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Thanks for the fan add. It's always a privilege to get this acclaim and I furthermore appreciate your words on the Golden era article. I see also you are a Nadal fan, and I admire his fight as well. Hoping he gets rested and ready for the upcoming months. He should have a lot of great tennis ahead.
and shows your logic..a team cannot defend 287 against bangladesh and a batsman is blamed.and that draw against England was as good as a loss..as per the west indies management..i want to ask what is performance of lara in India?
Seems you have began watching test cricket from 2002 onwards..i guess you have forgotton the fact that sachin has been the lone fighter in 90's when dravid n company were rookies and were failing utterly in australia and south africa and against pakistan who had the best bowling attacks..your argument doesnt hold true..remember 1999 series in australia..when mcgrath use to joke that dravid and ganguly were his bunnies and literally he used to take their wickets in 4 balls outside the off stump..india began no 1 in 2009/2010/2011 in test..it was directly proportional to sachin's form .he was cricketer of the year in 2010 and leading runs scorer..so by your argument dravid's contribution must have been more than srt..but facts dont lie..dravid had his worst 3 years prior to west indies series 2011..he didnt took off shine off on bouncy and swininging south african tracks against steyn and company (srt the sole hero in that series with 2 100's and others failed and were exposed..dravid not even a 50..so srt dint shine of the new ball) and yes india first time drew the series in africa..
talking of england, well dravid is always great in english conditions..no arguments on that..but srt dint have that bad series there..he was always getting starts and got a 90 odd and 50 odd..but not upto the mark ..but had ok series..overseas record means record of a player in all overseas.. i.e. south africa, australia and england..and not just england..so dravid was not even able to take shine off the new ball in south africa in 4 series and in Australia apart from 2003-04 series, his record was not upto the mark
talking of being at no 4..well its historically proven that the best batsman bats at 4 in test..and look at sachins record in england..he played the best in 2007 and india won the series..( no 100s but 2 90's)...and i wonder if you know that there was no dravid before 1996 and sachin was at top of the mark then and didnt need anyone to take the shine of the ball
sachin has come most of the time in his career at 20/2 or 8/2 and he and dravid together taken india out of trouble..remember 169 in cape town? when dravid n others failed utterly in hostile bowling conditions against donald and company ( that is what is called toughest conditions to bat on..bouncy, swinging..in england its just swings..)
"I am an Indian and I am proud to say that Brian Lara is the best batsman of all time , Maybe "Sachin can buckle up behind Dravid, Kallis, Ponting in 5th place... Sachin always prefers the records to the team's victory.. Thanks to his 100th century against BAN in a losing effort bcoz the world came to know who he really is."
Shows your Knowledge of Cricket...Lara greatest ever? well by that argument his selfish 400 killed off the game for the west indies ..have you read Ridley Jacobs book? he said team mangement wanted to declare earlier..but Lara wanted to score 400 and create record..so he got the record for him self but killed off any chance of taking 20 english wickets on flat track..
agree lara is in all time top 3..saying dravid is ahead of sachin shows your lack of understanding of batting ...dravid is no doubt one of legends of the game but his failure in south african and australian conditions when it mattered the most exposes his game..and the less talked about his one day career is the better..i am a big dravid fan myself..but he is never in class of sachin, bradman, richards and lara.....at the most Dravid is in all top 10 test playerd buckled up behind ponting ( who just played in australia and failed in spinning tracks) and kallis