When Sunil Gavaskar retired in 1987, an Indian cricket fan feared of dropping out on its idol, the considered not having the ability to boast of getting probably the greatest batsman on the earth gripped everybody’s thoughts. It stayed for few years till the arrival of Sachin Tendulkar. After making his debut in 1989, he slowly made his presence felt within the early 90s after which captured the world with dazzling strokeplay by way of that decade and continued to rule world cricket in 2000s until he hanged his boots in 2013. The comparable feared returned. But not as intense as Gavaskar’s retirement as by the point Sachin had retired, India had already discovered Virat Kohli, who like Gavaskar and Tendulkar of their occasions, guidelines world cricket and is commonly thought to be one of the best batsman presently. Naturally, identical to Tendulkar drew comparisons with Gavaskar, Kohli was pitted as the following Sachin.
Pakistan legend Javed Miandad, nevertheless, believes it’s unfair to compare gamers from totally different generations. In a latest video on Youtube, former Pakistan batsman Aamer Sohail had talked about how each Kohli and Miandad helped in lifting the efficiency of the remainder of their group. But in an interview, Miandad mentioned that it’s laborious to compare trendy-day cricketers from gamers of his era, as he performed in an period the place it was not simple to rating runs.
Miandad mentioned it’s troublesome to discover another Sunil Gavaskar or Sachin Tendulkar as they had been a category aside.
“If you are talking of the street fighter attitude, then I don’t think you can compare anyone from my era with the present generation. You cannot make another Sunny Gavaskar or Sachin Tendulkar. You can idolise someone but that won’t change an individual’s class or quality. You can’t compare players from different generations,” Miandad was quoted as saying by Telegraph.
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Miandad, who performed 124 Tests and 233 ODIs in a global profession spanning shut to 20 years, was among the many most interesting batsmen to have represented Pakistan. He scored 8832 runs a mean of 52.57 in Test cricket and in ODIs he had 7381 runs at a mean of 41.70.
Miandad mentioned he had to face the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee, and Jeff Thomson, who bowled at a brisk tempo on a lot sooner tracks.
“Cricket was tough during my time. We had to face the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee, and Jeff Thomson. They bowled express pace and the wickets were more bouncier and faster. You had to adapt to different conditions and how quickly you acclimatised defined your class,” he added.
Commenting on the present lot of nice batsmen – Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, and Babar Azam – Miandad maintained an identical stance of not going into comparisons.
“The nature of wickets and conditions has also changed. You can’t compare a Virat or a Steve Smith or Babar Azam… All are good but there’s still some difference in quality. The ones who deliver consistently and in different conditions go on to become greats,” he additional mentioned.
The former Pakistan captain and head coach, nevertheless, lauded Virat Kohli for his consistency in all three codecs. Kohli averages over 50 in Test, ODIs and T20Is and can also be the one cricketer to characteristic in prime 10 of ICC rankings for batsmen in all three codecs.
“It’s the lasting impression that a player leaves that helps him stand out. That is why people still talk about Gavaskar or Tendulkar. If you make four centuries and then four ducks, people will remember the centuries. No one can score a hundred in every innings and you have to learn from mistakes. Virat, in that respect, has been admirable,” Miandad signed off.