About NewZealand, Fleming and the third kind.

It was a complete meal for the Kiwis today. They had their cake and ate it too with a bright red cherry on the top. The win doesn’t draw my attention today but the batting of Kiwi skipper certainly does.

Fleming is blessed with a fluid style of batting, his strokes resembling a ballet dancer in full flow. His batting is a treat to the eye, his uncomplicated strokeplay doesnt fail to capture your attention. Then there is the “third” kind. Batsmen who make cricket look as if it is the most akward sport played on earth. They shuffle across the crease so prominently that they end up confusing their left leg for their right and their leg stump for their off. I have nothing against this category, but , given a choice I would not like to watch them labour around on the field of play!

Hence, I had this urge to classify 5 top batsmen in each category. Take your picks too:

The “Graceful” Brigade.

1. Stephen Fleming

2. Kumara Sangakkara

3. ME Waugh

4. Sachin Tendulkar

5. VVS Laxman

The “Complicated” Ones

1. Shiv Chanderpaul

2. Jimmy Adams

3. Marvan Attapatu

4. Justin Langer

5. Hashan Tillekeratne

And from what I saw yesterday, Mike Yardy is not far behind. Truly, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder 😀



  1. oh come on! Man…Damien Martyn HAS to find a place in the graceful brigade list!

    My list would be:

    1) Sachin Tendulkar
    2) Damien Martyn
    3) Mark Waugh
    4) Yousuf Youhana
    5) VVS Laxman
    6) A De Silva

    Complicated..hmm…Chanderpaul, McCullum for sure!

    And Justin Langer? Why???


  2. theblacksheepspeakin said

    Oh….I have my reservations about Marto. All the players I included in the list play all around the wicket with great ease. Marto is a bit suspect against the turning ball and isnt known to play the lofted shots with elegance. That is why i perhaps excluded him.

    Justin Langer again has this “work-horse” style about him. He is comfortable with half trotters which he whacks over square leg and his drive is good too. But apart from that, he’s a kind of jumping jack, doesnt connect with the sweep often and is too much in the Simon Katich mould. (Or it may be the other way round too :P)

    Funnily, I find Mcculum very interesting to watch. He lofts the ball effortlessly and is a great runner between the sticks. For me, he wont make it to either of the categories.

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