Who was the most stylish or elegant batsmen to ever emerge from the sub-continent?

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Who was the most stylish or elegant batsmen to ever emerge from the sub-continent?

  1. Zaheer Abbas

    37.5%
  2. Azharuddin

    25.0%
  3. Tendulkar

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    0.0%
  4. Majid Khan

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    0.0%
  5. Inzamam Ul Haq

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  6. Aravinda De Silva

    12.5%
  7. Saed Anwar

    25.0%
  8. Yuvraj

    12.5%
  9. Roy Dias

    25.0%
  10. Mohammd Younus

    12.5%
  11. Gundappa Vishwanath

    12.5%
  12. V.V.S.Laxman

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  13. Sannath Jyasuriya

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  14. Mahela Jayewardene

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  15. Sunil Gavaskar

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  16. Vijay Manjrekar

    12.5%
  17. Roshan Mahanama

    12.5%
  18. Sannath Jayasuriya

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  19. Asif Iqbal

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  20. Wasim Raja

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  1. Harsh Thakor
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    In this list I am ranking in order of merit the most stylish or elegant batsmen from the sub-continent.It is not about technique or statistics but about the poetry of batting.

    1.Zaheer Abbas
    2.Mohammad Azharuddin
    3.Mushtaq Ali
    4.Majid Khan
    5.Gundappa Vishwanath
    6.Roy Dias
    7.V.V.S.Laxman
    8.Mahela Jayewardene
    9.Mohammad Yousuf
    10.Vijay Manjrekar
    11.Yuvraj Singh
    12.Aravinda De Silva
    13.Saed Anwar
    14.Asif Iqbal
    15.Roshan Mahanama


    Zaheer at the top as he was the ultimate exponent of batting poetry in motion with his strokes like the touches of a painters brush.Inspite of such a high back lift he could send the best balls crashing to the boundary with the most delicate of touches.Best ever executor of the drive outside extra -cover.Azharuddin was another master of touch art and a genius on the legside whose shots had the vibrations of a musical symphony.Best every exponent of the leg glance and flick.Mushtaq Ali was the ultimate batting connoiseur who would devour or dissect an attack with the most velvety strokes. .Majid Khan took grace to heights of the divine.No batsmen hooked or pulled with such a silken touch.Vishwanath took batting artistry to regions never explored being the equivalent of magician.The best ever exponent of the square and late cut and had a unique shot of his own which was a combined flick,pull and hook shot.V.V.S.Laxman wa sthe equivalent of Vishwanath in his generation taking artistry to region sof the sublime. Roy Dias was simply elegance personified.Jayewardene possessed a characteristic sweetness in his strokes like the sound of a flute.Mohammad Younus in full flow was a sight to behold.Vijay Manjrekar was batting connoisseurs ultimate choice in his day.
     
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  2. Mohammed Bilal
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    That’s a hard question.

    I’d go for Roy Dias.
     
  3. Passionate Pakistani
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    Of whatever i have seen,


    Muhammad Yousuf
    Aravinda desilva
    Virat Kohli
    Sachin Tendulkar

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    Whos muhammad younas ?

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    Sorry Mohammad Yousuf. Miss-spelt.
     
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    In my opinion, when it comes to stylish stroke play, no one in the subcontinent even comes close to Muhammad Yousuf.

    Even if we compete on the international international level, Yousuf must be in the top 3.
     
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    Saeed Anwar, Sachin Tendulkar and Mohd Yousuf, also Laxman!!
     
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    Mohammad Yousuf, a beautiful player to watch. His strokeplay and batting style was extremely stylish. Piercing the carpet of green with lavish panache.

    Very pleasing to the eye. Sheer elegance and pure class.
     
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    I would have to say Mohammad Yousuf from the players I've seen but from what i have heard Wasim Rajas stroke play was highly regarded.
     
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    From the ones I saw my favourite to watch was Saeed Anwar. Sometimes he barely touched the ball and it would race to the boundary. Being a south paw it added to the grace of his shots. Also he was always looking to score runs, to win matches.

    Azharuddin, Jayawardene, Da Silva, MoYo and Laxman were also a pleasure to watch.
     
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    Yousef was pure class. Need to also add Sangakkara to the list.
     
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    Yousuf for me.
    Back in 2010 tour of Eng he came over after not playing for over a year of cricket yet made a 50. Had some lovely shots. Made them look so easy. Time when he was finished
     
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    Saeed anwar and yuvraj singh from what i saw.
     
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    Yousuf, Anwar, Lara & Laxman. These guys were majestic. Very pleasing on the eye.
     
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    I thought about Saeed Anwar.
    IMO, Saeed Anwar, to this day, perhaps is THE BEST TIMER of the ball.
    His timing was such that he would simply gave the bat a mere flick, and the ball would run towards the boundary like a bullet.
    Timing the ball and stylish stroke; however, in my opinion, may have some overlap but they are two different categories.
     
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    Yousuf
    Saeed Anwar
    Zaheer Abbas
    Azharuddin
    Laxman
     
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    Yasir Hameed, apart from his fishing outside off stump was also a treat to watch.

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    What is Sanath Jayasuriya doing in the poll? He was a pure butcher. LOL
    Nothing was elegant in his batting.

    Never liked the batting of Azharuddin too. He would play the ball on 5th stump outside off towards the leg side. Would not look elegant. Yes he was wristy but not elegant in my books.

    Saeed Anwar & Yousaf were elegant.
     
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    from what i saw

    (in no specific order)

    anwar
    lara
    laxman
    yousuf
     
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    Wasim Raja
    Zaheer Abbas
    Azhar
    Anwar
     
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    Agree on the Azharuddin part.
    Mostly a back-foot player - hardly anything I felt elegant about his stroke play.

    Sanath on the other hand played his stroke with some class.
    If you look carefully, he would NOT play agricultural slogs towards cow corner. He would NOT play unorthodox and ugly looking slogs with his body and foot-work out of balance. No, this was not Sanath.

    His wrists were made with some sort of a flexible steel.

    He would play delightful strokes towards the point cover region, his cut short was something else, and his flick and pick-up from the middle stump towards mid-wicket and deep square leg for six, was a stroke that hardly anyone can play.
     
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    Yeah you maybe right but his back lift was too short to be seen as elegance. But his wrists were powerful no doubt about that.
     
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    Saeed Anwar and Mohd Yousuf for me!!
     

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