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    "I had better technique than Gavaskar": Boycott

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    He Probably did, but Sunny was the better batsman, easily.

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    I'm familiar with the site (used to post on the forum in fact), but that link isn't working for me. Just tried the homepage and couldn't see it there either.


    He may well be right though, it's a long time since I saw either of them obviously but I don't think there was much in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanz View Post
    He Probably did, but Sunny was the better batsman, easily.
    Better player of top quality fast bowling, I agree. Boycs was probably better on bad wickets, if only because he had more to play on.


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    Boycott, had he played more, would have been regarded much more highly. I can't separate Gavaskar and Boycott, whatever I have read and watched of the two.

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    Boycs in rating himself shocker!!

    Doesn't actually say why he thinks his technique was better, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Boycott, had he played more, would have been regarded much more highly. I can't separate Gavaskar and Boycott, whatever I have read and watched of the two.
    What do you mean mate? He played for 18 years and 108 tests.

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    He Probably did, but Sunny was the better batsman, easily.
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    Boycott missed out on a fair bit of tests if I am not wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    What do you mean mate? He played for 18 years and 108 tests.
    Did have a three year sulk & withdrew his test services when he should've been somewhere near his peak.

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    Sorry, I thought you were implying that he didn't play enough overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Did have a three year sulk & withdrew his test services when he should've been somewhere near his peak.
    come on. boycott took off for three years from tests after playing international cricket for eleven years from his debut. and then he came back to play for 4 more years. there is no way anyone can say he would be rated higher (or lower) if he had played more. he played enough for us to know his caliber. its okay if someone rated him on par with or better than other openers of his era. he retired as the highest run getter in world cricket for god's sake! but he evokes memories of boring, selfish test match batting that will have no place in my books.

    on who is technically better....
    technique for technique's sake is pointless. that way, sanjay manjrekar is the most technically equipped of all indian test crickters. that being said i dont know how to separate boycott and gavaskar technically. both looked very good to me. if boycott wants to be known as the better technician, lets give him that. gavaskar will be remembered as the better batsman anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Did have a three year sulk & withdrew his test services when he should've been somewhere near his peak.
    Was just looking over to see how old he was then; and since he didn't play between 74-77 he would have been 34-37 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    come on. boycott took off for three years from tests after playing international cricket for eleven years from his debut. and then he came back to play for 4 more years. there is no way anyone can say he would be rated higher (or lower) if he had played more.
    Had he played more and ended up with more test runs than Sunil Gavaskar, a lot of young cricket fans would rate him higher. It wouldn't make much difference to the people who look beyond the stats like you though for sure.

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    Boycott always I thought was a poor man's Ken Barrington

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    come on. boycott took off for three years from tests after playing international cricket for eleven years from his debut. and then he came back to play for 4 more years. there is no way anyone can say he would be rated higher (or lower) if he had played more. he played enough for us to know his caliber. its okay if someone rated him on par with or better than other openers of his era. he retired as the highest run getter in world cricket for god's sake! but he evokes memories of boring, selfish test match batting that will have no place in my books.
    I wasn't saying I though he should've played more or less or if it would've had any affect on his career figures, rather I was suggesting why Pratters might say that he should've played more.

    Personally I think it was typical of the man to cop out as he did.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    Was just looking over to see how old he was then; and since he didn't play between 74-77 he would have been 34-37 years old.
    True (almost, he was 33-36, ftr), but he was a late developer. He didn't play first class cricket until he was 22 and, in the two seasons following his comeback he averaged 73.06 in tests, suggesting he was still at the zenith of his powers.

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