Yeah, Merchant was a terrific batsman by all accounts of him but it is very tough to accurately judge him.
Might have picked him ahead of Sehwag on another day.
It shocks me how much people let recent form affect their opinions about certain players. Sehwag for all his deficiencies is a truly remarkable, once in a few generations batsman.
Yeah, he sucks balls in swinging conditions but in SC conditions, i genuinely think he's the greatest of all time.
1) When the conditions suit him, unarguably one of the most consistently destructive batsman of all time.
2) Apart from Lara, i dont think ive ever seen a batsman tear apart quality spin so effortlessly
3) In my opinion, he compensates partly for being **** in swinging conditions by making low, slow pitches, dustbowls, spitting minefields appear to be roads.
4) That Galle double against Murali, Mendis was just legendary. If people can quote Gooch's 154 to be the reason they rate Gooch>cook, ill do the same for Sehwag here.
My vote doesnt necessarily mean that i consider Sehwag to be a better batsman than Merchant, but he undoubtedly adds a great degree of fear factor in the lineup, and as most matches played by an Indian AT XI will be in SC his value addition is tremendous.
Last edited by Satyanash89; 07-01-2013 at 05:52 AM.
Merchant is still ahead by 1 vote;
Gavaskar = 21
Sehwag = 10
Merchant = 11
Might let the voting continue through the Aussie night-time. Whoever has the most votes when I log on in the morning wins.
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Im surprised at the lack of love for Engineer. Was an absolute hero and is a great option if someone actually wants a high class keeper in the team.
Understandable as hes not an ATG opener by any stretch of the imagination but i hope he gets picked in a lower order spot ahead of Dhoni
Last edited by Satyanash89; 07-01-2013 at 06:12 AM.
Just to be a dick.
I'll roll with Gavaskar and Merchant. I find it really, really hard to objectively split Merchant and Sehwag so I've just voted for the player I like more. Sue me.
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Moeen is a perfectly fine bowler FFS
In 1936, As a 24 year old with his batting still developing, Merchant first toured England and made a name for himself. He scored 1745 runs at an average of 51.32 in that tour over all FC matches topping the batting charts. He was also named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 1936.
Young merchant's technique impressed CB Fry so much that he commented that year - "Let us paint him white and take him with us to Australia as an opener."
In 1946, by which time, he had settled comfortably as India's best batsman, he toured England again and scored a monstrous 2385 runs @ 74.53 over all FC matches.
So I hope your doubts over Merchant's adaptability as a batsman are settled, at least to an extent.
The Don rated him extremely highly and was adamant till his death that Merchant was a superior opener to even Gavaskar. On him missing the 1948 tour to Australia due to poor health, Bradman said "Worst of all, we were denied the sight of Vijay Merchant, who must surely have claims to be the greatest of all Indian players."
I don't mind people picking Sehwag ahead of Merchant but people reasoning that other people are only voting for Merchant as a knee-jerk to Sehwag's recent failures is rather shocking tbh.
i don't think people are just making knee jerk picks by dropping Sehwag
I do think that Sehwag would probably be found out against ATG attacks even in SC conditions
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
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