Ponting rates Lara higher than Tendulkar

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Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 11:48 [IST]
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London, July 17: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has rated Brian Lara higher than Sachin Tendulkar for having won more matches for the West Indies.

Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting - three of the finest batsmen of the modern era have played against each other in many Tests and One Day Internationals. Ponting and Lara have retired but Tendulkar still plays Test cricket and is on the verge of becoming the first man to feature in 200 games.

Ponting rates Lara higher than Tendulkar

Ponting, who was speaking to London's "Evening Standard" newspaper on Wednesday, said he would "lose sleep" thinking about Lara walking out to bat in a Test.

"Sachin and Lara were the two stand-out batsmen for me. Lara won more games for his team than Sachin probably has," Ponting told the newspaper.

He continued: "I'd lose more sleep as captain knowing Lara was coming in to bat next day than I would with Sachin. You always found a way to restrict Sachin if you needed to. Lara could turn it on in half an hour and take a game away from you. For me, it has never been about making hundreds, it is about winning games and series."

Tendulkar is the leading run scorer in both Tests and ODIs. Ponting is the second highest run-maker in the five-day format. Lara is fifth in the list. All three have scored more than 11,000 runs in Tests.


Story first published:  Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 11:45 [IST]
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