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    Anyone who watched Viv Richards bat would swear he was the greatest batsman that ever lived. He probably was. Who else would bludgeon great bowlers with classical cricket strokes and brutalize their bowling figures with such regularity? Who else could play with a straight bat but beat the field at will on swinging, bouncing, turning wickets alike? Who else walked to the crease with such panache and delivered more than whatever is promised by that stylish gait and arrogant look? The answer is: No one else.



    I wanted Lara to bat at five because I think it would be risky to have Viv and Brian batting together all the time. They both were such dominant personalities that they might start to match each other stroke for stroke. It would certainly be a connoisseur's delight. But it would also give the opposition bowlers more chances to get one of them out.

    Yes, arrogance was Viv Richards' technical weakness. He would pulverize the star bowlers with his drives and cuts and pulls and the get out to a mediocre bowler's lollipop just out of boredom. I believe it is better to have Sachin bat in between these two maestros (Sachin himself being one but of a different mould) and allow both to blossom to their full potential. Viv' full potential would mean it would rain boundaries all around the wicket. And I have no complaints about that.

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    The team

    1. Sunil Gavaskar
    2. Gordon Greenidge
    3. Sir Viv Richards
    4. Sachin Tendulkar
    5. Brian Lara
    6.
    7. Adam Gilchrist (wk)
    8. Sir Richard Hadlee
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    10. Shane Warne
    11. Joel Garner

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    dat middle order

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    liking the team so far. Viv wasn't infallible. I remember one game where he blasted 27 off 20 balls in a test when there was no need for him to be so belligerent and then got out hooking. Still, the best 27 I have ever seen.
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    I am uncertain what bagapath will do at six, a batsman or an allrounder. Probably a batsman since he already has gilchrist at 7 who would bat ahead of a mortal all rounder.

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    That's not a bad 3-4-5.

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    wonderful write ups for both Sunny and Viv. Both giants of my early days of watching cricket and in all my years of watching cricket I haven't come across a better batsman than Viv.

    Perfect description for Sunny. Although I think a mid to late 90s tendulkar would probably give his fame a run for his money
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    I am uncertain what bagapath will do at six, a batsman or an allrounder. Probably a batsman since he already has gilchrist at 7 who would bat ahead of a mortal all rounder.
    Have you seen his avatar? But I think he may put Steve Waugh in there, a selection I would support very much indeed.
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    There isn't much between Curtly and Garner, though, a fact which makes me want to think of a day when the fielding side will be allowed upto 10 bowlers on the field, and the batting team, 10 specialist batsmen. Let the games begin then! Sparta!!

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    nopes, his number 6 will be Allan Border and Marshall to round off the attack

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    Marshall's a sure for. But I think he will select one between Steve Waugh and Jacques Kallis rather than Allan Border. I think Kallis would be perfect here. Good fifth bowler. As good a bat as Waugh and Border. Hope he doesn't put Botham because as he claims only the post-85 era is involved and Botham was average there. But, then so was Viv (well not average, but not the god he is claimed to be). So I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    TI can't remember a time when I didn't know Sunil Gavaskar's name.
    Loving the write-ups mate, especially this for an opening line. Encapsulates a lot of what it is to grow up with the game and with your own personal idols within it.
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