Thought Tendulkar was supposed to be the greatest ever? That argument has been used before so Don is the 2nd best surely?
I go for Viv Richards. One of the greats, coupling a high averaging with an impressive strike-rate. Was fantastic in Tests + WSC and is lauded by all and sundry.
I picked Tendulkar.. Best batsman I've had the pleasure of watching, just a smidgen ahead of Lara. He's, at various stages of his career dominated attacks, carried the team on his shoulders for many years in the 90s, averaged nearly 60 after facing a decade of high quality bowling, scored runs against the best attacks, and hasn't been mediocre anywhere. He's done it all for almost two and a half decades and done it with great beauty and flair too. Doesn't matter that he's been **** for a while now, nor does it matter that I haven't been a fan of his attitude since the world cup... he's provided more special memories to cricket fans than any other batsman of the last few generations.
The fact that I'm Indian obviously brings in a teensy bit of bias too, which makes it a given that I'd pick him.
pitches in the subcontinent are mostly flat but also low on bounce and sometimes uneven not really conducive for hit through the line kind of batting which Tendulkar likes. Indian tracks are not similar to flat tracks in Australia or England (when Richards made those mountain of runs in 76) where a batsman can hit through the line. Ask Tendulkar he would prefer the flat tracks of Aus, Eng, NZ than India. may be that is the reason why his average in India is less than in Eng and Aus.
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Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2
Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4
Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Waite+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
P.S. Not going to consider Grace, because then we might as well close this thread, and start a new one!
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If you were that old, and that kind, and the very last of your kind, you couldn't just stand back and watch children cry.
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