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Who is greater - Sachin Tendulkar or Sunil Gavaskar?
Sunil Gavaskar stood like a wall when West Indies fast bowlers were at their best. Tendulkar got good support from several players like Ganguly, Dravid and VVS Laxman, but it was not so for Gavaskar. However, Tendulkar has dominated the bowling more and his style has generated more interest in young generation and has popularized the sport in India.
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Players:  Sunil Gavaskar
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93%a. Sachin Tendulkar
7%b. Sunil Gavaskar

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#1 | 1721 days ago

(Edited by Akshat_S)
 i guess sunil gavaskar was a pretty slow player....
and sachin tendulkar is an all time legend of cricket
He is gonna complete 20 yrs of international cricket pretty soon.....so it has to be Sachin Tendulkar...

Therefore, the answer  to this poll should definitely be sachin tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar  
  
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#1 | 1721 days ago

(Edited by Akshat_S)
 i guess sunil gavaskar was a pretty slow player....
and sachin tendulkar is an all time legend of cricket
He is gonna complete 20 yrs of international cricket pretty soon.....so it has to be Sachin Tendulkar...

Therefore, the answer  to this poll should definitely be sachin tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar  
#2 | 1721 days ago

You just cannot compare two individuals. Sunil Gavaskar could not use helmet & such protective gear & still faced deadly bowlers confidently. Even today you see Sachin ducking at low bouncers. Sunil showed the way. But the whole generation of players had a wrong attitude. You would hear the commentators telling just stay at the wickets, runs will come. Most of us acquired such beleif. Historically India carries on such beleif. Young generations have been told now the secret of success. It is all in the mind, Play to win, not not to loose. Now the 20/20 & one day cricket has changed the face of the game. Nothing like which is good  which is bad. For batsmen it is whack. For bowlers it is brains. The life style is bringing in a change in evrything we do. Just enjoy. Both Sunil Gavaskar & Sachin are great. That is all.
#3 | 1721 days ago

both are great players there is no comparision between them
#4 | 1721 days ago

Akshat_S wrote:
 i guess sunil gavaskar was a pretty slow player....
and sachin tendulkar is an all time legend of cricket
He is gonna complete 20 yrs of international cricket pretty soon.....so it has to be Sachin Tendulkar...

Therefore, the answer  to this poll should definitely be sachin tendulkar
 
#5 | 1721 days ago

 Obviously Sachin!
#6 | 1720 days ago

Both Greater bcz they have their own identity and we proud that we have the great legend .
#7 | 1719 days ago

Akshat_S wrote:
 i guess sunil gavaskar was a pretty slow player....
and sachin tendulkar is an all time legend of cricket
He is gonna complete 20 yrs of international cricket pretty soon.....so it has to be Sachin Tendulkar...

Therefore, the answer  to this poll should definitely be sachin tendulkar
Sachin
#8 | 1719 days ago

It wouldn’t be justified comparing Sachin with other greats like Gavaskar. They played in different eras. We may have different kind of opinions but one thing for sure is that, Tendulkar is a genuine great. Sachin Tendulkar is a player who would have fitted into a team of any era.
Sachin Tendulkar  
#9 | 1719 days ago

my friends i will prefer the sachin tendulkar ....
because i have seen him playing and making us proud..
but i don't say tht sunil is not good ,,he is aso an icon player but he is in his era ..
but now its a sachin's time so sachin is great ..
Sachin Tendulkar  
#10 | 1695 days ago

 Though this poll is not right in comparing the incomparables, as these players were best for their type of game in their era. West Indies was the best team, cries for hit the head maan, was the order of the shouts, west indies fans cried for seeing the bloody nose and hits on the face, in that era, in those tests, sunil was the answer, with perfect techinque, patience to see of the bowlers loose their steam, then score with right type of selection of shots.G R VIshwanath, another great, was his buddy and later brother in law, marrying Sunils' sister. Vintage games have great memories to cherish.
  Sachin is perfect in the era of faster games as the runs per over scoring changed from an average of 1.95 /  2.1 to 3.45 , now recent times teams with the advent of one day matches and T20s, have started even bigger scoring rate per over in Test matches.Fielding of Team India then, was worth watching for the days of test, with likes of Eknath Solkar in close in fields , others in dusty outfield, not soiling their white pants.!
Jonty Rhodes brought in a new meaning to fielding in matches, none can be comparable to this agile fielder, though, Robin Singh and Yuvaraj had claims to be jonty's. But both could not be anywhere near him in consistency.
Sunil Gavaskar  
#11 | 1664 days ago

