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
Fred Spofforth, 'The Demon Speaks'The figures Sir Home Hordon has shown me of what Grace did in matches against me, 37 innings, 1042 runs, 28.16 average, considerably less than his general average, hears out my theory that I never had any particular difficulty in getting him out. I clean bowled him seven times, ACM Croome says that WG told him that on any wicket he never knew when I should bowl him. This may have been due in part to my artfulness......
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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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