Planning to start a selection thread once gain; this time to choose the Greatest ODI XI of all time.
In tests, we have selected all sorts of teams from different eras and all time best teams. But in ODIs we have so far put together only a dream World Cup XI. An all time team would make this whole exercise complete. May be we can go for a Dream T20 team in two years time.
Here is what I propose to do for this thread.
We will first select
1) two opening batsmen
2) three middle order batsmen
3) three fast bowlers
4) one spinner
5) for the last two places we can choose from an assortment of top runner up bowlers, batters and all-rounders depending on the other nine players.
if a wicket keeper is not chosen by this time we will have them also in the mix for this poll.
since SR is an important factor in this format I have come up with an additional requirement to be eligible for selection apart from the regular aggregate/average cut off we will have.
we will multiply a batsman's average with his SR and call the resultant number the ASR index. and we will select only those who have 2500+ points on this index.
for example a batsman with an average of 30 should have a SR well above 80 to be eligible for this team. a jayasuriya or a gilchrist would be able to meet this requirement comfortably despite a sub-35 avg.
on the other hand a batter with a 40+ avg can have a 65+ SR and yet make it to the polls. players like miandad and greenidge who were champions in this format from a different era will still be up for selection despite low SR compared to the present generation.
I skimmed through ODI records and figured this would kind of keep all good players in the fray without making the poll options too many.
I also intend to use only the records against major test playing nations and zimbabwe. zimbabwe, in my opinion was a decent ODI team for a considerable time; as good as SL was in the 80s or India and Pakistan were in the 80s.
those who wish to include stats against bang and other minnows can always look at the cricinfo records for consolidated numbers. similarly additional weightage for world cup performances or achievements in multi-team tournaments can be discussed in detail in individual threads.
will wait for suggestions from you guys before starting the polls.