19 October, 2020

Superman vs Batman

India will have to watch the situation when Lara is in and they have the back-up around Tendulkar to ensure a good performance.

Portrait by Manish Kumar
Superman vs Batman
Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara are great batsmen, comparable to any of any age but the best ever is up for debate. Bradman stands alone although I never saw him play. If statistics are your yardstick, and it seems everyone is hostage to numbers, then he is your man. Oh, but the aesthetics and joy of seeing a dominating player unconcerned with his average and intent on winning matches only. They are few and far between, which is why Adam Gilchrist is a modern favourite.

Tendulkar and Lara, in their different ways, have taken turns at the No. 1 spot and caused debate in hotels and bars around the world on who is better. I hate figures but I trust my instincts when assessing a batsman and there’s no doubting the ability of both men. They are geniuses but their paths couldn’t be more different.

Tendulkar has borne the brunt of India’s batting for over 10 years now and has done well everywhere except South Africa where wickets are seamer-friendly, always a big test for any sub-continental batsman. He is classical, plays all the shots and for me he has that presence...



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