will you say yakuba is classier than luis just becasue stats show more goals?...no...same is the case with sachin and kallis....
Tendulkar is an outstanding player and deserves huge credit. I just think that judging purely as a cricketer, Kallis edges him. Especially in Tests.
How about taking a break from all of this arguing and take a look at this piece of awesomeness.
The whole basis of the most recent discussion was to do with Kallis's so-called lack of versatility. When I pointed out that he opens (pretty successfully) in T20s you are now harping on about Test cricket.
So for the avoidance of any doubt:
Kallis doesn't open in Tests. Agreed?
Sachin doesn't open in Tests. Agreed?
They both bat in the middle order and they both do the job remarkably well.
You favour Sachin & that is your opinion. Myself & Redmammoth appear to favour Kallis so that should be the end to it. There's no need to keep stumping up worthless and vague romantic notions to try to back up your opinion as they are lacking in true basis. We see things differently & so be it - OK?
Please let this be an end to this completely redundant part of the discussion .
Please let this be an end to this completely redundant part of the discussion
Most pundits / experts refer to average as the key benchmark of a players greatness. End of. After that probably comes 100s scored, but it's the average that counts for most.
Mark Waugh was one of the most graceful players there's been. In terms of greatness though, Dravid will always be considered above him as he is so highly regarded in terms of average & technique (amongst other things). Waugh was far more versatile (one of your criteria) and I'd rather watch Waugh bat all day, but I know who I'd prefer to have bat for my life week after week & the stats bear this out too.
Abhi8, man, You need to respect the opinion of others. So, You think Tendulkar is the greatest batsman of all time, and I can understand why. He has been a stalwart for you guys for the past 20 years. Similar to why, I'd always regard Wasim Akram as the greatest bowler of all-time, and of course I'm biased. But just calm down for a second, and just look at Kallis' stats.
They do compare remarkably well to Sachin's. And as one of my fellow poster compared Mark Waugh, with Dravid, I think that's the perfect example. Kallis may not be the most stylish but he is incredibly effective. As a cricketer, I would always have him over anyone else in the world, because He'd guarantee wickets, runs, and experience. As a batsman, I don't think, there's much to separate between the two. Both are class. Both players will be regarded by their respective nations as the best to have played for their countries. I don't see why You're hell bent on changing our opinions on Kallis being better than Tendulkar, as its really not as simple as you make out.
Warne was also a blinding fielder, an excellent skipper and a more than decent batsman.
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