Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 46

Thread: Who is the most 'undroppable' player in the world?

  1. #1
    International 12th Man
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    uk
    Posts
    1,709

    Who is the most 'undroppable' player in the world?

    I.E. which player would need the longest stretch of poor form (say consecutive matches with a high score of 30 for a batsman, or consecutive tests taking no more than 2 or 3 wickets for a bowler, or for a keeper a stretch of making few runs and consistently missing chances) before they would be dropped by their country? I am generally thinking in tests but you can do ODIs as well.


    My top 3 in no particular order:

    Chris Gayle - decent captain and no-one else wants the job, also WI have a dearth of quality batsman to potentially replace him.
    MS Dhoni - good skipper and a massive star, I think he would get a lot of leeway with a bad run.
    Kevin Pietersen - England's only world class player who has a reputation for either scoring big or not scoring much at all (last two years, 10 centuries to 5 fifties), so I think the selectors would keep the faith with him for a long time.

  2. #2
    Eternal Optimist / Cricket Web Staff Member GIMH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    #7Thompson
    Posts
    47,138
    I'd stick Flintoff in there as well, I can't ever see him missing out through any reason other than injury. Although he did of course get dropped during the WC as a punishment for his 'antics' so you never know.

    Aside from the ones you mentioned, Ponting & Tendulkar are other ones coming to mind.
    #JFT96
    "I can't promise anyone success but I can promise them a trip to the moon." - John King
    SWA

    RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.

  3. #3
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend andyc's Avatar
    Yeti Sports 1.5 Champion!
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    23,827
    Chris Martin. You have to be able to hit them before they can be dropped.
    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Only a bunch of convicts having been beaten 3-0 and gone 9 tests without a win and won just 1 in 11 against England could go into the home series saying they will win. England will win in Australia again this winter as they are a better side which they have shown this summer. 3-0 doesn't lie girls.

  4. #4
    The Wheel is Forever silentstriker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    37,357
    Tendulkar. If they stuck with Dravid for as long as they did, they'd stick with Tendulkar for longer. Dhoni only has a single century and averages 37, so a string of scores with a high of 30 is a lot less worse than him than for a guy averaging 50+.
    Quote Originally Posted by KungFu_Kallis View Post
    Peter Siddle top scores in both innings....... Matthew Wade gets out twice in one ball
    "The future light cone of the next Indian fast bowler is exactly the same as the past light cone of the previous one"
    -My beliefs summarized in words much more eloquent than I could come up with

    How the Universe came from nothing


  5. #5
    U19 Vice-Captain rivera213's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    London
    Posts
    503
    It's all relative, but:

    Gayle- By far WI most destructive batsman. I'd argue Chanderpaul was equally as undropable, but Gayle gives you a bit of a Viv Richards effect. There aren't any openers in the WI who are half as ood as Gayle is.

    Pietersen- 1 of 2 world class batsmen in our team (Strauss has a conversion rate of 55%, that's pretty world class when you have 17 centuries to your name).

    Flintoff- Until we have 4 pace bowlers who are better, he'll be in the team.

  6. #6
    International Regular stephen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    aus
    Posts
    3,773
    Murali

  7. #7
    Global Moderator Fusion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    11,300
    For a long time, it was Mohammad Sami.

  8. #8
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend Uppercut's Avatar
    Tournaments Won: 1
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Norn Iron
    Posts
    23,055
    Jerome Taylor i reckon. At least in the case of players like Tendulkar there's another option in Badrinath or Raina. If Taylor underperformed, who would they replace him with? There's noone anywhere near the same class outside Fidel, who'll be in the team anyway. That's not to say Raina or Badri are anywhere near Tendulkar, but they're still alternative options of Sachin's out of form.

    Maybe that's one reason why players like Sarwan and Edwards underperformed for large parts of their career.
    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

  9. #9
    State Vice-Captain
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    England (support India)
    Posts
    1,404
    No player should be undroppable, but unfortunately that's not the case.

    Tendulkar - officially dropping him would probably cause an overthrow of the government in India
    Dravid - similar outrage, he's earned the right to retire when he wants to
    Chanderpaul - rarely has one player been so key to a team
    Gayle - too cool to be dropped
    Younis Khan - one of the only lights still on in Pakistani cricket
    Murali, Mahela Jayawardene & Kumar Sangakkarra - too awesome to be dropped
    Ponting - judging on his recent form if it was another player it wouldn't be out of the question, but Ricky's a fixture for the forseeable future.
    Graeme Smith - too popular and too good
    Kevin Pietersen - despite having a lot of critics in the english establishment even they recognise that he's England's only truly world class player
    Daniel Vettori - too important to NZ cricket


    The most undroppable in the world? It has to be Tendulkar, no other player in history has had such a following.

  10. #10
    Global Moderator Fusion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    11,300
    Quote Originally Posted by oitoitoi View Post
    Younis Khan - one of the only lights still on in Pakistani cricket
    Not too sure about that. I don’t think there’s anyone playing in Pakistan cricket that’s “undroppable”. If Younis hits a LONG stretch of bad form, not only can he lose the captaincy, but could also be dropped. He is not an “icon” as former players like Imran/Javed/Inzi were that the selectors would fear dropping him.

  11. #11
    Hall of Fame Member Jamee999's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Leicestershire, UK
    Posts
    15,094
    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    Chris Martin. You have to be able to hit them before they can be dropped.
    Looking for a scholarship?

    Or something.

    RIP Fardin Qayyumi (AKA "cricket player"; "Bob"), 1/11/1990 - 15/4/2006

  12. #12
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend andyc's Avatar
    Yeti Sports 1.5 Champion!
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    23,827
    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999 View Post
    Looking for a scholarship?

    Had typed up a sentence beginning with 'in my defence,' but couldn't figure out how to finish it. Will cop it.

  13. #13
    Cricket Web Staff Member fredfertang's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Cloud Cuckoo Land
    Posts
    11,382
    After surviving that ridiculous manoevering to get rid of Moores apparently unscathed KP must be as close to untouchable as you can get.

  14. #14
    International Coach Pothas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Surbiton, UK
    Posts
    10,757
    Very hard to envisage Kumar Sangakkara being dropped in the near future.

  15. #15
    U19 12th Man HMas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    256
    Ajit Agarkar

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 19-06-2006, 09:36 PM
  2. The most indispensible player in the world
    By Beleg in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 54
    Last Post: 30-03-2005, 01:59 AM
  3. Who do you think is the worst player in the World Cup?
    By Matthew Brought in forum World Cup 2003
    Replies: 58
    Last Post: 21-02-2003, 05:58 PM
  4. Who do you think is the worst player in the World Cup?
    By Matthew Brought in forum World Cup 2003
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 13-02-2003, 11:33 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •