Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The IPL Expendables XI

The Expendables - a lovely movie with a starcast comprising of veteran action stars. They may have grown old but the spirits are still young. And these veterans packed enough punch to create a movie good enough to go on to become a series on its own right.

Was watching Expendables (again) the other day and found it similar to the Indian Premier League in some respects. The IPL can be considered to be a haven for recently and should-be retired stars who are past their prime but still playing on - some successfully, some not-so-successfully. So thought of making an Expendables XI for this year's IPL. And have followed the IPL policy of limiting the number of foreign players to four.
  1. Sachin Tendulkar - How old is he? He has been going on and on since 1989 when half of the players in the IPL were not even born. And one of them (Sachin Baby) is even named after him.
  2. Ricky Ponting - Recently retired from all international cricket. And then goes on to be the top scorer of the Australian domestic first class season. Though finding it difficult to sustain in the slam bang IPL mode
  3. Rahul Dravid (C) - captain of the expendables. Leads Rajasthan Royals, a side which has a battalion of veterans (Hogg, Hodge, Tambe) and a squadron of babies (Sachin Baby, Sanju Samson)
  4. S Badrinath - not retired yet but chances of playing further international cricket is now very limited. Will take over from the likes of Wasim Jaffer & Amol Mazumdar as the next Ranji legend.
  5. Saurav Ganguly - all right, he is not in any of the squads as on date, but like Chuck Norris in Expendables 2 he might return out of nowhere and be leading one of the side. With Dada you never know.
  6. Adam Gilchrist (wk) - The wicket-keeping slot simply can not go anywhere else.
  7. Laxmi Ratan Shukla - He made his debut for India in 1999 and hasn't played since. And neither has he been close to national selection since. IPL considers him to be an uncapped player (?). But Shukla continues to toil on in Ranji trophy and IPL.
  8. Ajit Agarkar - Sir Aggie hasn't played for India for more than 5 years. One of the enigmas of cricket. His Test career highlights are (a) scored a century at Lords and (b) a six-wicket haul which lead to India winning in Adelaide. And he has been one of the best one-day bowlers for India of all time yet one of the most unsung in that regard. Still toiling on in domestic cricket.
  9. Brad Hogg - He was happily retired from all forms of cricket. Then the Big Bash happened and at the age of 42 Hogg was making his T20 international debut for Australia.
  10. Muttiah Muralitharan - Another legend who is still clinging on. His Test records are unlikely to be broken.
  11. Pravin Tambe - The most off-field inclusion in the Expendables XI. At the age of 42, Tambe gets selected for the first time to the Mumbai team. And then gets picked up by the Rajasthan Royals. Yet to make an appearance though.
This was my Expendables XI for IPL. One thing I can safely bet, they won't be pushovers in the competition.

P.S. Wondering how many of these warriors survive into IPL7.


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  2. Sachin Tendulkar - He is like Great Britain... once-upon-a-time...

    Ricky Ponting - May be the most difficult captain to be removed, but guess his time is up, and today might be his last chance!

    Rahul Dravid - The only expendable whose place in his team is not at all in danger, probably Sylvester Stallone of the lot.

    S Badrinath - He is kind-of odd man out in CSK's otherwise action-packed lineup; but that's probably the reason why he is a permanent fixture in a team like his.

    S Ganguly - No Comments

    Adam Gilchrist - Second time in a row, it happened:
    1st Ball - Dil jumping jumping jumping japak
    2nd Ball - Dil thumping thumping thumping thapak
    3rd Ball - Gilli Gilli Out
    Despite his astute leadership qualities, his days are numbered.

    Ajit Agarkar - the original knight (Sir) - He has given decent performance, and whenever the deviation from decency has happened, it was on account of the captain. Otherwise tell me who in his right senses will give Agarkar a bowl in last overs. I doubt if Agarkar was the captain, he himself would have done that!

    Brad Hogg - Will prove his mettle, if given a chance.

    Muttiah Muralitharan - He is still quite effective, though wrong team and hence lesser playing XI opportunities for him.

    Pravin Tambe - Would be interesting to watch him.

    Overall The Expandables ain't in a favorable territory this year around, but again, we can never count them out!

    P.S. You should be given "Star Plus Nayi Soch" award for coming up with a unique article/blog-post like this! :-)

    1. Thanks for a blog sized reply :)

      Now time to publicize this post to make it reach the Star Plus people :P


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