Last Update on: January 9th, 2018 at 01:16 pm
Despite the Indian team losing to South Africa by 72 runs in the first Test, former all-rounder Kapil Dev was all praise for Hardik Pandya. Pandya notched up a magnificent 93 runs in the first innings to help India cross the 200-run mark.
“He has done an exceptional job in the first innings for India with his knock. He shows promise and commitment,” Kapil Dev said at an event in Chandigarh.
India was striving at 92/7 in the first innings when Pandya arrived and played a brilliant 95-ball knock of 93.
“Despite being 24 and an amateur in Test innings, he did not succumb to pressure and took on the challenge,” Kapil Dev added further.
The 59-year-old Kapil Dev felt that it is not fair to compare two cricketers and put pressure on him.
“It is not fair to compare two cricketers. He has his own style and approach. Let’s not put pressure on Pandya by making comparisons. He is doing a fine job with the ball and bat for the Indian team. We should let such talented cricketers perform and bloom as top-class cricketers. I think cricketers o the modern era are much better than the previous ones. Youngsters are doing well for Indian cricket,” he stated.
Pandya did a good job with the ball as well removing both the openers in South Africa’s second dig. Kapil also applauded Indian bowlers and admitted that they would get better as the tour goes on.
Kapil admitted that non-cricketers could definitely be good administrators when asked if former cricketers should take over and run the BCCI by the Lodha Committee recommendations.
“Former BCCI administrators who were not cricketers did a fine job and took the game to another level. I believe non-cricketers can definitely be good administrators,” Kapil concluded.
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