Chappell puts Lara ahead of Sachin, Ponting

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Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 17:33 [IST]
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'Lara better than Sachin, Ponting'

Melbourne, Jan 31: Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has said, Brian Lara is greater than the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting, praising his knowledge of how to score big at rapid rate without putting his wicket at risk which makes him superior to the other batsmen of his era.

He further added saying, the West Indies legend's remarkable feat of scoring the only 400 in Test cricket, a triple century and seven double tons which highlights an area which shows Brian Lara was better than the senior Indian batsman and the former Aussie skipper Ponting.

"There's no argument Ricky Ponting deserves to be mentioned with Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara as one of the three most dominant batsmen of the era. But who is the best of that trio?

"Lara is the world record-holder with a Test score of 400 and, next to Bradman, he's the scorer of the most "big" centuries in Test cricket. He has the only score of 400 in Test cricket, a triple century and seven double centuries. That's a remarkable feat, especially when you consider neither Tendulkar nor Ponting has a triple century.

"This probably highlights an area where Lara is superior to the other two players under discussion; his knowledge of how to amass big scores," Chappell wrote in his column for 'Daily Telegraph'.

Ian Chappell's analysis brings out the reason why Lara scored runs at a rapid rate when compared to the other batsmen of his era, as Lara used to respect the best bowlers when they were fresh which helped him accumulate loads of runs, quickly.

"This method also allowed him to maintain a similar run rate from the beginning to the end of his career, something that not even Bradman was able to achieve. Consequently, Lara was able to perform the most remarkable feat of all; he reclaimed the world record for the highest score in Test cricket 10 years after originally setting the mark," said Chappell.

He further said that he loved the way Lara handled the spin attack.

"I loved the way he played spin bowling and I admired his determination to always do it his way. If you told me I could pick just one of that trio, I would take Lara."

"In a classic case of out of sight out of mind, the now retired Lara hardly ever enters the conversation these days. To exclude Lara is a mistake."


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