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Thread: Ricky Ponting vs. Kumar Sangakkara (ODIs)

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    Ricky Ponting vs. Kumar Sangakkara (ODIs)

    This is being brought up a lot recently by the poster viriya.

    I think I'm right in saying most objective fans will still go for Ponting despite his late career decline, given that while watching cricket it definitely felt like he had the harder end of the stick as far as rules for batting is concerned. It feels like viriya doesn't think so.

    So I thought there might as well be a thread where we can debate the topic.
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    Really missed out not including a dan vettori option in the poll.
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    I was thinking about including a Nathan Lyon option instead. The guy's ODI record is ATG. Next time...

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    Too hard to pick. Since Ponting's 2003 wc final knock keeps sailing in my mind, I'll go with Ponting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrother View Post
    I think I'm right in saying most objective fans will still go for Ponting despite his late career decline, given that while watching cricket it definitely felt like he had the harder end of the stick as far as rules for batting is concerned. It feels like viriya doesn't think so.
    Two new balls doesn't really help a #3 who plays for SL - it just means he has to face 2 new ball bowlers in the first 5 overs. The last 10 over fielding restriction change barely affects the comparison since Sanga almost never bats at that time. The rule change difference is overdone imo - it would be more relevant if you were comparing Dhoni and Bevan or something.
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    There's not, nor has there ever been, a last 10 over fielding restriction. What are you on about?
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    As an Australian I saw a lot more of Ponting. Just a brilliant ODI batsman, never let bowlers settle or get on top. That partnership with Marto one time is forever stuck in my mind, he looked invincible. Ponting's pomp of 5 or 6 years was just unbelievable.

    Sanga was just a gun also. Saw a lot less of him but when I did see him he rarely failed. Exuded confidence and poise, just seemed a clip above what was going on around him. One of my fave cricketers.

    In addition to being great batsmen, Sanga was a high class keeper and Ponting was in the top 5 fielders I've seen. Never seen anyone throw the stumps down as regularly as Ponting.

    If this is a "vs" thing I'd have them absolute level pegging. Two of the best #3s ever and their additional skills are/were immensely important to their teams. Happy to have seen both play.
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    I'd go for Ponting, but only just. I feel Sanga missed out on a really big KO innings despite the fact that he got a fair few opportunities, I might be wrong but I don't remember many.

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    Just out of curiosity, I statsguru-ed the #3s of ODI cricket.

    Ponting and Sanga's records at #3 are near identical and they sit on top of the run getters for that position.

    Ponting: avg- 42 & SR- 80

    Sanga: avg- 44 & SR- 80

    The other batsmen in the top 10 are:

    Kallis
    D.Jones
    Kohli
    Lara
    Attapattu
    Dravid
    R.Richardson
    Younis Khan


    What struck me was Viv, who is sitting outside the ten for this, but his record at #3 is freaking unreal. Average of 57 and SR of 86. Freak of his era.

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    Kohli has the highest average I assume. Was pretty kind of the OP to exclude Virat from the poll and let Sanga and Ponting have some glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverratedSanity View Post
    Kohli has the highest average I assume. Was pretty kind of the OP to exclude Virat from the poll and let Sanga and Ponting have some glory.
    In the top ten yes. And an average above 50+ for guys who have made more than 1000 ODI runs at #3 is pretty rare.

    Kohli
    Viv
    MoYo
    Kane Williamson
    Ganguly


    Trott and Chanders both avg/d 49 at #3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hill View Post
    Just out of curiosity, I statsguru-ed the #3s of ODI cricket.

    Ponting and Sanga's records at #3 are near identical and they sit on top of the run getters for that position.

    Ponting: avg- 42 & SR- 80

    Sanga: avg- 44 & SR- 80

    The other batsmen in the top 10 are:

    Kallis
    D.Jones
    Kohli
    Lara
    Attapattu
    Dravid
    R.Richardson
    Younis Khan


    What struck me was Viv, who is sitting outside the ten for this, but his record at #3 is freaking unreal. Average of 57 and SR of 86. Freak of his era.
    what is younis ****ing khan doing in that list?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    what is younis ****ing khan doing in that list?
    Being the tenth most prolific runscorer at #3 in ODIs I guess.

    Kane Williamson is likely to take his place in that top 10 in a few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    what is younis ****ing khan doing in that list?
    A list sorted purely by runs scored I assume

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