Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly Faced Better Quality Bowlers Than Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma, Says Ian Chappell
When it came to facing quality pace attacks, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly may have had a tougher job to do than the current Indian prolific batting duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma former Australia captain Ian Chappel has argued.
In a column for ESPNcricinfo, he wrote: “An argument could be mounted that Kohli and Sharma are India’s best ever one-day batsmen. The obvious challengers would be the feted combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, who tormented international bowlers for 15 years.”
During the era of Tendulkar and Ganguly, each international team had two quality fast bowlers, Chappell pointed out. “[Tendulkar and Ganguly] spent bulk of that time opening together against some of the best fast-bowling combinations. Facing Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis from Pakistan; Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh of West Indies; Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee of Australia; Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock for South Africa; Lasith Malinga and Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka, was a serious test of a batsman’s skill,” he wrote.
Chappell quoted former Pakistan captain Imran Khan— ‘You judge a man by his opponents’ — and went on: “On the basis of the quality of the opposition, you’d have to lean towards Tendulkar and Ganguly.
Source : PTI