Sachin to meet Sanath in ODI GOAT semi-finals © Getty Images (File Photo)
Sachin to meet Sanath in ODI GOAT semi-finals © Getty Images (File Photo)

The fan based poll conducted by cricket.au.com to adjudge ODI GOAT (Greatest ODI Player of All Time) is in its final stages now. It’s the battle of the legends now as Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya go up against each other in the semi-final clash. This battle is going to be a fierce one as Little Master is considered by many as the best batsman ever. Whereas Sanath Jayasuriya is the most explosive opener in the history of Sri Lankan Cricket. Both have played an excess of 400 matches and been there in the team for almost two decades before hanging their boots. Despite the neck to neck competition, Sachin seems to be the favorite one of the two. ALSO READ: Sanath Jayasuriya beats Virat Kohli in ODI GOAT; will take in Sachin Tendulkar in semi-final

Sachin has amassed 18,426 runs from 463 matches at an average of 44.83 with the help of 49 centuries. He is considered to be the God of Cricket and served his nation for 22 years. His record of most runs in ODI seems highly unlikely to be broken in recent years. He had the ability to win matches single-handedly. He scored 96 centuries in his career and not only performed with the bat, but bowling too picking up 154 wickets in his career. He showed the world that double century in ODIs are possible. He was more consistent than Sanath Jayasuriya in batting department. Sachin had a close call with Viv Richards in the quarterfinal winning the battle with 53 per cent of votes and is expected to do better in semi-final, taking one step forward towards ODI GOAT title. ALSO READ: Shane Warne pips Muttiah Muralitharan by a whisker in ODI GOAT contest

Sanath Jayasuriya can be categorised as the best opener for Sri Lanka. He showed the world, how to dominate a team in the powerplay overs and take the game away from them straight away. On his day, he could take on any bowling attack in the world and blast them away for boundaries all over the work. He wasn’t as consistent in his batting as the Little Master but made up for it in his bowling picking up 323 wickets. He can be considered as the best all rounder for Sri Lanka till date. Sanath scored 13,430 runs in 445 matches at an average of 32.36 with the help of 28 centuries and 68 fifties. He beat India’s current Mr. Consistent, Virat Kohli in the quarter-final stages and expected to give a tough competition to Sachin in the semis.