Hardik Pandya 'perfect' all-rounder after Kapil Dev: Lalchand Rajut
Cricket news, Mumbai, Sep 19 (PTI) Former India cricket administrator Lalchand Rajput feels Hardik Pandya is the "perfect all-rounder" that the national group has been yearning since the flight of unbelievable Kapil Dev.
"Hardik Pandya is an outstanding cricketer. The ability he has got, I have seen him at the NCA (National Cricket Academy) and afterward he was with me at the Zonal Camp (ZCA). He has enormous ability. He is a perfect all-rounder after Kapil Dev," Rajput told PTI amid a communication here today.
The 23-year-old Hardik Pandya played a vital thump in the primary ODI against Australia in Chennai, which in the long run helped India to win the ODI by 26 runs by means of Duckworth Lewis strategy.
"Since his batting is brilliant, he can play in all arrangements. Prior, individuals used to state he is great in shorter variant, however in a Test coordinate additionally he can turn the diversion. Hardik Pandya removed the main diversion from the Australians (in Chennai).
" Hardik Pandya can clear limits voluntarily and that is the sign of a decent batsman. His knocking down some pins is great and he is a remarkable defender. He has the fixings to be the following Kapil Dev. Yet he needs to perform upto a level to achieve Kapil's stature. In any case, absolutely, he has it in him to be the all-rounder that the Indian group was taking a gander at," Rajput explained.
Rajput remembered how he was inspired by Hardik Pandya's spotless hitting amid a Zonal Cricket Academy camp.
"Furthermore, he (Hardik Pandya) simply cherished (to hit the ball) it. What's more, get out. Presently he has turned out to be developed. I generally used to reveal to him appropriate shot choice will take you higher. The more he plays, he is getting more developed and turning into a solid lower-arrange batsman," said the 55-year-old previous Mumbai player.
On the present India Australia arrangement, Hardik Pandya said India has the minute as they have secured the principal diversion.
"Australians are extreme nuts to pop open however we (India) have the energy. The Indian group is playing top-class cricket and it is hard to beat them," said Hardik Pandya, who was the Cricket Manager, when India won the inaugural T20 World Cup.
In the interim, Rajput will join the Assam group as their head mentor, for the forthcoming residential season, which starts on October 6.
He was the mentor of the Afghanistan cricket group yet did not proceed with the activity because of "security concerns".
On the new task, Rajput stated, "We will have a camp of 15 days. I will become acquainted with the players. I feel Assam has a ton of potential. There is ability like Hardik Pandya. I will attempt and guarantee a change in the execution