Laxman has had the longer career. Rahane will, in all probably not play as many Tests as Laxman did. Laxman has the better average. And yet, Rahane is the better batsman. Rahane bats in an era in which the average attack is deeper than the average attack in the 1995-2014 period. This is not an obvious claim, because the general tendency when one evaluates bowling attacks is to consider the best bowler in the attack. But the best bowler does not bowl all the time. How hard or easy it is to score runs against an attack depends on how many easy overs an attack offers. And that depends on who the weakest bowlers are.
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