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Shahid Afridi vs. Yuvraj Singh

As India and Pakistan battle it out at Mohali today, Kipp puts Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi up against famed Indian all rounder Yuvraj Singh. Who will win?

 
Batting
 

Not only does Shahid Afridi hold the record for the fastest ODI century (which he made in his first international innings) as well as scoring 32 runs in a single over, the second highest scoring over ever in an ODI, he also holds the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket. Though his aggressive batting style may have earned him the nickname Boom Boom Afridi, as far Kipp is concerned he doesn’t quite outshine Indian batsman Youvraj.

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It was the determined, paced and sensible batting of Yuvraj Singh (Yuvie) that won India the quarterfinals against Australia this World Cup. And if you watched his magnificent half century, you’d understand why Kipp’s giving Yuvie the point on this one. Besides Singh’s career does boast of being the 10th most successful ODI batting all-rounder with more than 7000 runs and 80 plus wickets, and ranking 4th in the all-time list of maximum century scorers for India in ODI’s; although he is probably best known for hitting a Stuart Broad over with six sixes back in 2007.

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Bowling
 

Though many may disagree, Shahid Afridi  actually does consider himself a better bowler than batsman and has a record to show it: to date he has taken 48 Test wickets, more than 300 in ODIs, 53 Twenty20 wickets (making Afridi the leading wicket taker in the Twenty20 format). If you aren’t convinced yet, this World Cup, Afridi is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, with 14 from three matches-and if you’ve seen him deliver his excellent legbreaks, googlies and fast balls at 130 kph, you’d give him a point too.

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We’re not going to slight Yuvie on this one, because there is no denying it, he’s a fine bowler, especially exemplified by his performance this World Cup. Not only has Yuvraj Singh consistently delivered perfect balls but he has also has taken wickets regularly. Add to that, Singh is probably one of India’s finer fielders and has an exceptionally good aim at the stumps. So yes, Kipp thinks Yuvie is a fine bowler—but not as fine as Afridi.

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A lot of people were cynical of Afridi’s appointment as Skipper (Kipp included) but he’s done well for Pakistan (if Pakistan’s presence in the quarterfinals is anything yet). From what we’ve heard part of the deal, when Afridi accepted captaincy was an insistence that a fit Shoaib Akhtar should be in the team and that the bans on Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik should be lifted. Because he is been a relatively successful Pakistani Captain he gets our vote for this one.

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Yuvraj Singh, has only yet been the vice-Captain for India and as such captained a few matches. Though after his performance in the World Cup there has been much speculation whether Yuvie will be made Captain of the team-yet Kipp has little to go on to vouch for his ability in this position, so we’re afraid he doesn’t get our vote.

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Though he’d make a perfect brand ambassador for Sunsilk Head and Shoulders Afridi does boast of a rather paltry number of products including Rado Watches, Pepsi and Samsung.

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This World Cup whenever Kipp’s been watching the tournament it seems we’d have no peace from the ever grinning Yuvraj Singh who endorses (like most Indian cricketers) anything from nutritional biscuits, soap, fizzy drinks to cars. In fact, his non-cricket related endorsements also extend to Bollywood movies and a video game. For cashing in, Yuvie gets our point on this one.

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Afridi does have a relatively clean record, but Kipp just can’t forgive him for his ball-biting controversy in his final one-day international (ODI) against Australia in Perth on January 31, 2010 when he openly tried to tamper with the ball by biting it out in the open for all the cameras to record him. Though at first Afridi denied it claiming he was trying to smell the ball, he later apologized. Just because it was just such a silly silly affair, covered up with a silly excuse, Kipp thinks he looses out on this one.

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From his alleged romantic liaisons with Bollywood beauty Deepika Padakone, flipping of the entire Sri Lankan spectators for booing and taunting him to prematurely wanting to leave the Kings XI team when captaincy was granted to Sangakkar, Yuvie's plays of the role of a bad boy in style and for this gets our point.

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Looks
 

Obviously, a cricketer’s physical appearance is of vital importance to his playing performance-which is why Kipp has added this category into the mix. For his silky and shiny brown and callously casual good looks, Kipp gives Afridi this one.

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Though we known swarms of teenage Indian girls would disagree with Kipp, Yuvie just quite doesn’t do it for us. Sorry Yuv.

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We are afraid when it comes to consistency over the years neither cricketers are going to get our vote- well definitely not Afridi who pulled out of Test Cricket in the recent number of years.

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Nor is Yuvraj particularly impressive in this category either. Before this World Cup, for instance, Singh has had a rather terrible last year troubled with injuries, strains and fractures.

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We’re afraid it’s a tie between these two on Kipp, but will the same be said of their performance of the field this afternoon?

 

1 Comment

  1. Rasel ajad on April 11, 2011 4:36 pm

    Shahid Afridi

     

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