As it's the 96th anniversary of the great man's birth I thought I'd chuck a couple of opinions/gambits out.
Dominance: Is there any other major team sport where its leading practitioner is so far ahead of anybody else? I never saw the little b****** (copyright D.R. Jardine) play, but his stats are just awesome. An average nearly 40 runs better than his nearest rival in the AT list. That's head, shoulders & most of the torso ahead! Why? And why has no one come vaguely close?
Short pitched fast bowling: Or The Don's perceived windiness against it. In an era where even tailenders are treated to a few rib-ticklers to see what they're made of, would he have achieved such a level of dominance? His figures from the 32/33 series certainly don't quite stack up with his overall record. Would he have as been as effective against (say) a Windies attack of Ambrose, Walsh, Marshall & Bishop? Or would today’s (vastly) superior protective equipment meant he hooked & pulled them to all parts?