I've never watched Don Bradman play, but his record states that he's the best player ever. But, do take into account, cricket wasn't very "international" at that time, plus I don't think there were ODIs. The record he holds stands though, and makes him pretty much the best cricketer of all time.
I think Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne come a close 2nd, but I think Murali and Ponting can emulate these two greats at some point.
I agree that The Don was indeed a great batsman (probably the best ever, certainly statistically he was), and I believe quite sharp in the field too. But if we are talking about the greatest 'cricketer' shouldn't it be a complete all rounder? Sobers springs to mind
I don't know that it's fair to restrict the 'greatest cricketer' category to all-rounders, however if we are to do so, I'd suggest Ian Botham or Keith Miller (for those of you unfamiliar with Keith Miller, see Cricinfo - Players and Officials - Keith Miller ).
Whilst predominantly used as a bowler, Miller was also more than capable of being used as a top order batsmen, as you can see from his First Class statistics.
Failing either of those two, it would be exceptionally hard to go past Sir Garfield 'Gary' Sobers.
Ok, in these 'who's the greatest cricketer ever' threads, The Don (Bradman) should be completely discounted... everyone knows that he was unparalleled, & will remain so for the rest of cricketing time as we know it.
Apples can't be compared with oranges - no.
Ergo, The Don can't be compared with other mortals. Period.
I'm fairly certain that I've stated this in another post, however I'll espouse this stand-point again here: To put this into perspective, in comparison to ALL his peers - past & present - for someone to achieve what Sir D.G. Bradman achieved, they would need to run 100 meters in under (about) 6.5 seconds.
So, for the sake of making the forum a little more interesting, we need to remove The Don from of this equation once & for all.
Yep, I agree with Bradman no cricket player has even come close to his Batting Record.
putting my favorite will put may be names people won't agree at all
as i have discussed b4 in my other posts, MIANDAD was the cricket myth setter in Pakistan
Afridi seems one to succeed him, but he ios most of times stupid which is so bad for him & his die hard fans
Waqar made fast bowling the ultimate young passion, even Shoaib admitted Waqar was the inspiration behind him so was every single boy livingin every single Paki street including me & so many of my friends, though Shoaib then took the throne over his head but i believe he hasn't got even 1% of Waqar
my point is there are so many gr8 cricketers, Tendulkar, Pollock, Lara, Ponting, Bevan [My fav of them all] but when you say Gr8est, then that means one BIG person above them all, may be now you want results filtered from the Don otherwise there is no competition