Legendary former India captain Kapil Dev on Friday requested whether or not Hardik Pandya can be called an all-rounder on condition that he has not been bowling as a lot because the position calls for.
A significant cog in India’s scheme of issues in white-ball cricket, the flamboyant Pandya bowled in simply two matches within the current T20 World Cup the place India went out within the group stage itself.
He can be below hearth for not revealing the extent of his a number of health points and was dropped from the house T20 sequence towards New Zealand, which India gained 3-0.
“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 mentioned on the Royal Calcutta Golf Course right here.
“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,” added India’s first World Cup-winning captain.
Kapil additionally predicted that Rahul Dravid the coach will be a much bigger success than the immensely achieved Dravid the cricketer.
Dravid started his new innings because the Indian workforce’s head coach within the ongoing sequence towards New Zealand, a put up he has been given until the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
“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,” Kapil mentioned.
Dravid earlier served as the pinnacle of National Cricket Academy and was additionally the coach of India’s Under-19 and A groups, nurturing a number of younger skills who went on to characterize the nation with distinction.
Talking about Dravid because the chief coach, Kapil additional mentioned: “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 was right here because the Board member of Professional Golf Tour of India that’s conducting the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship.
Asked about his favorite all-rounders, Kapil named Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
“I simply go to watch cricket lately and benefit from the recreation. I do not see out of your perspective. My job is to benefit from the sport.
“I’d say Ashwin, hats off to him,” he mentioned, including Jadeja’s identify.
Kapil, nonetheless, rued that Jadeja’s bowling has not been at its better of late.
“Jadeja… What a wonderful cricketer he’s, however sadly he improved as a batter and come down as a bowler to me.
“When he started, he was a far better bowler but now he’s a far better batter. Every time India needs him, he will get runs. But he’s not performing as a bowler,” Kapil mentioned.
The former India captain additionally hailed Shreyas Iyer for his debut century within the ongoing first Test towards the Black Caps.
“When any teenager makes 100 on debut, it means the game goes in the suitable route. We want cricketers like him.
“He waited for nearly four-five years to play for India. Finally he bought an opportunity and got here out with flying colors,” he concluded.