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'He kept so still, yet was so fast on his feet'

Part three: Martin Crowe on the best opening batsman he saw, Sunil Gavaskar (05:36)

June 17, 2014

Posted by harshthakor on (June 19, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Gavaskar may have been the best opening batsmen of all time and even the best test match batsmen in his era or after Bradman.However Barry Richards was marginally ahead technically like a technician and surgeon combined into one.No batsmen ever combined agression with defence like Barry Richards,who may well have even surpassed Viv and been the best batsman after Bradman.

Posted by harshthakor on (June 19, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

Technically,Gavaskar was a master.He defied the great West Indian pace attack like a boulder blocking a speeding car.No batsmen displayed greater mental resilience than Sunny who reminded one of a Budddhist monk meditating.In the mind he was stronger than Viv Richards or Greg Chappell.I can never forget his characteristic half flick-half drive shot through mid-wicket which he deployed against great paceman .Above all he faced the most fiery pace bowlers without a helmet .It was a sight seeing Gavaskar evading the bouncers or fending of short balls.Infact his best innings were not his centuries.His 96 on a broken wicket versus Pakistan in 1987 was an innings which even Bradman would not equal.Sunil dropped his bat down to confront the vicious turn like a surgeon performing an operation on an incurable patient.His 221 at the Oval was technically the best innings I have seen in a 4th innings run chase.

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