Put your faith in Trott
Posted in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Question - what do Sir Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott have in common?
Answer - they all hold the record for the quickest to 1,000 one-day runs.
Richards? Understandable. Pietersen? Fair enough. But Trott? Surely there has to be some mistake. How can the arch accumulator be mentioned in the same breath as the other two?
It is the story of the hare and the tortoise with all three reaching the landmark in their 21st innings, Trott doing so today in Bangalore against Ireland.
It seems quite remarkable that Trott would be discussed alongside the swaggering Richards who scared the life out of opposition bowlers.
Strutting to the crease beneath his red cap and chomping menacingly on his gum, Richards would give the bowler a stare similar to a school bully singling out his next victim. The punishment would often be merciless.
Stick his name in a search engine and you get 'bowler killer', 'emporer' and 'master blaster'. Do the same for Trott and you will find 'practical', 'no nonsense' and 'calculating'.
You didn't dare leave your seat when Richards batted, nor Pietersen for that matter, as you might miss something spectacular. When Trott is at the crease you can nip off and put the kettle on, perhaps make a sandwich too, then wander back knowing he will still be in, probably on 30 not out.
Question - does anyone remember Trott's ODI debut?
Answer - it was against Ireland at the Civil Service Cricket Ground in Stormont. He was out for a fifth ball duck. It was hardly an 'I was there' moment. Plus it was raining.
Since then he has scored 1,028 runs at an average of 54, which is only bettered by Ryan ten Doeschate and Hashim Amla. Trott's strike-rate of 80 stacks up pretty well too being on par with Ricky Ponting and better than Matthew Hayden.
So is Trott under-rated as a one-day player? Perhaps not any more. He could argue about being unappreciated though.
While Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell and Pietersen might be easier on the eye, the less aesthetically pleasing Trott is someone we now depend on.