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    In which decade was cricketing talent most abundant in Test cricket?

    Lists of outstanding cricketers and world xi's of last 6 decades.Chosen the world xi's of the decades and listed other players.

    1960's xi

    Conrad Hunte
    Hanif Mohammad
    Rohan Kanhai
    Graeme Pollock
    Peter May
    Gary Sobers'
    Jackie Hendricks
    Richie Benaud
    Alan Davidson
    Fred Trueman
    Wes Hall

    Others
    Frank Worrell
    Basil Butcher
    Ken Barrington
    Bill Lawry
    Nawab of Pataudi
    Vijay Manjrekar
    Colin Cowdrey
    Brian Statham
    Graham Mckenzie
    John Snow
    Colin Milburn
    Tom Graveney




    1970's xi

    Barry Richards
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Ian Chappell(C)
    Greg Chappell
    Gary Sobers
    Mike Procter
    Alan Knott(W)
    Andy Roberts
    Dennis Lillee
    Bishen Bedi

    Other players
    Clive Lloyd
    Majid Khan
    Jeff Thomson
    Geoff Boycott
    Michael Holding
    Joel Garner
    Derek Underwood
    Tony Greig
    John Snow
    Rohan Kanhai
    Mushtaq Muhammad
    Asif Iqbal
    Lawrence Rowe
    Glen Turner
    Colin Croft


    1980's xi

    Greenidge
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Alan Border
    Javed Miandad
    Ian Botham
    Jeff Dujon(W)
    Imran Khan (C)
    Richard Hadlee
    Malcolm Marshall
    Abdul Qadir

    other players
    Martin Crowe
    Kapil Dev
    David Gower
    Mohammad Azaharuddin
    Alan Lamb
    Bob Willis
    Geoff Lawson
    Craig Mcdermott
    Mike Gatting
    Dilip Vengsarkar
    David Boon
    Mohsin Khan
    Dean Jones
    Greg Matthews
    Ravi Shastri
    Graham Gooch



    1990's xi

    Mark Taylor
    Graham Gooch
    Brian Lara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Steve Waugh (C)
    Jacques Kallis
    Ian Healy (W)
    Shane Warne
    Wasim Akram
    Curtly Ambrose
    Alan Donald

    other players
    Salim Malik
    Mark Waugh
    Inzamam Ul Haq
    Shaun Pollock
    Saurav Ganguly
    Rahul Dravid
    Ian Fleming
    Saqlain Mushtaq
    Waqar Younus
    Courtney Walsh
    Shaun Pollock
    Chris Cairns


    2000's xi

    MatthewHayden
    Graeme Smith (C)
    Ponting
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Kallis
    Gilchrist (W)
    Warne
    Donald
    Shoaib Akhtar
    Murlitharan
    Glen Mcgrath
    Chris Cairns


    Other players

    Rahul Dravid
    Brett Lee
    Michael Clarke
    Shane Bond
    Murlitharan
    Damien Martyn
    Andrew Flintoff
    Kevin Pieterson
    Dale Steyn
    Mohammad Yousuf
    Herschelle Gibbs
    Bret Lee
    Mohammad Yousuf


    2010 xi

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    JoeRoot
    AB Devilliers (W)
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson

    Other players

    Mohammad Asif
    James Swann
    Tim Southee
    Rabada
    Vernon Philanderer
    Stuart Broad



    Analysis and Conclusion

    With a gun on my head I would choose 1970's as the decade when cricketing talent flourished to the greatest extent .Imagine the likes of Sobers,Gavaskar,Chappell brothers ,Barry Richards,Mike Procter,Zaheer Abbas,Majid Khan,Dennis Lillee,Andy Roberts,Michael Holding ,Clive Lloyd,Alvin Kalicharan,Jeff Thomson,Derek Undewod,Bishen Bedi,Glen Turner ,Mushtaq Muhammad ,Tony Greig,Asif Iqbal and Gundappa Vishwanath all playing together.For creative genius this decade topped the list.Arguably the best ever Australian team ever played in this decade with the likes of Lillee-Thomson and Chappell brothers as well as great West Indies and Pakistani sides.Significantly Gavaskar,Viv Richards ,Chappell brothers and Lillee were at their best in this decade.

    At 2nd place just a whisker behind I chose The main factor wa sthe emergence of 4 great all-rounders in Hadlee,Imran,Botham and Kapil.There were also batsmen of great calibre like Gavaskar,Viv Richards Gower,Vengsarkar ,Border,Miandad,Martin Crowe,Greenidge Etc.Abundance of great pace bolwers like Marshall.Hadlee,Imran ,Garner etc.

    At no 3 the 1990's as although it had the greatest bowlers like Wasim,Waqar,Ambrose and Donald there were not as great all-rounders as before .Close to the best batsmen ever in Lara and Sachin but others were not as consistent or classy as the best of the 1970's.


    I feel the lists demonstrate that the standard of the game has declined in the last 2 decades,in test cricket.I could make the 2strongest world xi's in the 1970's and then the 80's.

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    And where will legendary Muhammad Hafeez fit into it ? In which decade ?

    Will Hafeez or can he make his mark in any of those decades ?

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    do come back here @Junaids @MMHS @Robert @bilal @Ab Fan

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    Unquestionably the 1970’s in my opinion, but in large part because Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket was at such a high level that it made the players better (Imran, Viv, Lillee) or drove them into oblivion (Greig).

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    Couldn't agree more with the OP, 70s & 90s indeed were the 2 golden decades of cricket both talent and excitement wise.
    Last edited by shaaik; 8th December 2018 at 10:10.


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    Steve Smith does not make the 2010 list but Asif does, interesting to see how that works?.

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    The 70s players. Each player legendary


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Steve Smith does not make the 2010 list but Asif does, interesting to see how that works?.
    And interesting to see James Swann there as well (S.K)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Lists of outstanding cricketers and world xi's of last 6 decades.Chosen the world xi's of the decades and listed other players.

