Ben Stokes, with his dominating batting and bowling in the recently concluded England vs West Indies Test series, has set high standards for an allrounder’s role in a team. Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has proclaimed that India also wants a match-winner like Stokes.
However, he has brushed the comparison of England allrounder with Hardik Pandya, stating that the Team India’s allrounder is not even in Top 10 in the ICC ranking.
Ben Stokes scored a match-saving century and a half-century in the second Test match against West Indies at Old Trafford to guide England to level the series. He also snared nine wickets in the series though the pacer didn’t bowl in the last Test match. He was widely applauded for his contribution to the series which England eventually won.
Hardik Pandya has potential but he needs to win matches for India: Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan believes Yuvraj Singh was like Ben Stokes who was the match-winner for India. But he didn’t found that talent in Hardik Pandya, who is currently the top-most allrounder for India.
“Ben Stokes has become No. 1 all-rounder in the world by winning matches for England. I wish for Team India to have an all-rounder who wins games for India. Yuvraj Singh was the kind of guy who was a match-winner. Having an all-rounder in the team is a different thing and I am talking about purely in Test cricket,” Irfan Pathan told Cricket.com in a video interaction.
Irfan Pathan, who is the former Indian allrounder and has played in 29 Tests and 120 ODIs, claimed that Hardik Pandya has the potential but he needs to win matches for India to make them an invincible side.
“Unfortunately, Hardik Pandya is not in top 10 in any format of the game for India. He has the potential, there is no doubt about it. If he has that calibre of an all-rounder who can win matches for India, Indian cricket team will be invincible. The Indian cricket team is way better than the rest in the world,” he added.
Hardik Pandya last played for India in August 2019:
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya has not played for India for almost close to 11 months. Last year, after the T20I series against South Africa, he went under the surgery of his back in the UK. After he went under the three-four months recovery period, he was set to play the ODI series in March this year before the series being called off because of the coronavirus.