Today in 30 Days, 30 Questions:
Question: Who is the best batsman in international cricket today?
Yahoo! Cricket's answer: The likes of Tendulkar, Sangkkara, Mahela, Ponting and Kallis never seem to struggle for runs — no matter who they play or where. But two bright sparks that have emerged in the world of batting are David Warner and Virat Kohli. Warner has had an incredible six months or so, making hundreds in all formats of the game. Kohli too has matured into a terrific player, scoring Test and ODI hundreds. Purely counting form and not reputations, between these two blokes is the best batsman in the world today. For Indians, it may be an easy choice to make.
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[Update, March 23]: Thanks for your responses. Most of you picked Kohli. Here are some of the other considered views.
Jeesh picks his favourites across formats:
In Tests I would have to go with Alastair Cook who in only in his 20s and has scored 19 centuries. In ODIs I would go with Kohli who is hitting centuries in all conditions even with the added pressure of being the vice-captain. In T20s it would be Chris Gayle because he is scoring centuries everywhere. I don't know why the West Indies board won't resolve its conflict with him.
Pranav Mathur picks South Africa's ODI captain for his versatility and consistency.
AB de Villiers (South Africa) - this guy is under-rated, but has been the most consistent player regardless of the format. In Tests he won't get out easily. In ODIs he can score at a decent rate and in T20 he is a hard hitter. Kohli and Warner both are good and in form but are new-comers and it's too early to call them the best. The main quality is consistency and those two haven't been around too long to prove they have this virtue. I once thought Gambhir was very consistent, but nowadays, he is not!
Sumitra isn't giving up on Virender Sehwag.
Sehwag is the only batsman in the world after Brian Lara who can score more runs than the rest of the team combined, be it ODIs or Tests, and he scores at a lightening speed too. He is the most dangerous player in the world. I accept he is out of form but I have faith in him. He will rise to fame again. I pray for him.
Amal Biyani junks the question:
This question is worthless as the greatest batsmen like Tendulkar, Ponting, etc are still on the scene, hence picking someone above them would be a disgrace. But the most promising players for sure are Hashim Amla and Virat Kohli. Anybody else scores or not, these two most of the time make runs.We look forward to your continued participation in the next topic.