Ricky Ponting picks two Indian stars in his list of “Top Five World T20I Players”

Ricky Ponting picks two Indian stars in his list of “Top Five World T20I Players”

Cricketing legend from Australia, Ricky Ponting, has revealed the first five players he would pick for his World T20I XI. Ponting picks two Indian stars in his list of “Top Five World T20I Players.”

He picked Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah from India in his top five World T20I players alongside Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, Babar Azam of Pakistan, and Jos Buttler of England.

Source: ICC

Ricky Ponting

Ponting is widely considered to be one of Australia’s greatest white-ball players. He, who has a legendary record in white-ball cricket, led Australia in the first men’s T20I, scoring 98* (55), which was enough to win the match.

He now spends most of his time in the coaching stands and commentary boxes, where he uses his positions to keep a close eye on the top players in the world of T20 cricket.

Ponting was asked to name the first five players for a World T20I side on the recent episode of The ICC Review, and possibly to some people’s surprise, he did not include any Australian players in his group of five.

1. Rashid Khan | Afghanistan

“Five players are relatively easy, but trying to put them in order from one to five makes it a little bit more difficult,” Ponting said.

“I’ve actually gone with Rashid Khan at number one, and the reason I thought about that was if we actually had a player event in an IPL auction now and there was no salary cap, he’s probably the one that’s going to go for the most amount of money.”

Ricky Ponting picks two Indian stars in his list of “Top Five World T20I Players”
Rashid Khan | Afghanistan

“I’ve got him at number one for his consistency, his wicket-taking ability over a long period of time, but also the fact that his economy rate in the T20 game is just outstanding.

“When you’re playing against any team that he’s playing in you probably have less sleep that night than you do for any other game that you play during the year.”

2. Babar Azam | Pakistan

Babar Azam is not performing well in the ongoing Asia Cup but Ponting sticks to Babar for 2nd number.

Ricky Ponting picks two Indian stars in his list of “Top Five World T20I Players”
Babar Azam | Pakistan

“Babar Azam I’ll go for at number two, simply because the number one ranked batter in the T20 game for quite a while now and deservedly so.”

“His record speaks for itself. He’s pretty much led the way for that Pakistan team for the last couple of years”

3. Hardik Pandya | India

“On current form, it’s pretty hard to go past Hardik Pandya at number three”

“His IPL was outstanding. To see him back at the bowling crease is something that I was always a little bit unsure would actually ever happen … he’s had some really big injury setbacks, which has obviously affected how much he’s been able to play for India.”

Ricky Ponting picks two Indian stars in his list of “Top Five World T20I Players”
Hardik Pandya | India

“But he’s back bowling, and at 140kph which he was doing four or five years ago. But his batting and his maturity while batting have come on in leaps and bounds.

“He understands the game better and he understands his game better than ever before and right now he’s probably the best allrounder in the world in T20 cricket, and could potentially be in ODI cricket.”

4. Jos Buttler | England

“I had to pick Jos Buttler in there actually.”

“When you’re coaching against him, you just know that he’s got something that a lot of other players don’t have; the ability to take the game away in a short period of time opening the batting – which he will do for England this tournament.”

Ricky Ponting picks two Indian stars in his list of “Top Five World T20I Players”
Jos Buttler | England

“He was one of the people who’s an out-and-out match-winner as we saw with last year’s IPL, making three or four hundred, which was quite remarkable.

“His batting went to another level in the last year or so.”

5. Jasprit Bumrah | India

“Jasprit Bumrah in at number five,”Ponting said.

“He is probably the most complete bowler across Test cricket, One Day cricket, and T20 cricket in the world right now. Very good with the new ball when anyone decides to use him that way.

Ricky Ponting picks two Indian stars in his list of “Top Five World T20I Players”
Jasprit Bumrah | India

“India might think of giving him an over with the new ball in Australia (at the T20 World Cup) where it might swing but what you can guarantee is a couple of great high-quality death overs, which every team is looking for – someone that can execute slow balls and bouncers.”

Also, read;  Ponting’s Analysis about the batting position of Suryakumar Yadav

 

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