Ponting’s T20 WC face-offs: Bumrah has edge over Afridi, wants both DK, Pant in Indian XI | Cricket News – Times of India


DUBAI: Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are succesful sufficient batters to pick themselves in the identical enjoying XI in the course of the upcoming T20 World Cup, feels former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
In his newest ICC evaluate, Ponting did his 5 face-offs for the marquee occasion and considered one of them was the heated debate as to who needs to be within the enjoying XI? Ought to it’s a possible destroyer of bowling assault Pant or the “designated finisher”Karthik?
“The talk within the Indian cricketing circles has lengthy been raging on who needs to be the designated wicketkeeper-batter within the facet. Whereas Karthik can boast about being a wonderful finisher, Pant’s prodigious expertise has seen him being backed by many,” Ponting wrote in his column.
India have fielded each in the identical facet on some events and Ponting believes that needs to be the way in which ahead for Rohit Sharma’s crew.
Praising each, Ponting stated: “I really suppose that India’s greatest crew has each of those gamers. I do not care if they’re each keepers however I feel their batting prowess is sufficient.”
Elaborating on their skills, the Australian legend added: “Rishabh within the center order and Dinesh as a finisher, they appear extraordinarily harmful to me.”
Finally although, Ponting believed that Pant had an edge over Karthik and he’s more likely to be afforded extra probabilities.
“Look, I am simply going to favour Rishabh as a result of I feel he may get barely extra alternatives than Dinesh does,” stated Pant’s Delhi Capitals coach.
In case of a face-off between Shaheen Shah Afridi and Jasprit Bumrah, Ponting feels that the Indian is a shade forward of the Pakistani.
“I am going to in all probability go on expertise alone – I am going to go for Bumrah. He is performed a good bit of cricket in Australia now, performed extra in Australia than Afridi and has performed extra huge tournaments as properly than Afridi has,” Ponting added.


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