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Player Comparisons: Saeed Anwar vs Sourav Ganguly

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Sourav Ganguly Saeed Anwar
Sourav Ganguly and Saeed Anwar: The tale of the elegant southpaws

Sourav Ganguly and Saeed Anwar had plenty of things in common. Both opened the innings for their teams in the shorter format of the game and their batting approach was aggressive. However, their speciality was their impeccable drives on the off side.

No matter how many fielders were patrolling that region, both men found the gap with precision and ease.

Their determined approach and their ability to wreck any bowling unit made them a legend and both finished their careers after amassing several memorable performances.

But who was the better among the two? Between Ganguly and Anwar, who had the better statistics? Let us dive into numbers and find out who among this two elegant and stylish left-hand batsmen had the better statistics.

#1 Overall performances

Anwar and Ganguly enjoyed long careers featuring monumental numbers. Anwar represented Pakistan in international cricket for 14 years while Ganguly’s international career lasted for 18.

Anwar and Ganguly's overall career statistics

These figures reflect the greatness of both these batsmen. Anwar piled up more than 12 thousand international runs and scored 31 hundreds while Ganguly’s tally of 18 thousand plus international runs and 38 hundreds is impressive as well.

However, Anwar’s ODI average of 39.21 does not do justice to his batting talent. His inconsistency is the reason behind his below par ODI average.

In Tests too, the Pakistani batsman featured in only 55 games.


And although his tally of 11 Test centuries in 91 games looks far more effective than Ganguly’s tally of 16 hundreds in 186 innings, it must be noted that the Indian batsman played in the middle order in Tests and hence had fewer chances to score a big knock.

Courtesy his consistency in averages, it can be concluded that Ganguly is ahead of Anwar in this aspect.

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