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    The great 1980s all rounders

    The new Top 50 thread got me thinking about the four great all rounders of the 80s. That and Ding Dong being a putz talking about Hadlee.

    Where do you rate them against each other?

    Personally I have Imran > Botham > Hadlee > or = Dev.

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    According to how I see them as cricketers overall, Hadlee>Imran>Dev>Botham.

    According to whom I consider the most 'rounded' all-rounder, Imran>Dev>Botham>Hadlee.
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    I would comment, but even with my 19,000 posts I don't have the required points on the respectometer.

    Imran wins this comfortably for mine.
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    What a great bunch. Love each one of them. As for rating them, I'd go:

    Imran > Hadlee > Botham > Dev

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    Imran, then Hadlee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weldone View Post
    According to how I see them as cricketers overall, Hadlee>Imran>Dev>Botham.

    According to whom I consider the most 'rounded' all-rounder, Imran>Dev>Botham>Hadlee.
    Actually this is a pretty good way of looking at it.

    Hadlee and Imran are comfortably the best bowlers, but Hadlee loses out on batting. Likewise, Botham and Kapil lose out with their bowling.

    It depends what you're looking for and how highly you value specialists. Hadlee and Imran, even if they were Martin-esque with the bat, are all time greats on bowling alone. Botham and Kapil aren't all time greats in either discipline. If you value specialists, Imran and Hadlee piss this in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8ankitj View Post
    What a great bunch. Love each one of them. As for rating them, I'd go:

    Imran > Hadlee > Botham > Dev

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    Or indeed Rice.

    I would go imran-botham-hadlee-dev

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    Are we just judging them as all-rounders, or as overall cricketers? As all-rounders, my rankings would go:

    Botham / Imran
    Kapil Dev
    Hadlee

    Botham was the more brilliant and "rounded" all rounder at his very best, but Imran was better for longer, so I can't really split them. Harsh on Kapil, who I always thought was a superb player and isn't far behind, with Hadlee's (relatively) lesser batting meaning he comes in fourth.

    As overall cricketers though - as in, in what order did I rank them in my top 50:

    Imran
    Hadlee
    Botham
    Kapil Dev

    Hadlee's bowling elevates him above Botham and Kapil overall, while Imran's captaincy and legacy, combined with his bowling too, put him in a class of his own IMO.

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    What a time for cricket, to be blessed with four cricketers of that caliber. Not to mention the all-time great bowlers that played during the same era. We haven't had one all-rounder approaching that sort of level since.

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    Hadlee and Imran ATG bowlers which gives them a huge edge if you value bowling a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arachnodouche View Post
    What a time for cricket, to be blessed with four cricketers of that caliber. Not to mention the all-time great bowlers that played during the same era. We haven't had one bowling all-rounder approaching that sort of level since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post

    I'd like the comments on this thread kept to the more respected posters, so please onl comment if you've made 1,000 or more posts on CW.

    Cheers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Arachnodouche View Post
    What a time for cricket, to be blessed with four cricketers of that caliber. Not to mention the all-time great bowlers that played during the same era. We haven't had one all-rounder approaching that sort of level since.
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