raja_starkglass wrote:
 Though this poll is not right in comparing the incomparables, as these players were best for their type of game in their era. West Indies was the best team, cries for hit the head maan, was the order of the shouts, west indies fans cried for seeing the bloody nose and hits on the face, in that era, in those tests, sunil was the answer, with perfect techinque, patience to see of the bowlers loose their steam, then score with right type of selection of shots.G R VIshwanath, another great, was his buddy and later brother in law, marrying Sunils' sister. Vintage games have great memories to cherish.
  Sachin is perfect in the era of faster games as the runs per over scoring changed from an average of 1.95 /  2.1 to 3.45 , now recent times teams with the advent of one day matches and T20s, have started even bigger scoring rate per over in Test matches.Fielding of Team India then, was worth watching for the days of test, with likes of Eknath Solkar in close in fields , others in dusty outfield, not soiling their white pants.!
Jonty Rhodes brought in a new meaning to fielding in matches, none can be comparable to this agile fielder, though, Robin Singh and Yuvaraj had claims to be jonty's. But both could not be anywhere near him in consistency.
I THINK SACHIN IS A GREAT PLAYER
#12 | 1663 days ago

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a living legend of indian cricket.....he is been a consistent performer for 20 long years....undoubtedly he is superb den any other....
Sachin Tendulkar  
#13 | 1660 days ago

(Edited by crazythreesingh)
 Tendulkar`s has been performing out there in the middle consistently for 20 long years and still stands strong,he is a living legend.Obviously Sunil Gavaskar was great but we don`t call Sachin the God of Cricket  just for no reason.
Sachin Tendulkar  
#14 | 598 days ago

In my point of view  Sunil Gaveskar is greatest among all.
                                                       Sunil gavasker vs tendulker
India have produced two of the greatest batsmen in history in Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.
 
Both of them represented Mumbai in first class cricket. Both did not score a century on debut. Both scored the maximum number of runs and centuries by a Test batsman during their respective times. In terms of technique, both were impeccable and adjusted themselves according to the situation. Both lacked the training to take on the best of bowlers during their formative years, yet their talent took care of all the deficiencies.
 
Neither made good captains. Gavaskar was very poor at risk taking, Tendulkar micromanaged everything. Gavaskar thrived against the mighty West Indies. Tendulkar thrived against the mighty Australians. Both targeted the best teams for their best performances.
 
'With Sachin, sometimes I wonder if he plays for the team or just enjoys himself in the middle'
 
 
Gavaskar was predominantly an opening batsman. He faced the fiercest of fast bowlers in history, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Jeff Thomson, Dennis Lillee, Imran Khan and Malcolm Marshall. Today, only Brett Lee even comes close to those legendary quickies. Gavaskar almost never failed to get a good start and relished playing the fast bowlers. And remember, he played during the days before helmets.
 
Tendulkar is predominantly a middle-order batsman. Genuine pace bowlers could get him. He did face the likes of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. But Gavaskar was a hard nut to crack in this regard. Tendulkar takes risks probably because of the influence of limited overs cricket. During Gavaskar's tenure, one day cricket had just started and he did not adjust to it immediately. He was an out and out Test batsman (his 36 not out in 60 overs in the first World Cup testifies to this). One-day cricket had become part of the routine by the time Tendulkar arrived and he is a record holder in that format of the game, whereas Sunny was almost a non-entity in it.
 
Tendulkar is predominantly a first-innings batsman in Tests. He has a very poor average in the second innings. He has never won the match for India or saved the team by batting in the second innings. Under pressure, Gavaskar could be counted upon whereas Tendulkar has mostly failed. Gavaskar has a pretty even record in both innings and scored a century in each innings of a Test on three occasions (Tendulkar is yet to score centuries in both innings of a Test). And second innings knocks from Sunny brought victories for India at Port of Spain (a world record then) and a near win against England at the Oval. And he fought all the way to the end, even when his team lost the game.
The swinging ball troubled Gavaskar a lot. I guess this is because he faced the new ball most of the time, being an opening batsman. Tendulkar plays the swinging ball better being a middle order batsman. There were better swing bowlers in Gavaskar's day, including Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Ian Botham, Chris Old and John Lever.
 
