Vijay Hazare ..has to be there in the list imo..finest indian batsman pre-sunny era..may not be the right position but he comes to bat 5 down..
sad to leave out azza..one of my favorites..
I rate Azza very very highly - as a bat, not as a person - for sustaining an excellent record for fifteen years in a tough time for batting. I also think Vengsarkar and Amarnath are extremely underrated as batsman and Laxman has a legitimate claim to be the best crisis batsman of all time but there's no way I'm not voting for Hazare.
Azhar would be a good 12th man as he was a superb slipper in addition to being unlucky to miss out here.
edit: Changed vote to Azhar as Hazare seems to be getting in and Azhar deserves a shout.
Last edited by kyear2; 08-01-2013 at 08:14 AM.
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Merchant in the middle order and Sehwag opening was a possible option ? Merchant played almost half/half in both positions iirc.
Rahul Dravid, Sachin tendulkar and Vijay Hazare for me. Suprised at the lack of votes for Dhoni, Amar Singh and Mohammad Nissar, all of whom would have been in my XI.
Subhash Gupte got 0 votes too, right ?
Dravid, Tendulkar, Hazare.
First two are shoe ins, and Hazare is right up there with Merchant and Sunny as my favourite Indian batsmen.
VVS can get quick runs, buckle down and grit it out, single-handedly rescue the team from a dire situation, irrespective of conditions and opposition. In fact, the better the opposition, the better he played.
He's underrated because of his average imo which suffered because of his terrible initial years as a makeshift opener. Otherwise he averaged about 50 iirc.
Played so many epics its impossible to ignore him. Only thing i can put against him is that he didnt get enough hundreds.
Dravid, Tendulkar and Vishy
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