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  • Viv Richards

    29 78.38%
  • Peter Kirsten

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  • Mohammad Azharuddin

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  • Rahul Dravid

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  • Ricky Ponting

    8 21.62%
  • Brian Lara

    0 0%
  • Andrew Joned

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  • Geoff Howrath

    0 0%
  • Saleem Malik

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  • Richie Richardson

    0 0%
  • Dean Jones

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  • Zaheer Abbas

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    They have many very similar qualities, but I think Richards had many of them in greater abundance.

    Furthermore, in this thread we're selecting people based on their WC performances and while Ricky's have been phenomenal, Richards were also. Richards scored his WC runs at a higher average and almost exactly identical strike rate, except Richards was playing in an earlier era of ODIs where it was generally a more even contest between bat and ball.

    While it's Richards' batting alone that made me select him above Ponting anyway, its worth mentioning that he was also a useful enough spinner to be a sixth bowler if required, which is something Ponting doesn't haveas well as being a very very good fielder - probably not quite in Ponting's class, but by any normal standards excellent. 3 run-outs in a WC final works for me.

    I'm definitely voting for Ponting at four if that makes you feel better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    They have many very similar qualities, but I think Richards had many of them in greater abundance.

    Furthermore, in this thread we're selecting people based on their WC performances and while Ricky's have been phenomenal, Richards were also. Richards scored his WC runs at a higher average and almost exactly identical strike rate, except Richards was playing in an earlier era of ODIs where it was generally a more even contest between bat and ball.

    While it's Richards' batting alone that made me select him above Ponting anyway, its worth mentioning that he was also a useful enough spinner to be a sixth bowler if required, which is something Ponting doesn't haveas well as being a very very good fielder - probably not quite in Ponting's class, but by any normal standards excellent. 3 run-outs in a WC final works for me.

    I'm definitely voting for Ponting at four if that makes you feel better!
    Fair enough then.

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    Richards. I really don't like Ponting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99* View Post
    Richards. I really don't like Ponting.
    Why not?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinksy View Post
    Why not?
    1- Australian
    2- Pompus *******.
    3- Wins all the time.
    4- Bats better than most people.
    5- Thinks he's an umpire.
    6- Has a hissy fit if anything doesn't go his way.
    7- Australian.
    8- Has the most annoying voice of any modern captain I watch.
    9- Tasmanian
    10- Australian
    11- Thinks his team is immune to behaving like sportsmen, getting sledged and losing without some sort of luck playing part.
    12- Takes credit where he doesn't deserve it.
    13- Australian.
    14- Wouldn't know what the 'Spirit of the Game' was if it came up to him and kicked him in the ****s.

    Think that's most of it.

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    Plus he's Australian - don't forget to mention that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99* View Post
    1- Australian
    2- Pompus *******.
    3- Wins all the time.
    4- Bats better than most people.
    5- Thinks he's an umpire.
    6- Has a hissy fit if anything doesn't go his way.
    7- Australian.
    8- Has the most annoying voice of any modern captain I watch.
    9- Tasmanian
    10- Australian
    11- Thinks his team is immune to behaving like sportsmen, getting sledged and losing without some sort of luck playing part.
    12- Takes credit where he doesn't deserve it.
    13- Australian.
    14- Wouldn't know what the 'Spirit of the Game' was if it came up to him and kicked him in the ****s.

    Think that's most of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99* View Post
    1- Australian
    2- Pompus *******.
    3- Wins all the time.
    4- Bats better than most people.
    5- Thinks he's an umpire.
    6- Has a hissy fit if anything doesn't go his way.
    7- Australian.
    8- Has the most annoying voice of any modern captain I watch.
    9- Tasmanian
    10- Australian
    11- Thinks his team is immune to behaving like sportsmen, getting sledged and losing without some sort of luck playing part.
    12- Takes credit where he doesn't deserve it.
    13- Australian.
    14- Wouldn't know what the 'Spirit of the Game' was if it came up to him and kicked him in the ****s.

    Think that's most of it.

    If you remove the Australian references most of that also applies to Viv Richards but Viv was just a vastly superior batsman so rightly gets the most votes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    If you remove the Australian references most of that also applies to Viv Richards but Viv was just a vastly superior batsman so rightly gets the most votes.
    Thats not too much off the mark come to think of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    If you remove the Australian references most of that also applies to Viv Richards but Viv was just a vastly superior batsman so rightly gets the most votes.
    Really? Did not know that. But then again the Australian part is very, very important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99* View Post
    Really? Did not know that. But then again the Australian part is very, very important.
    Well quite, being Australian is more than reason enough to dispise the little twerp.

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    Sad y'all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99* View Post
    1- Australian
    2- Pompus *******.
    3- Wins all the time.
    4- Bats better than most people.
    5- Thinks he's an umpire.
    6- Has a hissy fit if anything doesn't go his way.
    7- Australian.
    8- Has the most annoying voice of any modern captain I watch.
    9- Tasmanian
    10- Australian
    11- Thinks his team is immune to behaving like sportsmen, getting sledged and losing without some sort of luck playing part.
    12- Takes credit where he doesn't deserve it.
    13- Australian.
    14- Wouldn't know what the 'Spirit of the Game' was if it came up to him and kicked him in the ****s.

    Think that's most of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 99* View Post
    8- Has the most annoying voice of any modern captain I watch.
    I'm an Indian fan, but Dhoni's voice is far worse.

    For a guy who has it all (youth, looks, money, fame, women)v... he hasn't exactly been blessed with a voice one would like to hear.

    The ironic thing is, if you ask the guy a question, he'll talk for 10 minutes straight. He loves a chat. See his Cricinfo audio interviews, and his 20/20 WC and CB Series victory presentations for proof.
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    I really like Ponting though, but I still hate him by default, if that makes any sense. There are few people who I'd rather watch bat and few people I respect as much as him.

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