‘Brian Lara is better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar’: David Boon
Former Australian batsman David Boon said that former West Indies starlet Brian Lara is more talented batsman than Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar. Boon was himself was a talented Australian batsman in the 1980s and 1990s.
Boon is in Thiruvananthapuram at the Karnataka Cricket Association (KCA) where he joined the budding cricketers. He is currently an ICC match referee. This is his second India visit after retirement. The first time he visited India as a high-level ambassador.
Boon thinks the left-handed stylish West Indies batsman is a better player than Sachin Tendulkar.
“If I had to pick one that was the most naturally gifted, that will be Lara,”
Boon said it will be harsh on Sachin, but he continued to say, the right-handed legend was not naturally gifted.
Analysing the difference between Sachin and Lara, Boon said,
“I know that is very harsh on Sachin Tendulkar. I admire him immensely as a player who was successful in all conditions and in all formats. He is someone who worked very hard on his game and became mentally very strong. I wouldn’t put him in that ‘pure naturally gifted package’ but nonetheless, he is one of the best cricketers of the era.”
Meanwhile, Boon also talks about T20 cricket said that whatever will help cricket to globalise itself that is good for cricket.
“T20 has definitely done the world of good for cricket. Any format that promotes the game is good for the game.”
Talking about the evolution of the game, Boon, who played 107 Tests and 181 ODIs, said, “The advent of T20 has influenced how the ODIs are played. Last night, I watched Australia score 263 in 20 overs! Are you kidding me! During our time, we could win 50-over games with 220.”
But “the innovation of these young players and their lack of fear gives them an ability to have more freedom than ever.”
Although, Boon feels the importance of Test cricket is still intact.
“I am very much a traditionalist and think Test cricket is a historical part of cricket. They are extremely important — as much as ODIs and T20s — and administrators of every cricket-playing nations have the responsibility to maintain the importance of Tests.”
He was also asked about who is the best captain ever of Australia. Boon without any hesitation replied it is Allan Border, under whom he played.
“For me, it’s a really easy option. I absolutely respect Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh’s leaderships. When Ricky Ponting became the captain, I could see in him a little bit of Allan Border, Mark, and Steve. But for me, Allan is the godfather of modern Australian cricket.”
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