We must needs heed the opinions of cricket sages, whether a Cardus, a Woodcock, a Benaud or even a Guha or a James, to form our own. Corporal and temporal constraints and the small matter of having to earn a crust would have it this way, unfortunately.
Who are the wisemen whose cricketing opinions have influenced your own?
Whose opinions do you consider worthy of noting at present?
Of course, some pundits are quite capable of making sense on some issues while being complete 'buffoons' on others. Do any particularly egregious instances and culprits come to mind?
In general, do topflight (ex)cricketers make better analysts of the game?
Some examples and anecdotes would be most welcome, and are eagerly sought.
Happy reminiscing...and feel free to be a wiseguy!