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Disclaimer: I am a biased South African. Anything I say is likely to have something in it that ultimately favours the Proteas.
Sachin Tendulkar just isn't #2. Sorry. I understand most don't agree with my manlove for Kallis, but I'd definitely also have Sobers above SRT. The all-round package makes him a greater player overall.
Kallis still wins, SRT next.
During his prime years Viv is still the best batsman I ever expect to see. I find the idea of Chappell being the second greatest batsman of all time rather fanciful. Of those I've seen I would consider Tendulkar, Sobers, Barry Richards or Lara almost along side Viv.
Of course the statsguru (yawn) will show that Viv's level of performance was not maintained for as long as some others, but I prefer to judge a player from his peak years as long as it's more than just a couple of years.
In other sports I consider Muhammad Ali to be the best boxer I've ever seen and that isn't diminished by the shambling wreck of a man who fought Larry Holmes. By the same token I consider a peak Maradona to be the best footballer I've ever seen (as much as I despise the little twerp) and that isn't diminished by the drugged up portly gentleman he was at the end of his career.
Regarding Sachin, between him and Lara I consider Lara the better batsman, especially when considering both at their absolute best, and his ability to turn a game, I readily admit that Sachin has had the better career and there is distence between them in that regard, but the genius of BCL edges SRT in terms of pure batting ability for me.
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 | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
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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