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    Melbourne: Sachin Tendulkar failed to get a single vote as Cricket Australia’s contracted players chose Englishman Kevin Pietersen as the best batsman in the world outside their country.

    Tendulkar may have been a thorn in Australia’s flesh for 18 long years and has virtually every other batting record but the current 25 CA-contracted players did not deem him worth of even a single vote.

    Instead, they picked former England captain Pietersen as the current batsman they feared most, giving him 50 per cent votes in a survey conducted this year, according to The Age.

    Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has scored 503 runs from six matches at an average of 41.91 against the Australians, was the surprise second best batsman with 34 per cent votes.

    In comparison, Tendulkar has scored 2748 runs from 29 matches at an average of 56.08 against the Australians.

    Pietersen, on the other hand, has made 963 runs from 10 matches at an average of 53.50 against Australia, but the 29-year-old’s attitude has attracted just as much admiration as his record.

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith and teammate Jacques Kallis got seven per cent of votes apiece.
    Australia captain Ricky Ponting paid glowing tribute to Pietersen and said,
    “He’s the sort of player that is always taking the game forward. I’m not sure of his strike rate in Test cricket (63.35) but generally when he makes runs he gets them at a pretty good speed.

    “I think Pietersen is their classiest player. He’s aggressive, he takes the game on, and those sort of players, when they start to get going, they can bring a few more of their teammates along with them,” he added.

    For Brett Lee too, Pietersen is one of the hardest batsmen in the world to bowl to when he is on song.

    “I don’t care what anyone says — I’ve bowled against him when he’s playing well and he picks the ball very, very early, he hangs late back in his crease and gives himself that extra time. He plays all the shots and he’s an aggressive person.
    Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson feels the pressure on England’s star batsman might make him vulnerable.— PTI

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    Pietersen 'the world's best

    KEVIN Pietersen is the best batsman in the world. Just ask him. "You are not God, you are a cricketer, and I'm a better one," he said to India's Yuvraj Singh during a Test in Mohali last year.

    It turns out many of Pietersen's Ashes opponents agree with him. In a survey of Australian cricketers this year, players contracted to Cricket Australia were asked to name the best batsman in the world outside Australia, and Pietersen (with 50% of the vote) was by far the most popular choice.

    Not Sachin Tendulkar, the little master who has made more Test runs than anyone else and flayed Australian attacks for 18 years but did not attract a vote from Cricket Australia-contracted players (state players still hold him in high regard). Not Graeme Smith (7 %), who at the time of the survey had just peeled off 1656 runs in a calendar year and led South Africa to inflict Australia's first defeat on home soil for 16 years, or his Proteas teammate Jacques Kallis (also 7%). The other 34 per cent went for Kumar Sangakkara, the classy Sri Lankan who had recently played as well as any touring batsman to fall just short of a double century against the Australians in Hobart.

    It is little wonder Pietersen is regarded by the Australians as the Englishman to be feared most in this Ashes series. Batsmen want to be him, envying his audaciousness, and bowlers want to be a long way away from him. Pietersen has made 963 runs at 53.50 against Australia, but the 29-year-old's attitude that attracts just as much admiration as his record. The arrogrance apparent in his outstanding sledge to Yuvraj has made him a divisive and abrasive character in dressing rooms, condemning him to a short and turbulent reign as England captain, but it has also made him a champion.

    "He's the sort of player that is always taking the game forward. I'm not sure of his strike rate in Test cricket (63.35) but generally when he makes runs he gets them at a pretty good speed," said Ricky Ponting, who would have stolen some votes from Pietersen if the survey had covered Australian players.

    "He's always putting it back on the bowler, the way he moves his feet, the way he walks across the stumps and does things, it's continually challenging the bowler. That in itself says a lot about you. You need great confidence to be able to do that, because if you get out doing that, at the end of the day you can punish yourself.

    "He's got a very good Test record, he averages over 50 and that's not an easy thing to do as a top order player," the Australian captain said, and he should know. "I think Pietersen is their classiest player. He's aggressive, he takes the game on, and those sort of players, when they start to get going, they can bring a few more of their teammates along with them. He hasn't been in his best form in the last half a dozen or 10 Test matches he's played but I still think he's the most dangerous."

    Brett Lee was on the end of Pietersen's astonishing 158 to seal the 2005 Ashes, his debut series, at the Oval, where he launched a fierce "pull drive" that proved his willingness to innovate and dominate. Since then he has made Muthiah Muralidaran laugh by reverse-sweeping the world's most successful spinner for six and pioneered the switch-hit, changing his grip to face up like a left-hander as the bowler approached. "You've got to have balls to try something like that," one player said at the time.

    "If KP's on song, he's one of the hardest batsmen in the world to bowl to," said Lee. "I don't care what anyone says - I've bowled against him when he's playing well and he picks the ball very, very early, he hangs late back in his crease and gives himself that extra time. He plays all the shots and he's an aggressive person. Whether that's the South African nature in him; Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff are the two players who are most like Aussie players, the way they've got that controlled aggression, the way they don't want to let an opponent, I suppose, scare them or overpower them. When you've got that with a player with his talent, it's a pretty handy mix."

    Justin Langer sensed the England batsman's greatness as the Ashes turned to dust at the Oval, and while the 2006-07 sequel has been conveniently airbrushed from the English consciousness Pietersen's contribution in a losing cause - 490 runs at 54.44 - was just as impressive. "He had the courage to play with conviction and aggression. That's what great players do," said the retired Australian opener recently. "When you're playing someone like that, it feels horrible and hollow, like someone is stealing something from you."

    Mitchell Johnson will lead the quest to ensure Pietersen does not steal the urn from Australia this time, and while the usually placid left-armer has spoken of his plan to aim at the ribs "right at the top of the badge" - and wondered aloud whether the pressure on England's star batsman might make him vulnerable - the Australians know it is dangerous to provoke him. "I still think Ricky Ponting is the best batsman in the world. (But) Pietersen has got so much talent, he can hit your good balls for four or even six," Johnson said. "He can just go off without you even knowing it. He knows what he can do, and he does it pretty often."

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    whoever says Pieterson is best and not Tendulkar is a,

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    East or West sachin is the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by prads View Post
    East or West sachin is the best
    I agree,,,,,

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