Legendary Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting compares Jasprit Bumrah, and Shaheen Afridi and picks the most player to be more impactful at the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup.
Bumrah vs Shaheen Afridi – Ponting Answers
Bumrah has picked up 69 wickets in 58 matches while Afridi has scalped 47 in 40. The two pacers are equally effective with the new ball as well as in the death overs.
Ponting too had a tough time in picking one, stating in The ICC Review: “Look, how do you split those two guys? They are two of the best performing bowlers in the world in the last couple of years in all formats of the game.”
Eventually, Ponting settled for the experienced campaigner in Bumrah. “I’ll probably go on experience alone – I’ll go for Bumrah. He’s played a fair bit of cricket in Australia now, played more in Australia than Afridi and has played more big tournaments as well than Afridi has,” he added.
In the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022 India and Pakistan will lock their horns on October 23 in Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
Babar Azam vs Jos Buttler
Ponting was also asked to pick between two of the most consistent opening batters in the world – Babar Azam and Jos Buttler.
Babar Azam has scored 2,138 runs in 80 matches, while Buttler has notched 1,562 runs in 94 games.
“Babar Azam, he is technically a better player than Buttler. You look at their strike rates though and there is no comparison there, Buttler is much more dynamic, sort of a more 360-degree player than Babar is,” Ponting noted.
“Buttler has also played more cricket in Australia with England and he has spent some time in the Big Bash with Sydney Thunder. So I’m going to go Jos Buttler on this one,” Ponting added.
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