MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting can arguably be termed as two of the most successful skippers in the history of cricket at least in limited-overs. They both have helped their respective nation to lift two World Cup titles and have led their teams to great heights. On Wednesday, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi made a hard call of choosing one between the two and he said that his pick would be Dhoni.
Afridi also reasons when he picked the former India captain. He stated that MS had managed to lead a comparatively young team and that is why he rates him higher than Ponting. Afridi held a Q&A session with his fans on Twitter on Wednesday and one of his fans asked him to pick the better captain between Dhoni and Ponting.
Responding to his fan, Afridi wrote: “I rate Dhoni a bit higher than Ponting as he developed a new team full of youngsters.”
I rate Dhoni a bit higher than Ponting as he developed a new team full of youngsters
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 29, 2020
Dhoni notably led an Indian team which missed most of their established cricketer to lift the coveted trophy in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007, before also winning the 2011 World Cup.
Ponting, who led the Australian team to lift the World Cup in consecutive editions in 2003 and 2007, inherited a well-settled team from predecessor Steve Waugh and carried on Australia’s domination well through the 2000s. Afridi also named Viv Richards as his favorite batsman, while he said Abdul Qadir was his favorite spinner ever.
When one of the users asked who he thinks is the best bowler in the world, Afridi picked Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins. Shahid Afridi recently recovered from coronavirus, after testing positive in last month.