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    Mahela's century at Lords in very pace friendly conditions would be one. The entire team batted around him and came up with a great score despite the above average bowling. Shoddy catching from England in that game though. Dropping them like hot scones.

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    Laxman's 281.....answer to every "best innings ......" thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Himannv View Post
    Mahela's century at Lords in very pace friendly conditions would be one. The entire team batted around him and came up with a great score despite the above average bowling. Shoddy catching from England in that game though. Dropping them like hot scones.
    Aside from the dropped catches (which really do render bowling however good pretty much irrelevant), the conditions were hardly seam-friendly. That deck was flat throughout the game, and only some really superb swing bowling from Hoggard and, later, some diabolical Lankan batting saw them bowled-out in the first-innings.

    Aside from Hoggard and Flintoff, too, England's bowling that match (Plunkett, Mahmood, Panesar) was hardly The Ritz. Quite the opposite, in fact.
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    Mahmood had one blistering spell in that game IIRC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Hmm, the scrutiny of Lara's captaincy might've been greater, but there's no way in my book that the former innings was anywhere near as good as Gooch's 154* and I'd put the latter a smidgen behind it as well.
    Well gooch's 154 is better than 213 while i'd rate 153 same as 154 although there is a dropped catch in that 153.

    But prior to sabina park test lara has to deal with backlash from public, former players , every tom, dick and harry so it is the innings that came under "god knows how much" pressure.

    It is the reason why Lara himself personally rated 213 as the most important innings in his career even though 153 might be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamdavid View Post
    Laxman's 281.....answer to every "best innings ......" thread
    Under intense pressure ? nah! clearly one of the best innings but the possibility of saving the game is started after 4th day lunch. Before that laxman played more of his natural game considering he is the in form batsman in the series that was more or less expected, but only after he started make it count in a big way the reality of it all came and it became the most important innings in indian cricket history. Is it the most significant innings? YES , but does it come under intense pressure and scrutiny of his own place? no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Mahmood had one blistering spell in that game IIRC
    Sangakkara edged one that was so wide it barely hit the cut strip to slip, then he bowled a good one to get Samaraweera out, then Kapugedera missed a straight one. At the end of that over he had 4-9-3, which obviously looks good.

    But it was hardly what I'd call a blistering spell TBH, and even if it was it was certainly cancelled-out by the utter dross he bowled for the remaining 44 overs, in which he took 2-159.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L Trumper View Post
    Well gooch's 154 is better than 213 while i'd rate 153 same as 154 although there is a dropped catch in that 153.

    But prior to sabina park test lara has to deal with backlash from public, former players , every tom, dick and harry so it is the innings that came under "god knows how much" pressure.

    It is the reason why Lara himself personally rated 213 as the most important innings in his career even though 153 might be better.
    Importance and "good"ness of an innings aren't the same thing, and even when it's a case of the player\team being up-against-it, I'd still rate the calibre of the innings as more of a factor than just how up-against-it the player was.

    For instance, Gooch's 154* >>>>>>>>>>>>> Strauss' 173, even though in terms of how much strife the player's career was in at the time and the fact that his team were far from out-of-the-woods in the game Strauss' has far more going for it. Gooch's calibre of play was simply immeasurably better.

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