India trails the series 2-1.
Windies legend Michael Holding has clarified his statement over Hardik Pandya ahead of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge.
Meanwhile, Pandya answered his critics in style in the third Test at Trent Bridge. He bagged a five-wicket haul during England’s first essay and backed it with a half-century in the second.
Furthermore, he was instrumental for India to bounce back in the five-match Test series. Despite beating England by 203 runs at Trent Bridge, India trails the series by 2-1 margin.
Michael Holding was at the center of criticism last week on Twitter since his comments flashed on social media. Holding noted that Hardik Pandya is not an all-rounder yet and is nowhere close to Kapil Dev.
Talking to TOI after the match, Holding admitted that he wanted to clarify his position on Hardin Pandya.
“Please go back and listen to or read what I have said about Pandya. I was more critical of the people who were telling me he is the next Kapil Dev, not of Pandya himself. I have gone on to say that he is not the man to fill that sort of role as yet, batting at No. 6 and bowling.
What I am glad also to see is that I read somewhere that he had said he doesn’t want to be known as the new Kapil Dev; he is Hardik Pandya, which is the right attitude,” Holding says.
However, after his 5 for 27 in the first innings at Trent Bridge, Pandya did mention that he “wasn’t Kapil but Hardik” and would like to remain so.
Michale Holding explains his comments on Hardik Pandya in detail
The Trent Bridge win notwithstanding, Holding’s issues with India’s performances in the first Two Test matches — especially that of Pandya’s — persist.
“He (Pandya) only bowled 10 overs in the entire first Test (Edgbaston) and 17 in the entire second Test where the seamers on both teams were making the ball talk and batsmen were struggling. He got no runs in either of the first two Tests as well.
Hardik Pandya bowled a lot more in the third Test and maybe that is down to the fact that he got a wicket with his first delivery, which then convinced his captain to give him more overs than in the first two Tests,” Michael Holding concluded.