    1960's xi

    Conrad Hunte
    Hanif Mohammad
    Rohan Kanhai
    Graeme Pollock
    Peter May
    Gary Sobers'
    Jackie Hendricks
    Richie Benaud
    Alan Davidson
    Fred Trueman
    Wes Hall

    Others
    Frank Worrell
    Basil Butcher
    Ken Barrington
    Bill Lawry
    Nawab of Pataudi
    Vijay Manjrekar
    Colin Cowdrey
    Brian Statham
    Graham Mckenzie
    John Snow
    Colin Milburn
    Tom Graveney




    1970's xi

    Barry Richards
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Ian Chappell(C)
    Greg Chappell
    Gary Sobers
    Mike Procter
    Alan Knott(W)
    Andy Roberts
    Dennis Lillee
    Bishen Bedi

    Other players
    Clive Lloyd
    Majid Khan
    Jeff Thomson
    Geoff Boycott
    Michael Holding
    Joel Garner
    Derek Underwood
    Tony Greig
    John Snow
    Rohan Kanhai
    Mushtaq Muhammad
    Asif Iqbal
    Lawrence Rowe
    Glen Turner
    Colin Croft


    1980's xi

    Greenidge
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Alan Border
    Javed Miandad
    Ian Botham
    Jeff Dujon(W)
    Imran Khan (C)
    Richard Hadlee
    Malcolm Marshall
    Abdul Qadir

    other players
    Martin Crowe
    Kapil Dev
    David Gower
    Mohammad Azaharuddin
    Alan Lamb
    Bob Willis
    Geoff Lawson
    Craig Mcdermott
    Mike Gatting
    Dilip Vengsarkar
    David Boon
    Mohsin Khan
    Dean Jones
    Greg Matthews
    Ravi Shastri
    Graham Gooch



    1990's xi

    Mark Taylor
    Graham Gooch
    Brian Lara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Steve Waugh (C)
    Jacques Kallis
    Ian Healy (W)
    Shane Warne
    Wasim Akram
    Curtly Ambrose
    Alan Donald

    other players
    Salim Malik
    Mark Waugh
    Inzamam Ul Haq
    Shaun Pollock
    Saurav Ganguly
    Rahul Dravid
    Ian Fleming
    Saqlain Mushtaq
    Waqar Younus
    Courtney Walsh
    Shaun Pollock
    Chris Cairns


    2000's xi

    MatthewHayden
    Graeme Smith (C)
    Ponting
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Kallis
    Gilchrist (W)
    Warne
    Donald
    Shoaib Akhtar
    Murlitharan
    Glen Mcgrath
    Chris Cairns


    Other players

    Rahul Dravid
    Brett Lee
    Michael Clarke
    Shane Bond
    Murlitharan
    Damien Martyn
    Andrew Flintoff
    Kevin Pieterson
    Dale Steyn
    Mohammad Yousuf
    Herschelle Gibbs
    Bret Lee
    Mohammad Yousuf


    2010 xi

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    JoeRoot
    AB Devilliers (W)
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson

    Other players

    Mohammad Asif
    James Swann
    Tim Southee
    Rabada
    Vernon Philanderer
    Stuart Broad



    Analysis and Conclusion

    With a gun on my head I would choose 1970's as the decade when cricketing talent flourished to the greatest extent .Imagine the likes of Sobers,Gavaskar,Chappell brothers ,Barry Richards,Mike Procter,Zaheer Abbas,Majid Khan,Dennis Lillee,Andy Roberts,Michael Holding ,Clive Lloyd,Alvin Kalicharan,Jeff Thomson,Derek Undewod,Bishen Bedi,Glen Turner ,Mushtaq Muhammad ,Tony Greig,Asif Iqbal and Gundappa Vishwanath all playing together.For creative genius this decade topped the list.Arguably the best ever Australian team ever played in this decade with the likes of Lillee-Thomson and Chappell brothers as well as great West Indies and Pakistani sides.Significantly Gavaskar,Viv Richards ,Chappell brothers and Lillee were at their best in this decade.

    At 2nd place just a whisker behind I chose The main factor wa sthe emergence of 4 great all-rounders in Hadlee,Imran,Botham and Kapil.There were also batsmen of great calibre like Gavaskar,Viv Richards Gower,Vengsarkar ,Border,Miandad,Martin Crowe,Greenidge Etc.Abundance of great pace bolwers like Marshall.Hadlee,Imran ,Garner etc.

    At no 3 the 1990's as although it had the greatest bowlers like Wasim,Waqar,Ambrose and Donald there were not as great all-rounders as before .Close to the best batsmen ever in Lara and Sachin but others were not as consistent or classy as the best of the 1970's.


    I feel the lists demonstrate that the standard of the game has declined in the last 2 decades,in test cricket.I could make the 2strongest world xi's in the 1970's and then the 80's.
    Who is James Swann?

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    Strauss scored 1670 runs @ 32.7 with 3 hundreds
    Warner with 6363 runs @ 48.2 with 21 hundreds.

    Somehow Strauss is ranked higher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahul1 View Post
    Who is James Swann?
    2010 version of Ravi Shastri.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Strauss scored 1670 runs @ 32.7 with 3 hundreds
    Warner with 6363 runs @ 48.2 with 21 hundreds.

    Somehow Strauss is ranked higher.
    Ravi Shastri is there, but Pujara and Ashwin aren't there in the list. Even Jadeja is better than Shastri.

    This is a random list at best.



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    This era. We have extremely talented pacers like steyn, rabada, phil, morkel, starc, cunmins, hazle, jimmy, broad, gabriel, boult, southee, bumrah, shami, abbas.....ishant aamir in patches.

    There is no dearth of quality pacers in world cricket. Why under rate the present?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudra View Post
    This era. We have extremely talented pacers like steyn, rabada, phil, morkel, starc, cunmins, hazle, jimmy, broad, gabriel, boult, southee, bumrah, shami, abbas.....ishant aamir in patches.

    There is no dearth of quality pacers in world cricket. Why under rate the present?
    It is very common for sports supporters to rate the era they "grew up" in as the greatest. Commentators are prone to this also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Strauss scored 1670 runs @ 32.7 with 3 hundreds
    Warner with 6363 runs @ 48.2 with 21 hundreds.

    Somehow Strauss is ranked higher.
    Many such anomalies, I don't even bother with these lists anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Steve Smith does not make the 2010 list but Asif does, interesting to see how that works?.
    Major Error of leaving out Steve Smith, Sorry ofcourse Smith in it before Kohli.Really sorry for forgetting as he was a unanimous choice.Please PP viewers apologize for error and accept this xi for 2010 decade .Still xi of a considerably lower standard to previous decades.


