• Reading about the praise being heaped upon Gary Kirsten, I can't help smiling wryly. As he completes three years since he took up the offer in late 2007, the 43-year-old former South African opening batsman while being pleased with all the nice words being said about his contribution to Indian cricket and his role in lifting the team to the top slot in the ICC rankings would also be giving a thought to the initial misgivings he had before taking over.

     

    In contrast to all the good things being said about him these days it is interesting to note that there was a lot of criticism when he was the front runner for the job. 

     

    For starters, former England captain Tony Greig hit out at the BCCI's decision to rope in Kirsten. His theory was that Kirsten would be nothing more than a puppet in the hands of senior players. "Kirsten's appointment came as a bit of a surprise to me. It probably has something to do with employing someone who is likely to let the senior players have their way and

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  • This is the season it seems to be coming up with the greatest teams. The all time greatest World XI, the best left-hander's team, an eleven of most elegant players, the stodgiest XI and so on. There are also serious debates as to the greatest teams of all time and going by the discussions it would appear that the West Indian teams of the 80s and the early 90s would appear to have the edge. Also figuring in the discussions are the Australian teams of the new millennium under Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh and Don Bradman's "Invincibles'' of the 40s.

     

    Let me intensify the argument by saying that there is one more team that should be right up there as a contender – the England side of the 50s. The squad had the personnel that constitute a great team – outstanding batsmen and bowlers, a great all rounder and a wicketkeeper fit to be ranked with the best. England overran even strong opponents with a degree of comfort and two rather telling statistical points would underscore their awesome

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  • - Australia capped JW Hastings and CJ Mckay for this game. They became the 46th and 47th cricketers to represent Australia in T20Is. They are the only two Australian cricketers to make T20I debut against Sri Lanka as on date.

     

    - MJ Clarke opened the innings in this game to provide the fourth occasion of his opening an innings as captain opening batsman. The other three occasions are - vs New Zealand at Perth on 11.12.07, vs India at Melbourne on 01.02.08 and vs Pakistan at Birmingham on 06.07.10.

     

    - BJ Haddin and SPD Smith added 66 runs for the sixth wicket in this game to provide the 38th occasion of Australian batsmen posting fifty plus runs partnership in T20I games. This stand provide the fourth occasion of such a partnership for the sixth wicket by Australian batsmen in T20Is.

     

    - BJ Haddin and SPD Smith added 66 runs for the sixth wicket in this game to provide the third occasion of Australian batsmen posting fifty plus runs partnership against Sri Lanka in T20I games. The

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