View Poll Results: Who will be the Best Test Batsman?

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  • Subramaniam Badrinath

    3 4.92%
  • Cheteshwar Pujara

    28 45.90%
  • Virat Kohli

    23 37.70%
  • Rohit Sharma

    1 1.64%
  • Suresh Raina

    1 1.64%
  • Saurabh Tiwary

    0 0%
  • Murali Vijay

    0 0%
  • Ajinkya Rahane

    3 4.92%
  • Abhinav Mukund

    0 0%
  • Manish Pandey

    1 1.64%
  • Manoj Tiwary

    1 1.64%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze 18 View Post
    I feel it's more of an attitude problem than anything else with Rohit Sharma. He seems to be more than content with IPL success; he doesn't seem to have the hunger and the desire to play for his country.
    Don't think that's fair at all. I don't follow IPL or T20 that closely but I do remember Rohit didn't do that poorly for India in T20I. I don't think their is that big of a difference in his T20I record and his IPL record considering in IPL the attacks are much worse.

    He's failed in ODIs but so did Laxman and he's one of our best batsman of all time. If Rohit sharma continues his First class success he deserves 4-5 test matches ahead of guys like Yuvi and Raina. And if he fails then so be it.

    Speaking of first class success anybody see Rahane bat? Average close to 70 with a strike rate of 60. First class hundred against australia as well. Surprised no one mentions him. Does he have poor technique or some other major issues that keeps him from being mentioned?

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    Rahane's technique is nothing special either,but technically correct.I do fear he will have trouble with short ball.And sharma should be in line to take SRT's place 1-1.5 yrs down the line in tests with pujara already in as the 6th bat and kohli having taken dravid's place.
    Around another yr later we'll have to replace laxman depends on form who will do that..would require certain rare qualities to bat at 6...play well with tail,cool under pressure..Badri is out of the pic as he's 30 and by that time will be 32 odd.
    Very difficult shoes to fill.

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    First class big hundreds

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    Quote Originally Posted by angad View Post
    Voted for Pujara, btw I noticed Virat Kohli's style of play seems to be an Australian-type, curious mixture of Ponting and Clarke.
    Yeah his similarity with Ponting's style has been noted several times before. Don't see the comparison with Clarke though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Austerlitz View Post
    Rahane's technique is nothing special either,but technically correct.I do fear he will have trouble with short ball.And sharma should be in line to take SRT's place 1-1.5 yrs down the line in tests with pujara already in as the 6th bat and kohli having taken dravid's place.
    Around another yr later we'll have to replace laxman depends on form who will do that..would require certain rare qualities to bat at 6...play well with tail,cool under pressure..Badri is out of the pic as he's 30 and by that time will be 32 odd.
    Very difficult shoes to fill.
    Disagree with a lot of the above. SRT might well outlast Laxman, especially with the latter's recent back problems. Hope they both play close to their best for a couple more years though. Not sure about Sharma replacing SRT either, he already seems to struggle under the expectation when he plays for India, if people expect him to fill SRT's boots, it could pretty much be the end of him. Need a guy who's eager to step out of the great man's shadows and chart his own course.

    Badri should certainly not be out of the picture just because he's 32, as long as he's performing better than the other guys he should be picked. He seems like the kind of guy who'd do well batting with the tail, FWIW. Laxman's spot might be the right fit for him.

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    Don't think we will find a direct replacement as good as SRT .It is almost impossible.

    What we will do is have a bunch of very good batsman who as a group will do a sufficiently well enough job over a period of time to replace the laxman,Sehwag,Dravid and Sachin when they go.

    And won't surprise me at all if Badrinath gets a test spot before Kohli and deservedly so . He has started getting a lot of due hype after this IPL and Srikkanth was praising him the other day.

    He is quite a fit person and could easily play for another 5/6 years and be India's Michael Hussey or something similar.

    Now the more i think about it ,the more i am leaning towards the opinion that Dravid should retire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Yeah his similarity with Ponting's style has been noted several times before. Don't see the comparison with Clarke though.
    I can sort of see it, more of a "flick" with batspeed in some of his legside shots that you're accustomed to from subcontinental players and fairly similar to the way Clarke plays the shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    I can sort of see it, more of a "flick" with batspeed in some of his legside shots that you're accustomed to from subcontinental players and fairly similar to the way Clarke plays the shot.

    YouTube - Virat Kohli 63 vs NZ
    Yeah, that shot is somewhat similar. Think Kohli could try and use his feet better to the spinners, like Clarke though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Yeah his similarity with Ponting's style has been noted several times before. Don't see the comparison with Clarke though.
    His Forward defensive Shots and the way he balances himself is modelled on Herschelle GIbbs.

    He even said during the U-19 WC his role model was Herschelle Gibbs and he used to emulate him as a kid.

    Reckon he has more sideways feet movement on the crease than gibbs though while Gibbs was more nimble on the feet coming down the pitch..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Yeah his similarity with Ponting's style has been noted several times before. Don't see the comparison with Clarke though.
    I can't see the similarities tbh, apart from the position they bat and their mentality. But maybe that's because I haven't seen enough of him, could you show me some highlights of the shots he plays that are like Pontings?

    I say that because Ponting has a very unique press/lunge forward and bat-lift which does as a result make his shots quite unique as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austerlitz View Post
    Around another yr later we'll have to replace laxman depends on form who will do that..would require certain rare qualities to bat at 6...play well with tail,cool under pressure..Badri is out of the pic as he's 30 and by that time will be 32 odd.
    Very difficult shoes to fill.
    Reckon SRT,Laxman and even Sehwag will all retire withing a year or so of each other.

    Can't see Sehwag lasting beyond 2 to 3 years more too. He already said he could retire after 100 tests ,though that is not happening can't see him lasting till his very late 30's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TumTum View Post
    I can't see the similarities tbh, apart from the position they bat and their mentality. But maybe that's because I haven't seen enough of him, could you show me some highlights of the shots he plays that are like Pontings?

    I say that because Ponting has a very unique press/lunge forward and bat-lift which does as a result make his shots quite unique as well.
    True.

    The only similarity he has with Ponting for me is the forward defensive and his brash confident attitude.

    Ponting,Dravid and Alec Stewart were some of the people who had that thrust the front foot forward and then shift weight to the back foot technique which is very unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TumTum View Post
    I can't see the similarities tbh, apart from the position they bat and their mentality. But maybe that's because I haven't seen enough of him, could you show me some highlights of the shots he plays that are like Pontings?

    I say that because Ponting has a very unique press/lunge forward and bat-lift which does as a result make his shots quite unique as well.
    He doesn't have the flourish of Ponting's backlift but his quick bat-speed makes him look somewhat similar IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    He doesn't have the flourish of Ponting's backlift but his quick bat-speed makes him look somewhat similar IMO.
    That's why I think the Clarke comparison makes a bit of sense tbh.

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