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    Best of the most stylish or elegant batsmen?

    Here I am ranking the stylish and elegant batsmen of the game in order of merit.This excludes many greats who were technically great , powerful strikers or great strokemakers. .It just includes the batsmen who were very graceful.Thus the likes of Bradman, Hobbs, Viv Richards,Gavaskar,Tendulkar,Miandad,Dravid ,Border and Ponting excluded.This list ranks the stylists in order of their overall merit and not on the basis of their pure style or elegance.i.e Zaheer or Azhar were more stylish than Greg Chappell or Lara but not equal on merit overall and the same case is between David Gower and Rohan Kanhai. Strange that only 3 of my list of stylists averaged above 50.

    Apologize if I have left some great names but remember these choices are subjective.

    1.Brian Lara
    2.Greg Chappell
    3.Victor Trumper
    4.Rohan Kanhai
    5.Denis Compton
    6.Ranjitsinghji
    7.V.V.S.Laxman
    8.Frank Worrell
    9.Martin crowe
    10.David Gower
    11.Ted Dexter
    12.Mahela Jayewaradene
    13.Mark Waugh
    14.Aravinda de Silva
    15.Zaheer Abbas
    16.Gundappa Vishwanath
    17.Mohammad Azharuddin
    18.Majid Khan
    19.Saed Anwar
    20.Lawrence Rowe

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    Why all ignore Damien Martin? I question their definition of elegant batting. How they define it actually?

    For me Damien Martyn is the best of the most elegant batsmen (close - Saeed and Mazid)
    Last edited by Anik Sharma; 7th December 2017 at 11:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anik Sharma View Post
    Why all ignore Damien Martin? I question their definition of elegant batting. How they define it actually?

    For me Damien Martyn is the best of the most elegant batsmen (close - Saeed and Mazid)
    good choice could have well made it

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    1. Damien Martyn
    2. Brian Lara
    3. Mark Waugh
    4. Rahul Dravid (I believe he is very overlooked when it comes to elegance and stylishness. He was a defensive and gritty batsman but all his strokeplay was beautiful to watch):



    5. VVS Laxman
    6. Martin Crowe
    7. Rohan Kanhai
    8. Saeed Anwar
    9. Roy Fredricks
    10. Zaheer Abbas

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    Again?? Last time we discussed Ranji you quietly slipped away without answering the main question ....


    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post


    Thanks for sharing this. Unbelievable.

    But hey, he is a better batsman than Kohli and Root because he is batting with a stick bat on uncovered pitches. The fact that he averaged 56 in F/C Cricket with 70 tons sums up the standard of the game at that time. Any half-decent gully batsman of today would have been known as an ATG if he would have played in that era.

    This is really comical. He would struggle to average 5 today.
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    Exactly! And Hence why I do not take anything that Harsh Thakor says seriously. Like @IgnitedMind said it perfectly it is an attempt to sound intelligent by overhyping past players because most of it will not be challenged by anybody.
    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Past players rank amongst the greatest and could be ranked equal if not better than those of lat 2 decades.It is not I who is saying this,but the most knowledgeabe cricket experts and writers.Do refer to the modern cricket historian or writers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    Tell me why I need to believe anyone when the footage of Ranji is showing him to be worse than a tailender ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuts_and_cuts_hard View Post
    1. Damien Martyn
    2. Brian Lara
    3. Mark Waugh
    4. Rahul Dravid (I believe he is very overlooked when it comes to elegance and stylishness. He was a defensive and gritty batsman but all his strokeplay was beautiful to watch):



    5. VVS Laxman
    6. Martin Crowe
    7. Rohan Kanhai
    8. Saeed Anwar
    9. Roy Fredricks
    10. Zaheer Abbas
    great list. still feel Dravid misses out here anyway well piut on Rahul.Highly debatable.Martyn above Lara?Or list is not in order of merit? well done again.

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    Last edited by Tusker; 7th December 2017 at 12:23.


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    Very surprised no one has mentioned Mohammad Yousuf.

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    Lara is not a stylish batsman ,was plain ugly to watch.
    The true best elegant batsman is Steve Smith, just so beautiful to watch an unorthodox batsman bat so well . He never looks rushed,is just so pleasing to the eyes
    Thpse textbook batsman are just so boring to watch.
    All past batsman seem to have same batting style. Old boring TECTBOOK

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    7 most elegant batsmen i saw -

    Lara
    Azharuddin
    Ganguly
    Anwar
    Sangakkara
    Mark waugh
    Martyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by austerlitz View Post
    7 most elegant batsmen i saw -

    Lara
    Azharuddin
    Ganguly
    Anwar
    Sangakkara
    Mark waugh
    Martyn
    Good list sangakaara also stylish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Good list sangakaara also stylish?
    Divine cover drives.
    I never liked laxman's style for some reason.

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    Mohammed Yousaf was the most elegant batsman to grace the field. His batting was poetry. He is followed by Sangakara; Sanga also had great timing, strokes and general style. All the above lists are simply rubbish.

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    Lara, Dravid, Laxman, Martyn, Saeed Anwar and Mark Waugh from the players I watched.

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    They always forget ..... David Gower !!!!!!!

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    No MoYo? 😮

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    From who I have seen, Bell,Moyo,Mahela,Sangakara,and Martyn.

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