Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has become the latest entrant of the 10000-run club in Tests. And while that is a massive feat in itself it is somewhat unfair that he isn’t considered amongst the best players of his generation in spite of maintaining a consistency on par with the other modern greats of the game.
Ricky Ponting’s decision to retire after the end of the Perth Test has set tongues wagging as to whether Sachin Tendulkar would also follow suit. After all, both have been having an equally poor run in international cricket for a couple of seasons now.
It was his pull shot that most amazed. He would be in position so early that you could reasonably wonder if he had powers of precognition, like he knew exactly where the ball would land and that the pull shot was the best response.
Talent is an often overrated quality in sport, and not a sure shot recipe for success. If that was the case people like Vinod Kambli, Basit Ali, Tim Henman and Sania Mirza would have been legends in the respective field.
When a batsman has scored as many as 41 Test centuries, it is rather difficult to pick up a handful of innings and term them his best. We made an effort nonetheless. In our attempt of not being unfair to the great Ricky Ponting...