May 16, 2012

Who's the best cricketer?

Carlyle Laurie

Sir Donald Bradman once said that Sachin Tendulkar’s batting technique was similar to his own. Mike Brudenell, writing in Detroit Free Press, says that though both are legends of the game, no modern day batsman can be compared to Bradman, who scored at an average of 99.94.

Sachin Tendulkar or "the Little Master," as he is nicknamed -- is certainly one of the best cricketers ever, ahead or standing right there alongside Sir Garfield Sobers, Wally Hammond, Brian Lara, Sir Jack Hobbs, Shane Warne, Sir Vivian Richards and Imran Khan as legends.

But the number 99.94 will forever separate him from the greatest -- the player who stands head and shoulders above any cricket player of any era, perhaps any sportsman or sportswoman in history. Sir Donald Bradman played international cricket in 1928-48 and was the best batsman in the world in every single year.

The Australian's lifetime batting average of 99.94 in Test cricket -- the highest form of the game played between cricketing nations -- dwarfs the next best by South African player Graeme Pollock at 60.97 and Tendulkar, down the list, at 55.44.

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