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    Who has been the worst ever best batsman in the world?

    I guess I didn't learn from pasag's thread. This is an interesting question. Let's keep it post WW-I.

    Let's see, since about 2002, it would be Ponting (though maybe someone else in the last year or two?). Before that Tendulkar, Lara or Waugh. There was a time though in between Tendulkar and Lara coming on to the scene, and Chappell, Gavaskar, Richards all retired, who was the best batsman around that time? He could have a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    I guess I didn't learn from pasag's thread. This is an interesting question. Let's keep it post WW-I.

    Let's see, since about 2002, it would be Ponting (though maybe someone else in the last year or two?). Before that Tendulkar, Lara or Waugh. There was a time though in between Tendulkar and Lara coming on to the scene, and Chappell, Gavaskar, Richards all retired, who was the best batsman around that time? He could have a shot.
    even when richards and gavaskar were around for some time vengsarkar was the best batsman in the world in around 87, 88

    he would be a strong candidate

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    Graham Gooch in the early 90s? Or was it Martin Crowe?

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    Yeah, Gooch for me, I'm afraid, Azharuddin, Salim Malik, Richardson, and Crowe would of been other contenders at the time, None all-timers I'd suggest.
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    Mohammad Yousuf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Mohammad Yousuf.
    My original thought on reading the thread title, but then I thought, if he's the worst-best-batsman-ever having played at the same time as Ponting and Tendulkar, really he was never the best batsman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    My original thought on reading the thread title, but then I thought, if he's the worst-best-batsman-ever having played at the same time as Ponting and Tendulkar, really he was never the best batsman.

    I just assumed he topped the rankings during his freak year but I'm not sure as I pay little attention to such things.

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    Hmm i think you're right, but i don't think SS meant the worst technically-number-one batsman in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    even when richards and gavaskar were around for some time vengsarkar was the best batsman in the world in around 87, 88

    he would be a strong candidate
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    didnt vengsarkar have his brilliant 2yrs roundabout 86 till 88? had brilliant 100's at lords n leeds.real greentops, he gave a masterclass in how to play on seaming wickets.
    Hundred against wi in ind also.
    He'd get my vote for worst best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt View Post
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    Maybe after Tendulkar and Ponting have retired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evermind View Post
    Maybe after Tendulkar and Ponting have retired?
    Agreed, perhaps though in the one day game he has been considered the worlds best at some time or another? Pre-Hussey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt View Post
    Agreed, perhaps though in the one day game he has been considered the worlds best at some time or another? Pre-Hussey?
    I suppose, but the one-day game is such that there seems to be a new "world's best" every six months. The ODI game is far too fickle.

    But I'd say Hussey is the best ATM, yeah. The guy might end up a freak like Bevan.

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