    My corrected list for 2010 xi

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Steve Smith
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    AB Devilliers (W)
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Major Error of leaving out Steve Smith, Sorry ofcourse Smith in it before Kohli.Really sorry for forgetting as he was a unanimous choice.Please PP viewers apologize for error and accept this xi for 2010 decade .Still xi of a considerably lower standard to previous decades.My corrected list for 2010 xi

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Steve Smith
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    AB Devilliers (W)
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson
    Can you explain how Strauss get in before a superior talented Warner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Can you explain how Strauss get in before a superior talented Warner.
    More technically sound and consistent

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    The 2000s easily followed by the 1980s:-

    Hayden Sehwag>Greenidge
    Ponting>Chappell
    Tendulkar>Richards
    Lara>Miandad
    Kallis Gilchrist>Knott
    Warne>Qadir
    Wasim McGrath>Marshall
    Muralitharan>Roberts


    Most of the 2000s players have huge claim at being the best ever in their respective positions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    The 2000s easily followed by the 1980s:-

    Hayden Sehwag>Greenidge
    Ponting>Chappell
    Tendulkar>Richards
    Lara>Miandad
    Kallis Gilchrist>Knott
    Warne>Qadir
    Wasim McGrath>Marshall
    Muralitharan>Roberts


    Most of the 2000s players have huge claim at being the best ever in their respective positions.
    What about 1970's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    The 2000s easily followed by the 1980s:-

    Hayden Sehwag>Greenidge
    Ponting>Chappell
    Tendulkar>Richards
    Lara>Miandad
    Kallis Gilchrist>Knott
    Warne>Qadir
    Wasim McGrath>Marshall
    Muralitharan>Roberts


    Most of the 2000s players have huge claim at being the best ever in their respective positions.
    I have made a seperate category for 1990's and 2000 Do take that into account.Also I am analysing overall talent in era or cricketing standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    More technically sound and consistent
    Absolutely ridiculous, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for your explanation how Strauss was more consistent.

    Warner scores 50 every 2.7 innings compared to Strauss every 4.3 innings
    Warner gets out for a duck every 22.8 innings compared to Strauss every 8.6 innings.

    So unless there is some other way you judge a players consistency then you are wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Lists of outstanding cricketers and world xi's of last 6 decades.Chosen the world xi's of the decades and listed other players.

    1960's xi

    Conrad Hunte
    Hanif Mohammad
    Rohan Kanhai
    Graeme Pollock
    Peter May
    Gary Sobers'
    Jackie Hendricks
    Richie Benaud
    Alan Davidson
    Fred Trueman
    Wes Hall

    Others
    Frank Worrell
    Basil Butcher
    Ken Barrington
    Bill Lawry
    Nawab of Pataudi
    Vijay Manjrekar
    Colin Cowdrey
    Brian Statham
    Graham Mckenzie
    John Snow
    Colin Milburn
    Tom Graveney




    1970's xi

    Barry Richards
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Ian Chappell(C)
    Greg Chappell
    Gary Sobers
    Mike Procter
    Alan Knott(W)
    Andy Roberts
    Dennis Lillee
    Bishen Bedi

    Other players
    Clive Lloyd
    Majid Khan
    Jeff Thomson
    Geoff Boycott
    Michael Holding
    Joel Garner
    Derek Underwood
    Tony Greig
    John Snow
    Rohan Kanhai
    Mushtaq Muhammad
    Asif Iqbal
    Lawrence Rowe
    Glen Turner
    Colin Croft


    1980's xi

    Greenidge
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Alan Border
    Javed Miandad
    Ian Botham
    Jeff Dujon(W)
    Imran Khan (C)
    Richard Hadlee
    Malcolm Marshall
    Abdul Qadir

    other players
    Martin Crowe
    Kapil Dev
    David Gower
    Mohammad Azaharuddin
    Alan Lamb
    Bob Willis
    Geoff Lawson
    Craig Mcdermott
    Mike Gatting
    Dilip Vengsarkar
    David Boon
    Mohsin Khan
    Dean Jones
    Greg Matthews
    Ravi Shastri
    Graham Gooch



    1990's xi

    Mark Taylor
    Graham Gooch
    Brian Lara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Steve Waugh (C)
    Jacques Kallis
    Ian Healy (W)
    Shane Warne
    Wasim Akram
    Curtly Ambrose
    Alan Donald

    other players
    Salim Malik
    Mark Waugh
    Inzamam Ul Haq
    Shaun Pollock
    Saurav Ganguly
    Rahul Dravid
    Ian Fleming
    Saqlain Mushtaq
    Waqar Younus
    Courtney Walsh
    Shaun Pollock
    Chris Cairns


    2000's xi

    MatthewHayden
    Graeme Smith (C)
    Ponting
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Kallis
    Gilchrist (W)
    Warne
    Donald
    Shoaib Akhtar
    Murlitharan
    Glen Mcgrath
    Chris Cairns


    Other players

    Rahul Dravid
    Brett Lee
    Michael Clarke
    Shane Bond
    Murlitharan
    Damien Martyn
    Andrew Flintoff
    Kevin Pieterson
    Dale Steyn
    Mohammad Yousuf
    Herschelle Gibbs
    Bret Lee
    Mohammad Yousuf


    2010 xi

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    JoeRoot
    AB Devilliers (W)
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson

    Other players

    Mohammad Asif
    James Swann
    Tim Southee
    Rabada
    Vernon Philanderer
    Stuart Broad



    Analysis and Conclusion

    With a gun on my head I would choose 1970's as the decade when cricketing talent flourished to the greatest extent .Imagine the likes of Sobers,Gavaskar,Chappell brothers ,Barry Richards,Mike Procter,Zaheer Abbas,Majid Khan,Dennis Lillee,Andy Roberts,Michael Holding ,Clive Lloyd,Alvin Kalicharan,Jeff Thomson,Derek Undewod,Bishen Bedi,Glen Turner ,Mushtaq Muhammad ,Tony Greig,Asif Iqbal and Gundappa Vishwanath all playing together.For creative genius this decade topped the list.Arguably the best ever Australian team ever played in this decade with the likes of Lillee-Thomson and Chappell brothers as well as great West Indies and Pakistani sides.Significantly Gavaskar,Viv Richards ,Chappell brothers and Lillee were at their best in this decade.

    At 2nd place just a whisker behind I chose The main factor wa sthe emergence of 4 great all-rounders in Hadlee,Imran,Botham and Kapil.There were also batsmen of great calibre like Gavaskar,Viv Richards Gower,Vengsarkar ,Border,Miandad,Martin Crowe,Greenidge Etc.Abundance of great pace bolwers like Marshall.Hadlee,Imran ,Garner etc.

    At 3rd place I place the 1990's as although it had the greatest bowlers like Wasim,Waqar,Ambrose and Donald there were not as great all-rounders as before .Close to the best batsmen ever in Lara and Sachin but others were not as consistent or classy as the best of the 1970's.


