While you can admire the dour, defensive batsman who does the job for his team, or you can be in awe of the batsman who uses his strength to club the ball to the boundary, in my opinion it's impossible to prefer them to the free flowing beauty of the graceful batsmen who makes it look so easy with his elegance and balance and poise. Late cuts, cover and square drives, leg glances, on drives.
Who have been your favourites to watch, and who from history seems to be described this way?
A favourite of mine was Mark Waugh. Seemed to make it look easier than everyone else around him. I also loved David Gower and VVS for the same reasons.