Brian Lara's century in the second innings of the second Test against India yesterday, a century that helped the Caribbeans squeeze out an honourable draw, reopens the evergreen question: Is the Trinidadian better than Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to rescuing his side? Not merely on the evidence of yesterday's ton, but overall.
Do Lara and Inzamam ul Haq end up saving more Test matches than we give them credit for? Temperamentally, are they better in playing with the lower order than Sachin? Has Lara bounced back brilliantly from the initial post-375, post-501 hiccups? Or does Sachin's overall individual record supersede the team's fortunes?