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Australia famous Ricky Ponting made some bold calls as he tried to figure out which player will have the most impact in the 2022 T20 World Cup – Jasprit Bumrah or Shaheen Afridi. Two of the top fast bowlers of the globe, Bumrah as well as Afridi, have impressive performances in the shortest format. Bumrah has taken the most wickets in 58 matches, taking 69 wickets while Afridi has taken 47 wickets in just 40. Both pacers are equally efficient when using the new ball, as well as during the final overs.
Ponting also had a difficult choice in choosing one as he wrote that in The ICC Review: “Look at it this way, how do you divide the two of them? They’re two of most efficient bowlers around the world over the past few years across every format in the game.”
In the end, Ponting settled for the veteran campaigner from Bumrah. “I’ll likely go with experiences alone and opt for Bumrah. He’s played a lot of Cricket in Australia and is currently playing greater than Afridi in Australia in comparison to Afridi also played in more major tournaments as Afridi did,” he added.
Ponting is also asked to choose among two most consistently good opening batters of the world Ponting was also asked to pick between two of the most consistent opening batters in the world Babar Azam, and Jos Buttler.
Babar has scored 2,138 runs over 80 matches, whereas Buttler has scored 1,562 runs over 94 games.
“Babar Azam, he’s technically superior to Buttler. When you look at their strike-rates however and there’s no comparison, Buttler is much more active, an all-rounder than Babar can be,” Ponting noted.
“Buttler is also a cricketer who has played in Australia together with England and has also spent some time playing in The Big Bash with Sydney Thunder. So , I’m going with Jos Buttler for this one,” Ponting added.
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