We have all seen the never ending Murali Vs Warne and Sachin Vs Lara thread.
But this strange idea occured to me just now. Are Murali/Warne better as bowlers than Sachin/Lara are as batsmen?
The record seems to suggest that, doesn't it?
Warne and Murali will comfortably be judged as the greatest spinners of all time, just on the basis of their numbers alone.
The same cannot be unfortunately said for Sachin and Lara. Their overall tally is higher than most, sure. But their averages don't really beat out the rest of the band as it does with Warne and Murali in terms of their averages and strike rates.
Of course, I am sure that most people would rate Murali and Warne as the greatest spinners of all time and not many will confer Lara/Sachin as the greatest batsmen of all time. For one, there is the Don factor but also, even in this forum, a lot of people have been inclined to put the likes of Richards, Pollock, Sobers, Chappell ahead of these two. I have even seen Gavaskar and Barry Richards being put ahead these two.
But the funny thing is, as great as Murali and Warne are, they never really bothered these two batting geniuses too much. And everyone knows that Warne and Murali have always had trouble against the side that is supposibly the best in playing spin, INDIA.
On the other hand, both Lara and Sachin have got tremendous records against the best bowling line up in the world, Australia.
So, guys, let's hear it. Who would you put ahead?
Are Murali and Warne better spinners than Lara and Sachin are as batters?
or, would you guys rate Sachin and Lara as better batters than Murali and Warne are as spinners?