Hardik Pandya has been a very important member of the side since he made his debut for India. Former Indian left-arm fast bowler Irfan Pathan said that Hardik Pandya is crucial for India as he offers balance to the side. He highly praised Pandya saying that there are very few players like him.
Hardik Pandya has been bowling over 140 kph consistently since his return. He consistently gets the ball to move both ways and has been bowling tight lines in the powerplay. Pandya has got a lot of control over his inswinger and the batters find it difficult to face him due to his skiddy nature.
Irfan Pathan praises Pandya
“He is an extremely crucial player. You need a player who can both bat and bowl to get the balance. It is very difficult to find the ability that Hardik Pandya provides to the Indian team. You will find very few players like him in world cricket,” Irfan Pathan said in the post-match show on Star Sports.
“He first showed his might in batting. The shots he played, the straight pull he hit – he was playing tennis on the cricket ground. It was an exceptional shot and after that also he showed his power and range in the other shots,” he added.
“If he is in form, it is extremely difficult to stop him. The knock came at the right time and fast as well because the other batters were finding it difficult to score against the old ball, but Hardik Pandya did not have that much difficulty,” said Irfan.
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