Just checked Statsgura. Here are Sangakkara's numbers since he gave away his keepers gloves;
Matches = 63
Runs = 6681
HS = 287
100s = 23
AVERAGE = 68.87
Pretty impressive, and at first glance is appears that he 'is the second greatest pure batsman ever'!
Now we argue against those numbers saying things like:
"Yeah, but Viv Richards had to face better bowlers in his time, plus he had no Bangladesh to inflate his average." etc
01. Victor Trumper 02. Warren Bardsley 03. Clem Hill 04. Charlie Macartney 05. Warwick Armstrong 06. Monty Noble 07. George Giffen 08. Hugh Trumble 09. Jack Blackham 10. Fred Spofforth 11. Ernie Jones
01. Jack Hobbs 02. WG Grace 03. Kumar Ranjitsinhji 04. Johnny Tyldesley 05. Frank Woolley 06. Stanley Jackson 07. Frank Foster 08. Arthur Lilley 09. George Lohmann 10. Tom Richardson 11. Sydney Barnes
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"In 2009 he lost his old, faded India cap, when it was stolen from a ground. He was very, very upset about it. It was dear to him and he was extremely proud to wear it."
Vijeeta Dravid on her husband Rahul, March 2012
Mangoes > Tendulkar
Apples > Sanga
"I will go down as Darren Sammy, the one who always smiles" - Darren Sammy
Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2
Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4
Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
Surely there's different levels of ATG, some better than others, even if some don't think he's as good as the Tendulkar & Lara should that stop him being a ATG, I wouldn't say so.
By 'us' I mean everyone. It was a generic comment kyear.
Member of the Sanga fan club. (Ugh! it took me so long to become a real fan of his)
Dravid is the better candidate. And as I've said earlier, even if he was the "wall", Dravid also made things happen.Originally Posted by Psycho Macaque;2877791[B
If Sanga is up there, Ponitng is up there also, those 7 years or so between 99 and end of 2006, in 87 test matches he averaged 65 and scored 31 tons, that's an incredible run. The only place you can pull Ricky up on is India, similarly to how Sanga has been relatively poor in England same as Kallis and David as had problems in SA & SL.
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