Hardik Pandya Is Nowhere Near Kapil Dev: Abdul Razzaq
Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Hardik Pandya Is Nowhere Near Kapil Dev: Abdul Razzaq

Indian allrounder Hardik Pandya has turned out to be the crucial player for the team with bowling and batting skills. His all-round skills have given balance to the team. However, former Pakistani allrounder Abdul Razzaq believes that Hardik needs to work hard to get near the great former allrounder Kapil Dev.

Pandya had gone under surgery to get treatment of his back. He was set to make a comeback in the three-match ODI series against South Africa, which got postponed because of coronavirus. He last played with the Indian team in the home series in August since then he has been out of the team.

The 27-year-old, Hardik Pandya so far, has played 54 ODIs, 40 T20Is, and 11 Tests. He is an important part of the team and has delivered to the team in times of need.

Hardik Pandya Can Be Much Better All-rounder: Abdul Razzaq

Hardik Pandya Is Nowhere Near Kapil Dev: Abdul Razzaq 1
Hardik Pandya. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

According to Abdul Razzaq, it’s inappropriate to compare Pandya with Kapil Dev because the youngster still needs to improve and work hard.

“Pandya is a good player but he can be a much better all-rounder. It is all about hard work. When you don’t give enough time to the game, it drifts away from you,” Abdul Razzaq told PTI.

“Kapil Dev and Imran Khan are the best all-rounders of all time. Hardik is nowhere near that league. Even I was an all-rounder but it doesn’t mean that I would compare myself with Imran bhai,” Abdul Razzaq added.

Abdul Razzaq clears the ‘baby bowler’ remark for Jasprit Bumrah:

Jasprit Bumrah,Abdull Razzaq
Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Having made the debut in 2016, Bumrah has now become the No.1 ODI bowler. He is categorized in the most dangerous bowler of the modern era. Well, Razzaq has last year called Bumrah a baby bowler, and his remark had created a buzz in the media.

But now the allrounder has cleared why he tagged Jasprit Bumrah with that name.

“I do not have anything personal against Bumrah. I was simply comparing him with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar. It would have been much tougher to face them. My comments were misconstrued. He is heading towards becoming a world-class bowler. But in our times, the bowlers were of a much higher caliber. Not many can dispute that,” he added.