A couple of weeks ago, a magazine asked me to pick my top 10, along with a brief explanation why they had been picked.
This was my list:
Bishan Singh Bedi
The top five are straightforward picks. No debate there. Merchant was the first recognised titan of the Mumbai school of batsmanship, while Bedi and Chandra were the most successful spinners of the pre-Kumble era. Ganguly makes it because of how he transformed Indian fortunes abroad as captain, while Nayudu was instrumental in the game gaining such a captive audience in the 1920s and ’30s. With those two, the impact that they had far outstrips any statistical shortcomings.
What do you think? How would your list differ? Also, which cricketers would make the list if the same exercise was carried out for Pakistan and Sri Lanka?