Sehwag, Dravid Better than Sachin: Study
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A new study ranking the best Test batsmen of all time has placed Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid higher than Sachin Tendulkar, considered the god of Indian cricket.

Ironically, the number one Test side in the world do not feature any Indian batsman in the top five. Moreover, only five Indian batsmen figure in the list of 50, prepared by two economists - Prof Vani Borooah of the School of Economics and the Social Policy Research Institute and Prof John Mangan from the Department of Economics, University of Queensland, according to a report in India Today.

The scientific paper - The Bradman Class: An exploration of some issues in the evaluation for Test matches from 1877 to 2006 - ranks top 50 batsmen from all eras. Going by the title, the obvious topper in the paper is Australian cricketer Don Bradman.

The study based on criteria like the batsman's career average, value of runs scored to the team and consistency places the world's highest run-getter - Tendulkar - at the eleventh position along with his childhood friend Vinod Kambli.

The study places Sehwag (sixth) and Dravid (tenth) ahead of Sachin as far as value of runs scored to the team is concerned.

India's wall, Dravid (fourth), again pips Sachin (fifth) on consistency of scoring, followed by Sunil Gavaskar (11th), Sehwag (12th) and Kambli (13th).

In another ranking based on career contribution to the team score, Dravid and Gavaskar are again placed ahead of Sachin.

Brian Lara, Wally Hammond and Len Hutton also make it to the elite list.

Source: bdnews24.com

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