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    Tendulkar, the most underachieving batsmen ever

    from november 2006

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    i agree with most of this..........thaughts??

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    Crap imo. Selective stat-picking and (rather ironic, given the statement made by the author here) emotional arguments. I don't get why people feel the need to try to run down Tendulkar all the time.

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    Drop Tendulkar!!!
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    Yeah, Tendulkar should've averaged 80 in Test cricket and shown himself conclusively better than Vivian Richards. Same way Richards should have averaged 70 and shown himself the 2nd best after Bradman.

    Actually I'd bet even then Richards' fans would claim he was better. Heck, some people can claim Ponting is better than Tendulkar these days (though never Richards, interestingly).

    I've been disappointed in Tendulkar 2003 to 2006, but I still wouldn't be surprised if I never saw a batsman I considered better all my life.
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    runs > no runs.

    Heaps more underachieving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Yeah, Tendulkar should've averaged 80 in Test cricket and shown himself conclusively better than Vivian Richards..
    Even if that was the case - and I strongly disagree with that FWIW - does it still qualify him as the most underachieving batsman ever? I'd say that Mark Ramprakash for example underachieved far more than someone who was best Test batsman of his era, even if he should have done much better than he did.

    Even beyond players we know, I'm sure there are many who never even made it to First Class level who should have been good Test batsmen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Even if that was the case - and I strongly disagree with that FWIW - does it still qualify him as the most underachieving batsman ever? I'd say that Mark Ramprakash for example underachieved far more than someone who was best Test batsman of his era, even if he should have done much better than he did.

    Even beyond players we know, I'm sure there are many who never even made it to First Class level who should have been good Test batsman.
    Post was facetious, TBH. Though I don't doubt Tendulkar could have averaged 70 or 80 in Tests, so undoubtedly could a number of others - for instance, Jack Hobbs, Vijay Merchant, George Headley, Sid Barnes, Garry Sobers, Barry Richards (over a lengthy period), Vivian Richards and Greg Chappell.

    Fact is, no-one's done it, or come close. Bradman is in a class of his own, and is clear of the field. He is the only one who has managed the consistency to do it.

    I'll be very surprised if anyone else ever averages much more than 60 over any length of time as long as Tests are played.

    Heck, even Don Bradman underachieved. Everyone who didn't play the perfect shot to every ball and land every ball on the perfect line and length with outswing underachieved. It's all relative, and I think Tendulkar underachieved less than pretty much everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
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    lol... a few stats seem right but the guy just seems plain bitter about Sachin for some reason. Didn't know JustTool writes at *************....


    The only interesting thing while reading his piece was me trying to work out whether he was more of a Lara fan or a Dravid fan...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny2k1 View Post


    i agree with most of this
    Please tell me you truly don't. One of the funniest articles I've read for a long time, some people go to hilarious lengths to discredit Sachin.

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