Australian legend Ricky Ponting gave some interesting picks when he was polled to pick his favorite player in some of the toughest matchups between top names in the shortest format.
Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Afridi, two of the leading pacesetters of the current era, boast enviable records in the T2oI format. While Bumrah has 69 scalps in 58 matches, Afridi has claimed 47 wickets in 40 matches.
The two pacers are just as effective with the new ball as they are in the death-overs and Ponting also had a hard time choosing one.
Ricky Ponting gives Jasprit Bumrah a head start thanks to the Indian’s experience
Speaking to ICC Review, Ponting opined, ‘Look, how do you split those two guys? They are two of the best performing bowlers in the world in recent years across all formats of the game.”
In the end, Ponting settled for the experienced campaigner in Bumrah. “I’m probably only going by experience – I’m going for Bumrah. He has now played quite a bit of cricket in Australia, played more in Australia than Afridi and also played more major tournaments than Afridi,” he added.
Ricky Ponting gives verdict on Dinesh Karthik vs Risbhab Pant debate
An ongoing debate in Indian cricket circles is who should be the designated wicketkeeper batter on the side. While Karthik can boast of being an excellent finisher, Pant’s prodigious talent has had him backed by several experts.
Praise both, said Ponting, “I actually think that the best team in India has both players. I don’t care if they are both goalkeepers, but I think their decisiveness is enough.”
However, the Aussie ultimately believed that Pant had an edge over Karthik as he is likely to get more chances.
“Look, I’m just going to prefer Rishabh because I think he might get a little more opportunity than Dinesh,” he concluded.
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