    I feel the lists demonstrate that the standard of the game has declined in the last 2 decades,in test cricket.I could make the 2strongest world xi's in the 1970's and then the 80's.
    Sorry Correction.In 2nd para I forgot to add 'team of the 1980's'. It should read

    At 2nd place just a whisker behind I chose the decade of 1980's. The main factor wa sthe emergence of 4 great all-rounders in Hadlee,Imran,Botham and Kapil.There were also batsmen of great calibre like Gavaskar,Viv Richards Gower,Vengsarkar ,Border,Miandad,Martin Crowe,Greenidge Etc.Abundance of great pace bolwers like Marshall.Hadlee,Imran ,Garner etc.

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    1990s.

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    How many tests Asif played in 2010s?

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    Deserves a POTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Absolutely ridiculous, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for your explanation how Strauss was more consistent.

    Warner scores 50 every 2.7 innings compared to Strauss every 4.3 innings
    Warner gets out for a duck every 22.8 innings compared to Strauss every 8.6 innings.

    So unless there is some other way you judge a players consistency then you are wrong.
    Don’t expect a response lol. His criteria is weird. He says guys are consistent when they are the opposite lol. His threads are clearly made to glorify the older eras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Lists of outstanding cricketers and world xi's of last 6 decades.Chosen the world xi's of the decades and listed other players.

    1960's xi

    Conrad Hunte
    Hanif Mohammad
    Rohan Kanhai
    Graeme Pollock
    Peter May
    Gary Sobers'
    Jackie Hendricks
    Richie Benaud
    Alan Davidson
    Fred Trueman
    Wes Hall

    Others
    Frank Worrell
    Basil Butcher
    Ken Barrington
    Bill Lawry
    Nawab of Pataudi
    Vijay Manjrekar
    Colin Cowdrey
    Brian Statham
    Graham Mckenzie
    John Snow
    Colin Milburn
    Tom Graveney




    1970's xi

    Barry Richards
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Ian Chappell(C)
    Greg Chappell
    Gary Sobers
    Mike Procter
    Alan Knott(W)
    Andy Roberts
    Dennis Lillee
    Bishen Bedi

    Other players
    Clive Lloyd
    Majid Khan
    Jeff Thomson
    Geoff Boycott
    Michael Holding
    Joel Garner
    Derek Underwood
    Tony Greig
    John Snow
    Rohan Kanhai
    Mushtaq Muhammad
    Asif Iqbal
    Lawrence Rowe
    Glen Turner
    Colin Croft


    1980's xi

    Greenidge
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Alan Border
    Javed Miandad
    Ian Botham
    Jeff Dujon(W)
    Imran Khan (C)
    Richard Hadlee
    Malcolm Marshall
    Abdul Qadir

    other players
    Martin Crowe
    Kapil Dev
    David Gower
    Mohammad Azaharuddin
    Alan Lamb
    Bob Willis
    Geoff Lawson
    Craig Mcdermott
    Mike Gatting
    Dilip Vengsarkar
    David Boon
    Mohsin Khan
    Dean Jones
    Greg Matthews
    Ravi Shastri
    Graham Gooch



    1990's xi

    Mark Taylor
    Graham Gooch
    Brian Lara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Steve Waugh (C)
    Jacques Kallis
    Ian Healy (W)
    Shane Warne
    Wasim Akram
    Curtly Ambrose
    Alan Donald

    other players
    Salim Malik
    Mark Waugh
    Inzamam Ul Haq
    Shaun Pollock
    Saurav Ganguly
    Rahul Dravid
    Ian Fleming
    Saqlain Mushtaq
    Waqar Younus
    Courtney Walsh
    Shaun Pollock
    Chris Cairns


    2000's xi

    MatthewHayden
    Graeme Smith (C)
    Ponting
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Kallis
    Gilchrist (W)
    Warne
    Donald
    Shoaib Akhtar
    Murlitharan
    Glen Mcgrath
    Chris Cairns


    Other players

    Rahul Dravid
    Brett Lee
    Michael Clarke
    Shane Bond
    Murlitharan
    Damien Martyn
    Andrew Flintoff
    Kevin Pieterson
    Dale Steyn
    Mohammad Yousuf
    Herschelle Gibbs
    Bret Lee
    Mohammad Yousuf


    2010 xi

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    JoeRoot
    AB Devilliers (W)
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson

    Other players

    Mohammad Asif
    James Swann
    Tim Southee
    Rabada
    Vernon Philanderer
    Stuart Broad



    Analysis and Conclusion

    With a gun on my head I would choose 1970's as the decade when cricketing talent flourished to the greatest extent .Imagine the likes of Sobers,Gavaskar,Chappell brothers ,Barry Richards,Mike Procter,Zaheer Abbas,Majid Khan,Dennis Lillee,Andy Roberts,Michael Holding ,Clive Lloyd,Alvin Kalicharan,Jeff Thomson,Derek Undewod,Bishen Bedi,Glen Turner ,Mushtaq Muhammad ,Tony Greig,Asif Iqbal and Gundappa Vishwanath all playing together.For creative genius this decade topped the list.Arguably the best ever Australian team ever played in this decade with the likes of Lillee-Thomson and Chappell brothers as well as great West Indies and Pakistani sides.Significantly Gavaskar,Viv Richards ,Chappell brothers and Lillee were at their best in this decade.

    At 2nd place just a whisker behind I chose The main factor wa sthe emergence of 4 great all-rounders in Hadlee,Imran,Botham and Kapil.There were also batsmen of great calibre like Gavaskar,Viv Richards Gower,Vengsarkar ,Border,Miandad,Martin Crowe,Greenidge Etc.Abundance of great pace bolwers like Marshall.Hadlee,Imran ,Garner etc.

    At no 3 the 1990's as although it had the greatest bowlers like Wasim,Waqar,Ambrose and Donald there were not as great all-rounders as before .Close to the best batsmen ever in Lara and Sachin but others were not as consistent or classy as the best of the 1970's.


    I feel the lists demonstrate that the standard of the game has declined in the last 2 decades,in test cricket.I could make the 2strongest world xi's in the 1970's and then the 80's.
    Sorry PP viewers left out Zaheer Abbas in list of 1970's.He has to be there in the non-xi section almost at the top.Please bear with me.All but made to the xi.

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    From a personal point of view in watching cricket for the last three decades. I'd say the 90's as it seems each team had a core set of very strong players. Even, Zimbabwe had a good set of players.

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    This poster has not even mentioned players like
    Legendary Dr WG Grace
    Sir Donald Bradman
    Len Hutton
    Sydney Barnes
    Clarrie Grimmet the legend
    Larwood
    Legendary Lohmann.

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    Apart from the ashes test cricket is on its last legs, put these 3 in a test match in uae theyl kill it off completely!

