Former Pakistani cricketing legend, Waqar Younis, known for his stints as the captain of the 2003 Men in Green and later as the head coach of the national team, has sparked a lively debate in cricketing circles by naming a Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player as the finest wicketkeeper-batter in present-day white-ball cricket.
Interestingly, the player in question isn’t the revered former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, who leads the CSK squad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as a wicketkeeper-batter.
Waqar Younis Pics Devon Conway over MS Dhoni as best WK
During his ongoing stay in India for commentary duties at the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, Waqar Younis disregarded Dhoni, instead tipping his hat to another CSK star. In a recent interview, the former Pakistani pacer singled out Devon Conway, an unconventional choice given that Conway isn’t a regular wicketkeeper.
This unexpected selection has drawn attention, especially when prominent names like Jos Buttler of England, Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan, and Quinton de Kock of South Africa are also in the spotlight during the ongoing World Cup.
Waqar Younis‘s preference for Conway comes despite Rizwan’s current position as the tournament’s leading run-scorer, with De Kock notching two centuries in the matches played thus far. Meanwhile, Conway holds the fourth spot in the list of top run-getters in the ODI World Cup 2023.
In a related context, former Indian opening batter Akash Chopra, also part of the discussion, leaned towards England’s white-ball skipper and star batter, Jos Buttler, citing his ability to turn the tide of a match with his explosive play.
Although yet to deliver a standout performance in the ongoing World Cup, Buttler’s match-winning capabilities are well acknowledged, especially considering his pivotal contributions in the 2019 ODI World Cup final and the recent T20 World Cup triumph in Australia.