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    Best Test batsman to play 15<x<30 tests in modern times

    Everyone goes on about the best test batsman ever, and it's always Don Bradman, followed by a long list of almost equal players, who all have a claim to the number 2 position.

    What would be interesting though, is to see who everyone rates to be the best batsman in the modern era (let's say post 1985), to have played between 15 and 30 tests. Why did they play so few?

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    Jesse Ryder IMO.

    Vinod Kambli is not a bad shout either, though I believe he had technical deficiencies in his game which would have been exposed in a big way had he played much more.

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    Jesse Ryder is still playing though...

    I forgot about Kambli, he would have to be right up there

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeps View Post
    Jesse Ryder is still playing though...

    I forgot about Kambli, he would have to be right up there
    Yeah, back to back double hundreds in tests and played with superb flair. Had the shots to make Sachin Tendulkar look boring when he was on top gear. I remember reasons for his downfall were disciplinary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shri View Post
    Yeah, back to back double hundreds in tests and played with superb flair. Had the shots to make Sachin Tendulkar look boring when he was on top gear. I remember reasons for his downfall were disciplinary.
    He was very good, but I believe he would have eventually regressed to a Ganguly-level rather than a Tendulkar or even Dravid level even if he had not had those disciplinary problems.

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    give 21yo smith a break. bradmans figures for his first few tests were comparable.....

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    Chris Broad
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    Andrew Symonds
    Shahid Afridi
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    Stuart Clark
    Mohammed Asif
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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    He was very good, but I believe he would have eventually regressed to a Ganguly-level rather than a Tendulkar or even Dravid level even if he had not had those disciplinary problems.
    He averaged 60 in FC and made close to 10,000 runs. He would have done well this decade at 5 or 6 but him not having a long career was good for us in the end. Wouldn't have been as good as Dravid or Laxman obviously and you can't drop Ganguly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Chris Broad
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    Chris Read
    Stuart Clark
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    Shane Bond
    Bond was the first one I thought of too but this thread specifically asked for batsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shri View Post
    Bond was the first one I thought of too but this thread specifically asked for batsmen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shri View Post
    Bond was the first one I thought of too but this thread specifically asked for batsmen.
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    About Ganguly, While him being made captain obv. was more beneficial to the team, I think it killed him as a batsman, He was almost kissing greatness and averaged 50(?) in the 90s where some 3-4 other blokes did and then regressed into this Marcus North-ish batsman for a long while.
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    By the end of the 90's I was pretty sure Ganguly would end up better than Dravid in both forms of the game. I think Kolkata 2001 was the turning point for Dravid, to a lesser extent than for Laxman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    About Ganguly, While him being made captain obv. was more beneficial to the team, I think it killed him as a batsman, He was almost kissing greatness and averaged 50(?) in the 90s where some 3-4 other blokes did and then regressed into this Marcus North-ish batsman for a long while.
    Awta so much.

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