With cricket coming to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, many on Twitter are reliving the past. While the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) handle tweeted throwback videos of some of the finest moments from the tournament, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Twitter handle decided to ask fans, “which batsman, past or present, has the best pull shot?” The handle put up a split picture of Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli and Herschelle Gibbs to go along with the question.
The ICC post received over 2K replies with many Indian fans picking Rohit Sharma over Virat Kohli, while the general consensus was that former Australia captain Ricky Ponting had the best pull shot.
Which batsman, past or present, has the best pull shot, in your opinion?pic.twitter.com/TAXf8rr3el— ICC (@ICC) March 22, 2020
However, South Africa-born England cricketer Kevin Pietersen decided to take the name of a batsman that few fans remembered. Pietersen’s choice — Andrew Hudson — played 35 Tests and 89 ODIs for South Africa in the 90s.
Andrew Hudson— Kevin Pietersen(@KP24) March 22, 2020
He averaged 33.45 in the longest format and 29.41 in one-dayers with a total of six international centuries to his name.
While there were a few users who endorsed Pietersen’s choice, the larger majority disagreed with him, giving their own opinion on who they thought had the best pull shot.
Ponting. Viv wasn’t far behind— Neil Maher (@Marzey1977) March 22, 2020
Brian Lara— Andrew Rickard (@andyrick67) March 22, 2020
No, Punter is the master of pull shot.— HARSH (@Harshpr01180227) March 22, 2020
Rohit Sharma— M.K.Kori (@MkKori2) March 22, 2020
Ricky Ponting anyday anytime— RAJESH (@srajesh1989) March 22, 2020
Has to be Andrew Hudson, was surprised his name didn’t come up! Good one, @KP24— Babu Duraiswamy (@srtendulkar) March 22, 2020
Yes Hudson wasn’t bad at all— St.PatrickJ (@pjulies24) March 22, 2020
Has to be @RickyPonting— Lee Melton (@LeeMelton4) March 22, 2020
Rahul Dravid !!!! Across all continents— sriramanganesan (@sriramanganesan) March 22, 2020
ABD & Sharma— Ankit Singh (@anisingh88) March 22, 2020
Cricket is at a complete standstill, just like most other sports around the world.
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