The absence of four regulars from the English side on the current tour to India brought this question to my mind: who are the most crucial & invaluable players in each team at the moment? In another sense, who are the players that teams depend on the most today? For example, losing Flintoff would've been a far more deadly blow to England than losing Trescothick.
India ~ 1 Dravid ... 2 Kumble ... 3 Pathan
England ~ 1 Flintoff ... 2 Pietersen ... 3 Trescothick/Jones/Vaughan (English fans?)
Australia ~ 1 Warne ... 2 McGrath ... 3 Ponting
Pakistan ~ 1 Inzamam ... 2 Akhtar ... 3 Akmal
Sri Lanka ~ 1 Muralitharan ... 2 Vaas ... 3 Sangakarra
I'll stop there for now. I know there will be plenty of disagreement. Your thoughts?