CWC 2019: Steve Waugh compares Pandya with Klusener
Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh who has been closely following the bat-ball game had some interesting thing to say about Hardik Pandya. According to Steve Waugh, Hardik Pandya has been at his brutal best and with such ease, he has been dominating the ongoing World Cup.
Seeing this, Steve Waugh has drawn parallels between Hardik Pandya and South African Lance Klusener. It is cognisance of the fact that Klusener was one of the pillars of South African cricket as he known for his all-round exploits and Steve Waugh feels Hardik Pandya is playing like the way Klusener played way back in the 1999 edition.
Pandya’s power did the talking against Australia
Pandya was promoted up the order against Australia where he scored a sensational 27-ball 48 at The Oval to help India post an staggering 352 for 5. India then bowled Australia out for 316 and as a result, they won by 36 runs.
“…it’s the innings of Hardik Pandya that will send shivers down opposition spines. This guy might just be the equivalent of Lance Klusener in the 1999 World Cup. He has the ability to begin his innings like most finish, with clean hitting that no opposing captain can protect,” Steve Waugh wrote in his column for the ICC’s official website.
The devastating stroke play by Pandya, who smashed four fours and three big sixes, hinted Waugh of Klusener’s sparkling display in the 1999 World Cup. Klusener was adjudged the player of the tournament 20 years ago in England for his impressive lower-order hitting that gathered 281 runs at a strike rate of 122.17.
“When they (India) get off to solid opening partnership, as they did against Australia, they then have the luxury of seeing Virat Kohli orchestrate the remainder of the innings,” Waugh wrote.
Praising experienced campaigner MS Dhoni who hit a 14-ball 27, Waugh said: “The cunning and sheer brilliance of MS Dhoni rarely fails to deliver and again he timed his assault on Australia to post a 350 plus target,” he said.