Former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer believes that all-rounder Hardik Pandya has the potential to break Kapil Dev’s white-ball record for the country.
He did, however, agree that it is still too early to predict that he will surpass Kapil. Following India’s ODI series triumph against England on Sunday (July 17) at Old Trafford in Manchester, Hardik was awarded ‘Player of the Series.’ In the final one-day international of the three-match series, he took four for 24 with his fast bowling and added 71 off 55 with the willow.
Following a disappointing T20 World Cup performance last year, the Baroda all-rounder was omitted from the Indian team.
If Hardik Pandya Can Play For Another 5-7 Years He Can Get Close To Kapil Dev’s Record: Wasim Jaffer
He was recalled, though, due to a stellar performance in IPL 2022, during which he also guided the Gujarat Titans (GT) to victory in their inaugural season.
When asked if Hardik might outperform Kapil in limited-overs cricket, Jaffer said ESPNcricinfo:
“Yes. He definitely has the capability (of bettering Kapil Dev’s record in white ball cricket). Kapil Dev is a very big name. It is difficult to arrive at a conclusion so soon. But if he keeps bowling like this (it can happen). He already has the batting capability. If he plays for another 5-7 years, he could get close to Kapil’s record.”
Hardik has 1386 runs at an average of 33.80 in 66 ODIs. He has 63 scalps at an average of 38.69 with the ball. In 225 ODIs, Kapil took 253 wickets at an average of 27.45 and scored 3783 runs at an average of 23.79.
Hardik has a long way to go, right now he would hope that his body supports him well as he takes a rest from the ODI series against the West Indies. He will be back in action for the T20 series.