It's a general irrationality I think to be honest along with a tendency to spout what is commonly known as bollocks.
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Isn't this just Precam or a troll of that ilk posting bollox. The rubbishing of Sobers bowling, the hero worshipping of Imran and exaggerated elevation of Viv Richards is feeding off the things that get mentioned (and ridiculed) quite often in genuine discussions.
However, regardless of his isolated average over that 10 yr period, if someone said to me "you're selecting a team, and you can have one of these guys AS A BATSMAN ONLY- Imran, Botham, Kapil or Miller", I'd choose Imran last every time.
Imran was fairly limited as a batsman. Solid technique, but not very dynamic.
Imran is overrated for his batting. However he certainly is a hero to me and millions of people around the world, so don't know why that is a problem.
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ATG World XI
1. J.B Hobbs 2. H. Sutcliffe 3. D.G Bradman 4. S.R Tendulkar 5. W.R Hammond 6. G.S Sobers 7. A.C Gilchrist 8. M.D Marshall 9. S.K Warne 10. D.W Steyn 11. G.D McGrath
Additionally to not being not much better as a batsman if bettter at all than Sobers was as a bowler he was somewhat behind as a bowler compared to Sobers as a batsman.
This is just to say that one would never find someone brilliant at everything and it's about finding the best balance and for most people that is Sobers and it better to have a less than stellar 5th bowler that a substandard #5 batsman.
btw Keith Miller himself not only said that Sobers was the best All Rounder that played the game but the best cricketer period.
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
I'm not sure where this opinion that Sobers' bowling was "crap" comes from.
ATG World Team: 4-2-1-3 Formation
Zoff (GK) - Maldini (LB) - Beckenbauer (LCB) - Cannavaro (RCB) - Cafu (RB) - Rijkaard (Def LMF) - Neeskens (BtB RMF) - Maradonna (Att CMF) - Pele (LW FOR) - Cruyff (RW FOR) - Ronaldo (Striker)
Reserves: Yashin (GK) - Moore (CB) - D.Santos (RB) - Matthaus (MF) - Platini (MF) - Messi (FOR) - Eusebio (FOR)
Sobers plainly had some poor series as a bowler, 1957 in England in a series when the West Indian bowling generally was wholly undistinguished being a very good example, and he had some distinctly ordinary series elsewhere as well, but as I have already pointed out in England in particular, that first series apart, he was a highly effective and thoroughly decent bowler and he usually did a job - no Lillee or Imran I grant you, but well worth his place - tbh as a fellow lawyer I am always surprised that you don't choose your words more carefully.
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