Who is the best batsman of all time?

Sir Don Bradman
15% (41 votes)
Brian Lara
3% (8 votes)
Viv Richards
4% (12 votes)
Gary Sobers
0% (0 votes)
Sachin Tendulkar
20% (56 votes)
Aravinda de Silva
11% (30 votes)
Ricky Ponting
1% (3 votes)
Wally Hammond
0% (0 votes)
Sunil Gavaskar
0% (1 vote)
Allan Border
0% (1 vote)
Mohammad Yousuf
1% (2 votes)
Kumar Sangakkara
40% (110 votes)
Other (leave a comment below)
4% (10 votes)
Total votes: 274


Bivus's picture

There are names missing from this list that makes me wonder if Ryan has seriously researched his subject on the best batsman and what criteria does he use? Several names are missing from the list: Graeme Pollock is one, George Headley is another, along with the two knights, Jack Hobbs and Len Hutton with Herbert Sutcliffe and Barry Richards. Barry Richards may have played only four Tests, but his country record speaks for itself. Also, batsmen playing on wet surfaces. There are others whose careers were short such as Martin Donnelly, reckoned by Neville Cardus, E W Swanton and Jack Fingleton in their reports the best left-hander for a period of five seasons in England post World War 2; Peter May and Colin Cowdrey; Bert Sutcliffe. I do not see Neil Harvey’s name on this list.
My suggestion is go back and research it and come up with something that is relative. Great batsmen for their decade. This is one of those random efforts that excludes players who played under a variety of conditions. I gather from an Indian who watched him in Chennai and played against Bradman, that your countryman, Mahadevan Sathasivan was as good in his style and strokeplay; another whose career has been blighted by the island’s proximity to India and lack of opportunities and exposure. I suggest to go back and research this topic sensibly.

Lihini's picture

Why do you think there is an option called 'Other' Bivus? You're going off on the guy for posting a poll without using your own brains first.

Sujan's picture
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I'll go for Sachin Tendulkar not being biased. Supreme batsman. His numbers speaks for itself.

Anonymous's picture

Sachin Tendulkar acceptable ok ok Sanga is our captain its ok too but i hv to say Ricky is a better batsmen & a captain than sanga Don Bradman only played test and those days test matches weren't held just for five days more than that, so you have all the time in the world to get a century but its still good cricket

Anonymous's picture

Sanga is better than Sachin & Bradman

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