    Elgar
    Azhar Ali
    Pujara

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarwar89 View Post
    This poster has not even mentioned players like
    Legendary Dr WG Grace
    Sir Donald Bradman
    Len Hutton
    Sydney Barnes
    Clarrie Grimmet the legend
    Larwood
    Legendary Lohmann.
    Geniuses all but of an era where overall cricketing standard was not at its peak.Ofcourws Hobbs,Bradman,Hutton or even Miller could make an all time xi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Geniuses all but of an era where overall cricketing standard was not at its peak.Ofcourws Hobbs,Bradman,Hutton or even Miller could make an all time xi.
    Each era has its own standard.
    Current Kohli would have been a success on uncovered pitches in 50’s?

    No helmets ?

    Helmets changed everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Absolutely ridiculous, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for your explanation how Strauss was more consistent.

    Warner scores 50 every 2.7 innings compared to Strauss every 4.3 innings
    Warner gets out for a duck every 22.8 innings compared to Strauss every 8.6 innings.

    So unless there is some other way you judge a players consistency then you are wrong.
    I can guarantee you that he will not respond to your post now. Strange fella ... he doesn't like anyone questioning his views

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Sorry PP viewers left out Zaheer Abbas in list of 1970's.He has to be there in the non-xi section almost at the top.Please bear with me.All but made to the xi.
    Gundappa vishwanath

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Sorry PP viewers left out Zaheer Abbas in list of 1970's.He has to be there in the non-xi section almost at the top.Please bear with me.All but made to the xi.
    Very good post. But gundappa vishwanath should also be there.
    According to me 1990 was the best era,
    simply bcos it had a better bowling lineup.
    There is a huge difference in quality b/w qadir and warne.
    The fast bowlers in 1980s and 1990s were equally good, mcgrath+donald+wasim/ambrose is as good as marshall+imran+hadlee.
    Batting quality wise sachin+lara+waugh+kallis trumps border+miandad+viv+ botham.

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    90s bowling talent was unmatched in history of cricket.

    Best left arm pacer in history
    Best Leg spinner in history
    Best off spinner in history
    Top 5-7 pacers in history in McGrath & Ambrose
    Toe crusher Waqar
    White lightening Donald
    Pollock at his best


    So much variety with so many ATG bowlers. Even second tier bowlers like Gillespie and Walsh were gun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Can you explain how Strauss get in before a superior talented Warner.
    Forget Strauss over Warner ... he missed even mentioning the following Indian players (I guess it must have been due to the Gun that was pointed to his head ) :

    1. Anil Kumble
    2. Sehwag
    3. VVS
    4. Zaheer Khan
    5. Harbhajan
    6. MSD
    7. Ashwin
    8. Jadeja
    9. Rahane
    10. Pujara
    11. Chandrashekhar
    12. Prasanna
    13. Venkatraghavan
    14. Kirmani
    15. Amarnath
    16. Sidhu


    Other notable omissions:
    1. Ian Bishop
    2. Herath
    3. Sangakkara
    4. Mahela
    5. Matthews
    6. Dilshan
    7. Jayasuriya
    8. Ross Taylor
    9. Misbah
    10. Younis Khan
    11. Amir
    12. Ben Stokes
    13. Pat Cummins
    14. Nathan Lyon
    15. Trent Boult
    16 . Mitch Johnson
    17. Chanderpaul
    18. Hooper
    19. Gayle
    20. Ritchie Richardson
    21. Boucher
    22. Kasprowicz
    23. Jason Gillespie
    24. Faf Duplesis
    25. Josh Hazlewood
    26. Saeed Anwar
    27. Amir Sohail
    28. Ijaz Ahmed
    29. Sarfraz Nawaz
    30. Mudassar
    31. Kaneria
    32. Mushtaq
    33. Chris Martin
    34. McCullum
    35. Vettori
    36. Astle
    37. Stuart McGill
    38. Ryan Harris
    39. Siddle
    40. Matt Prior
    41. Hoggard
    42. Darren Gough
    43. Caddick
    44. Alec Stewart
    45. Michael Vaughan
    46. Ashley Giles
    47. Kluesner
    48. Cullinan
    49. Cronje
    50. Ntini
    ....
    ....
    ....


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    And still missed some big names

    51. Aravinda De-Silva
    52. Ranatunga
    53. Wasim Bari
    54. Hashan Tilakaratne
    55. Merv Hughes
    56. Wasim Raja
    57. Shakib
    58. Tamim

    pretty sure we can keep adding


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    1990's followed by 80's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeteshssaxena View Post
    Gundappa vishwanath
    Absolutely .I am surprised that I even forgot the name of Gundappa Vishwanath .To me the closest to Viv Richards,Chappell brothers and Gavaskar in that era.Please count him on that list.After Viv and Barry Richards the most talented batsmen of his era even more so than Gavaskar or Chappel brothers.Vishy was like a lotus blooming talikg artistry to regions of divinity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeteshssaxena View Post
    Very good post. But gundappa vishwanath should also be there.
    According to me 1990 was the best era,
    simply bcos it had a better bowling lineup.
    There is a huge difference in quality b/w qadir and warne.
    The fast bowlers in 1980s and 1990s were equally good, mcgrath+donald+wasim/ambrose is as good as marshall+imran+hadlee.
    Batting quality wise sachin+lara+waugh+kallis trumps border+miandad+viv+ botham.
    Would Vishy make the world xi of the 1970s?In my view just misses out to Ian or Greg Chappell and marginally ahead of Clive Lloyd and Zaheer Abbas.Like your view.Very pleased that you recognise his true greatness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Absolutely .I am surprised that I even forgot the name of Gundappa Vishwanath .To me the closest to Viv Richards,Chappell brothers and Gavaskar in that era.Please count him on that list.After Viv and Barry Richards the most talented batsmen of his era even more so than Gavaskar or Chappel brothers.Vishy was like a lotus blooming talikg artistry to regions of divinity.
    Its not just Vishy you forgot see post#38 and 39 ... there is a boat load of players that you forgot. I know you don't like to respond when people point at flaws in your posts but this is yet another example of why Iam critical of most of your posts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    Its not just Vishy you forgot see post#38 and 39 ... there is a boat load of players that you forgot. I know you don't like to respond when people point at flaws in your posts but this is yet another example of why Iam critical of most of your posts.
    Errors can be made.Afterall such a huge list.Forgot names of Gundappa Vishwanath,Mohinder Amarnath,Sannath Jayasuriya ,Aravindam De Silva ,Mahela Jayewardene and Kumar Sangakaara.Will add now.Very sorry to miss some important names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Errors can be made.Afterall such a huge list.Forgot names of Gundappa Vishwanath,Mohinder Amarnath,Sannath Jayasuriya ,Aravindam De Silva ,Mahela Jayewardene and Kumar Sangakaara.Will add now.Very sorry to miss some important names.
    You don't have to be sorry. The point is every decade starting from the 90s will have much larger no.of great cricketers because of the simple reason that there are more countries playing cricket due to addition of SA, SL and now BD yet you claim 70s as the best ever and having a large collection of talented players. Thats just simply not true at all. It doesnt pass the logic test.

