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Harsh Thakor posted a topic in Cricket TalkHere I am not ranking batsmen in terms of statistical prowess or achievements but assessing their technical correctness combined with their ability to dominate bowling attacks or power and creative skill or artistry.Thus the batsmen who were technically perfect but could also take an attack by the sword with great range of strokes and ability to improvise.Thus a sum package of technique,power,innovative ability and elegance. 1.Barry Richards A Viv Richards and Gavaskar rolled into one.Posessed the most impeccable technique with the precision of an architect as well as the power of a bulldozer and the imagination of a poet.Closest to the perfect cricketing machine. 2.Sachin Tendulkar- Every ingredient of the perfect batsmen be it technique,attacking ability,power,innovative ability and above all a a great temperament.Best ever in the 'V' region.Nobody batted more like Bradman . 3.Don Bradman Although played in a completely different era from modern greats took domination in bowling to a height never equaled atleast statistically and although unorthodox batted more like a computersied machine than anybody.Not as artistic as Denis Compton ar the qeual of Hutton or Hobbs technically yet took batting aesthetics to it's supreme height. 4.Greg Chappell Elegance personified with great technical skil and a huge range of strokes.A more elegant version of Barry Richards or a Medley of Gavaskar and Viv Richards. 5.Rohan Kanhai In terms of mere prowess possible the best of all with near perfect technique .Took artistry in the game to regions of the divine.Equivalent of amagician to the game. 6.Gary Sobers Combined phenomenal power with great technique and huge range of strokes.No batsmen who was so correct hit a cricket ball harder. 7.Martin Crowe Virtually a Greg Chappell in a ressurected form with elegance and technical skill in regions of the sublime.Wasim Akram thought he was the hardest batsmen to bowl to. 8.Gundappa Vishwanath Traversed regions in batting few batsmen ever did with strokes reminding you of famous musical composition.Even when dissecting an attack to the shreds he never sacrificed any element of elegance or creative skill. 9.Alvin Kalicharan- Virtually a Rohan Kanhai the other way round who at his best could sit with the Gods of Olympus.Arguably no left-handed batsmen was technically sounder. 10.Colin Cowdrey His batting blended the technique of Len Hutton with the artistry of Denis Compton.Took technical skill and artistry to heights of the sublime. 11..Mark Waugh Elegance personified with great technical skill and ability to pulverize great bowling.More talented than brother Steve and a better player against genuine pace. 12.Aravinda De'Silva Technically a master who could pulverise and dissect the best attacks in the worst conditions.Also very artistic. 13.Ted Dexter In the gravest of situations retrieved his team but never curbed attacking agression.A champion in the most difficult situations.Very stylish and powerful. 14.Frank Worrell Depicted grace in the regions of the divine and a very sound technique but still could mercilessnessly destroy attacks. 15.Gordon Greenidge At his best very close to Barry Richards like a boxer and surgeon moulded into one. 16.Peter May Every ingredient of a perfect batsmen be it technique,power or elegance. 17.Zaheer Abbas Took cricketing artistry to regions rarely explored with a truly divine touch.Even when taking a bowling attack to the shreds never lost his velvety touch or great technical skill.Very symettrical stoke execution with mastery of the drive through extra-cover. It may surprise people that I have left out Viv Richards.Lara,Gavaskar,Hutton,Pollock,Hammond ,Hobbs,Compton,Kohli,Border,Ponting,Miandad or other greats.However reminding you my criteria has been power or ability to destroy bowling attacks with very correct technique and creativity.Viv,Lara ,Pollock and Ponting could pulverise bowling to the shreds but were not technically as flawless as those I listed.While Gavaskar,Hutton,Hanif or Merchant were technically perfect but were mainly defensive batsmen who were champion sin batting for your life just like Border and Miandad who wee more cruder version sof them in the technical sense.I just plumped for Bradman in the end when I visualize his efforts and era. Lara and Viv or even Virat are geniuses but to me did not have technical mastery of the magnitude of Sobers,Kalicharan,Tendulkar or Greg Chapell.Nor did they posess the elegance of Worrell,Dexter,Zaheer Abbas or even Vishy.
Harsh Thakor posted a topic in Cricket TalkThis is my ranking in order of merit of the best pair of left-handed batsmen fused into one.I have combined technical skill and solidity with natural ability or flair and attacking agression.Criteria is not sheer class and statistical record but the fusion of contrasting qualities. 1.Brian Lara-Alvin Kalicharan-Like the fusion of a poet with a technician and boxer. Lara took artistry to regions of the sublime while Kalicharan had glorious technique blended with power. 2.Gary Sobers-David Gower-perfect fusion of technique and power with grace and creativity.Gower posessed grace of the divine while Sobers was closest to the consummate batsmen. 3.Brian Lara -Alan Border - 4.David Gower-Alvin Kalicharan 5.Alvin Kalicharan-Clive Lloyd. 6.Alan Border-David Gower 7.Alan Border-Graeme Pollock 8.Alan Border-Gary Sobers 9.Gary Sobers-Neil Harvey 10.Gary Sobers-Graeme Pollock 11.Gary Sobers-Alvin Kalicharan 12.Gary Sobers-Brian Lara In my view Alvin Kalicharan was technically the best of left-handed batsmen,like Rohan Kanhai the other way around.Sobers was just a shade behind in this respect.For pure flair or natural talent Lara and Gower towered above everybody displaying the innovative ability of painter Rembrandt.In termsof creative genius Pollock and Sobers were just a notch behind.To bat for your life ior for solidity Border was the king or wall.For sheer power Sobers and Lloyd were the ultimate men.The most complete posessing every facet wee Kalicharan an Sobers.Placed Lara-Kali combination at top because it perfectly blended creative genius with power and technical skill. Combination like Sobers-Pollock or Lra-Sobers rated relatively low as they do not have vital element of contrasts.
Harsh Thakor posted a topic in Cricket TalkTo me against pure pace Vishy displayed more skill than Gavaskar or Tendulkar.Both were technically superior overall and better against fast -medium.Even if they had more power they did not posess Vishy's wristwork or equal his ability to tackle the short rising delivery.I have still not sen even a Tendulkar innings equal the virtuosity of Vishy against the sheer pace of Andy Roberts at Kolkata and Madras in 1974-75 or the ferocity of Sylvester Clarke at Madras in 1978-79.Vishy on bouncy tracks was more effective than Sunny against Lillee,Thomson and Roberts.In defence Sunny was ahead of all but for counter-attack Vishy was on the top of the tree against sheer pace. In the sub-continent Vishy's equal amongst attacking batsmen against sheer pace were Majid Khan nad Inzamam Ul Haq or arguably VVS Laxman.