I Am Not Comparing Them On Their Ability – Irfan Pathan Points Out Significant Similarities Between Dinesh Karthik And AB de Villiers

Irfan Pathan

Former India spinner Irfan Pathan, who shared the field with Dinesh Karthik in India’s inaugural T20I in 2006, went into great depth about the wicketkeeper-batter on Star Sports.

Irfan made a comparison between Karthik and legendary former Proteas player AB de Villiers throughout the debate.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

With his electrifying performances for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dinesh Karthik, then 37, ignited the 2022 Indian Premier League. The wicketkeeper-batter made his first appearance for India in almost three years in the T20I series against South Africa courtesy of his outstanding performance (330 runs in 10 innings at S/R 183.33). And all during the series, Karthik put on performances that brought him praise and perhaps helped him secure a berth in the team.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik PC- Twitter

During the fourth T20I of the series, the India veteran slammed his first half-century in the shortest format, smashing 55 off just 27 deliveries. It was this effort that enabled India to reach a respectable score of 169/6 in the match and ultimately secure an emphatic 82-run victory.

‘You won’t find a player with such a range’: Irfan Pathan

After the fifth and final game of the South Africa series was called off due to rain, former India spinner Irfan Pathan, who shared the field with Karthik in India’s inaugural T20I in 2006, went into great depth about the wicketkeeper-batter on Star Sports. Irfan Pathan made a comparison between Karthik and renowned former Proteas player AB de Villiers throughout the debate.

Dinesh Karthik. PC- BCCI
Dinesh Karthik. PC- BCCI

“You will not find a player with such versatility. I am not comparing him to AB de Villiers in terms of ability, but his range is comparable. He will hit you for a sweep, then a switch hit. He has complete control. He charges down the track when necessary, and yes, he prefers the leg-side. “However, the way he uses his feet to get in front of the ball is brilliant,” Irfan Pathan said.

Dinesh Karthik’s next appearance will be in the two-match T20I series against Ireland later this month. Both matches, which are scheduled for June 26 and 28, will take place in Malahide.

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I’d Told AB de Villiers He Would Become One Of The Greatest Players Ever In 2008 – Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar, PSL

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar revealed that he was very confident about the impending greatness of South African player, AB de Villiers, claiming that he was convinced the latter would become one of the greats of the game.

De Villiers is recognized as one of the greatest batters in the game but he was yet to bloom when the IPL was introduced. He was part of the Delhi Daredevils squad in the inaugural edition where Akhtar told him he will become the future leader of the South African team.

I met him during IPL back in 2008. It was at a function, at a private ceremony. And I told him that he is a great player and asked him to get prepared to captain the South African team. I told him that he would become one of the greatest players ever,” Akhtar said in a conversation with Sportskeeda.

AB de Villiers, ODI World Cup 2015
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

De Villiers went on to join Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2011 season and thus began one of the most exciting IPL careers. Alongside Virat Kohli, he managed to light up the league but was unfortunate to not land an IPL trophy.

“Fortunately, whenever I faced him I managed to dismiss him” – Shoaib Akhtar

Akhtar said that his pace was troubling de Villiers in the early stages and resulted in easy dismissals for the Pakistani speedster. In total, Akhtar has dismissed the former Proteas player four times in 10 innings across formats.

Fortunately, whenever I faced him I managed to dismiss him and at times I even felt that I could dismiss him easily. Then when he came to IPL, he tried to play the pull shot, but I knew that he would be late because there was a lot of pace on my delivery.”

AB de Villiers, IPL,RCB
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

And that is exactly what happened. He said that on Twitter that he is still having nightmares. I was sad and angry when he announced his retirement,” Akhtar added.

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PAK vs WI: Babar Azam Slams Century Vs West Indies, Breaks Virat Kohli’s Big ODI Record

Babar Azam and Virat Kohli

Babar Azam keeps on breaking down records as he got back to international cricket on Wednesday against the West Indies. The Pakistan skipper scored a splendid 100 (103 off 107 balls) as his team crushed the Windies by five wickets in the 306-run pursuit.

This was Babar’s third hundred on the trot in ODIs; the past two coming against Australia in Pakistan’s last ODI series at home. Babar hammered 114 and 105* in the last two rounds of the series against Australia.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

Babar Azam Scores 3 ODI Centuries On The Trot For Second Time In His Career

As it turns out, this is the second time when Babar has scored three centuries on the trot in the ODI format. In 2016, the Pakistan captain had enrolled scores of 120, 123, and 117 in three back to back matches – all against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

Thus, with his 100 against the Windies on Wednesday, Babar turned into the first batter in ODI history to arrive at this accomplishment.

This was additionally Babar’s seventeenth ODI century in 87 matches. However, that isn’t the main record Babar accomplished during his century thump in the first ODI in Multan.

Babar Azam Becomes Quickest To Score 1000 Runs In ODI’s As Captain

The right-handed player likewise turned into the quickest to score 1,000 runs as skipper in the format.

He arrived at the four-figure mark in his thirteenth innings as Pakistan skipper, outperforming India’s Virat Kohli, who had arrived at the figure in his seventeenth innings.

Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, India, Pakistan, India vs Pakistan
Babar Azam and Virat Kohli. Credits: Twitter

Babar likewise went the likes of South Africa’s AB de Villiers (20 innings) and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson (23 innings) for the accomplishment. Pakistan skipper at present holds the no.1 spot in the ODI rankings for batters.

Earlier, Imam-ul-Haq (65), Mohammad Rizwan (59) and Khushdil Shah (41*) made critical commitments as Pakistan pursued down a 306-run target with four balls in excess. West Indies rode on the century thump of opener Shai Hope (127), however, their other batters except for Shamarh Brooks (71) failed to move forward.

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