As the Independence Cup comes closer and cricket returns to Pakistan, let’s take a look at some of the best games, which involved Super Teams.
To commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the MCC, there was a 5 day game played between the MCC 11 and Rest of the World 11. With both sides filled with talented players, it was fair that there was no real winner. The game had a lot of runs as there were centuries from Graeme Gooch, Mike Gatting, Sunil Gavaskar, Gordon Greenidge and a fine knock of 82 from Imran Khan.
This match was held a year after Princess Diana had passed away in a tragic accident in Paris. The match was held as a fund raising event for her memorial fund, and raised close to 1 million pounds for this noble deed. Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram were playing for ROW11, andit was a quick scoring Tendulkar century which saw ROW 11 thrash MCC 11 by 6 wickets at Lord’s.
Australia who at this stage were three times world champions, two of which came in back to back editions, were clearly the best side in World Cricket. So the ICC believed it would be nice to build a team, which could challenge the great Australian side. The idea was great, but it did not come off as well as the ICC imagined as the World 11 sides were pummelled in each match. The games were far from close, as the Australian side won the games by 93 runs, 55 runs and 156 runs - results that show how dominant the Australian side of the early 2000s were.
Australia pose with the trophy, Australia v World XI, 3rd ODI, Super Series, Melbourne, October 9, 2005
10 years ago, there was a time when India would not only play against Pakistan but play with Pakistani players in the Afro Asia Cup. The tournament was held to fill the coffers of the Asian Cricket Council and the African Cricket Council and, these matches were given international status as well. Which meant that MS Dhoni & Mahela Jayawardene’s 216 run partnership versus Africa 11 was the highest 6th wicket partnership in an ODI till Luke Ronchi & Grant Elliott broke it recently. This game also has Dhoni’s 3rd highest ODI score and his fastest ODI century. This series also saw one of those rare events where it was Pollock’s batting which played an important role for his side, more than his bowling.
Before Bangladesh was a test nation, they would host many matches involving the top nations to help the game grow there, They hosted the CT in 1998 and two years later they hosted the ICC cricket week. Of all the matches to involve super teams, this match had it all. It was a high scoring game, 639 runs were scored in 50 overs, which back was a lot of runs (this was an era where par score was 250). In particular, the manner in which Michael Bevan kept his side in the chase was outstanding, scoring 185 runs in 22 overs at 8.4 runs per over. This was a T20 innings before T20 was even an idea. Asia 11 ran out as winners by one run but it was one hell of a game. This was the game, which saw Wasim Akram do this and fool everyone around him.