There was an era of world cricket in which all the (now) legends played including the Tendulkars, the McGraths, the Dravid’s, the Pontings, etc. In these times of lockdown when we miss the cricketing action, there are lots of great fantasy cricket memories that we used to have of all these legends back in the days.
In those times, there was one particular team unit that was immortal, unshakable, and undefeatable under the leadership of one of the best and successful captains: ‘Punter’- Ricky Thomas Ponting! Being the winner of 3 world cup teams and captaining the side in 2 of them in 2003 and 2007, made that Australian team the best squad in the history of the game in all forms of cricket.
Top 5 Reasons Why Australia was the best fantasy cricket team in 2003-2010:
Leader by Example: Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting was a great leader because he was a leader by example. Any big game demanded the captain’s contribution and Ricky was on it always. His century in the 2003 WC Final took the game completely away from India and they never seemed to get the momentum back. Ricky always backed his team to never let the opposition dominate them.
Hayden-Gilchrist: The Best Opening Pair
One of the most fierce opening pair in the history of the game: Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden used to open the innings. It was either both of them getting to a 100-run opening stand or one of them scoring big in the game. Both being stroke players, they never left too many dot balls and almost every over they hit one big shot. Calculated risks and dominating the opposition from the outset was always the great Australian plan.
Lineup loaded with Finishers
Every time Australia had to close the game they have had some brilliant finishers in that era including the best in the business: Michael Bevan. Many a times when the team has lost hope it’s people like Michael Bevan, Michael Hussey and till the generation of James ‘Hopes’, the Aussies have always had a legitimate finisher/chaser in the game which made sure they never lost most of their matches.
Match Winners from 1 to 11
Every player in the team knew their individual roles and responsibilities really well. Ponting’s knock in the 2003 WC final, Gilchrist’s in the 2007 WC final made it all the more obvious that they had such impact players. Even when the match was going away, Damien Martin or Andrew Symonds in the middle overs would come in and play their absolute best game to take the upper hand.
Best Bowling Machine
The likes of Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath & Shane Warne in one single team is an asset in itself. Be it the test format or the limited-overs game, the bowlers were not only technically sound but had some amazing bantering skills to get into the minds of the batsmen ending up in losing their concentration. Mitchell Johnson joined that list later on and it became evident that Australia’s immunity got extended for a few more years.
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