Who was the most naturally talented or gifted batsmen in the last 50 years?

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Who was the most naturally talented or gifted batsmen in the last 50 years?

  1. Sachin Tendulkar

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  2. Saed Anwar

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  3. Virat Kohli

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  4. Zaheer Abbas

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  5. Majid Khan

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  6. Inzamam Ul Haq

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  7. Brian Lara

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  8. Ricky Ponting

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  9. Javed Miandad

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  10. Virendra Sehwag

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  11. V.V.S.Laxman

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  12. David Gower

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  13. Gundappa Vishwanath

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  14. Viv Richards

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  15. Rohan Kanhai

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  16. Sanath Jayasuriya

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  17. Graeme Pollock

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  18. Kumar Sangakaara

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  19. Kevin Pieterson

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  20. Barry Richards

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  1. Harsh Thakor
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    This is my list in order of merit of the 25 most talented or naturally gifted batsmen of all time.Not considering statistical records or technical corrrectness but level of genius or natural ability.I apologize if my order is flawed or my selections are highly subjective but I have attempted to do my best.



    1=.Rohan Kanhai/Brian Lara-Just could not separate the 2 flawed geniuses who reminded one of a musical composer taking cricketing artistry to regions unexplored.Kanhai was the more orthodox,elegant and correct,Lara the more explosive and dominating or powerful.



    3.Viv Richards-Most explosive of all batsmen who negotiated a cricket ball like a tennis ball taking domination to mythical proportions.



    4=.Majid Khan/Gundappa Vishwanath- Equivalent of magicians to the art of batting executing strokes that were surreal.No one equalled Vishy's square or late cut or combined hook,pull and flick shot.Majd's mere touches would send the ball crashing to the fence like noone whose hooking was as majestic as Viv Richards.



    6=.Sachin Tendulkar/Barry Richards -Both could treat even the very good balls with degree of contempt as few batsmen could ever do and in the V were simply the best ever.No batsmen were ever a scomplete or could blend technical skill wit power and innovation like Barry and Sachin.



    8.David Gower- Ultimate epitome of elegance taming artistry to heights of the divine.No batsmen was ever so effortless.Dennis Lille ranked him only behind Viv and Sobers amongst batsmen he bowled to,harder than Barry or Pollock.Scored a big 150 against the great West Indian pace attack at Antigua in 1981 and negotiated bouncy Australian tracks better than any batsmen of his day after Sir Viv Richards.



    9.Martin Crowe-On his day in the class of Viv Richards who could play great paceman better than any one of his day.Wasim rated Crowe the hardest batsmen he ever bowled to which speaks for itself.



    10.Graeme Pollock-Equivalent of a left -handed Viv Richards blending the power of a bulldozer with the creativity of a painter or sculptor.



    11.Kevin Pieterson-One of the greatest players of genuine pace ever who in his day reminded you of Viv Richards more than anyone.Could score at a breathtaking rate in any conditions.



    12.Gary Sobers -Perfection in batting personified taking batting domination to its supreme height.



    13=V.V.S.Laxman /Virendra Sehwag-Although total contrasts of each other both had natural ability of incredible proportions displaying ingenuity in terms of strokemaking creativity,surpassing even Tendulkar on their day.Sehwag was all power and brute ,VVS was grace personified.



    15.A.B.Devilliers-Batted more like Viv Richards than any one resembling an acrobat when batting.Took batting wizardry to a new height.



    16.Lawrence Rowe-Elegance and technical skill personified with skill in the league of Viv Richards



    17.Alvin Kalicharan -Rohan Kanhai the other way around who could be as vociferous and commanding as any batting great.His murdering of Lillee and Thomson when scoring 78 in the 1975 world cup is unequalled till this day.



    18.Inzamam Ul Haq In terms of skill tackled great pace with more ease and skill than any batsmen of his day .The ultimate match-winner who perfectly blended flamboyance with skill and creativity.Imran Khan thought he was the most talented batsmen of his day who had more time to execute his strokes than anyone.



    19.Greg Chappell -One of the closest to batting perfection blending grace with technical correctness as few ever did.



    20.Zaheer Abbas-Artistry in regions of the sublime exuding grace of the divine.Supreme timing and best against the turning ball.



    21.Virat Kohli-In his era taken batting craft to regions rarely traversed or explored before and a master in placing .



    22.Mark Waugh-Talent in the class of Lara and Sachin and at his best in that league.



    23.Saed Anwar-Rarely ever saw an opening batsmen with such timing and whose mere touches would punish the best of cricket deliveries.



    24.Ricky Ponting-One of the most clinical and ruthless batsmen of modern times



    25.Javed Miandad-Not elegant but a genius in his own right with his improvisation and ability to bissect a field.
     
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    Viv Richards.
     
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    David Gower
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    All very subjective. Lot of great contenders on the list

    One played who was a natural and joy to watch but was infuriatingly inconsistent - Carl Hooper. Not saying he should be top of the list, but should be on the list
     
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    You mention talent and then not put Umar Akmal in the list?
     
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    Garry Sobers, arguably the best batsman since Bradman. And thanks for the laugh you provided me with with some of your names ..... Javed Miandad, a player who was gifted an average of more than 50 by his home umpires (confirmed by Steve Waugh, Allan Border in their books, and countless others over the years) ..... LMAO.

    "Don't bother appealing. This is my land, my rules" .... this is how Miandad egged the Aussie players when used to appeal for LBW against him during their tour to Pakistan in the late 80's. How do I know? Steve Waugh himself mentioned all of it in his book. Not to mention what Allan Border wrote in his book. He made his debut in 1975, and the first time he was adjudged LBW at home was in 1986, that too after the ICC made the decision of applying neutral umpires, LMAO.
     
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    And despite the LBW rule being removed from the rule book when he played at home, he managed a fanatabulous average of 29 against the West Indies.
     
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    100% agreed.

    IMO, he was the most stlylish batsmen ever.
    The class in his stroke play was something else. His cover drives were a supreme delight to watch.

    I remember he hit an effortless six to Wasim on top of the point on the very first ball of the match, and Wasim was at his peak in those days.
    In those days, when the grounds were full size and the bats were like planks, it wasn’t a joke to hit Wasim for six on top of point.

    Amazingly beautiful batsman!

    I also rate Martin Crowe very, very highly.
    His class, style and technique was a pleasure to watch.
    Wasim is on the record, admitting that Martin Crowe was THE ONLY batsman in my entire careeer who I could never manage bother, no matter how hard I tried.

    Wasim finally end up reaching out to Crowe and asked him to explain how he manages to play Wasim so easily?

    Crowe said, I simply assume and play every ball of yours as an in-swinger.

    If they turn out to be an in-swinger then I am already ready for it. And if the turn out to be an out swinger then I don’t bother with it.

    Wasim had nothing but praise for him.
     
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  13. Shahzad.Firdous
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    Saeed Anwar! Those wrists!!
     
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