Viv Richards was a joy to watch, for me personally. He could destroy bowlers and do it consistently.
Tendulkar is not the run machine that Don was (or for that matter Lara or even Sehwag - 2 triple centuries). Still, my vote goes to Tendulkar. Simply because the Don himself said once that Tendulkar reminds him of himself.
Lara is the most dominant batsman I have seen and a pleasure to watch. He edges it over Sachin for me. Plus an an Aussie living in the US playing cricket with Indians gives me some bias against him. He is rammed down your throat by some Indian fans as the best ever. I'll not mention how speechless I was to play with a couple of younger Indians who didnt know who the Don was.
I saw Viv at the end of his career (post '88) so it was only in highlights that I could see what people saw in him from an ATG pov. Special mention to Barry Richards who I saw play in a charity game in Sydney when he was 60 odd and even then he looked a pure natural at the crease.
Viv Richards, for having the most commanding presence ever at the crease and annihilating the opposition like no other before or since
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
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At least in those days we had David Gower
In these days you've got David Warner, not really got the same level of grace does he tbh.
#J.Hobbs; #L.Hutton; #D.Bradman; #V.Richards; #G.Sobers; #A.Border; #A.Gilchrist; #K.Miller; #I.Khan; #S.Warne; #M.Marshall;
My vote went to Greg Chappell. Faced heaps of great bowlers in tests and WSC and did outstandingly. Was equally great vs spin, pace home and away. The next after the Don for me
Cause Slifer said so.........!!!!
Those things aside, Greg Chappell is the best and greatest batsman of the 1970s, and even better than Viv Richards during that decade. Viv had to wait until the 1980s when Greg was a couple years off retirement before he could be counted as the world's best batsman.
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Fred Spofforth, 'The Demon Speaks'The figures Sir Home Hordon has shown me of what Grace did in matches against me, 37 innings, 1042 runs, 28.16 average, considerably less than his general average, hears out my theory that I never had any particular difficulty in getting him out. I clean bowled him seven times, ACM Croome says that WG told him that on any wicket he never knew when I should bowl him. This may have been due in part to my artfulness......
I voted Hobbs. Of all batsmen to have played 10 tests or more before WW1, only about four (Jackson, Bardsley, Ranjit and Faulkner) averaged over 40, with Jackson the only one of those averaging above 45. Hobbs scored 2500+ runs at 57 pre-WW1. He stands out almost as much as Bradman for being so far ahead of his contemporaries.
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