Recently, Gautam Gambhir was again in the news for making a statement on MS Dhoni, albeit, for a positive statement. The aggressive Delhi southpaw had stated that the responsibility of captaincy and not batting in the top 3 made Dhoni lose out on a fair few runs and had he taken the plunge at number 3, the Ranchi-born would have broken most records.
While this did make waves, Irfan Pathan has come out and disagreed with Gambhir, stating, that India’s limited overs number 3 for the past decade hasn’t done a bad job at all. Pathan said that when it came to batting at that crucial position Virat has a better technique than the CSK captain. “But MS had all the chance to bat at No. 3, he didn’t. Look, I really believe that if you compare Virat and Mahendra Singh Dhoni batting at No. 3, I still feel Virat has a better technique,” Pathan said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
“There’s nothing that I am taking away from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, obviously he has been an absolute legend of the game. Everyone has their own opinion. I will still take Virat any day,” Pathan said. When one looks at the record books, be it ODI’s or T20I’s Virat’s stats are unmatched and there is hardly anyone who would complain about his impact at 1 down.