Cliffs on OP?
Cliffs on OP?
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I think the opening post is kinda spurious really -- why would you compare Laxman with Tendulkar, Dravid, Ponting, Kallis etc. when their roles and functions are so different? Laxman has played the vast majority of his career batting at 5 or 6, none of the others have. So you wouldn't expect a direct comparison to work in the first place.
The people you need to compare Laxman with are the likes of Waugh, Chanderpaul and Border, who played similar roles. In an Indian context, you'd need to look at Azharuddin.
Even so, I guess you'd reach the same conclusion -- a tier below the greatest, but well above ordinary. I think a Laxman/Azharuddin comparison would be most interesting; I guess Azhar would come out ahead.
I came here to say neither only to find SS and SJS have beaten me to it.
Laxman is a very good batsman..who often has misled people into thinking he is great because of his style, grace and the way he has saved India with his grit and determination in difficult situations when the bigger players were back in the pavilion.
But he will always remain below the greats of his era...no shame...still a very good player
I think he was a very good player capable of playing the great innings.
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Laxman is what he is. A decent batsman who averages mid 40's. No one considers him to be one of the best batsmen of his era but he was still a valuable part of India's team for years.
You can basically take any batsman's statistics and twist them so they look bad. It isn't that hard.
He doesnt quite fit into the definition of a true great, but there have been very few batsmen in history who have played as many incredible, back-to-wall match-winning knocks as him. He's definitely a special player, who didnt quite reach ATG heights coz of lack consistency
He's neither. A very good test batsman.
Him failing at this stage of his career doesn't have much relevance, sportsmen deteriorate with age, shock horror.
Batsman I tolerate: V. Richards, S. Tendulkar, E. Morgan, N. Hussain. KEVIN O F******* BRIEN
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