I don't like the distance between Bradman and Sobers....it should be much much more.
What do you mean? There's a humongous difference of almost 75 points between Sobers and Bradman.
As for your other remarks, remember that we are comparing their performances as batsmen only. Not as leaders. Not their potentials. The ratings are measured using a definite number of factors and they reflect the bearings of just those factors.
A poll, and an internet poll at that, which is basically a collection of biased human opinions, may be indicative of public's subjectivity. But not a player's performance over a long time.
[Edited on 1-10-2003 by Arnab]