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Old March 30, 2012, 07:22 PM
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In spite of thicker bats, shorter boundaries, (usually) better pitches, etc etc Sobers' batting average is still better than Kallis'. That says something given how Kallis has been given free reign to practically play as a batsman over the past few years. Shakib's stats indicate that he is a better bowler than either of them, more 5-wi, better SR, better average - all in fewer matches. Shakib is not even close to either of them in terms of batting. I don't know if he will ever be given how few and far between our test matches are. I think, going by the FTP, Shakib will not get more than 70 test matches in his career. So, at the current rate (factoring in batting improvement), I see maybe 25 5-wicket hauls and 10 centuries. Good stats, but not something that will put him in the pantheon of all round greats
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