Fact is we can only guess.
A great cricketer, but, as others have observed, one who one admires for his ruthless efficiency rather than the way he goes about his game. I think, of all the great modern day batsmen, his batting is the blandest. One remembers more the weight of runs rather than the manner of their accumulation.
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Would I want a machine on my side though? Certainly.
I'd much rather see a machine whose technique is perfect and execution pinpoint than a bludgeoner like Sehwag or a manufactured seemingly-inpenetrable-battering-ram like Pietersen for much of his career or Gilchrist for the first half of his.
Beauty, eyes, beholders and all, of course.
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I find Pietersen and Graeme Smith very ugly to watch, but somehow loved Gilchrist's brute force and flamboyance. Same with Sanath.
What about Ganguly and Saeed Anwar?
I'd worship Jaques Kallis if he did not seem to exude an aura of extreme selfishness at times, again I said 'seem to' I don't know if he really was selfish. He just seems to love a 'not-out' more than any other batsman.
All that said, He's a gun of a player and among batting all-rounders I'd place him next only to Sobers.
Putting bias to one side, definitely Saeed Anwar. He was definitely the more skilled and silkier batsman of the two. Plus, he could play on the leg-side.
There's also the impression that Kallis (& Sir Geoffrey before him) gives that he plays mainly for himself. Usually his interests overlap with the team's, but occasionally they don't.
It does not mean that you would choose Mark over Steve to win you a match though, but I would certainly rather watch the younger twin any day of the week
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