    There is also the simple life fact that by-and-large everything improves over a period of time. If you want to keep telling us that players like Barry Richards were extraordinary players despite the obvious technical flaws that are clearly visible in his batting then it highlights your massive bias towards older era's without any logical or factual basis to back up the high rating. But you will please the likes of @Junaids and @Robert quite a bit by regularly doing this 70s > Rest.


    However if you want the facts bound people to take your posts seriously you need to be able to up your standards quite a bit. You clearly have extraordinary passion for the game but your threads suffers from major errors , attention to detail , poor formatting and above all huge bias and willingness to even consider opposing points of view.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Lists of outstanding cricketers and world xi's of last 6 decades.Chosen the world xi's of the decades and listed other players.

    1960's xi

    Conrad Hunte
    Hanif Mohammad
    Rohan Kanhai
    Graeme Pollock
    Peter May
    Gary Sobers'
    Jackie Hendricks
    Richie Benaud
    Alan Davidson
    Fred Trueman
    Wes Hall

    Others
    Frank Worrell
    Basil Butcher
    Ken Barrington
    Bill Lawry
    Nawab of Pataudi
    Vijay Manjrekar
    Colin Cowdrey
    Brian Statham
    Graham Mckenzie
    John Snow
    Colin Milburn
    Tom Graveney




    1970's xi

    Barry Richards
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Ian Chappell(C)
    Greg Chappell
    Gary Sobers
    Mike Procter
    Alan Knott(W)
    Andy Roberts
    Dennis Lillee
    Bishen Bedi

    Other players
    Clive Lloyd
    Majid Khan
    Jeff Thomson
    Geoff Boycott
    Michael Holding
    Joel Garner
    Derek Underwood
    Tony Greig
    John Snow
    Rohan Kanhai
    Mushtaq Muhammad
    Asif Iqbal
    Lawrence Rowe
    Glen Turner
    Colin Croft


    1980's xi

    Greenidge
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Alan Border
    Javed Miandad
    Ian Botham
    Jeff Dujon(W)
    Imran Khan (C)
    Richard Hadlee
    Malcolm Marshall
    Abdul Qadir

    other players
    Martin Crowe
    Kapil Dev
    David Gower
    Mohammad Azaharuddin
    Alan Lamb
    Bob Willis
    Geoff Lawson
    Craig Mcdermott
    Mike Gatting
    Dilip Vengsarkar
    David Boon
    Mohsin Khan
    Dean Jones
    Greg Matthews
    Ravi Shastri
    Graham Gooch



    1990's xi

    Mark Taylor
    Graham Gooch
    Brian Lara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Steve Waugh (C)
    Jacques Kallis
    Ian Healy (W)
    Shane Warne
    Wasim Akram
    Curtly Ambrose
    Alan Donald

    other players
    Salim Malik
    Mark Waugh
    Inzamam Ul Haq
    Shaun Pollock
    Saurav Ganguly
    Rahul Dravid
    Ian Fleming
    Saqlain Mushtaq
    Waqar Younus
    Courtney Walsh
    Shaun Pollock
    Chris Cairns
    Mushtaq Ahmed


    2000's xi

    Matthew Hayden
    Graeme Smith (C)
    Ponting
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Kallis
    Gilchrist (W)
    Warne
    Donald
    Shoaib Akhtar
    Murlitharan
    Glen Mcgrath
    Chris Cairns


    Other players

    Rahul Dravid
    Brett Lee
    Michael Clarke
    Shane Bond
    Murlitharan
    Damien Martyn
    Andrew Flintoff
    Kevin Pieterson
    Dale Steyn
    Mohammad Yousuf
    Herschelle Gibbs
    Bret Lee
    Mohammad Yousuf


    2010 xi

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    JoeRoot
    AB Devilliers (W)
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson

    Other players

    Mohammad Asif
    James Swann
    Tim Southee
    Rabada
    Vernon Philanderer
    Stuart Broad



    Analysis and Conclusion

    With a gun on my head I would choose 1970's as the decade when cricketing talent flourished to the greatest extent .Imagine the likes of Sobers,Gavaskar,Chappell brothers ,Barry Richards,Mike Procter,Zaheer Abbas,Majid Khan,Dennis Lillee,Andy Roberts,Michael Holding ,Clive Lloyd,Alvin Kalicharan,Jeff Thomson,Derek Undewod,Bishen Bedi,Glen Turner ,Mushtaq Muhammad ,Tony Greig,Asif Iqbal and Gundappa Vishwanath all playing together.For creative genius this decade topped the list.Arguably the best ever Australian team ever played in this decade with the likes of Lillee-Thomson and Chappell brothers as well as great West Indies and Pakistani sides.Significantly Gavaskar,Viv Richards ,Chappell brothers and Lillee were at their best in this decade.

    At 2nd place just a whisker behind I chose The main factor wa sthe emergence of 4 great all-rounders in Hadlee,Imran,Botham and Kapil.There were also batsmen of great calibre like Gavaskar,Viv Richards Gower,Vengsarkar ,Border,Miandad,Martin Crowe,Greenidge Etc.Abundance of great pace bolwers like Marshall.Hadlee,Imran ,Garner etc.

    At no 3 the 1990's as although it had the greatest bowlers like Wasim,Waqar,Ambrose and Donald there were not as great all-rounders as before .Close to the best batsmen ever in Lara and Sachin but others were not as consistent or classy as the best of the 1970's.


    I feel the lists demonstrate that the standard of the game has declined in the last 2 decades,in test cricket.I could make the 2strongest world xi's in the 1970's and then the 80's.
    Very Sorry pakpassion viewers

    These are my important additions .I rush could not remember everyone .Please see.Some were major omissions .

