Yeah it is a bit tedious to use match winning batsman for tests but I meant more as a 'pressure' player. Tendulkar handled pressure too, hell he had the pressure of millions riding when he batted but Lara handled in game pressure situations better.
As i told you before. None of Lara's injuries where as major as Tendys tennis elbow which affected him on & off for 5 YEARS (ENG 02-PAK 07/08) in tests.
Lara first out of form/injury period was 2000 vs ENG when he took 6 months away from game after a miserable stint in ENG, he came into that tour with an eye problem since he was batting with shades. That affected him during that tour only.
Secondly a dislocated shoulder after 2002 CT in SRI. But he back to his best right away for the 2003 WC until the end of his career.
Plus im a Lara fan as i told. Just giving Tendy his correct props..
The reality is that with McGrath out of the attack, he had to take up longer spells against an Indian lineup with two of the best players of spin, Sidhu and Azhar, and Tendulkar in peak form. And he came up short.
It goes to Tendulkar's credit that he reduced the best legspinner of all time to a novelty, with a bit of help from his pals.
EDIT - as subshakerz mentioned a few minutes before I did!
Yeah I am wrong. I had read a few stats ages ago in which it showed Warne was average barring England but I was mistaken. Warne was excellent prior to the series in 1997 and then 1997-98. I have had this misconception for a while now. Thank god it is now removed.
Aussie the way u put it u make it seem as if Tendy buried Lara away. And they are not even at home either. Thank (insert Deity) for statsguru.
Against the bowlers listed above Tendy played 27 tests and averaged 34 overall. 29.96 at home and 39 away.
Against the said bowlers Lara played 40 tests averaged 41 overall. 50.78 at home and 33 away. Advantage Lara my friend. (Granted tendy is a better traveller 39 vs 33 is poor either way)
(Left out the 98 series in India for obvious reasons, Warne was the notable oz bowler in that series and the 92 series since Warne was debuting)
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But as i said, given he had no Mcgrath to pack him up. He was forced to be both the defensive & attacking bowler - so doing that againts IND @ home he was struggled to contain them for the rest of that series.
The key to winning in IND is pace as was shown by WI, AUS 04, SA 2000.
And yes Hayden was sprouting BS and I don't think it was him who mentioned that. Ponting was the one who called Lara selfish IIRC.. AS a matter of fact, Hayden rated Lara as the best batsman of his time while Ponting has always maintained it was Sachin as far as I remember.
Indian boundaries in general are short compared to Australian boundaries. It is advantageous to have longer boundaries as a leg spinner as batsmen can't hit you over the top.Chennai & Bangalore dont have short boundaries, but Kolkatta was.
And there were no mysterious illness.. He had Hepatitis.. Batted with it in the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 against Kenya and got a hundred without which Windies would have most probably lost to even that team....
this thread will never die... unless tendy's career takes a very steep upward or downward jump long enough to alter his career stats significantly. it is too close otherwise. will always be.
bharani! the man in your avatar has also been compared with his arch rival for 30 years and still there is no answer to that question either.
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