I somehow used to feel 'safe' when Gavaskar batted in Tests. One could guarantee that he would hang in there and fight till the end. Sunny seldom had good supporting batsmen around him who were technically as competent except for GR Viswanath. Tendulkar has been surrounded by talented players in VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag. Tendulkar is also privileged to play in a team that has a much better bowling attack that could win matches. Sunny sailed the rough seas more in Test cricket.
 
And while Tendulkar has kept himself clear of controversy, Gavaskar got stuck in to it (the Lillee incident at Melbourne was the highlight). He even clashed with Bishan Bedi and Kapil Dev. Sunny was more like a dictator when he was on top choosing who played in his team.
 
If I have to choose between the two I would go with Sunny in Tests. If he were playing now, I can bet India would have won or drawn the Melbourne Test, and won at Sydney comfortably against this Aussie team. His sheer presence would have been good enough to carry the team towards the goal. He also would have stood his ground at Perth and Adelaide. Ricky Ponting would be choking his own neck if Sunny was in the middle.
 
Although Sunny was cautious, he never gave the impression of being nervous like Dravid. With Sachin, sometimes I wonder if he plays for the team or just enjoys himself in the middle. In terms of records, Sunny's presence resulted in more wins and saving games. Tendulkar's failure in crucial stages is relevant here. In the 1999 Test against Pakistan at Kolkatta the yorker from Shoaib Akhtar that got rid off Sachin for a duck was a crucial blow. Contrast this to Sunny's 97 not out at Bangalore in his last Test match.
 
Tendulkar has been the entertainer while Sunny was the foundation of India's batting line-up. But the reality is that both have brought India respect and admiration and their contribution to Indian cricket is immense.
Sir Garry Sobers- Even as the world goes gaga over Sachin Tendulkar over his ODI double century in Gwalior against South Africa, there is one voice who claims to have seen a better Indian batsman than Tendulkar.
Sir Gary Sobers of the West Indies reckons that Sunil Gavaskar should perhaps be rated higher simply because he came out unscathed at the height of West Indies’ fast bowling in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Sobers recalled, “In my view, Sunny Gavaskar is the greatest batsman I have come across. He has opened the innings against genuine and hostile fast bowlers like Michael Holding, Roberts, Croft and Garner. He has made more runs away from India - mostly in West Indies, Australia and England.”
He, however, added that Tendulkar was not being written off, “This is not to say that players like (Viv) Richards, (Brian) Lara or Sachin Tendulkar are less. When you talk of Sachin, he has achieved everything that was expected of him.”
Sitting alongside 1971 India captain, Ajit Wadekar, Sobers also stated that comparisons between players of different eras was not appropriate, “People try to compare players of the past and the present, but the conditions under which Bradman and Compton played were different.”
 
 
The essential difference between Gavaskar and Tendulkar was in their approach. Gavaskar (who could be a carefree attacking batsman as he showed us when he took on Malcolm Marshall and company in a home series) was forced to play a defensive role in the interests of the team. He meant more to the Indian team of the 1970s and 1980s than Tendulkar does to the Indian team today. There are two reasons for this. Gavaskar didn’t have the luxury of a batting line-up that Tendulkar enjoys. Except for Gundappa Vishwanath and Dilip Vengsarkar at either end of his career, there was no one who scored big, scored consistently, and helped to reduce the burden on the opener. Tendulkar has Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag, and that, by his own admission, is a relief.
 
The second reason for Gavaskar’s defensiveness was psychological, and testimony to the country’s limited ambitions on the cricket field. For so long had India been the underdogs and whipping boys of international cricket that often, not losing was a victory in itself. And Gavaskar was the master at ensuring not losing. His naturally-defensive temperament (he was one of the most defensive captains the game has seen, guaranteeing at least a draw in every match before attempting to win it) meshed well with our national consciousness then. As a nation, we were just beginning to emerge into self-sufficiency, and despite the confidence that Ajit Wadekar’s victories in the West Indies and England in 1971 brought about, our cricket team only gradually reflected national confidence. It wasn’t until the World Cup win in 1983 that our cricket shook off the defensive approach and began to think positively.
The easy answer, therefore, would be: Gavaskar to bat for your life and draw a match; Tendulkar to open up possibilities of a win. Or, the head says Gavaskar; the heart Tendulkar. But we must remember that Gavaskar gave bowlers fewer chances. Also, he played the better bowling, going in against some of the fastest bowlers to have played the game — from Andy Roberts and the West Indian pace battery to Imran Khan at his peak.
 
