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    Gavaskar v Boycott

    So who was the better opener?

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    No competition there. Sunny Hands down.

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    Any particular reason? I don't have any strong opinion one way or another but Boycott certainly deserves more respect. He played on less docile pitches than Sunny on average and faced just as many truly great fast bowlers. He is right up there among the greatest openers of all time IMO.

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    Sunny had the greater burden, with him rested the fortunes of India's batting foundation.
    His most prolific partner was a certain Chauhan who could not breach the century mark.

    Boycott had much the better support at the other end with names like Edrich and Gooch


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dissector View Post
    Any particular reason? I don't have any strong opinion one way or another but Boycott certainly deserves more respect. He played on less docile pitches than Sunny on average and faced just as many truly great fast bowlers. He is right up there among the greatest openers of all time IMO.

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    sunny's away home average better than his overall average.

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    Pretty clear cut imo. Similar styles, but one was just that much better.
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    Sunny, though I wouldn't really say that he was 'miles' better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by funnygirl View Post
    60 5055 221 52.11 18 22 1 1/34 128.00 0 57 0

    sunny's away home average better than his overall average.
    True but that away average was inflated somewhat by a few series against some weak teams. For example the Australian team in the mid-80's and the relatively weak West Indies team in his debut series. Not to say that he didn't play many magnificent innings against top-class opposition but Sunny did know how to cash in when the going was good as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dissector View Post
    True but that away average was inflated somewhat by a few series against some weak teams. For example the Australian team in the mid-80's and the relatively weak West Indies team in his debut series. Not to say that he didn't play many magnificent innings against top-class opposition but Sunny did know how to cash in when the going was good as well.
    This is the reason why I dont like to get into 'who is better' arguments. Oh he faced weak opposition, oh he was a minnow basher, oh he he knew how to boost his average when going was good. These are pathetically poor arguments.

    Sunny is one of the greatest cricketers (not just batsman) of all time. May be he feasted on the weak bowling in his debut series, so what. He was still a debutant and how many debutant do well in a series against any kind of attack ?

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    Sunil Gavaskar.
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    Sanz,
    You are the one who claims that Sunny is better "hands down". Why don't you offer a few arguments instead of arbitrarily dismissing those of others.

    It's not a secret that Sunny's overseas record is quite patchy. He had some great series mixed with a few poor ones in the 70's but in the 80's his overseas performance is very average.

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    Gavaskar. Not close, not far, but distinctly better.
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    Both were excellent opening batsmen but Sunil Gavskar was better because of his excellent record against West Indies.
    Last edited by BhupinderSingh; 11-12-2007 at 11:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dissector View Post
    Sanz,
    You are the one who claims that Sunny is better "hands down". Why don't you offer a few arguments instead of arbitrarily dismissing those of others.

    It's not a secret that Sunny's overseas record is quite patchy. He had some great series mixed with a few poor ones in the 70's but in the 80's his overseas performance is very average.
    I am not going to get into any such mud slinging debate with you or anyone else, Go ahead and attack Gavaskar's record as much as you want to.

    When I said Gavaskar is better hands down, its no disrespect to Boycott. IMO Gavaskar was just better, clearly better, period. Was it miles better ? probably not. But If I am going to ink an XI I will always put Gavaskar ahead of Boycott. This is on the basis of what I saw, read and heard. If you believe otherwise, that's fine with me too.

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    BTW,why did both of them had the reputation of being such players who play for their personal records,not for team?

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