During a recent discussion, former cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Gautam Gambhir named the best batsmen in the history of IPL.
KP backed West Indies’ giant Chris Gayle as the best, while Gambhir tagged David Warner as the best batsman in the history of IPL.
According to KP, Gayle brings different showmanship in the tournament with his six-hitting show. Also, Pietersen suggested that the left-hander has stolen the limelight for several years now.
However, Gambhir cited the reason for terming Warner as the best due to the latter’s achievement of an IPL title, in comparison to top scorers of the tournament.
Warner is the leading run-scorer of the IPL when it comes to the overseas contingent of the tournament. Both Gambhir and Warner shared the same dressing room at Delhi Daredevils.
“I’m surprised, the finisher Dhoni is not there. Gayle has lifted the IPL for a number of years. He bats at the top of the order and has brought so much sexiness to the IPL and he has been very smart in the way he has approached his batting,” Pietersen said on Star Sports show ‘Connected’.
“He has seen off some of the good bowlers and against the one he thinks he can hit from Bangalore to Mumbai, he sends them all the way. He creates so much excitement and he has aura around him when you see him,” added KP.
The honourable mentions in Gambhir’s list of the best batsmen are Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star Suresh Raina.
“I’m really surprised you don’t have Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina in the list. Out of these four, David Warner straightaway because the rest three guys haven’t won a single tournament till now but warner single-handedly won it for SRH,” said Gambhir.
Danny Morrison joined in the conversation by picking protea ace AB de Villiers. “I like ABD only because he’s 360. I’m gonna go with Mr. 360 as I’ve seen him score all around the clock in the IPL,” Morrison added.