Monday, 16 May 2011

Gayle vs Sehwag

Chris gayle.. the burly carribean who has raped every bowler he has faced in IPL 2011 in public with 2 centuries and the most recent whirlwind 12 ball 38 run innings standing out. On the other side is "The Nawab Of Najafgarh", "The Multan Of Sultan" Virender Sehwag of India who has been shamelessly murdering bowlers over the years in both test and limited overs cricket alike. Wonder why these 2 men don't get arrested. Well their recent exploits has led to comparisons between both of them as to who is the real tormenter. Both exhibit striking similarities including lack of footwork, bad technique and awful shot selection. √čven though these are the attributes a batsman must never have but they have proved to be immensely successful when coupled with their brilliant hand-eye co-ordination, extraordinary timing and fearless, untensed approach to the most intense situations. Both stand still until the ball comes to them, stay in the crease without appropriate technique and footwork but whack the ball at the last minute with their superhuman hand-eye co-ordination. They don't bother finding gaps as they can clear the fielders at will. But if you compare both of them, you will find Sehwag a notch higher than gayle in many aspects. Take the real form of cricket i.e. test cricket. Sehwag has performed exceptionally with an average of over 50, a strike rate of over 80 combined with over 20 hundreds while gayle has an average of almost 40 with an uniamginable(note : only for gayle) strike rate of 60 and just 13 hundreds. Other than that Sehwag has played under the pressure of the world's most demanding home crowd and has performed against all international teams. But gayle has not reproduced his T20 or IPL performances for West indies in test or one day cricket and has struggled against quality pace attacks of Australia and South Africa more than Sehwag. But in terms of strike rate and big hitting even though both are quite equal, Gayle has an upper hand as he hits much more sixes and that too much longer than sehwag which is justified given the size difference between the 2. But as performance for your country has more value than performance for club teams , Sehwag scores in this aspect and for me ia a better "batsman" than gayle but on the other hand Gayle is a better Six hitter than Sehwag.

1 comment:

  1. HA HA HA!WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ARTICLE. REALLY,SO TRUE.BUT I DO NOT THINK SHEWAG HAS LESS SIX HITTING ABILITY.THAT IS A FOOLISH THING TO THINK OF.ALSO GAYLE DO GETS TEST CENTURY...GAYEL ALSO HAS 21 ODI CENTURIES WHICH MAKES HIM TO RUB SHOULDERS WITH THE GREATEST OF THE GAME LIKE GIBBS,GANGULY,PONTING,JAYSURIA AND TENDULKER.ALL ARE THE TOP 5 ODI CENTURIY MAKERS.GAYLE IS NO 6.I MAY BE LITTLE WRONG THOUGH.BUT AS A IMPARTIAL I WILL EQUAL THEM,NOTHING WILL BE MORE ENTERTAINING THAN WATHING THEM PLAYING TOGETHER
    ........................JONTY,FROM INDIA

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