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    Ponting>Ishant.
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    Just so you know, harsh and watson, that wasn't a serious post.

    Had to go with Ponting here, just though. Close competition, Dravid is always underrated! Is it just me or did Ponting fade a lot earlier than other ATG's?
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    02-07 Ponting was just unreal. Averaged 70+ as whole, and averaged at least 60 against everyone besides England (56) and Sri Lanka (40). I would think that very few batsmen have been quite so good for such an extended period (more than 60 tests).

    Dravid was probably more consistent over a longer period of time, but if you're talking purely about the two players in their prime, then Ponting comfortably for me.
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    Dravid for me, classical test batsman.


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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    The bowling category is mega redundant Coronis because in a self respecting team neither of them are likely to get a bowl unless it's for light comic relief.
    Can't believe you took that post seriously, especially given Ponting was actually a much, much better bowler than Dravid.

    Dravid the better wicker keeper though; gives him the edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Can't believe you took that post seriously, especially given Ponting was actually a much, much better bowler than Dravid.

    Dravid the better wicker keeper though; gives him the edge.
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    lol on the slips comment. you could argue dravid was a better batsman before you could argue he's a better slipper. which he isn't. better. at batting or fielding.
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    Agree, Ponting, especially to pace was one of the very best slip fielders and for me clearly ahead of Dravid who was prone to some lapses. Ponting was truely special in the slips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Ultimate respect for Dravid who I loved as a player but it has to be ponting. Dravid never had that fear factor as an opposition fan like Ponting did. Not many players do, only Lara, Ponting and Tendulkar have had it at the level of say a Richards previously so Ponting has to be given the nod over Dravid on that basis alone.
    To be honest, I think this point gets overplayed. I don't think I've heard any bowler come out and mention that they were genuinely afraid to bowl to Ponting or that they were intimidated by his awe inspiring test SR of 58 (which was not even close to the best SR in his own team btw). Ponting scored faster than Dravid no doubt, and I'm sure there is a point to be made there, but neither him nor for that matter even Tendulkar and to a lesser extent Lara were really finishing bowling careers, injuring reputations or annihilating bowlers in the manner that Richards did on many occasions. Lara, of course, caused very different problems - he was an absolute nightmare as a captain when it came to setting fields because when he got going he would toy with field settings and be able to pierce even the tiniest gap in the field.

    Tendulkar and Lara did get talked about a lot, especially in pre-match situations, though of course a lot of that was because of the fact that both of them were for the majority of their careers the heart and spine of their team's batting. Maybe if they played for a team like Australia they may not have been but then again maybe if Ponting played for an average team he would be hyped up even more. However, if you want players that actually did turn games on their head within a session or two then I would look at Gilchrist or Sehwag and not the above 3.
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    I think with players like Ponting (or Viv or whoever), it's not their career SR of 50something that "scares" other teams, it's the extra gear they can go in to at times.

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    Australia - Ponting
    England - Dravid
    India - Dravid
    SL - Ponting
    SA - Ponting
    NZ, WI, Pak - Both pretty much equal

    Ponting by a nose, mainly because he was more atttacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    Australia - Ponting
    England - Dravid
    India - Dravid
    SL - Ponting
    SA - Ponting
    NZ, WI, Pak - Both pretty much equal

    Ponting by a nose, mainly because he was more atttacking.
    And his pull? I would give a lot of money to see him play it like he did in his prime. Now he just can't seem to time it as well.
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    For the record;

    Ponting: 59 runs per 100 balls

    Dravid: 43 runs per 100 balls

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    Not a huge believer in SR mattering a great deal in tests, but I can understand why people do factor it in.

    They were very different players really. Ponting's first instinct was most always to attack. Dravid less so. Dravid was almost a player from another time in a way. You could film him in black and white and imagine him on the field in the 30s or the golden age. Just that bearing to him. He also played fast bowling so late. Was a classical old-school style player. I oved watching him bat. It was sad to see his last series here. He's a proper gent to boot. A class act.
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    Well I'm surprised at the poll results. I thought dravid would have at least 50% of the votes. People oviously don't rate his reliability and sound classical test match technique against pontings somewhat suspect one against spin and swing. I agree with most said about ponting and the way he gets his runs quicker and is more attacking but I just thinking dravids got more to offer the team which makes him a better player.
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