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    Quote Originally Posted by Beleg View Post
    someone up-thread was going on about macgill being better than kumble - thats absolute bollocks. macgill leaked pressure like a blown gasket. kumble had the ability to induce false strokes through a combination of imposing, combative attitude and sheer, bloody-minded presence. i watched a lot of him growing up and he was always relentless and never gave up. got a lot of wickets because of that. and he also induced false strokes from batsmen against other bowlers. the fact that the fellas on the other end didnt capitalise is another story.

    i very rarely remember kumble getting a proper tonking. whereas thats one of the main things i associate with macgill. and he was able to get away with it, to a large extent, owing to the excellence of the bowlers around him.

    kumble is hands down the third best spinner of his generation and a class apart from the likes of saqlain, macgill, paul strang, mushtaq ahmed and daniel vettori.

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    if the word better, in this context, isnt linked to actual performance then its kind of meaningless isnt it?
    AWTA. Macgill was no where as good as Kumble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beleg View Post
    and prince ews,

    if the word better, in this context, isnt linked to actual performance then its kind of meaningless isnt it?
    Yeah, it is. Kumble certainly had a better career than MacGill, and history will record him as the superior Test bowler.

    My point was - and it's only a hypothetical opinion that can neither be proven nor disproven - I think MacGill would've had the better career if he had the same opportunities. He achieved a higher level of skill with his bowling AFAIC and would've been more effective across a long career than Kumble if he had the chance. I can't really back it up with anything because it's just based upon watching them bowl. I have no qualms with people saying Kumble was better based on him having a better Test career and that's how I like to judge players anyway if we're going for a uniform rule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Yeah, it is. Kumble certainly had a better career than MacGill, and history will record him as the superior Test bowler.

    My point was - and it's only a hypothetical opinion that can neither be proven nor disproven - I think MacGill would've had the better career if he had the same opportunities. He achieved a higher level of skill with his bowling AFAIC and would've been more effective across a long career than Kumble if he had the chance. I can't really back it up with anything because it's just based upon watching them bowl. I have no qualms with people saying Kumble was better based on him having a better Test career and that's how I like to judge players anyway if we're going for a uniform rule.
    oki, thats fair enough.

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    I don't know about the comparison with MacGill, but it was really Harbhajan Singh who was the driving force behind the Indian spin-bowling attack.

    In other words, Kumble would have been a fraction of the bowler he was, and little more more than a mediocre medium paced leggie without the guile and genius of Harbhajan Singh to carry him along.
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    Yeah it's unfair to compare MacGill to Kumble because Kumble is nowhere near MacGill's class. An honest toiler is what Kumble was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    I don't know about the comparison with MacGill, but it was really Harbhajan Singh who was the driving force behind the Indian spin-bowling attack.

    In other words, Kumble would have been a fraction of the bowler he was, and little more more than a mediocre medium paced leggie without the guile and genius of Harbhajan Singh to carry him along.
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    That opinion is one shared by Benchmark00 I believe.

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    To be honest I put MacGill above Kumble in terms of ability too - obviously, didn't have the same career through no fault of his own. MacGill was an incredible wrist-spinner and got more turn than Warne, even. Was very attacking but lacked the consistency of Warne, so his average would have suffered at the expense of his SR.

    Reckon if MacGill were Indian they'd have had a better side with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    Fourth best spinner I've seen (in 30ish years) behind Warne, Murali, MacGill.
    Massive lol. What Macgill needed was few more tests against SL and IND.
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    At least he was good against Bangladesh, unlike Warney

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    LOL MacGill. The guy got pwned everytime I saw him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    LOL MacGill. The guy got pwned everytime I saw him.
    Well I guess we should all just bow to that.

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