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Do great batsmen over-complicate things???

A question has been nagging me for a while now.  Do great batsmen make ordinary balls look extra special, especially when they get out.  
      In the last test match, Sachin Tendulkar got out LBW to Shane Shilingford of the West Indies.  You probably saw how Sachin got out - he was stretching forward, took his right hand off the bat, and gave the impression that Shane was hurling a missile.  I wonder how a tailender would have played the same ball.   Chances are they would have gotten beaten, like Sachin was.  And they would have gotten out, like Sachin was.  But I doubt if they would have fallen over the ball and acted like it was a spitting cobra (thanks to Ravi Shastri, we have a great cricket vocabulary now :-)).  Even if they got out, it would appear that they played a bad shot.  But you would never get the impression that it was a great ball.
      So the question is this - why is it that the same ball look like a beauty when bowled to a top batsman and look pretty ordinary when a tailender plays it.  I wonder !

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