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Tendulkar amongst the greatest one-day players ever says Bhogle

Harsha Bhogle find it difficult to separate the greatest ODI player of all time between Tendulkar, Richards and Wasim Akram

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Harsha Bhogle believes that it is impossible to separate Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards and Wasim Akram.
Harsha Bhogle believes that it is impossible to separate Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards and Wasim Akram when choosing the greatest one-day player of all time.

"A three way tie at the top between Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram. Michael Bevan - 103 not outs from 232 innings would tend to inflate numbers but anyway I've gone with sheer class," wrote Bhogle.

"Viv Richards 6721 runs @47, a finals average of 55.73 and his peak interrupted by World Series Cricket. The most feared cricketer of his time and a legend in big matches. A win batting average of 56.98. But 11 hundreds? Were he playing in a weaker side would the West Indies have lost more? But then he didn't play much against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh or, to be unkind, against the West Indies in later years!

"Sachin Tendulkar. 16684 runs @ 44.37 over 20 years. The runs because of longevity or an extraordinary ability to play at the highest level for so long? Maybe played against some weaker attacks than Richards did but that isn't his fault. A win batting average of, look at the resemblance, 56.96 and 38 finals produced runs at 52.96. 

"Wasim Akram 502 wickets and the most wicked one-day bowler ever. And a punishing lower order batsman who could change a game."

Harsha Bhogle's recent book '0ut of the box. Watching the game we love', a collection of his columns in the Indian Express has just been released and is available online at most Indian book stores.

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