Gavaskar is the greatest batsman, declares Sobers
March 3, 2010 8:01am CST
[i]Gavaskar rated the greatest because of the bowling attacks that he came up against. At that time West Indies had a fast bowling attack that was unplayable; they had bowlers who used to bowl out teams in three days. Gavaskar played against those bowlers and he made a lot of runs. People make always make a lot of runs in their own country, under their own conditions, but if you look at Gavaskar's record, he made a lot of runs away from India; he made a lot of runs in England , a lot in the West Indies and Australia.[/i] This is what Sir Garifield Sobers said at a function held in Mumbai on Wednesday, to celebrate the 40th year of India's first Test series victory in the West Indies. What you think? Share your views!
3 Mar 10
Yes, I feel that if we assess the situation then we will come to same conclusion. I mean at the time when he used to play, just imagine the conditions. Fast bowlers were real fast not like our Sreesanth. There were no protective gears like helmet, arm guard etc. so, if you miss then they hit. And they hit bad I tell you. And to score so many runs in those conditions was a special thing to do. Plus if you see, at his time there was not so much cricket, so after playing may be a match or two, there was no cricket for almost 5 to 6 months. And to keep the same level of game even after that is something which is special as far as I think.
3 Mar 10
Hi Amit! You have put down valid points. What I admire most about Sunil Gavaskar is his Concentration. To play such long innings facing such fast bowlers and when your team is staring at a loss most of the time is just amazing. And I do think that, gradually, cricket is turning out to be a batsman's game. All rules favor batsman. We are not having genuine fast bowlers anymore. Couple of best fast bowlers of world cricket are getting injured and planning retirement. Recent example is BRET LEE.
3 Mar 10
Every player has his or her own pick. Typically people would like to pick up players from their era for such accolades. So Sobers has picked on Gavaskar. He is entitled to his choice, but that does not necessarily mean that everyone will agree with him. Cheers! Ram
3 Mar 10
That problem comes from using the word 'greatest' when someone is called greatest obviously it indicates others are not. That is when those who think a player from their era also played really well, would like to call him greatest. Happy Mylotting!
4 Mar 10
i totally agree with Sir Gary Sobers. you know after tendulkar scored 200 runs,the television channels telecasted programmes title WHATS NEXT? TENDULKAR. my first thought as usual was world cup but my other instant thought was wishing tendulkar can play against the windies pace bowlers of 1970's and notch up a 150 in any of the format. just thinking of bowlers like walsh,ambrose ( my fav ) even mervin dillion made me what happened to our modern quickies? some of our faster bowlers like tait,malinga bowl with a low arm action and the tall bowlers dont have enough pace.it was a pity but to me Sir Garfield Sobers is way better than gavaskar.my view that is.