Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Monday Hardik Pandya And Jasprit Bumrah is among their top five World T20I players. Ponting was Australia’s captain when he played his first men’s T20I, scoring an unbeaten 98 off 55 balls in a match-winning performance against New Zealand. Since his international return in June, Pandya’s stock as an all-rounder has been rising with his all-rounder performances leading India to victory, an example being a Group A match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022.
“In current form, it’s pretty tough to beat Hardik Pandya at number three. His IPL was fantastic. Watching him back at the bowling crease is something I was always a little unsure whether it would ever actually happen that he got a really big injury. Be it. The setbacks, which have clearly impressed that he has been able to play for India.”
“But he’s bowling back, and at 140kph what he was doing four or five years ago. But his maturity has come in leaps and bounds when he’s batting and batting. He understands the game better and he Understands his game better than before and Ponting tells Ponting about choosing Pandya in the ICC review show.
Despite missing out on the Asia Cup due to a back injury, Bumrah is India’s trump card with the ball, delivering the goods for his team at any stage of the match with his slow deliveries, variety of bouncers and yorkers. is enabled.
“Jasprit Bumrah is at number five. He is probably the most complete bowler in the world in Test cricket, One Day cricket and T20 cricket. Very good with the new ball when anyone decides to use him like that.”
“India might think of giving him an over with the new ball in Australia (in the T20 World Cup), where he can swing, but what you can guarantee is a couple of high quality death overs. That’s what every team is looking for – someone who can execute slow balls and bouncers,” Ponting elaborated.
Other players picked by Ponting include Pakistan captain Babar Azam, England white-ball captain Jos Buttler and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Azam has been a prolific run-scorer for Pakistan in white-ball cricket, despite not having played a major innings in the Asia Cup yet.
“Babar Azam, I would go number two, simply because he has been the number one ranked batsman in T20 games for quite some time and deserves it. His record speaks for itself. He has led that Pakistan to a great extent. team for the past few years,” Ponting said.
Rashid is Ponting’s number one pick, who admitted that picking players in the order of one to five is a difficult task. “I actually went number one with Rashid Khan, and the reason I thought was that if we actually had a player event in the IPL auctions and there was no salary cap, maybe he is the one who would go for it. He’s got the most money.”
“I put him at number one for his consistency, his ability to take wickets for long periods of time, but also the fact that his economy rate in T20 games is just excellent. When you are playing against any team So that’s playing into you, maybe you have less sleep that night than you do for any other sport you play during the year.”
Ponting reveals why Butler is among his top five picks. “When you’re coaching against him, you just know he has something that a lot of other players don’t have; the ability to take the game away in a short amount of time to open the batting – which He will do it for England this tournament.”
“He was one of those guys who was an out-and-out match winner, as we saw with this year’s IPL, scoring three or four centuries, which was quite remarkable. His batting has taken another level in the last one year. Has gone.”