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    Greatest cricketers since 1980

    based on the thread on sagakkara where some posters seem to be in a hurry to bunch him with greater batsman, i am starting this thread to categorize test cricketers into various levels of greatness. and predict who cricket history would consider all time greats out of those who played between 1980 - 2010.

    i will start with the batsmen and divide them into four different levels of greatness if that makes sense at all. I will try to limit each level to 10 at the most. will do the same exercise for bowlers later. I have not ranked the players within each level.

    The Greatest Batsmen since 1980

    Level 1


    Viv Richards
    Greg Chappell
    Sunil Gavaskar
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Brian Lara
    Ricky Ponting

    Level 2


    Matthew Hayden
    Virender Sehwag
    Rahul Dravid
    Allan Border
    Steve Waugh
    Javed Miandad
    Inzamam Ul Haq
    Jacques Kallis
    Adam Gilchrist
    Martin Crowe

    Level 3

    Kumar Sangakara
    Mohammad Yousuff
    Kevin Pietersen
    Mahela Jayawardane
    Gordon Greenidge
    Graeme Smith
    David Gower
    Shiv Chanderpal
    Andy Flower
    Justin Langer

    Level 4

    David Boon
    Michael Clarke
    Graham Gooch
    VVS Laxman
    Mark Waugh
    Damien Martyn
    Sanath Jayasuriya
    Aravinda de silva
    Richie Richardson
    Michael Hussey

    this thread is meant to be as dumb as everything else i have ever written on cricket web. and it is meant to be fun. so u r welcome to join the spirit and throw in stats, circular arguments, individual biases and a bit of humor to make the discussion as alive as possible.

    Edit: Dropped Clive Lloyd, Saeed Anwar and Desmond Haynes from the original list and brought in Andy Flower, Graeme Smith and Michael Clarke
    Last edited by bagapath; 08-08-2010 at 04:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    based on the thread on sagakkara where some posters seem to be in a hurry to bunch him with greater batsman, i am starting this thread to categorize test cricketers into various levels of greatness. and predict who cricket history would consider all time greats out of those who played between 1980 - 2010.

    i will start with the batsmen and divide them into four different levels of greatness if that makes sense at all. I will try to limit each level to 10 at the most. will do the same exercise for bowlers later. I have not ranked the players within each level.

    The Greatest Batsmen since 1980

    Level 1

    Viv Richards
    Greg Chappell
    Sunil Gavaskar
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Brian Lara
    Ricky Ponting

    Level 2

    Matthew Hayden
    Virender Sehwag
    Rahul Dravid
    Allan Border
    Steve Waugh
    Javed Miandad
    Inzamam Ul Haq
    Jacques Kallis
    Adam Gilchrist
    Martin Crowe

    Level 3

    Kumar Sangakara
    Mohammad Yousuff
    Kevin Pietersen
    Mahela Jayawardane
    Gordon Greenidge
    Aravinda de Silva
    David Gower
    Shiv Chanderpal
    Clive Lloyd
    Justin Langer

    Level 4

    David Boon
    Saeed Anwar
    Graham Gooch
    VVS Laxman
    Mark Waugh
    Damien Martyn
    Sanath Jayasuriya
    Desmond Haynes
    Richie Richardson
    Michael Hussey

    this thread is meant to be as dumb as everything else i have ever written on cricket web. and it is meant to be fun. so u r welcome to join the spirit and throw in stats, circular arguments, individual biases and a bit of humor to make the discussion as alive as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noble One View Post
    Missing Andy Flower I feel.
    fixed. good catch

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Missing Dan Vettori too. I'm disappointed, Baggers.
    ha ha...

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    Why is Tendulkar's name ahead of Ponting and Lara







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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Why is Tendulkar's name ahead of Ponting and Lara







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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Why is Tendulkar's name ahead of Ponting and Lara







    because his wife is a doctor

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    No Parthiv Patel???
    i am embarrassed to have missed out on g.smith and m.clarke. and you are bringing up parthiv's name and making me feel worse. thanks.

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    Great list.....
    Last edited by kingpin; 08-08-2010 at 04:47 AM. Reason: missed out some lines..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingpin View Post
    Great list.....

    I wud like to see Bevan.....
    Quite clear what Bagapath is doing

    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    based on the thread on sagakkara where some posters seem to be in a hurry to bunch him with greater batsman, i am starting this thread to categorize test cricketers into various levels of greatness. and predict who cricket history would consider all time greats out of those who played between 1980 - 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Alex View Post
    Quite clear what Bagapath is doing
    lol at me.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingpin View Post
    I wud like to see Bevan.....
    Ok. here he is.....


    Last edited by bagapath; 08-08-2010 at 04:51 AM.

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    I know this list is for batsmen, but I would have thought Gilly being a WK would be enough to make him go to Level 1.

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