So...during my time away, I had some time to think about this, and the more time goes on, the more I think that Michael Bevan was a truly fantastic batsman.
I'd never really thought about it before, but I watched some old tapes, and what really stood out, was the fact that he was an exceptional player of the short ball. Whilst other batsman, particularly those in the modern day, get exposed by the short ball all the time, you really never got the feeling that Bevan was ever truly susceptible to it.
The ability to play the short ball cannot be understated. I mean, at present, there are plenty of batsman on the international circuit who are routinely exposed in this fashion. Sangakkarra for example, is really not attuned to playing short deliveries, and demonstrates why he not only isn't anywhere near the top tier of all-time batsman, but not even in the top-tier of those currently playing the game.