Originally Posted by Satyanash89
way to go...completely missed the point.
First of all, i clearly said aesthetics come into the picture only if batsmen have comparable records, which these four do. Theres little to choose between them stats wise. Its totally subjective too so theres no point arguing this
Secondly, Sachin, lara and Ponting could change gears and do both the defensive and attacking jobs superbly and demonstrated that on numerous occasions. Kallis while as effective as them in terms of stats cant quite counter-attack as effectively as them which makes him less versatile in my opinion. Arguable, but i stick by what i said. Kallis.is magnificent but Lara, Sachin and Punter better batsmen for the reasons stated above
Well that's just nonsense. He can probably counter-attack better than all of them; it's just never been in his role description until recently. Anyone remember his 31 ball 50? I'd also be interested to know his strike-rate over the past few years. He was always the guy expected to anchor the innings, hence earning a reputation of being selfish and boring. With guys like Amla coming into prominence, he has been able to play with more freedom, and has proven that he isn't just a one trick pony.
I understand it's subjective, but I reckon Kallis gets the short end of the stick in that people genuine see the tiers as
SRT, Ponting, Lara
whereas for me Kallis should be in the first row of the above. I'm not saying he's definitively better than the other 3; I also don't feel he is definitively worse, which is often the gospel spoken.