#15 | 458 days ago

Had there been one day limited overs cricket in 1971, when Sunil Gavaskar made his debut in Test Cricket - and that too against the mighty West Indies on their home soil with the fastest bowlers in the world - and against a team whom India had never won a Test Match against before 1971 - you would have forgotten all Tendulkars, Dhonis, Laras, and the like.  I saw him bat against West Indies at Pune in the West Indies tour of India under Clive Llyod in their tour opener.  He hit the fastest bowlers of that era for sixes (hooking them with such perfection and ease - one ball dropped just about 2 feet away from me in the stands) as if he was literally playing one day cricket.  Over a period of time, he too went into his shell and became a specialist Test Player of caution - just like Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar did over a period of time.  Even Ashok Mankad, who thrashed the bowlers in the Ranji Trophy in his hey day, never hit a century in Test Cricket and played the slowest of all openers I have seen.  He just was not fit to open in Tests - but he played on for quite some time - but that's another story.  

Sunil Gavaskar, rightly as Sir Garfield Sobers has pointed out again and again, was the master in his own right.  He was the first one to conquer the century record of Sir Donald Bradman - whom even Gary Sobers - the greatest player (all rounder) the world has ever produced - could not overtake - he played on and on and finally gave up.

I fully agree with Sunil Dwevedi above.
#16 | 276 days ago

I totally accept the comments of Sunil & Customer.  You people have missed a core point.  When West Indies was at its peak, that too against India, there seemed to be no difference between the pitch and outfield.  Moreover, there was no restriction of bouncers, beamers, etc., in an over.  Perhaps it may be recalled that in West Indies, Bedi once conceded the match due to the fear of losing his bowlers for the next match due to the lethal bowling of West Indies.  To play those bowlers unflinched and come unscathed and to score the MOST NUMBER OF CENTURIES against the mighty West Indies & Australia is incomparable.  I would like to point out that even Sir Don had not scored more than 2 centuries against West Indies and also pertinent to point out that Bradman was well below himself during the Bodyline Series which speaks volume about Sunnybhai.

Gavaskar on the other hand is having better average and centuries in foreign soil than in India which is a rarest of rare things in Cricket and the same cannot be said of Sachin.  Even Geoff Boycott who was called the master Technician was not upto the mark when facing mighty West Indies.  This shows Gavaskar was the epitome of technique and temperament which is missing in all the players of this era.  It is no surprise that legends like Sobers & Len Hutton heaped praises on Gavaskar.  Sir Len Hutton once went on to say that "Gavaskar is the only batsman who can play either in front foot or back foot in England". 

Even after the world cup 1983, when Gavaskar got out cheaply in the first test after so much criticism, he analyzed himself and came out roaring by scoring one of the quickest centuries by a test batsman that too against Marshall & Co.  Even during his last test mach, he scored 96 (unfortunately given out) in which he single-handedly pulled a sensational victory for India against Pakistan.  People who had seen that match may remember it was the worst ever track to play on as Iqbal Qasim, Tauseef Ahmed were spinning the ball viciously.  The way he left the balls was a rare sight to behold.  Moreover, Gavaskar never had the luxury of playing Bangaladesh & Zimbabwe.  Otherwise, he would have scored more centuries and runs which would have been difficult for others.

By saying all these things, I did not want to degrade Tendulkar by any means. I would love to say that Gavaskar was always a notch ahead.  Gavaskar was never questioned or no debates were there about his retirement whereas it has become an issue in Tendulkar's case.

Last but not least, I wish to emphasize that if at all Gavaskar would have born in a foreign soil, he would have been hailed as the greatest batsman.  Ultimately it can be said that Sunil Gavaskar was a "PLAYERS PLAYER".

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