While the world likes to pick its Best 11, it’s worthwhile to take a shot at the Minnows XI since there were many who stood up to be counted and left a lasting impression. The Irish, not surprisingly, figure heavily in this list, since they ended up being the team that caught everyone’s imagination © Getty Images
While the world likes to pick its Best 11, it’s worthwhile to take a shot at the Minnows XI since there were many who stood up to be counted and left a lasting impression. The Irish, not surprisingly, figure heavily in this list, since they ended up being the team that caught everyone’s imagination © Getty Images

 

By Dhananjay Devasper

 

The World Cup has reached the knock-out stage and as expected the minnows have been knocked out and the top teams are through. However the going was not that easy for some of the fancied teams, with England avoiding elimination thanks largely to some inspired fightback efforts.

 

While the world likes to pick its Best 11, it’s worthwhile to take a shot at the Minnows XI since there were many who stood up to be counted and left a lasting impression. The Irish, not surprisingly, figure heavily in this list, since they ended up being the team that caught everyone’s imagination.
So here goes….

 

1. Ryan Ten Doeschate (Netherlands) – Easily the batsman of the tournament for the Minnows. With 307 runs from 6 matches at a strike rate of 83, he would walk in into any team.

 

2. Jimmy Hansra (Canada) – Among the runs, however his strike rate could do with some improvement.

 

3. Collins Obuya (Kenya) – The bright spark in an otherwise dismal Kenyan team, 243 runs in the tournament with a highest score of 98 makes him a definite contender.

 

4. Ashish Bagai (Canada) – Dependable in the middle order, but has the same problem as Hansra. Scores too slowly in an ODI game, but could be a good counterfoil to an attacking Porterfield or O’Brien. Could also be the reason pressure could be created on the other batsmen. Also the wicketkeeper for the Minnows.

 

5. William Porterfield (Captain) – Ireland’s Captain Cool. Has led his team admirably and deservedly will be a sure shot for the captaincy of the Minnows XI. An opening batsman who can get his runs quickly too.

 

6. Niall O’ Brien (Ireland) – Ireland’s other O’ Brien who has quietly got his runs in this tournament without much ado.

 

7. Kevin O’ Brien (Ireland) – Aggressive with the bat and ball. A shoo in for the regular teams, it’s no surprise he makes this list as well. And then there’s the small matter of the fastest hundred in the World Cup.

 

8. Craig Irvine (Zimbabwe) – Been dependable for Zimbabwe for some time now, probably the only Zimbabwe player worth mentioning.

 

9. Harveer Baidwan (Canada) – The highest wicket taker among the minnows with 13 wickets

 

10. John Mooney (Ireland) – 10 wickets and no mug with the bat. Can strike a few mighty blows.

 

11. PM Seelaar (Netherlands) – His showing against some of the better teams and his ability to get crucial wickets make him a valuable asset.

 

(Dhananjay Devasper is an “IT guy” by profession and a sports fanatic at heart. He has an unbridled passion for sports and Indian achievements in sport. Extremely opinionated, he attempts offering perspectives around sports which are simple to understand and easy to relate with)