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    Quote Originally Posted by orangepitch
    This isnt a list of players who were the best, or even of players who had maximum impact on people.

    This is a list of players who had maximum impact on those actually voting for it.

    No wonder there are flaws.
    no-one ever suggested it wasnt flawed..i am sure even Wisden said that a list like this would spark debate all round the world...that is the nature of a poll such as this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    England's batting was a lot better they had a number of players who averaged 40+ New Zealand had few and the 'playing as a team' thing is one of the reasons why New Zealands bowling attack was better.
    well since you havent mentioned the part about gavaskar, im assuming that you agree with me and that stats dont show gavaskar to be a better player.
    there were also many indian players in 2000 who averaged above 40 too and how good were they again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    4th test india 705/7 declared and 211/2 declared
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    Interesting definition of follow on there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford_GTHO351
    Yeah I was just thinking along your lines.

    Richards when he batted, he went out to murder the bowlers and thats where the impact thing comes into the criteria of Wisden's five.
    well if we're stressing on the wisden 5 then since richards was light years ahead of gavaskar as an ODI player(and all others in his generation too) doesnt that merit his inclusion too?


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    Quote Originally Posted by tooextracool
    well if we're stressing on the wisden 5 then since richards was light years ahead of gavaskar as an ODI player(and all others in his generation too) doesnt that merit his inclusion too?
    Yes of course.

    Whilst there is debate to whether Richards or Gavaskar was the better Test batsman, Richards ODI performances (and career record) were so much better than Gavaskar's & his impact on ODI batting has left a lasting impression on many.
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    yep i agree Richards was a FAR FAR better OD player. That should also count in a poll like this. In tests, I would say (IMHO), I would pick gavaskar ahead of Richards but just slightly.

    BTW this thread has become real popular and sparked nice debates. good one ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford_GTHO351
    Yes of course.

    Whilst there is debate to whether Richards or Gavaskar was the better Test batsman, Richards ODI performances (and career record) were so much better than Gavaskar's & his impact on ODI batting has left a lasting impression on many.
    Whereas Gavasakar played what is probably the Worst ODI Innings of All Time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Whereas Gavasakar played what is probably the Worst ODI Innings of All Time

    oh yeah that innings. I have heard so much about it. Gavaskar was against OD cricket and did it on purpose. He has since apologised for it. But yeah, he was not a good OD player at all.

    Considering both OD and test cricket, Richards is better than Gavaskar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Whereas Gavasakar played what is probably the Worst ODI Innings of All Time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford_GTHO351
    Its a bit hard for Gilchrist to score a big hundred in a Test considering he comes in at No.7
    I know, but isn't funny to suggest that 'Gilchrist's Big hundreds get more attention than Dravid' when he has only one big hundred to show off ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    And of course Gavaskar's average never shot up after playing weak teams did it (including the 2 series that he played against the weak West Indian attacks that vastly inflate his average against them)
    You are talking as if Viv Richards got to play against the mighty WI attack and averaged 100 against them.

    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    If he were such a great player against them, how come on occasion he dropped himself to number 4 when the Windies had their full attack out?
    You know, ignorant comments like that really **** me off. You will just go to any extent to make up stories about sunny. Sunny only batted once in the Middle order and that was under Kapil Dev where he scored his highest score of 236 not out. It seems to me that it hurts your ego little too much to see an Indian batsmen having done so well.
    And yes, He was a Great player who never dropped himself down the batting order to avoid the WI Full attack but I do remember VIV Richards dropping himself to 8th position against Pakistan to avoid the pace attack of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    Polls cannot be a reliable judge as they can easily be hijacked
    And what was that Wisden thing about ?? Wasn't that a poll as well only difference was that it was limited to 100 people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford_GTHO351
    Yes of course.

    Whilst there is debate to whether Richards or Gavaskar was the better Test batsman, Richards ODI performances (and career record) were so much better than Gavaskar's & his impact on ODI batting has left a lasting impression on many.
    Now that you cant really beat Sunny Gavaskar, you bring on ODIs and what next let's bring VIV's bowling as well.

    Here is a clue - If you bring ODI, Tendu beats them both. Think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Whereas Gavasakar played what is probably the Worst ODI Innings of All Time
    And Richards played arguably the Greatest ODI Innings Of All Time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanz
    And what was that Wisden thing about ?? Wasn't that a poll as well only difference was that it was limited to 100 people.
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