Who was the greatest left-handed cricketer after Gary Sobers?

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Who was the greatest left-handed cricketer after Gary Sobers?

  1. Wasim Akram

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  2. Brian Lara

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  3. Adam Gilchrist

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  4. Alan Border

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  5. Clive Lloyd

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  6. Saed Anwar

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  7. Graeme Pollock

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  8. Sanath Jayasuriya

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  9. David Gower

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  10. Wasim Raja

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  11. Chris Gayle

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  12. Saurav Ganguly

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  13. Bishen Bedi

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  1. Harsh Thakor
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    Harsh Thakor Youngsta Beauty

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    Without doubt Gary Sobers was simply in another league from any left-hand cricketer if not any cricketer .However who was closest or 2nd to him.This is my order below



    1.Wasim Akram

    2.Brian Lara

    3.Adam Gilchrist

    4.Graeme Pollock

    5.Clive Lloyd

    6.Alan Border

    7.Alan Davidson

    8.Bishen Bedi

    9.David Gower

    10.Neil Harvey

    11.Sannath Jayasuriya

    12.Saed Anwar



    Wasim at the top because he was virtually the magician of fast bowling taking its' wizardry to heights unexplored and having a phenomeal combined haul of scalps in tests and ODI's.He also won or saved games with the bat.



    Lara was in terms of genius as a batsmen the equal of what Wasim was with the ball who traversed regions in batting as arguably none else.No batsmen had such a penchant for amassing huge scores.A whisker below Wasim because he did not have Akram's all-round skills with both ball and bat and as succesful in ODI's and tests.



    Gilchrist was the great set match-winner of his day who matched the domination of a Viv Richards.Created the impact of adynamite exploding in full flow and averegaged an incredible 60 +average for the 1st half of his career.



    Graeme Pollock was in the Lara class as a batsmen. but was never given a chance to reveal his complete potential.A master in any conditions.





    Clive Loyd as a leader and a player was instrumental in defining a new epoch in West Indies cricket making his nation arguably the most invincible side ever.Loyd even overshadowed the great Viv Richards often in a crisis and revealed phenomenal consistency even in his last 4 years .Played some of the best innings against sustained pace like down under in 1975-76.





    Alan Border was the best or ultimate batsmen to bat for your life in his era and statistically the best batsmen of his era.Also one of the best skippers of all time who laid the base for Australia to emerge as one of the greatest cricketing sides ever by ressurecting their status as world tset champions.Displayed the same patience in knitting a bunch of scattered but talented individuals as with the bat.







    Alan Davidson was the equivalent of a Wasim Akram of his era and a better batsmen.Very quick and economical with a great action.



    Bishen Bedi was arguably the most complete of all spinners of his time with the most perfect arm action.In unhelpful conditions better than Derek Underwood.Instrumental in many a famous win for India beit against West Indies,England ,New Zealand or Australia.



    David Gower literally took cricketing grace to regions of divinity with his golden touch.A master against great pace or on bouncy surfaces.No batsmen was as effortless in executing strokes.



    Neil Harvey morally was in the class of a batsmen who averaged above 50 with his mastery on bad wickets like when scoring an unbeaten 151 in an epic match-winning run chase in the 4th innings v South Africa .



    Sannath Jayasuriya gave the art of opening an innings anew dimension in ODI cricket in the 1996 world cup and played some of cricket's most squash buckling innings.



    Saed Anwar was one of the most explosive openers ever but never executed his strokes at the cost of feline grace.On his day could sit with the gods of olympus.W
     
  2. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    Greater than Sobers Brian Charles Lara.
     
  3. Harsh Thakor
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    Harsh Thakor Youngsta Beauty

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    As an all-round cricketer?Never.Nobody in league of Sobers.
     
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    Harsh Thakor Youngsta Beauty

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    Where do you rank Gilchrist and Wasim?
     
  5. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    As a Cricketer you said.
     
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    In the top 10 most probably
     
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    Not exactly apples to apples.

    Your list is a mix of specialist batsmen and all rounders.

    A fair comparison would be a batting or a bowlimg all rounder vs a counterpart all rounder. Or a specialist batsman vs a specialist batsman.

    Personally, I would place Wasim Akram over Sobers in blink of an eye. 5 days a weak and twice on the weekends.

    We can’t quantify it in numbers yet Wasim’s contributions both with the ball and the bat, are unsurpassed by any other left handed all rounder, IMO.
     
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  9. Disco Lemonade
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    Wasim Akram.

    But Lara and Gilchrist are very close.
     
  10. Passionate Pakistani
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    Passionate Pakistani The Don

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    I think @shahzad.firodous rates Haris more than Sobers.

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    KingOfDoosra Sultan of Swing

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    Wasim Akram and Lara de Laray
     

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