In my opinion, None of your Hadlee, Botham, Imran and Kapil come even close
to the King - The great Garfield Sobers. He was a world class batsman, bowler,
and fielder and is of course a larger than life individual. His superlative batting
was all finesse and timing. His shots looked effortless and the ball came like
a rocket to the boundary. He used to tear apart any bowling attack - ask Lillee,
Davidson, Benaud, Trueman, Bedi, Lindwall, Miller, etc., because there was no
such thing as a good length ball to him. He never wore a thigh pad or a helmet
as his batting philosphy was that you have a bat to protect yourself! Sometimes
I wonder how these contemporary all-rounder's can be called great - they make
clumsy shots, look silly and have no footwork. So what if they play 200+ test
matches and have the max number of wickets or runs. He did'nt play for records,
and on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate him 9 1/2 and these other all-rounder's
about 4 or 5. Quite simply, they are not in the same class. Gavaskar, Bradman,
Dexter, Ian Chappel, Compton, and a host of other great players agree on that.
So take your pick - quality or quantity?