Trent Johnston and Thisara Perara © Getty Images
Trent Johnston and Thisara Perara © Getty Images

 

By Dileep V

 

The joy of picking a dream team made up of players of all the Cricket playing nations is a fantasy of not only the fans but also journalists. But then it’s always a difficult task to select an ODI team of the year with loads of players involved and playing in different conditions, against different opposition etc. Often all one has to judge are statistics which is the most indicative way of looking at records.

 

CricketCountry looks at some stats of 2010 and unearth the performers purely on statistical term. This exercise will ultimately lead to an ODI team of the year 2010. The team will consist of two openers, three middle order batsmen, three fast bowlers, a spinner, an all rounder and a wicketkeeper.

 

While choosing the team of the year, emphasis is given on a particular player’s Average, Strike Rate, Economy, Team wins and dismissals. Runs scored and Wickets taken are indicative but are not definitive and hence more weightage is given to other parameters. Though it would seem that runs scored, wickets taken and number of matches are omitted they are hidden under the parameters considered.

 

Three important numbers are calculated. The percentage of team wins Ratio (R) and dismissals per Innings called the Dismissal Ratio (DR) and finally a Quotient (Q) which is obtained by taking the Average, Strike rate, Economy, Ratio and the Dismissal ratio.

 

For the batsmen all the parameters are multiplied to get the Quotient since having a higher Average, SR etc indicates better performance. While for the bowlers it is divided since lesser Average, SR etc means they have fared better. Whereas for wicketkeepers, catches taken and stumpings are also considered.

 

Hashim Amla was the highest run scorer last year and easily picks himself with consistent performance throughout the year. India’s better win percentage means Gautam Gambhir edges, Andrew Strauss and Tillekeratne Dilshan who incidentally had more runs than him.

 

Openers (Min: 300 Runs)

 

Player

Inns

Runs

Avg

SR

Wins

WR

Q

H Amla (SA)

15

1058

75.57

104.23

12

0.80

63.01

G Gambhir (India)

14

670

55.83

93.96

11

0.79

41.22

A Strauss (Eng)

14

806

57.57

95.95

9

0.64

35.51

T Dilshan (SL)

20

921

51.16

98.92

13

0.65

32.89

P Stirling (Ire)

17

771

45.35

90.59

11

0.65

26.58

 

South Africa’s excellent ODI form meant they occupy the top three middle order positions. Though Jean-Paul Duminy was the 25th in the list in terms of runs scored, he forces the way into the team with brilliant performances in the limited number of matches he played. While having Jacques Kallis in the squad means there is an additional frontline bowler.

 

Middle order (Min: 300 runs)

 

Player

Inns

Runs

Avg

SR

Wins

R

Q

AB de Villiers (SA)

16

964

80.33

102.11

12

0.75

61.52

JP Duminy (SA)

10

427

71.16

89.51

8

0.80

50.96

J Kallis (SA)

11

593

65.88

90.53

8

0.73

43.38

E Morgan (Eng)

17

691

53.15

93.88

12

0.71

35.22

K Sangakkara (SL)

17

726

48.40

84.41

12

0.71

28.84

V Kohli (India)

24

995

47.38

85.11

17

0.71

28.56

 

With their dual roles, wicketkeepers are generally considered as the second all-rounders of the team. Dashy players like AB de Villiers, Kumara Sangakkara and MS Dhoni are competing for this spot. Though de Villiers wins hands down, Sangakkara gets the spot simply for the reason that Villiers has already made it into the team purely as a batsman. Sangakkara is also the captain of the team, which is low on leadership skills.

 

Wicketkeepers (Min: 300 runs, 15 dismissals)

 

Player

Inns

Runs

Avg

SR

Ct

St

Wins

R

DR

Q

AB de Villiers (SA)

13

723

65.72

95.00

21

1

12

0.92

1.69

97.53

K Sangakkara (SL)

17

726

48.40

84.41

27

4

12

0.71

1.82

52.59

Mohammad Shahzad (Afgh)

11

460

46.00

92.55

13

3

6

0.55

1.45

33.78

MS Dhoni (India)

18

600

46.15

78.94

19

4

11

0.61

1.28

28.45

 

Graeme Swann taking the number two spot means all the four bowlers make it on merit. Ryan Harris’s amazing dismissals per match meant he was unopposed at the top with a Quotient of 5.81. Thisara Perera and the chicken dancing Trent Johnston make surprise entry into the team. Shane Watson is not considered, since he would fall in the bracket of All-Rounder.

 

Bowlers (Min: 20 wickets)

 

Player Inns Wkts Avg Econ SR Wins R DR Q
R Harris (Aus) 15 40 15.17 4.63 19.6 12 0.80 2.67 5.81
G Swann (Eng) 14 28 18.67 4.25 26.3 10 0.71 2.00 3.42
T Perera (SL) 13 22 18.90 5.15 22.0 9 0.69 1.69 3.23
S Watson (Aus) 16 22 23.27 5.00 27.9 14 0.88 1.38 2.70
T Johnston (Ire) 16 20 21.80 3.52 37.1 11 0.69 1.25 2.41
K O’Brien (Ire) 17 25 21.68 4.27 30.4 11 0.65 1.47 2.30
D Bollinger (Aus) 19 28 23.39 4.36 32.1 13 0.68 1.47 2.09
S Broad (Eng) 16 30 24.86 5.21 28.6 11 0.69 1.88 1.86

 

Shakib Al Hasan was the highest wicket taker last year with 46 wickets, combined with 787 runs should have made it into any team. But his team’s performance and his low batting average meant he just gets consolation mention in the list, in what was an excellent year both for him and his team.

 

All-rounders (Min: 300 Runs, 20 Wickets)

 

Player

Batting Q

Bowling Q

Combined

S Watson (Aus)

21.64

2.70

24.34

K O’brien (Ire)

19.49

2.30

21.79

Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)

8.76

0.82

9.58

 

The 2010 ODI XI

 

Hashim Amla (SA)

 

Gautam Gambhir (Ind)

 

Kumara Sangakkara (SL) (C, Wk)

 

Jacques Kallis (SA)

 

Jean-Paul Duminy (SA)

 

Shane Watson (Aus)

 

AB de Villiers (SA)

 

Graeme Swann (Eng)

 

Ryan Harris (Aus)

 

Trent Johnston (Ire)

 

Thisara Perera (SL)

 

(Dileep.V is a Scouser fan, Sports freak, Movie buff, Laggard Quizzer and dreams of setting foot on Anfield one day)