An Australian study puts Sachin as the top willow wielder


A study conducted by a Griffith university researcher has put Sachin as   the greatest cricketer of all time, Sachin Tendulkar has officially usurped Sir Don Bradman as the greatest Test batsman. A study done by an Australian professor found Tendulkar greater than Bradman.

Researcher Dr Nicholas Rohde used economic theory to compare batsmen from different eras. India’s Master Blaster, who pads up against the Aussies in Sydney this week, emerged as history’s premier willow wielder.

Bradman played 52 Tests for Australia from 1928 to 1948, scoring 6,996 runs at a peerless average of 99.94. He died in 2001 aged 92. Tendulkar, who debuted in 1989, has so far amassed a world record 15,183 runs from 184 Tests at an average of 56.02.

Tendulkar, whom Bradman once described as the player who most reminded him of himself at the crease, has been seeking a historic 100th international century in Australia this summer.

According to the study, Tendulkar occupied the top spot in the rankings with Bradman at number two spot. South Afrcia’s Jacques Kallis came number three while the Great Wall of India Rahul Dravid occupied the number four spot. The legendary West Indian, Brian Lara, was at number five.

Another West Indian Garfield Sobers, former Aussie Captain Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar emerged sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Australian Steve Waugh and Pakistan’s Javed Miandad completed the top 10 list.

While ahead of the Sydney Test match Australian fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath has predicted Sachin Tendulkar will remain stranded on 99 international centuries at least for the rest of the summer, cricketer Michael Hussey said that the stars were aligning in a way that Sachin could get his 100th ton at the Sydney Cricket ground.
And India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a press conference admitted that five straight losses overseas have hit the “belief of the team” but said that his boys are capable of bouncing back in the Sydney Test against Australia beginning on Tuesday January 3.

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