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Thread: Clash of the titans, Dhoni vs Bevan

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    Clash of the titans, Dhoni vs Bevan

    Hi Guys,

    This question came up in the Dhoni vs Gilly thread.

    Both bat lower down the order and are two of the best finishers the game has ever seen.

    Who do you think is the better of the two?
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    The nail-biters we witnessed in 90s were the best. These days its a rare.

    I still think Micheal Bevan is a better finisher than Dhoni. His match changing knocks were mind boggling. MSD has not played those kind of match changing knocks yet.
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    Dhoni is a more spectacular finisher, one who can play the big shots. Bevan was the busy bee who did it in 1s and 2s and could bat with the tail to finish the game. The difference in scoring patterns in the 90s in ODIs also contributes to their batting styles

    With good bowlers in the side, Bevan would be the player of choice. If the bowling attack is poor and you never know what is a defend able total or are chasing a score that requires consistent accelaration, Dhoni would be more suitable.
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    good point


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    Dhoni, just because of his insane SR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkallis View Post
    The nail-biters we witnessed in 90s were the best. These days its a rare.

    I still think Micheal Bevan is a better finisher than Dhoni. His match changing knocks were mind boggling. MSD has not played those kind of match changing knocks yet.
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    I have voted for Bevan. But not looking forward to deriding of Dhoni's absolutely tremendous ODI record.
    Last edited by ankitj; 25-08-2012 at 02:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shri View Post
    Were you an ostrich when the final of the WC 2011 took place?
    Ahhh, didnt know that game fall in your list of nail biters

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    It's absolute neck-and-neck at this stage. 2 more years of Dhoni doing doing well will put him miles ahead though.

    Going for Dhoni. Unbelievable finisher, his ability to accelerate and post a big total gives him the edge on Bevan for mine.

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    Bevan. Dohni can win a game from seemingly after its well dead and buried, but in doing so puts pressure on others. Bevan always took the pressure away.

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    Dhoni does the whole "I'll plod along at a strike rate of 40 and make the other guy hit, until its 10 an over. Then I'll explode and actually do something".

    Frustrating, IMO, because it heaps pressure onto the other batsman. He wins games from dead positions providing he has a batsman down the other end. I doubt he could be the same finisher if he didn't have a Kohli, Raina or Yuvraj down the other end.

    If it was 8/110 (25) chasing 200, Bevan every day of the week. 3/200 (40) chasing 300, Dhoni.

    As finishers, they play different roles. Ideally you would have both in an ATG XI. My vote goes to Bevan though, he was the master, and a childhood hero of mine.
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    rofl, so much misconceptions about Dhoni.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganeshran View Post
    Dhoni is a more spectacular finisher, one who can play the big shots. Bevan was the busy bee who did it in 1s and 2s and could bat with the tail to finish the game. The difference in scoring patterns in the 90s in ODIs also contributes to their batting styles

    With good bowlers in the side, Bevan would be the player of choice. If the bowling attack is poor and you never know what is a defend able total or are chasing a score that requires consistent accelaration, Dhoni would be more suitable.
    That's not quite true. When Bevan had no choice he could reach the boundary with monotonous regularity. His 185 runs (chasing 320) against an 'Asia XI' featuring Kumble and a young Razzaq has to be seen to be believed;

    Michael Bevan 185* vs ASIA XI - 2000 Dhaka - YouTube

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    Last edited by watson; 25-08-2012 at 06:51 PM.

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    Dhoni's SR is outstanding and he is immensely cool under pressure too.

    Bevan was extremely cool under pressure as well, had a lower strike rate, which I suppose was commensurate with the era that he played in but boy Bevan came across some fantastic bowling attacks and fought them down to the wire. What an awesome ODI player. If there is one batsman I would start building my team around in an ODI it would probably be Bevan. Having said that Dhoni would be the wk of choice

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