We are just few more hours away to the start of one of the most awaited bicentenary match. The match with played at the ‘Home Of Cricket’, Lord’s tomorrow from 11AM BST. This will be match between Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Rest Of the World (ROW) on account of MCC’s bicentenary celebrations. This will be a star studded match involving some legendary players from both the teams and thus we are about to witness the some brilliant performances by the legendary cricketers, whose kind of play are simply a treat to watch.
The MCC side will be captained by none other than the genius, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. And the Rest of The World side will be captained by the former Australian, who is recognized as perhaps the greatest leg-spinners of the ball, Shane Warne. And on that note, we are up for a Sachin Vs. Warne encounter in a span of few more hours.
Both the teams are no doubt strong enough. The batting line up of MCC is empowered by the likes of the deadly trio, Rahul Dravid, Brian Charles Lara and the Captain himself. Each of the three pillars have retired from international cricket for quite some time now and Sachin is the person who retired lately as compared to the other two. Even if they retired from the International Cricket, still as we all know that CLASS is PERMANENT. With a sea of experience and being holder of over 40,000 runs in ODI cricket combinedly, the trio will play an important role for MCC in the match. Also, they have yet another vital player, who still plays for West Indies and is known for his unorthodox stance of batting, Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Also they have the power-hitter, Aaron Finch in their line up and probably, Finch and Tendulkar will open the innings for MCC. Now this will be another deadly opening combination with the aggression of Finch and the class of the genius.
The MCC’s pace attack will be led by the speedsters, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Umar Gul. Thus, they have an excellent pace attack and can well trouble the opposition with their pace and swing and also the conditions of the Lord’s might help them as well. Also the spin attack of the MCC is immensely strong with bowlers like Saeed Ajmal and Daniel Vettori.
Now, let us focus our attention on the Rest of the World team. This team also does not lack any talent and class. The batting unit is empowered by the strengths of Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh, Paul Collingwood, Adam Gilchrist and last but not the least, BOOM BOOM Afridi. Probably, the innings will be opened by Sehwag and Gilchrist, with Pietersen coming at number 3. We have not seen Sehwag in major 50-over games for quite sometime now. And the 34-year old man, who is the holder of the record for most individual runs in an ODI innings with 219 runs, will desperately provide us with some delight with his batting.
The bowling department have a perfect balance between pacers and spinners. Also, it will be a treat to watch the spin-duo, Shane Warne and Muralitharan, who will be bowling for the ROW side. It will be a dream bowling pair, with the off-spin brilliance from Murali on one end, summed up by the sensational leg-spin by Warne from other end. None better than this sight can happen. The pace attack is formed by Peter Siddle and Tino Best and Afridi will make up as the 5th bowler.
The match will be of sheer excitement for sure and it is believed that there has been no match studded with so many stars in match. We hope for witnessing a brilliant ODI.
MCC: Mike Gatting
ROW: Shaun Pollock
UMPIRES: Ian Gould and Richard Kettlebrough