A couple of posters were talking about Ponting in recent times. He seems to be in imperious form at times, ridiculously vulnerable at times. He's almost bipolar in some ways.
Jono then asked whether Lara was similar in his twilight, and it is certainly how I remember him. Rather than being the great deity he was in his prime, where you hoped for a moment of mortality from him to capture his wicket, Lara was "one of us" who would occasionally show a moment of utter impossibility. Often this would be at a crucial moment, or when people were most doubting him.
I was wondering whether this is in common with other greats; for those who were around at the times, does this sort of pattern sound familiar to Viv Richards, as it is the impression I've had from those who've talked about his batting after his prime. Are there others who follow this trend?