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Legendary Sir Garfield Sobers rates Sunil Gavaskar as the best batsman he is seen play the game because most of runs he scored were away from India and against deadly pace attacks such as Roberts, Holding. Garner, Croft, Marshall etc. Can we ignore his views? What do you think?

Asked by Good Citizen, 03 Mar '10 10:00 pm
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Well, Gary Sobers, himself was a great batsman,a superb bowler, and an excellent fielder in any position.So its obvious he knows more about cricket than us. Having said that, IMHO, we should refrain from comparing cricketers from different eras.
Answered by RAJAN MHAMAI, 04 Mar '10 04:20 am

 
  
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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 & 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. Also remember that he played during the days when there were no helmets.

Tendulkar is predominantly a middle-order batsman. Genuine pace bowlers could get him. He did face the likes of Waqar Younis & 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 & he did not adjust to it immediately. He was an out & out a Test batsman which his 36 not out in 60 overs in the first World Cup testifies. One-day cricket had become part of the routine by the time Tendulkar arrived & he is a record holder in th ...more
Answered by dharamender nebhnani, 03 Mar '10 10:46 pm

 
  
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You have to wait up to next 1000 years to get a cricketer like Sunil Gavasker, Who can face pace attacks such as Roberts, Holding. Garner, Croft, Marshall ,Jeff Thomson, Dennis Lillee etc. For me Sunil Gavaskar is No.1,Tendulkar is No. 2 and Bradman is No. 3( In todays time Bradman everage could have been 45 in test cricket).
Answered by satish kushwaha, 04 Mar '10 02:06 am

 
  
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Gavaskar faced the fiery pace without so many protective gears as worn my Sachin Tendulakar agisnt softer pace compared to Roberts, Holding, Lillee Thomson, Bob Willis, John Snow, Macolm Marshal, Joel Garner and Colin Croft. Sachin faced Imran, Walker, Akram, to some extent Richard Hadley, Mcgrath . Wasim akram was the most crafty bowler that Sachin faced but he was not that deadly speedy like his seniors. Records of Sunil Gavaskar could have been much better if he had 15 Tests and 75-90 one day matches in his time. With due respect to Sachin, I cannot place him above Gavaskar in spite of his monument of records including a one-day double hundred. But, Sachin is India's 2nd Greatest Batsman. In fact, my opinion is Gavaskar is best batsman world of all time and Sachin is world's all time number two.
Answered by soumyen sarkar, 03 Mar '10 10:13 pm

 
  
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Gavaskar was best batsman in his time but time is changed now its time of sachin tendulkar
Answered by uni, 03 Mar '10 10:02 pm

 
  
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I agree,Gavaskar has been a technically sound player,his game is always remembered
Answered by anil garg, 17 Dec '10 01:22 pm

 
  
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I cannot agree with gary sobers that gavaskar was best batsman because sachin tendulkar also have faced many best fast bowlers of his time like in the lights of wasim akram, waqar younis ,mcrath, vass , akthar, leee and also he has played two worlds beat spinners ie shane warne and muralithran... i respect him saying sunil gavaskar as best batsman ... but the fact is that sunil is best in his time not always...the consistency that tendulkar has maintained in 20 years is some thing gr8...
hats off to master sachin tendulkar
Answered by appumenon, 27 Mar '10 04:16 pm

 
  
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Sir Sobers knew more than anything . He is a great alrounder this century have ever seen. Whatever he says, definately there will be something. Moreover, Gavaskar is an opening batsman par excellene and along with Gundappa Vishwanath, faced many fast bowlers in his key days and hence he is really a great batsman especially a great opening batsman India or the world ever seen.
Answered by Gopal, 09 Mar '10 01:43 pm

 
  
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The words have come from Great alrounder and it has sense in it. We welcome his comments as Gavaskar did his best in those days with little support
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 04 Mar '10 03:28 pm

 
  
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Gavaskar was technically the best and never lifted or lofted the ball except a few times.
Answered by nkpathak, 04 Mar '10 11:09 am

 
  
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