Malik isn't that good, Misbah bats too far down and has been a bit hot and cold recently.
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Originally Posted by CricinfoOriginally Posted by Cricinfo
I disagree. He may not be as destructive as all of those players, but he's as naturally gifted as anyone in England. He's got an excellent technique, plays straight, he's very mentally toug and capable of playing a skillful but aggressive innings, his OD Double hundred in the FP Trophy last year proved that. He's not just talented with no bottle like Bell. I think Bopara will have a long and fruitful career in International cricket. I've seen a hell of alot of him and rate him immensely highly, he will be one of England's top players in 2-3 years in both forms of the game, I'm almost sure of it. He's not rated as highly as he is in the England camp for nothing.
Back to T20s, as you said he isn't as destructive as those mentioned players, but he doesn't really score as many runs as them either... so how's he going to be top runscorer? Stop thinking like a fan, start thinking like a punter, it makes you a whole lot more objective when your cash is involved.
Last edited by oitoitoi; 31-05-2009 at 03:24 PM.
Tend to agree with King Pietersen on this one.
Yes, oitoitoi is right that Bopara still has something to prove against the top teams. However I don't accept that county cricket is as poor a test-bed as you are suggesting. He's had a pretty good run in Test cricket (albeit against the West Indies whose bowling attack is little more than adequate) and don't forget he scored that hundred v Australia in 2005 (I cbf checking who the Australian bowling attack was in that match though).
Bopara is very talented, has something about him, is rated very highly by all who've worked with him or played against him, is in great form, and will be playing in front of his home crowds.
And to be the best batsman in England does actually mean something, because it means you need to be at least on a par with KP who clearly is comparable with the other modern greats listed by oitoitoi.
That hundred in 2005 came against Lee, Gillespie, Kasprowicz, Tait and MacGill. Not too shabby.
As Zaremba mentioned, he has had a superb run in Test cricket, and although that Windies attack isn't good, scoring 3 hundreds in 3 innings against them is no mean feat. He's one of only 6 Englishmen (iirc) to score 3 hundreds in 3 innings, which irrespective of the bowling attack is impressive. He's continued that form into the T20 Cup with Essex, and his 45 the other night was excellent. Got himself in, and then blasted away, he is capable of playing very destructive innings. He scored a beautiful hundred in the Pro40 last year. He came in with Essex 100+/1, with Gallian on 50, and Bopara managed to beat Gallian to a hundred, he was smacking the bowlers to all parts. Was superb to watch.
My prediction of Ravi ending the tournament as Leading Run Scorer is purely a gut instinct pick. I can just see him having an excellent tournament, and if he does, and Pietersen fires, the England will have a shot in this tournament, we're not as bad a T20 side as you're making out. We've certainly not been great in the past, but I think we've got the players to get to the Semis, especially in home conditions, and if we do then Ravi will have every chance of becoming the leading run scorer. I could be proven wrong, but it's a prediction and that's all it is, I'm not going to be putting money on it so it doesn't really matter.
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