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Who is the best batsman in the Indian team?
| Closed on 12/31/13 at 12:45AM
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15%a. Dravid
59%b. Tendulkar
5%c. Dhoni
5%d. Ganguly
12%e. Kohli
1%f. Raina
3%g. Yuvraj
0%h. Kaif
0%i. Harbhajan
0%j. Praveen Kumar
0%k. Zaheer
0%l. Chipli
0%m. Parthiv
0%n. Wriddhiman
0%o. Rohit Sharma

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#1 | 1151 days ago

Still Sachin
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#1 | 1151 days ago

Still Sachin
#2 | 979 days ago

#3 | 952 days ago

I still consider Sunil Gavaskar to be the most complacent batsman India has ever produced.  The man made mincemeat of the dreaded West Indian pace bowlers in his day - and no one can take that credit away from him.  He is the real little master for me to this day!!!!!!!
#4 | 892 days ago

#5 | 861 days ago

Hey Where is Veeru's Name yar. He is the "Best Batsman Foreverrrrrrrrrrrr"
#6 | 861 days ago

Dhoni is a best batsman in india
#7 | 820 days ago

rprem1455 wrote:
Dhoni is a best batsman in india
fuck dhoni sachin is the god of cricket
#8 | 792 days ago
shahbazwaraich (Shahbaz) profile photo

Dravid is the best and technically is the most sound player...a true gentleman!
#9 | 761 days ago

(Edited by Jeri67)
customercare31 wrote:
I still consider Sunil Gavaskar to be the most complacent batsman India has ever produced.  The man made mincemeat of the dreaded West Indian pace bowlers in his day - and no one can take that credit away from him.  He is the real little master for me to this day!!!!!!!
This cricket icon was the most formidable in his  time , he set the record for the most centuries scored. He was  by far the superior player for generations.
Today's little master is a sublime talent who has certainly set a standard that in my life time will not be met.
Comparing is difficult ,  they are  equally talented , both styles of batting were different , however unmatched  regarding their impact.
#10 | 678 days ago

                                                                     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.

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