    1970's
    others added

    Gundappa Vishwanath
    Zaheer Abbas
    Alvin Kalicharan
    Wasim Raja
    Gary Gilmour
    Bob Massie
    Doug Walters
    Dennis Amiss
    Rick Mcosker
    Erapalli Prasanna


    1980's -added players

    Mohinder Amarnath
    Alan Lamb
    Mudassar Nazar
    Sandip Patil
    Ijaz Ahmed
    Terry Alderman
    Roy Dias
    Jeff Dujon
    Duleep Mendis




    1990's other players added

    Sannath Jayasuriya
    Aravinda De'Silva
    Robin Smith
    Alec Stewart
    Anil Kumble
    Harbhajan Singh
    Graham Thorpe
    Arjuna Ranatunga
    Ken Rutherford
    Andrew Jones
    Mushtaq Ahmed
    Roshan Mahanama
    Atapattu


    2000 decade-other players added

    Mahela Jayewardene
    Kumar Sangakaara(may make world 2010 xi)
    Tim Southee
    Brendon Mcullaum
    Ajantha de'Silva
    Makya Nitini

    Sanga may well play in 2010 xi but it is a very close finish with AB Devilliers


    2010 xi -revised list

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Steve Smith
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    AB Devilliers (W)/Kumar Sangakaara
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson

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    Very Sorry again. must Add Virendra Sehwag to 2000 list.A certainty.He could well open in the xi and be a contender to Mathew Hayden or Graeme Smith.Apologize to viewers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    The 2000s easily followed by the 1980s:-

    Hayden Sehwag>Greenidge
    Ponting>Chappell
    Tendulkar>Richards
    Lara>Miandad
    Kallis Gilchrist>Knott
    Warne>Qadir
    Wasim McGrath>Marshall
    Muralitharan>Roberts


    Most of the 2000s players have huge claim at being the best ever in their respective positions.
    Mcgrath not>Marshall

    Richards virtually Tendulkar's equal.better match-winner

    Imran may be better than Kallis and a better match-winner.

    Knott was better keeper than Gilly


    Greenidge was virtually the equal of Sehwag.Better record in wins.


    Wasim was Lillee's equal if not better

    Why not the 1970's with It's superstars ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Very Sorry again. must Add Virendra Sehwag to 2000 list.A certainty.He could well open in the xi and be a contender to Mathew Hayden or Graeme Smith.Apologize to viewers.
    Not sure why you keep apologizing because there is no way one can remember all the great players from the past 5-6 decades. You are still missing quite a few ( Srinath, Morne Morkel, Vaas etc ) and it is a futile exercise considering you have set the bar too low by including the likes of Blewett, Shastri , Lawry, Milburn etc etc in your original list.


    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Mcgrath not>Marshall

    Richards virtually Tendulkar's equal.better match-winner

    Imran may be better than Kallis and a better match-winner.

    Knott was better keeper than Gilly


    Greenidge was virtually the equal of Sehwag.Better record in wins.


    Wasim was Lillee's equal if not better

    Why not the 1970's with It's superstars ?
    They are superstars according to you. For instance I will tell you why Tendulkar is far better than Richards but you are not going to like the facts.


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    Sanga over AB in Tests any day

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    Quote Originally Posted by InziFans View Post
    Sanga over AB in Tests any day
    As a match-winner?Remember AB's strike rate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    Not sure why you keep apologizing because there is no way one can remember all the great players from the past 5-6 decades. You are still missing quite a few ( Srinath, Morne Morkel, Vaas etc ) and it is a futile exercise considering you have set the bar too low by including the likes of Blewett, Shastri , Lawry, Milburn etc etc in your original list.




    They are superstars according to you. For instance I will tell you why Tendulkar is far better than Richards but you are not going to like the facts.
    Richards could be the equal of Tendulkar if not better.Greenidge in the 80's for a while was the best batsmen in the world.Lawry had an average of over 47 which was outstanding.Lille was almost the equal of Marshall and Wasim and arguably better than Mcgrath.Barry Richards was the most complete batsmen ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    As a match-winner?Remember AB's strike rate?
    Definitely. Sanga has 16 MoMs in 134 games. ABD has 5 in 114. Sanga played more clutch innings - the 192 at Hobart for instance. His only problem is that he had weak support and not enough opportunities to play in SENA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Richards could be the equal of Tendulkar if not better..
    How ? Considering that Viv never had to face WI fast bowlers and there was no SA and SL were minnows in his time and the AUS team he faced was nowhere as great as the aussie teams that Tendulkar played against ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Richards could be the equal of Tendulkar if not better.Greenidge in the 80's for a while was the best batsmen in the world.Lawry had an average of over 47 which was outstanding.Lille was almost the equal of Marshall and Wasim and arguably better than Mcgrath.Barry Richards was the most complete batsmen ever.
    No VVS in 2000 xi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaankeJi View Post
    No VVS in 2000 xi?
    Would miss out by a whisker .Again very sorry for leaving hi out of others .Closest to the very best and most talented.Great choice.

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    1970's for me. Every top team had genuine fast bowlers other then India who still don't and world class batsmen.


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    90s.... best time to watch cricket. Some high quality evenly balanced teams, Aus, SA, Pak, Windies, SL, NZ...India and England were the laggards. 3 good world cups, 92, 96, 99. Great times

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    @Robert I am waiting for your contribution here without fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Richards could be the equal of Tendulkar if not better.Greenidge in the 80's for a while was the best batsmen in the world.Lawry had an average of over 47 which was outstanding.Lille was almost the equal of Marshall and Wasim and arguably better than Mcgrath.Barry Richards was the most complete batsmen ever.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    How ? Considering that Viv never had to face WI fast bowlers and there was no SA and SL were minnows in his time and the AUS team he faced was nowhere as great as the aussie teams that Tendulkar played against ?
    No response to this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Very Sorry pakpassion viewers

    These are my important additions .I rush could not remember everyone .Please see.Some were major omissions .

    1970's
    others added

    Gundappa Vishwanath
    Zaheer Abbas
    Alvin Kalicharan
    Wasim Raja
    Gary Gilmour
    Bob Massie
    Doug Walters
    Dennis Amiss
    Rick Mcosker
    Erapalli Prasanna


    1980's -added players

    Mohinder Amarnath
    Alan Lamb
    Mudassar Nazar
    Sandip Patil
    Ijaz Ahmed
    Terry Alderman
    Roy Dias
    Jeff Dujon
    Duleep Mendis




    1990's other players added

    Sannath Jayasuriya
    Aravinda De'Silva
    Robin Smith
    Alec Stewart
    Anil Kumble
    Harbhajan Singh
    Graham Thorpe
    Arjuna Ranatunga
    Ken Rutherford
    Andrew Jones
    Mushtaq Ahmed
    Roshan Mahanama
    Atapattu


    2000 decade-other players added

    Mahela Jayewardene
    Kumar Sangakaara(may make world 2010 xi)
    Tim Southee
    Brendon Mcullaum
    Ajantha de'Silva
    Makya Nitini

    Sanga may well play in 2010 xi but it is a very close finish with AB Devilliers


    2010 xi -revised list

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Steve Smith
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    AB Devilliers (W)/Kumar Sangakaara
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson
    You should get in Ashwin in place of Yasir because Ashwin is a useful batsmen and runs from tail play major role as well.

