Last edited by Arachnodouche; 07-06-2013 at 12:49 AM.
50/50 call depending on personal opinion. Both were amazing in their respective primes and suffered from end of career decline in form and finished with similar averages/aggregate. if you had to decide on a better player out of these two it would depend on the bowling attack, conditions and situation- overall though, no obvious answer.
But to equate Dravid's ability to play spin to Ponting's as some ppl have here is incorrect . Against spin Dravid is far superior and at times murderous (see his treatment of Grame Swann during last series in England). Dravid had no obvious technical flaws in the way he played spin whereas ponting even in his peak had clear technical issues. I would rate Dravid's ability against spin only just below SRT/Lara. I would not be able to say the same for ponting who was not even the best player of spin in his own team (Hayden, Lehmann).
And to say that because Ponting did well against McGrath and warne in shield cricket automatically means that he would have played them well in international cricket is also incorrect. Graeme Hick took Shane Warne to the cleaners in a warm up game prior to the start of the 93 Ashes tour. Enough said.
All Time Test XI:
Openers: S.Gavaskar V.Sehwag Middle Order: V.Richards S.Tendulkar B.Lara All Rounders: G.Sobers I Khan (C) WK: A.Gilchrist Bowlers: W.Akram M.Marshall M.Muralitharan
All Time ODI XI:
WK: A.Gilchrist S.Tendulkar V.Richards R. Ponting M. Dhoni M. Bevan Allrounder: K.Dev Bowlers: W.Akram J. Garner M.Muralitharan G. McGrath
Sorry I deleted that comment before you replied as I could almost predict what would be the responses..
But why would he even play tour matches if he wasn't going to use the tour matches to fine tune himself ahead of the ashes.
You don't see the value in just having a roll against good opposition, lulling softies like Hick into a false sense of security? Seriously, both AB and Warne have come out and said exactly they did that, it's fact, not bias. Without checking, I believe Hick has said Warne's bowling was totally different in the Tests too.
Its a bad argument, but its not a straw man argument. Think you are misunderstanding what a straw man argument is.
But seriously, do you not think that quality of opposition deserves to be considered when assessing an individual's performance? Can a century in Chittagong vs Bangladesh be equated to a century in Perth vs Australia? Why does cricinfo bother performing sub group analyses against bowling Attacks that are universally recognised as great when assessing a players career batting performance?
Punter by miles as the poll suggests.
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