Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been making all the right noises ever since he bursts onto the international cricket. Apart from the last year, where he mostly struggled with injuries, Pandya has turned out to be a responsible campaigner for Virat Kohli & Co. However, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq feel Hardik is far away from attaining greatness.
Since impressing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, Hardik Pandya’s stock has only gone up. His consistent show with bat and ball earned praise from all quarters. Moreover, it also drew comparisons with legendary all-rounders like Jacques Kallis, Kapil Dev, and Imran Khan.
While Hardik Pandya has played down all the comparisons, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq feels this kind of comparisons is baseless. Razzaq believes Pandya is not of same stature as Kapil and Imran. But the Pakistan cricketer believes the Baroda all-rounder has still scopes of improving and become a powerhouse in world cricket.
“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,” Razzaq said to The Week.
“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. Kapil paaji and Imran bhai were in a different league,” Razzaq added.
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya has been struggling with a back injury since long and last year underwent a surgery in London. After sitting out for almost six-seven months, Hardik made a comeback during the ODI series against South Africa. But with the bilateral series called off amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the flamboyant all-rounder will have to wait longer to make a comeback.