    Given that you have Starc, Steyn and Andy, a no. 8 should be a capable bat, so Ashwin gets in.

    I would also love to have an all-rounder in form of Ben Stokes at 6 but that remains debatable. Williamson and Sangakkara are more suitable top order bats, at 3 or 4, while Root and de Villiers should be the pick for 5 or 7.

    My 2010s XI will be: -

    Cook
    Warner
    Amla/Williamson
    Smith
    Kohli
    Stokes
    ABD(wkt)
    Ashwin
    Starc
    Steyn
    Jimmy

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    I started watching the game since the early 90's, and that was the era I enjoyed the most. Mostly got to do with the awesome fast bowlers of that time. But then again, that's just my perspective. The complete decline of the West Indies has been the worst thing since then. It's a tragedy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Lists of outstanding cricketers and world xi's of last 6 decades.Chosen the world xi's of the decades and listed other players.

    1960's xi

    Conrad Hunte
    Hanif Mohammad
    Rohan Kanhai
    Graeme Pollock
    Peter May
    Gary Sobers'
    Jackie Hendricks
    Richie Benaud
    Alan Davidson
    Fred Trueman
    Wes Hall

    Others
    Frank Worrell
    Basil Butcher
    Ken Barrington
    Bill Lawry
    Nawab of Pataudi
    Vijay Manjrekar
    Colin Cowdrey
    Brian Statham
    Graham Mckenzie
    John Snow
    Colin Milburn
    Tom Graveney




    1970's xi

    Barry Richards
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Ian Chappell(C)
    Greg Chappell
    Gary Sobers
    Mike Procter
    Alan Knott(W)
    Andy Roberts
    Dennis Lillee
    Bishen Bedi

    Other players
    Clive Lloyd
    Majid Khan
    Jeff Thomson
    Geoff Boycott
    Michael Holding
    Joel Garner
    Derek Underwood
    Tony Greig
    John Snow
    Rohan Kanhai
    Mushtaq Muhammad
    Asif Iqbal
    Lawrence Rowe
    Glen Turner
    Colin Croft


    1980's xi

    Greenidge
    Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Alan Border
    Javed Miandad
    Ian Botham
    Jeff Dujon(W)
    Imran Khan (C)
    Richard Hadlee
    Malcolm Marshall
    Abdul Qadir

    other players
    Martin Crowe
    Kapil Dev
    David Gower
    Mohammad Azaharuddin
    Alan Lamb
    Bob Willis
    Geoff Lawson
    Craig Mcdermott
    Mike Gatting
    Dilip Vengsarkar
    David Boon
    Mohsin Khan
    Dean Jones
    Greg Matthews
    Ravi Shastri
    Graham Gooch



    1990's xi

    Mark Taylor
    Graham Gooch
    Brian Lara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Steve Waugh (C)
    Jacques Kallis
    Ian Healy (W)
    Shane Warne
    Wasim Akram
    Curtly Ambrose
    Alan Donald

    other players
    Salim Malik
    Mark Waugh
    Inzamam Ul Haq
    Shaun Pollock
    Saurav Ganguly
    Rahul Dravid
    Ian Fleming
    Saqlain Mushtaq
    Waqar Younus
    Courtney Walsh
    Shaun Pollock
    Chris Cairns


    2000's xi

    MatthewHayden
    Graeme Smith (C)
    Ponting
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Kallis
    Gilchrist (W)
    Warne
    Donald
    Shoaib Akhtar
    Murlitharan
    Glen Mcgrath
    Chris Cairns


    Other players

    Rahul Dravid
    Brett Lee
    Michael Clarke
    Shane Bond
    Murlitharan
    Damien Martyn
    Andrew Flintoff
    Kevin Pieterson
    Dale Steyn
    Mohammad Yousuf
    Herschelle Gibbs
    Bret Lee
    Mohammad Yousuf


    2010 xi

    Andrew Strauss
    Alistair Cook
    Hashim Amla
    Virat Kohli (C)
    Kane Williamson
    JoeRoot
    AB Devilliers (W)
    Yasir Shah
    Dale Steyn
    Michael Stark
    James Anderson

    Other players

    Mohammad Asif
    James Swann
    Tim Southee
    Rabada
    Vernon Philanderer
    Stuart Broad



    Analysis and Conclusion

    With a gun on my head I would choose 1970's as the decade when cricketing talent flourished to the greatest extent .Imagine the likes of Sobers,Gavaskar,Chappell brothers ,Barry Richards,Mike Procter,Zaheer Abbas,Majid Khan,Dennis Lillee,Andy Roberts,Michael Holding ,Clive Lloyd,Alvin Kalicharan,Jeff Thomson,Derek Undewod,Bishen Bedi,Glen Turner ,Mushtaq Muhammad ,Tony Greig,Asif Iqbal and Gundappa Vishwanath all playing together.For creative genius this decade topped the list.Arguably the best ever Australian team ever played in this decade with the likes of Lillee-Thomson and Chappell brothers as well as great West Indies and Pakistani sides.Significantly Gavaskar,Viv Richards ,Chappell brothers and Lillee were at their best in this decade.

    At 2nd place just a whisker behind I chose The main factor wa sthe emergence of 4 great all-rounders in Hadlee,Imran,Botham and Kapil.There were also batsmen of great calibre like Gavaskar,Viv Richards Gower,Vengsarkar ,Border,Miandad,Martin Crowe,Greenidge Etc.Abundance of great pace bolwers like Marshall.Hadlee,Imran ,Garner etc.

    At no 3 the 1990's as although it had the greatest bowlers like Wasim,Waqar,Ambrose and Donald there were not as great all-rounders as before .Close to the best batsmen ever in Lara and Sachin but others were not as consistent or classy as the best of the 1970's.


    I feel the lists demonstrate that the standard of the game has declined in the last 2 decades,in test cricket.I could make the 2strongest world xi's in the 1970's and then the 80's.
    Why 13 players in 00s list?

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    Sorry sir mistake.Remove Shoaib Akhtar and Chris Cairns Sorry for error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Why 13 players in 00s list?
    Otherwise any comments on my evaluation.Do see corrections later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Thakor View Post
    Sorry sir mistake.Remove Shoaib Akhtar and Chris Cairns Sorry for error.
    Thanks but please dont call me sir, that's insulting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Thanks but please dont call me sir, that's insulting.
    Ok what do you feel on my analysis overall and which is your choice of best era?


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