Comparisons in the cricket world are not new. They have in the picture since forever. But the legendary Kapil Dev doesn’t seem happy about his comparison with the new player Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya is considered to be the best all-rounder since Kapil Dev but seems like it’s too early to say this. India’s legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev said Hardik Pandya does not deserve to be compared with him if he keeps making goofy blunders like he did in the second Test against South Africa in Centurion.
Kapil Dev knocked Hardil Pandya’s batting performance plus his silly mistakes in the second Test against South Africa.
“If Pandya keeps making silly mistakes like these then he doesn’t deserve to be compared with me,” Dev told ‘ABP’ news.
Kapil Dev, who is known for his stern and strict views on players, criticized Pandya.
Chasing a target of 287 in the fourth innings, India were reeling at 65 for five when Pandya came into bat.
Pandya was on 6 when he went for his famous ramp shot and chased a wide ball off Lungi Ngidi, only managing an edge to wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock.
Pandya made a goof-up in the first match as well when he was run out as he failed to ground his bat. The nonchalance and casual approach of Pandya is being taken note of by the legenday Kapil Dev. Dev is not too happy with Panmdya’s performance.
“He definitely has a lot of talent, he has shown it in the first Test but I believe he needs to work on the mental aspect.” Kapil said.
Former India cricketer Sandeep Patil also stated that making an analogy between Kapil Dev and Hardik Pandya was not ideal because Pandya is still in early stages of his cricketing career. There is no doubt that Pandya is a budding player and has a lot to see and perform.
Patil said, “I have played a lot of cricket with Kapil, really there is no comparison. Kapil played 15 years for India with terrific performance and Pandya is only in his fifth Test match. There is a long way to go.”