The one name which emerges in last one year in Indian cricket is Hardik Pandya. In the recently concluded Australia ODI series in India, he won the man of the series award with some brilliant batting and bowling in the series.
Hardik Pandya is continuously developing in international cricket. India looking for a genuine fast bowling all-rounder from quite a long time. In fact after Kapil Dev India hardly manage to find a quick fast bowling all-rounder who could bat as well like a batsman.
Hardik Pandya looks like to feel that shoes of Kapil Dev. He bowls quicks and batting beautifully specially against spinners. In his short career, he also has a test century in his name.
He now receives some praise from former Australia captain Ian Chappell. In a recent interview to ESPN Cricinfo, Chappell told that “For India to be regarded as a truly great side, they need to perform well under tough conditions and against extremely competitive opponents like Australia and South Africa. If Pandya can adapt his bowling to succeed in those cauldrons – and there’s no reason he can’t – then India, with a strong batting line-up, are more likely to experience consistent overseas success.”
“With his flamboyant style, Pandya reminds me a little of the electrifying England all-rounder Ben Stokes – the outstanding and highly combative cricketer on the field rather than the citizen with a propensity for self-destruction off it,” he said further.
He also said that Pandya has the ability to become one of the greats in cricket but he also has to perform well especially in test cricket, “At this stage, Stokes has done it at Test level, while Pandya only has the potential for such electrifying achievements at that level.”