View Poll Results: Who is the greatest West Indian Batsman

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  • Brian Lara

    19 18.81%
  • Viv Richards

    35 34.65%
  • Garry Sobers

    30 29.70%
  • George Headley

    15 14.85%
  • Someone else

    2 1.98%
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Thread: Greatest West Indian Batsman

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    Greatest West Indian Batsman

    Brian Lara
    Viv Richards
    Garry Sobers
    George Headley
    Someone else



    Probably one of the most contentious arguments one could ever have. For me there is no doubt in my mind that Viv Richards was by far the best batsman from the West Indies (and a definite top 5 of all time). Stats dont truly reflect the master batsman he was but even the stats he does have reflect the career of a batsman well ahead of most of his contemporaries as well as his fellow West Indian greats

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    Headley the first great and greatest great for my mind. Sobers next - the fact that he was an all-rounder means plenty of people underestimate him as a batsman in my mind - and Lara next, possibly for no reason other than that he was the first outstanding West Indian I ever saw.

    However good Richards might've been, the reality is that he wasn't quite as good (some might say anywhere near as good) as his admirers wanted him to be. Still, obviously, was magnificence, and the notion that he was > Lara isn't an outrageous one at all.

    Then there's the Weekeses, Walcotts, etc. And that lot may have been unfortunate that they never got the chance to form an unequivocal case to be ranked alongside Headley, Sobers, Lara and Richards.
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    Sir Viv was great.. but I voted for Lara..because i just loved his style.. he was just great to watch..specially against Spin..

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    Richards just ahead of Sobers, Sobers just ahead of Lara, all three well ahead of also ran Headley - There is no someone else.


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    Presume Bennett's "someone else" is Dave Mohammed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Presume Bennett's "someone else" is Dave Mohammed.
    It is indeed the great man. How did you guess?

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    Because of the fact you're among the many posters on CW who vote irrelevant option every time.

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    Sobers=Richards=Lara, then Headley, Weekes etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Because of the fact you're among the many posters on CW who vote irrelevant option every time.
    The greatest cricketer in the world is hardly an "irrelevant" option.
    Last edited by steds; 15-07-2009 at 03:29 PM.

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    Sobers = Headley > Lara = Richards.

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    Headley averaged about 64 before the war in a side where he was the only test-class batsman. Although pitches were probably flat at times, that is still a very good effort. He couldn't help his low number of tests.
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    Viv, just ahead of Sobers. Headley, Lara, Weekes and Walcott all very close as well.
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    For me:

    Viv
    Headley
    Lara
    Sobers
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    Walcott
    Weekes
    Worrell
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    Chanderpaul
    Kanhai
    Lloyd
    Nurse
    Hunte
    Kallicharan
    Greenidge
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    Richardson
    Rowe
    Butcher
    Stollmeyer
    Fredericks
    Haynes

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    Always amazed at the number of great West Indian batsman, I think that because as a nation they are so famous for the fast bowlers I tend forget that they arguably have the strongest batting in test history.

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    You could easily have Headley, Lara, and Sobers as your middle order in an alltime test XI.

    Richards would miss out because he would be competing with a certain D. Bradman for no.3.

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