View Poll Results: Who is India's best ever Test cricketer?

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  • Kapil Dev

    6 12.00%
  • Rahul Dravid

    3 6.00%
  • Sunil Gavaskar

    3 6.00%
  • Anil Kumble

    4 8.00%
  • Vinoo Mankad

    1 2.00%
  • Virender Sehwag

    0 0%
  • Sachin Tendulkar

    33 66.00%
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    Who is India's best ever Test cricketer?

    Never heard of these guys before, but Jaideep Varma, Jatin Thakkar and Sreeram Ramachandran have put together an impressive looking effort at ranking the best Indian Test cricketers of all time here - The ************* Report: All Time Test Top 20 (India, 1932-2008)

    1) Rahul Dravid
    2) Sunil Gavaskar
    3) Virender Sehwag
    4) Sachin Tendulkar
    5) Kapil Dev
    6) Bishen Bedi-BS Chandrasekhar-EAS Prasanna (as one bowling unit)
    7) GR Vishwanath
    8) Anil Kumble
    9) Vinoo Mankad
    10) VVS Laxman
    11) Sourav Ganguly
    12) Md. Azharuddin
    13) Dilip Vengsarkar
    14) Mohinder Amarnath
    15) Vijay Hazare
    16) Subhash Gupte
    17) Polly Umrigar
    18) Javagal Srinath

    Their player profiles seem highly opinionated (I don't agree with many of their assessments) and interesting; if not for anything but the recollections of memorable performances by each of the players ranked above by them.

    EDIT: Cast your vote in the poll, please.
    Last edited by G.I.Joe; 11-02-2009 at 12:11 PM.

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    1. Anil Kumble
    2. Tendulkar
    3. Kapil Dev
    4. Sunil Gavaskar
    5. Rahul Dravid


    If its on talent, then the list would be:

    1. Tendulkar
    2. Kapil Dev
    3. Sunil Gavaskar
    4. Rahul Dravid
    5. Anil Kumble


    I dare anyone to tell me another player who has won more Test matches for India than Anil Kumble has. If winning is the criteria, than it has to be Kumble.

    For about fifteen years, if Kumble did well, India won. If he didn't, India lost. The equation was really that simple. He didn't do well overseas, thus we lost. When he didn't do well at home, we lost or drew. When he did well, we almost invariably won.
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    I will have both Gavaskar and Kapil at No. 1 but since I have to pick 1, I picked Gavaskar because he is senior to Kapil.

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    Tendulker.. infect he was one of the reason i watched indian matches.. other than them playing against pakistan..


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    I find the games of Dravid, Gavaskar and Kumble a little too dull. I think a "best ever" cricketer should be someone the opposition fear, but also turns out to be a great ambassador for the game. Maybe Kumble satisfies the latter aspect, but definitely not Dravid or Gavaskar.

    It was a tossup between Tendulkar and Kapil - I went with the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evermind View Post
    I find the games of Dravid, Gavaskar and Kumble a little too dull. I think a "best ever" cricketer should be someone the opposition fear, but also turns out to be a great ambassador for the game. Maybe Kumble satisfies the latter aspect, but definitely not Dravid or Gavaskar.

    It was a tossup between Tendulkar and Kapil - I went with the latter.
    Dravid is a model of how a cricketer should act, never sledges, and has tremendous respect from the opposition, especially the Australians. Not as good as Tendulkar or Kapil, perhaps, but definitely a good ambassador for the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
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    I dare anyone to tell me another player who has won more Test matches for India than Anil Kumble has. If winning is the criteria, than it has to be Kumble.

    For about fifteen years, if Kumble did well, India won. If he didn't, India lost. The equation was really that simple. He didn't do well overseas, thus we lost. When he didn't do well at home, we lost or drew. When he did well, we almost invariably won.
    Bowlers by their very nature are matchwinners, which gives him an advantage over batsman such as Tendulkar. Though I do value great bowlers a bit more than great batsmen, I think you should check Tendulkar and Gavaskar's standing among other batsmen and compare that to Kumble to get a proper idea of where they should be rated.

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    Sachin or Dravid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subshakerz View Post
    Bowlers by their very nature are matchwinners, which gives him an advantage over batsman such as Tendulkar.
    Yes, and that's why bowlers are better than batsmen.

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    Because it was cricketer I went Dev because of his batting and bowling, not sure about his keeping

    Batting though it would be Sachin and bowling Prassana (spelling) and keeping Engineer
    You know it makes sense.

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    Archie, you've probably seen them both live, why do you rate Engineer as a better keeper than Kirmani?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Yes, and that's why bowlers are better than batsmen.
    Bradman would disagree.

    But it would be Kumble as a matchwinner imo, closely followed by Tendulkar and Drtavid.
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    Actually, considering some of the things he wrote and said, I bet he wouldn't.

    A batsman would have to be good to be better than an average bowler, a good bowler is better than a good batsman, etc. So Bradman is obviously so much better than any bowler that he'd be better, but if a bowler was as far away from his competition as Bradman is from his, that bowler would be the better player.

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    Agree with Kumble being India's greatest match-winner and for years was the barometer of how well they were doing. In the series when India killed the Aussies in 1998, everyone remembers the batting of Tendulkar/Azhar/Sidhu but what people tend to forget was that Kumble was at the top of his game too.

    For sheer talent, though, Sachin. For achievement, Dravid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Archie, you've probably seen them both live, why do you rate Engineer as a better keeper than Kirmani?
    I was quite young when I watched Engineer, and maybe he had a good day, but he took everything with elegance and seemed to have so much time, while when I watched Kirmani he dropped an easy catch and seemed a little slow behind the stumps, but he may have just been having an off day.

    TV coverge in the 70s is pretty poor as compared to what we get now, still from what I have read the experts and the players are divided between them, with Kirmani coming out just in front overall but Engineer the much better batsman

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