I've been thinking about this World XI teams as chosen by the ICC. I can understand why someone would be chosen as a captain, opener or pace bowler for these teams...but what is the criteria to be the 12th man?
-The fastest drink/towel carrier?
-The one who can keep the benches most warm for the playing XI?
-The one who is best in Chinese Whisper, i.e. relaying messages from the coach word-to-word?
If these are the criteria why did Harbajan and Thushara get it? Surely there are better 12th men than them!
1. Makhaya Ntini: Doesn't the pic say it all? He even keeps the crowd entertained. That gets him extra points.
2. Dinesh Karthik: He even enjoys the drinks carrying. How can you give it to somebody else when we have a man who is so passionate about his job that he doesn't want to stop...till he slides into Ganguly in a team huddle?
3. Glenn McGrath: Don't discriminate against the retired! He did some lovely work for the Delhi Daredevils. I'll even put up a nice picture of him warming the World Cup to strengthen his case.
4. Bilal Shafayat: The poor guy hasn't even received an English hat yet, and they have already started using him to execute their dirty tricks. I know you are wondering where you have heard that name before. Ashes, 1st test. The one who pissed Punter off by wasting time on the field? We'd forgotten him completely. Isn't that the job of a 12th man? To be remembered only when he is on the field. He's so perfect for the position.