IND vs AUS 2017: Ganguly Says Its Too Early To Compare Hardik Pandya With Kapil Dev
Hardik Pandya has been in the centre of the schemes with his recent performances with both bat and ball in the ongoing five-match ODI series against Australia. He has been getting all the attention for his explosive fearless batting style. His heroics with the bat in the first and third match guided India to a comfortable victory in both the game. Not just his batting, he has been getting India decisive break through’s with his bowling in the middle overs.
Pandya has been India’s finest search for a genuine all-rounder off-late. His bowling has been important for India in the middle order as he combines well with the Indian spinners in tandem. Cricket commentators and pundits have been all praises for the young all-rounder. His batting skills have given depth to the Indian batting lineup.
Moreover, his ability to bat anywhere has given flexibility to the batting department. Pandya has scored 222 runs in five matches at an average of 55.50 in the five-match ODI series against Australia. He was adjudged the man of the series for his performance with both bat and ball.
One of India’s greatest captain Sourav Ganguly has also praised the all-rounder and has said that he is a great all-rounder, but it is too early to compare him to the great Kapil Dev. He said:
“Hardik Pandya has the qualities to help this Indian team but don’t compare him with Kapil Dev at the moment. Kapil Dev was an absolute champion. We will talk about it 10-15 years down the line once Pandya keeps playing that long.”
He also added that we all must enjoy the brand of cricket Pandya plays. He said:
“Let’s enjoy his cricket, he is a good cricketer, he is a positive cricketer. He’s a fighter and he has got heart when he plays cricket. That’s what you look in a young cricketer. I wish him all the best hopefully he continues to do good work for Virat Kohli.”
According to Ganguly, Ashish Nehra who was a surprise pick for the T20 series will have a huge say in the upcoming series:
“It’s a good news for Indian cricket that they have picked ability and not age. He is an exceptional T20 bowler. We saw him in last T20 World Cup. He is a left armer and he creates a different angle. I think he will come out with flying colours in this series as well.”
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