Sehwag and Clarke.
RIP Craigos. Owe you a beer.:(
In no particular order (read: half past midnight, sitting on bed with laptop, cbf working it out properly)
and there was another name which came to mind that I couldn't think of.
Sehwag - never actually gets to face spin nowadays, so hard to tell
Tendulkar - would top the list if he could get his mindset right. Seems to be caught in a block/slog mode nowadays, which is sort of strange. But that word applies to a lot of his batting nowadays
de Villiers - jury still out for me for some reason
a dozen other subcontinental batsmen - they don't really stand out for me at this late hour beyond the others, but are all obviously very good
Hussey - as Spikey said, sometimes gun, sometimes rubbish. Usually gun, but on occasion will completely go into his shell and just push timidly at everything, such as in Brisbane this summer. His knock at Galle proves that he's very much class
note that I'm rating them as they stand right now.
EDIT: rankings wise, if I were to pick a team right now based on how they'd play an attack of Ajmal/Swann/Rehman/Ashwin (let's say)
The reason I put Sehwag and Clarke in their own category is because whilst the others are fine players of spin, those two are without doubt the most destructive players of spin and by far the hardest to bowl to (largely due to their footwork)
Last edited by Spark; 07-02-2012 at 08:44 AM.
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Sehwag, Clarke and Amla maybe.
Personally i'd take Sehwag because of the effect he can have and consistency in this regard, but right now seems to be going through a lean patch where surviving till the spinners come on is a problem.
Last edited by Cevno; 07-02-2012 at 07:36 AM.
Michael Clarke has been exceptional as of late... brilliant footwork, aggression and defense. He never looks in trouble when facing spin and accumulates his runs quickly
Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick
Younis probably a good shout too, but he fell into the 'dozen subcontinental players' category. There are quite a few of them (Mahela, Sanga etc etc)
Yeah Gambhir is very good. That chip shot of his over cover is fantastic, beautiful control - don't think anyone in cricket places it as well as him.
Again, however, it's the Sehwag problem - it's actually getting to face spinners which is the challenge.
The entire Indian top and middle order plays spin very well. But by the time the spinner is introduced, we are already 4 down
Get well soon Yuvi!!
Clarke is a really good shout for us against spin but was terribly disappointed with him in '08 in India tbf. He could've made the difference between a drawn series and whitewash.
Yeah, he hasn't been that great against the spinners both the last 2 times he toured India, even struggled at times. Though, i guess he was going through a lean patch too at that time. Playing wonderfully right now.
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