Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah feature in Ricky Ponting’s top five World T20I players

Dubai, Sep 5 Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Monday picked India’s Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah in his top five World T20I players. Ponting was the skipper of Australia after they performed in their first-ever males’s T20I, making 98 not out off 55 balls in a match-winning efficiency towards New Zealand.

Since his worldwide comeback in June, Pandya’s inventory as an all-rounder has been on the rise along with his all-round performances main India to victories, an instance of which was the Group A match towards Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022.

“On present type, it’s fairly laborious to go previous Hardik Pandya at quantity three. His IPL was excellent. To see him again on the bowling crease is one thing that I used to be at all times a little bit bit not sure would truly ever occur…he’s had some actually massive damage setbacks, which has clearly affected how a lot he’s been capable of play for India.”

“However he’s again bowling, and at 140kph which he was doing 4 or five years in the past. However his batting and his maturity whereas batting have come on in leaps and bounds. He understands the sport higher and he understands his sport higher than ever earlier than and proper now he’s most likely the most effective all-rounder in the world in T20 cricket, and will probably be in ODI cricket,” defined Ponting on the ICC Evaluation present for selecting Pandya.

Regardless of not that includes in the Asia Cup attributable to a again damage, Bumrah is India’s trump card with the ball, capable of ship the products for his workforce in any section of the match along with his number of slower balls, bouncers and yorkers.

“Jasprit Bumrah in at quantity five. He’s most likely essentially the most full bowler throughout Check cricket, One Day cricket and T20 cricket in the world proper now. Excellent with the brand new ball when anybody decides to make use of him that method.”

“India may consider giving him an over with the brand new ball in Australia (on the T20 World Cup) the place it’d swing however what you may assure is a few nice high-quality demise overs, which each and every workforce is in search of — somebody that may execute sluggish balls and bouncers,” elaborated Ponting.

Different players picked by Ponting embody Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, England’s white-ball captain Jos Buttler and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Azam has been a prolific run-scorer for Pakistan in white-ball cricket regardless of him but to play a giant knock in Asia Cup.

“Babar Azam, I’ll go for at quantity two, just because he’s the primary ranked batter in the T20 sport for fairly some time now and deservedly so. His file speaks for itself. He’s just about led the way in which for that Pakistan workforce for the final couple of years,” added Ponting.

Rashid is Ponting’s primary choose, who admitted that choosing players in order of 1 to five is a tough activity. “I’ve truly gone with Rashid Khan at primary, and the rationale I thought of that was if we truly had a participant occasion in an IPL public sale now and there was no wage cap, he’s most likely the one which’s going to go for essentially the most sum of money.”

“I’ve bought him at primary for his consistency, his wicket-taking skill over a protracted time frame, but in addition the truth that his financial system charge in the T20 sport is simply excellent. Whenever you’re taking part in towards any workforce that he’s taking part in in you most likely have much less sleep that evening than you do for another sport that you just play in the course of the 12 months.”

Ponting signed off by revealing why Buttler is amongst his top five picks. “Whenever you’re teaching towards him, you simply know that he’s bought one thing that loads of different players don’t have; the flexibility to take the sport away in a brief time frame opening the batting — which he’ll do for England this match.”

“He was one of many individuals who’s an out-and-out match-winner as we noticed with this 12 months’s IPL, making three or 4 lots of, which was fairly exceptional. His batting went to a different degree in the final 12 months or so.”


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