Former India captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev questioned Hardik Pandya’s all-rounder role when the Baroda cricketer is not bowling on regular basis.
Pandya delivered down just 4 overs in the T20 World Cup, and didn’t bowl a single ball in the IPL before that. He has been battling with back injury issues for more than two years, and hence has been kept away from Test cricket as well.
Kapil Dev asserted that Hardik needs to do both batting and bowling at a consistent level to be termed as an all-rounder.
“He has to do both the jobs to be considered an all-rounder. He is not bowling so can we call him all-rounder? Let him bowl, he has come out from the injury,” Kapil Dev said at the Royal Calcutta Golf Course, quoted as saying by PTI.
“He is an extremely important batter to the country, for bowling he has to play a lot more matches, perform and bowl and then we will say.”
Hardik Pandya wasn’t included for the recently-concluded 3-T20I home series versus New Zealand.
Dravid will do a better job as a coach than as a cricketer: Kapil Dev
Speaking about India’s new head coach, Rahul Dravid, the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper is confident that Dravid will attain immense success in the coach’s role.
“He’s a good man, a good cricketer. He will do a better job as a coach than as a cricketer because in cricket nobody has done better than him. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed.
“You can’t just judge one after his debut, you don’t go by one performance. Over a period of time, what Rahul will do, we will come to know. You only think positive,” the 62-year-old said.
Dravid’s first overseas assignment will be the trip to South Africa next month.