Fair enough - wasn't sure if Ponting was an oversight or you rated all those blokes better.
Didn't know how much you'd seen of Waugh so no probs there.
Funny thing is that AB and JP have played such innings in the recent past.Gayle and Sarwan are extremely talented batsmen. Mohammad Yousuf played some brilliant shots - ABD in full flow is a sight to behold. Duminy's batting makes my heart thud and Saeed Anwar's stylish cover drives were pretty orgasmic in their splendour.
However, none of the above inspired in me the belief that they COULD lead their teams to a win from improbable situations. In the back of my mind, there always lurked a possibility of a wicket falling - to a false stroke, perhaps - and an individual piece of bowling brilliance.
Watching Chanderpaul bat inspires confidence, as a supporter, and dread, as an opposition fan. His batting can be extremely demoralising for the opposition, and the opposition fan. A batsman doesn't need to be a defensive champion in order to inspire that dread - Gilchrist did it, Ponting did it, Tendulkar exudes it, Lara mastered it and Inzy, regardless of his actual performance, always merited it with his calm, languid approach to batting. Chanders belongs in the same category - simply put, he is a match-winner.
And I am cognizant of that. I am merely describing the 'feeling' the respective players inspire in me. Watching ABD play, I can sort of see how it'd be possible to get him out. With Chanderpaul (and Ponting) it's a lost cause. You got to wait for them to make a mistake.Funny thing is that AB and JP have played such innings in the recent past. A Chanderpaul special is a ton in a losing cause. His not been a match-winner for the West Indies.
Good point there.Well Chanderpaul is without a doubt the second best West Indian player of the last decade. He has averages over 40 against all sides and doesn't really have a weakness in his game.
Let's not forget that his average is not that far behind what Lara's was. With a middle consisting of Lara and Chanderpaul, the West Indies could have been a major player in world cricket based on batting strength. Unfortunately their bowlers have been at best popgun since Courtney Walsh retired.
Average above 50 for one? Improve his batting average away matches to 45? Take some risks on own and not benefit from the not outs due to poor WI batting at the other end?What does he need to do to become an all time great ?
He has done extremely well with little or no support - I can't imagine how much of his runs was made with tailenders.