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Old 28th April 2009, 08:28   #21
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AB is now arguably SA's best batsman.
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Old 28th April 2009, 12:54   #22
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Sack that, he's arguably the best batsman in the world right now taking into account all formats. Who's better? Tendulkar probably, Sehwag maybe, Sangakkara possibly, Pietersen - highly debatable, Ponting - not in the shorter formats, Kallis - same. Not to mention AB is the best fielder I have ever seen.
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Old 28th April 2009, 13:19   #23
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Sack that, he's arguably the best batsman in the world right now taking into account all formats. Who's better? Tendulkar probably, Sehwag maybe, Sangakkara possibly, Pietersen - highly debatable, Ponting - not in the shorter formats, Kallis - same. Not to mention AB is the best fielder I have ever seen.
Since the relative decline of the likes of SRT/Ponting there probably isn't one outstanding recent performer who is head and shoulders above all, though Sangakarra possibly suffers because SL play relatively few tests. Don't dispute that AB is better than all those in ODI/T20.
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Old 30th April 2009, 00:32   #24
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Since the relative decline of the likes of SRT/Ponting there probably isn't one outstanding recent performer who is head and shoulders above all, though Sangakarra possibly suffers because SL play relatively few tests. Don't dispute that AB is better than all those in ODI/T20.

AB's T20 form which has never been too flash has been excellent during the IPL which has meant that he has become an accomplished batsman in all three forms of the game.

He's scoring quickly and has become a more mature performer.
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Old 30th April 2009, 10:10   #25
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AB's T20 form which has never been too flash has been excellent during the IPL which has meant that he has become an accomplished batsman in all three forms of the game.

He's scoring quickly and has become a more mature performer.
Have seen nothing of the IPL this year apart from highlights of an Indian news channel that we get on digital TV in the UK.
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Old 1st May 2009, 10:09   #26
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He's looked good Chin - the 105 was pulsating, but he also played a very measured 50 against Rajastan the other day when the top order looked in great trouble. He's incredibly destructive and yet also has patience, which marks him out as a more complete batsman than many.

And he's only just turned 25, and has 50 Tests and 3500 runs behind him. The sky is the limit.

One of the things which will define his career, however, is the retirement of Boucher. Will SA want him to take up the gloves? If I recall the longer that he's been away from keeping, the less he's wanted to return to it, but if there's no credible alternative he may find the decision is taken out of his hands.
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He's looked good Chin - the 105 was pulsating, but he also played a very measured 50 against Rajastan the other day when the top order looked in great trouble. He's incredibly destructive and yet also has patience, which marks him out as a more complete batsman than many.

And he's only just turned 25, and has 50 Tests and 3500 runs behind him. The sky is the limit.

One of the things which will define his career, however, is the retirement of Boucher. Will SA want him to take up the gloves? If I recall the longer that he's been away from keeping, the less he's wanted to return to it, but if there's no credible alternative he may find the decision is taken out of his hands.
I remember having discussed this previously on other threads and I believe that a return to keeping could do a fair amount of damage to his batting. Remember that Stewart's test average was 45 without the gloves. And you make get a fella who won't be much of a keeper by the time he returns to taking the gloves. Would be best left alone.
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I remember having discussed this previously on other threads and I believe that a return to keeping could do a fair amount of damage to his batting. Remember that Stewart's test average was 45 without the gloves. And you make get a fella who won't be much of a keeper by the time he returns to taking the gloves. Would be best left alone.
And I'd agree - and I bet AB would too.

But put it this way - if AB were English I know who our wicketkeeper would be. So there has to be a good South African keeper ready to go when Boucher retires, and he will leave a massive hole and disturb the balance of the side, which it will be very tempting to fill with AB...
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AB is the level of Dravid as a wicketkeeper IMO from what little i have seen of him as a keeper. I wouldn't play him as a keeper in test cricket, but they maybe tempted in ODI cricket, even though you are removing the best aspect of his game-fielding.
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