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    Ranatunga vs Salim Malik?

    both players were fat and equally good i think, who do you prefer
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    Need a poll.

    Malik was better to watch though came across as a FTB. Both had **** personalities though.

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    Ranatunga I think. Perfect captain at the perfect time.
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    As a batsman, Malik is miles ahead of Ranatunga. As a captain Ranatunga is miles ahead.

    Match fixing ability is what seals the deal in favor of Malik. He was clearly one of the best in that department.

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    Ranatunga for me..

    salim malik big time match fixer..

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    Purely as a batsman, then Malik miles ahead.

    Though looking at their cricketing careers other things come into play for both guys, and obviously not just positive stuff.
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    Malik vs Azhar would hav been a good comparo
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    Quote Originally Posted by deira View Post
    both players were fat and equally good i think, who do you prefer
    Malik was far from fat. He was the better batsman and fielder. Ranatunga the better captain. Both were of dubious character though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deira View Post
    both players were fat and equally good i think, who do you prefer
    you have obviously not seen malik when he was playing...he was not fat, was one of the fittest players and a brilliant fielder...as a batsman, malik was well ahead of ranatunga....

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    Malik clearly better as a batsman. Ranatunga though a much better team leader, and definitely a better guy than Salim.
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    Salim Malik was an absolute star. One of my favourite Pakistani players. Harsh to write him off as just a match fixer when he's the only poor sod who was caught. He oozed class with the bat. Much more class than Ranatunga anyway. Total mismatch here, methinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Salim Malik was an absolute star. One of my favourite Pakistani players. Harsh to write him off as just a match fixer when he's the only poor sod who was caught.
    Just because others were (probably) involved, doesn't make what Malik did any less unforgiveable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Ranatunga I think. Perfect captain at the perfect time.
    Does that last sentence have any relation to the infamous walk-off in the 98/99 season? and then a few years before hand where he was struck off the Ian Healy and Mark Taylor Christmas card list for good?

    That said his call to bowl first in the 1996 World Cup was brilliant in regards to reading the weather pattern for that evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Salim Malik was an absolute star. One of my favourite Pakistani players. Harsh to write him off as just a match fixer when he's the only poor sod who was caught. He oozed class with the bat. Much more class than Ranatunga anyway. Total mismatch here, methinks.
    Well, he was.

    I don't really need to say anything more than that Salim Malik>Arjuna Ranatunga as a batsman (although Ranatunga was probably the better ODI batsman). By all accounts, Malik's 237 in Rawalpindi was a wonderful, match-saving knock. He was also renowned, IIRC, for battling successfully with Shane Warne during the 1994/95 series concerned.

    On the other hand, Arjuna Ranatunga>Salim Malik, as a captain. It is hard to argue against a bloke who, despite his intrasigence and difficult personality, led a team to their first World Cup and oversaw their transistion from relative minnows into a relative power on the world stage. Salim Malik only played 12 Tests as captain - with his only win against stronger opposition being against Australia in 1994/95. Even then, Pakistan got lucky.

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