Ah yes, Nick "better than Gilchrist" Knight.
Those who didn't get a single vote still make an excellent top order
gonna go with the master on this one.
Would go with
Rate the top order batsmen higher than the finishers.
Zaheer Abbas would have to be worth a shout. Average of 47 and SR of 84 in the early 80s when scores and strike rates were much lower. Ranked no 2 in best ever rating (just behind Viv). & he would've had to bat against the WI quicks
Found this: All-time W100 ODI Top 10s | Cricket News | Global | ESPN Cricinfo
The date on the article is Jan 2003. I seem to remember that soon after world cup 2003 (which would be March 2003) when wisden updated its ranking, Tendulkar had overtaken Richards in ODI rankings. And I think they stopped updating their ranking soon after that.