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Shahid Afridi (Credits: Twitter)

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi engaged in a question and answer session on Twitter. During the course of it, a fan asked him to pick his favourite Indian batsman at present. In response, Shahid Afridi went on to name not one but two of them. India and Pakistan have produced some of the greatest batsmen in history, who hold the utmost respect for each other.

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Shahid Afridi’s answers hardly invited any surprises as he named Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as his favourite batsmen. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are undeniably the bedrock of the Indian team across formats. 2019 was a stellar year for Rohit Sharma as he ended it as the top run-getter in ODIs with 1490 in 28 fixtures. He was also the highest run-scorer in the World Cup with 648 runs.

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Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been batting mainstay for India in the limited-overs cricket. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli finished behind his deputy in 2019 with 1377 runs in 26 games. Virat Kohli is arguably one of the greatest in ODI history, who has a penchant for playing it according to the situation. With 11867 runs in 248 games at 59.33, he remains in line to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 18426 in 464 ODIs. He is also the number one ranked batsman in ODI rankings.

Shahid Afridi names the best bowler at present:

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Shahid Afridi. Image Courtesy: Getty

When asked about the best bowler amongst the current generation, the 41-year old picked Australia’s, Pat Cummins. Pat Cummins is currently the number one ranked Test bowler, having climbed the rankings in early 2019, toppling Kagiso Rabada. With 59 wickets in 12 matches, the New South Wales bowler finished as the highest in 2019 and bowled tirelessly throughout the year.

Meanwhile, Afridi named Viv Richards as his favourite batsman of all time and enjoyed bowling the most to Brian Lara and Ab de Villiers.

Shahid Afridi retired from international cricket in 2017 after playing over 500 games for Pakistan, having debuted in 1996. Recently, the swashbuckling all-rounder contracted the COVID-19 but fortunately managed to recover from it.

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