In this article I will be discussing who I believe is the best batsman of the modern era, In terms of the modern era I am defining it to my years of watching and playing cricket so over the last 15 years. I believe things such as ODI (One Day Internationals) and Test matches should be considered as a fair measure of aggregate runs and averages. Generally a quality batsmen is equally as great in all formats of cricket whether it be the tactical war like Test cricket or the big hitting fast paced One Day International cricket. I know at this point those cricket fans who are reading this are thinking what about T20, my answer is what about it? I think it will take some years before it is established and reaches out to the cricketing purist and in terms of this article I think we can neglect to include this relatively new format.
Sachin Tendulkar the batsman I have watched since forever, my very own cricketing hero, who brings the largest cities in the world to a standstill whilst in full flow is the first batsman I will explore. The short diminutive Indian cricketer who is renowned the world over and probably the only Indian sporting export known the world over. All records have been if not tested, broken by this man and it is in the manner he has accumulated these runs with exquisite balance, perfect technique and composure at the crease. I cannot remember any disciplinary problems he has encountered and thus his imperious behaviour has made him somewhat of a role model not only for fans of all ages but for fellow cricketers.
Brian Lara and Viv RIchards the two West Indian batsman who have entertained many cricket fans in their various careers. Brain Lara’s in his career has broken some brilliant individual records which probably results in being a major criticism of him over the years in that he is not a team player. In my opinion Richards was superior to Lara in terms of one day cricket and Lara better than Richards in test match cricket. Greats in their own eras and own forms of the game but equally as entertaining in their own right.
One of the best captains of modern times and part of the great Australian side, Ricky Ponting has quietly been catching up with some of Sachin’s records with significant achievements in both forms of cricket. He has still got a few years in him and I believe he will creep up to second in the all time rankings before he retires. Watching matches where Ponting has dominated attacks and changed the course of games with his brilliant batting and captaincy has truly inspired many generations and will do for many years to come.
There are batsman like Jacque Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Inzamam Ul Haq and Virender Sehwag who have done well in various years; however they have not been able to achieve the consistency I have mentioned with the three previous batsmen. If I was to choose one batsmen it would be Sachin Tendulkar due to his unbelievable statistics, the expectations carried on his shoulders of billions of people and his ability to entertain to such a level where people who have nothing in the slums in India are lifted to heights where they can escape from their difficult lives.