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Thread: Battle #654685 - Kumar Sangakkara vs Kevin Pietersen

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    Battle #654685 - Kumar Sangakkara vs Kevin Pietersen

    As a batsman, who would you rather have in your Test team?
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    Sangakkara, especially if he is only playing as a batsman.

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    Sangakkara easily, he's arguably the best batsman in the world right now.


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    Sanga every day of the week, and that's not really taking anything away from KP. Sanga is more versatile too, or at least more comfortable playing varying roles than KP.
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    Kumar Sangakkara, definitely. For one thing, he has been infinitely more prolific than Pietersen, lately. He also has to bat at #3; a difficult proposition at the best of times (explaining why blokes like Ponting, Dravid and Kallis bat there). KP, on the other hand, doesn't. Pretty random battle, IMO.

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    I reckon its a good comparison, they're both pretty damn awesome batsman (clearly the best for their respective teams), and have never really been compared in the past on this board.

    Btw, the 3 ahead of 4 argument is false and old-minded thinking IMO.

    I reckon Lara and Sachin could have been just as good at 3 as 4.

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    Pretty random battle indeed, but so many are.

    Sangakkara fairly comfortably for my money, and a damn sight better to watch an' al'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    I reckon its a good comparison, they're both pretty damn awesome batsman (clearly the best for their respective teams), and have never really been compared in the past on this board.

    Btw, the 3 ahead of 4 argument is false and old-minded thinking IMO.

    I reckon Lara and Sachin could have been just as good at 3 as 4.
    I suppose the #3/#4 argument is a touch traditionalist. In Australia, though, that line of thinking is still very much prevalent. Theoretically, though, the #3 generally has to be a more versatile player than the #4, particularly in one-day cricket, where they could be batting second ball (FTR, a #4 isn't too likely to be batting third ball) or much later on in the innings. In other words, they may have to act as a virtual opener. On the other hand, while the #4 batsman may bat relatively early, they're unlikely to have to play the role of faux-opener as often as the #3 would have to. The #3 in Test cricket also has a greater chance of facing the better bowlers with a shiny new ball than a #4, logically.

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    One thing that generally needs to be borne in mind is that if "did they bat three or four?" is something under consideration, there's a very good chance that the player was an extremely high-calibre one. High-calibre enough that they could bat anywhere in the team that they wanted. Ergo, if they batted three it was probably personal choice. Therefore, if it ended-up meaning they did less well than they might have done at four, it's probably their own fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    One thing that generally needs to be borne in mind is that if "did they bat three or four?" is something under consideration, there's a very good chance that the player was an extremely high-calibre one. High-calibre enough that they could bat anywhere in the team that they wanted. Ergo, if they batted three it was probably personal choice. Therefore, if it ended-up meaning they did less well than they might have done at four, it's probably their own fault.
    TBH, I was going to write that about Lara and Tendulkar...that they could bat anywhere..but I felt that it wasn't relevant to my argument, for some reason.

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    Sangakkara on present form, but Pietersen if not, as I love the bloke.
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    Clearly Sangakkarra, I'm astonished anyone has said otherwise.
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    Yeah, Sangakkara here as well. Turned himself into one of the most complete players in the world atm.

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