Former Pakistan seamer Wasim Akram has unveiled the top five best batsmen according to him. The list includes one Kiwi player, one Indian, two West Indians, and finally one of his former fellow teammates. As far as the cricketing world is concerned, there exist and existed plethora of batsmen, who had their unique ways of churning out runs. Don Bradman well and truly defined the golden patch while Sachin Tendulkar took it to the next level.
Meanwhile, Wasim Akram’s catalogue of top five batsmen consisted of some colossuses of the modern and anachronistic era. He began with placing Sir Vivian Richards at number one. Having played for West Indies between 1974 and 1991, Richards turned as the finest batsman the country had seen. The Antiguan clattered 8540 and 6721 runs in Tests and ODIs at strike rates of 86.07 and 90.2. Those runs came at averages of 50.24 in Tests, and 47 in ODIs.
The 54-year old moved on to the former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe. Once, the Pakistani fast bowler did describe Crowe as the toughest batsman to bowl to due to his ability to handle the short-pitched delivery. The late cricketer played 77 Tests and 143 ODIs between 1982 and 1995, scoring over 10000 runs. Crowe maintained healthy averages of 45.37 and 38.24 in Tests, and ODIs, respectively.
The Prince of Trinidad, Brian Lara, was third on the Wasim Akram’s list. Lara was arguably the greatest left-handed batsman to grace the game and carried the hopes of the nation single-handedly a lot many times. The former West Indian has mustered 11953 Test runs at 52.89 and 10405 in ODI, averaging 40.17. Brian Lara is amongst the few to amass over 10000 runs in both the formats.
Wasim Akram keeps Sachin Tendulkar in the fifth spot:
Akram went on to name Inzamam-Ul-Haq next in line, having played alongside him in most of his playing days. Inzamam-Ul-Haq was an exceptionally reliable middle-order batsman, having accumulated over 20000 international runs. The former Pakistan skipper is the third-highest run-getter in Tests for the nation with 8830 runs in 120 games at 49.60. Inzamam’s numbers in 50-over cricket amount to 11739 runs in 378 fixtures.
Last but not least, former batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar occupies the fifth spot. It is most surprising to see Tendulkar at the last place, given the 47-year-old tops the run-scoring charts in both Tests and ODIs. Labelled as the “god of cricket”, Tendulkar had many exciting battles on the field with Wasim Akram and Pakistan throughout his illustrious career.
Wasim Akram's five best ever batsmen in order of ranking:
1. Sir Vivian Richards
2. Martin Crowe
3. Brian Lara
5. Sachin Tendulkar#Cricket
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