Former England star Kevin Pietersen has named Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Lasith Malinga as the greatest T20 players of all time
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Pietersen was one of several current and former cricketing stars to name their picks for the tallest players in five different categories betway. He was joined by former West India speedman Ian Bishop, ex-India batter Aakash Chopra and current South Africa stars Rassie van der Dussen and Lungi Ngidi.
Pietersen called West Indians Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine the greatest six-hitter and spinner, respectively, in T20 history. “His pick-up about mid-on, just the flat-bat punch, it’s so off-putting,” he said of Gayle.
“Looking at him from the top of your inrun, it looks like he’s standing right next to you,” Ngidi agreed. “One swing and it’s out of the stadium.”
Bishop added: “He changed and helped evolve the way T20 batting went and that’s why I see him as the GOAT of T20 batting.” On Narine, Pietersen admitted that he ” had no idea where it was headed” as he faced the mysterious weirdo.
“Sunil Narine for his variations,” he said. “I had no idea where it was headed.” Chopra added, “It’s like going to a foreign country and not understanding anything, you’re completely at sea. Someone super knock out a girl?
Pietersen unsurprisingly named Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga the best death bowler, saying: “He was as good as it gets when it comes to death bowling.” And Van der Dussen agreed, adding: “I have that kind of thing never seen it in my life.”
Current Indian star Virat Kohli was also hailed as the format’s most consistent run scorer. “Virat Kohli just always seems to be running,” said Van der Dussen. “He has a kind of simple technique, a classic technique that helps him in Test cricket. But he also has the power play.”
“He actually completely changed the perception that 30 is the new 50 in T20 cricket because he averaged 50 for a very long time,” added Chopra.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/cricket/kevin-pietersen-t20-ipl-gayle-26559587 Kevin Pietersen gives his verdict on the best T20 players of all time ahead of IPL 2022