Prop wrote:Higgins on Selby’s 4th:
“It was unbelievable seeing Mark win it for a fourth time. To win four titles out of the last eight years is incredible. That is an amazing achievement when you think that the standard has never been higher. Is he the best player ever to pick up a cue? You have to ask that question now. With the standard as tough as it is, for him to win four is fantastic. He is so hard to play over that amount of frames”
Was he drunk?!
Probably. 'standard has never been higher' is an oft trotted out cliché, but for me it's just not true at the moment which is the main reason the likes of himself and Willo and several others who should be long gone from the upper echelons of the game at least, are still able to contend on a regular basis.
In fact, I believe it is the reason Selby has won four out of the last eight titles, due to the dip in standard. I think had his peak been in the first decade of the 21st century, he'd have likely won one - much like Peter Ebdon, the player he most resembles (style-wise)