortunately, the videos of it are long gone from YouTube. But I suggest signing up for simply to watch the highlights. Trust me.

In fact, excuse me for a second…

It has been simply a brutally awful tour for India. And I am sure that most of the players are ready to board the jet back home.

But not Virat Kohli.

He blistered his way into the hearts of every cricket fan the world over that evening.

It was just wonderful.

A master-class, as the pundits like to say.

Over the last few days, I had been talking about who are the best cricketers, who can perform both when it matters, and over the long term.

I posted some stats and came to a couple of conclusions. More or less.

But after watching Kohli, my mind changed a bit: the best cricketers in the world are the ones that perform at their best when their team needs them the most.

Whether it be the big wicket at the right time of a test match, or a big innings in a must win ODI.  It’s the players who stand up and own the moment that are the most valuable to their team, to their country.

Unfortunately, cricket is a stats driven game, and the above, this je ne sais quois, is unmeasurable.

Being able to name those players that have this quality takes time, and experience. You have to have watched a great deal of cricket.

And so I ask, dear reader, who are these cricketers?

Until next time.

One Reply to “Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne, Commonwealth Bank Series”

  1. Well, in ODIs these players would be, in no particular order – Ross Taylor, Lasith Malinga (except the last game!), Mahela Jawayardene, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson and Shahid Afridi

    In Tests – Daniel Vettori, Kumar Sangakarra, Mahela Jayawardene, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Andersen, Michael Clarke, Ryan Harris, Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan and Misbah ul Haq

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