Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq says Hardik Pandya is nowhere close to the league of Kapil Dev and must work more durable to turn out to be a world-class cricketer.
Talking to PTI, Razzaq additionally clarified that his “child bowler” remark towards lead India pacer Jasprit Bumrah was misconstrued.
Probably the most prolific all-rounders to have come out of Pakistan, the 40-year-old additionally mentioned India will proceed to take pleasure in an unbeaten document towards his staff on the World Cup, as Indians deal with the strain of the massive recreation a lot better.
Speaking about Pandya, who has been battling health problems with late, Razzaq feels the 26-year-old would not appear to be working onerous sufficient.
“Pandya is an efficient participant however he generally is a a lot better all-rounder. It’s all about onerous work. When you do not give sufficient time to the sport, it drifts away from you,” Razzaq informed PTI.
“He has to organize higher mentally in addition to bodily. As you could have seen, he has been getting injured loads of late (underwent again surgical procedure final yr). If you earn some huge cash, you are inclined to calm down. For each participant it’s the identical. Mohammad Amir didn’t work onerous sufficient and his efficiency dipped.”
Pandya, who made his India debut in 2016, has drawn comparisons with the nice Kapil, however Razzaq mentioned it’s means too untimely.
“Kapil Dev and Imran Khan are one of the best all-rounders of all time. Hardik is nowhere close to that league. Even I used to be an all-rounder nevertheless it does not imply that I might evaluate myself with Imran bhai.
“Kapil paaji and Imran bhai have been in a special league,” mentioned Razzaq, who performed 46 Exams, 265 ODIs and 32 T20 Internationals.
Razzaq had courted controversy final yr by calling Bumrah a “child bowler” compared to the quick bowlers of his occasions. The Indian pacer has gone on to turn out to be one of many world’s main bowlers throughout codecs after making his debut in 2016.
“I should not have something private towards Bumrah. I used to be merely evaluating him with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar. It will have been a lot more durable to face them. My feedback have been misconstrued.
“He’s heading in direction of changing into a world-class bowler. However in our occasions, the bowlers have been of a lot larger calibre. Not many can dispute that.”
The usual of cricket has gone down, based on Razzaq.
“You do not really feel the identical strain dealing with the present crop of pacers. General, there’s a dangerous patch in world cricket. We’re not producing world class gamers the best way we used to 10-15 years in the past.
“You had Tendulkar, Zaheer, Sehwag, Ganguly in the identical staff. They’d have walked into any staff. Could also be an excessive amount of T20 cricket is answerable for this decline,” he mentioned.
Pakistan have been the stronger staff within the 90s however India have loved an higher hand over the arch-rivals within the final decade. India have additionally prolonged their unbeaten World Cup document towards Pakistan to 7-0.
“India will proceed to keep up that document,” mentioned Razzaq, who performed in three Indo-Pak World Cup video games (1999, 2003, 2011).
“It’s uncommon that India and Pakistan play one another in knock-out matches of ICC occasions. They most play within the league stage and India are favourites. Our gamers aren’t in a position to take up the strain that comes with this recreation.
“We used to win quite a bit towards India in Sharjah, beat them in Canada twice. I keep in mind the 1999 World Cup, folks and media put strain on the gamers earlier than the sport and we wilted. It has stayed like that sadly.
“The strain builds on the gamers although it’s like another match. The gamers not are assured about beating India in World Cup,” he mentioned, including Pakistan had one of the best probability of beating India within the 2011 version.