We need to build a consensus around the term ATG. Calling Chanders an ATG makes me wince.Thorpe was a fine fine player. I remember his brilliant 200 which is often forgotten from the Astle 222 match. Chanderpaul, for all his faults (perceived or genuine) was an ATG who spent quite a lot of time ranked no 1 batter in the world despite playing for an absolutely atrocious batting lineup.
I'd say member of 10,000 club, average of 51, more test 100s than Bradman (could've easily got 10+ more 100s in a better batting lineup or even a decent tail), and substantial time at no1 is enough to be an ATG. He was a level ahead of the likes of Clarke, Hussey, Jayawardene, KP who were ATVG.We need to build a consensus around the term ATG. Calling Chanders an ATG makes me wince.
Could say the same about Habibul BasharPlaying for one of the poorer sides on the circuit for the majority of his career likely restricted “match-winning” performances. While cricket is a team sport that places a reasonably strong importance on the performance of individuals, you do ultimately need your bowling attack to take twenty wickets to win a Test Match