“Hardik Pandya could be compared to Lance Klusener” – Steve Waugh

Former World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh thinks that Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is alike South Africa’s legendary all-rounder Lance Klusener who did the damages by hitting all over the field in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999.

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“…it’s the innings of Hardik Pandya that will send shudders down opposition spines. This person may very well be what could be compared to Lance Klusener in the 1999 World Cup. He can start his innings like most completion, with clean hitting that no opposing skipper can secure,” Waugh told the ICC.

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Pandya scored 48 runs off 27 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes against Australia at The Oval on Monday which helped India to post a mammoth total of 352 runs in 50 overs. Later, they won the match comfortably by 36 runs. Pandya’s hitting ability reminded the damaging stroke play of Lance Klusener who was then the Player of the Tournament back in 20 years ago from now. He scored 281 runs with the strike rate of 122.17 in those Twenty20 cricketless days.

The greatest captain in the Test history of cricket, Steve Waugh also praised Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni for their splendid innings. “When they (India) get off to strong opening partnership, as they did against Australia, they at that point have the advantage of seeing Virat Kohli organize the rest of the innings,” the former Australian middle-order batsman said.

“Also the guile and sheer brightness of MS Dhoni seldom fails to deliver and again he coordinated his ambush on Australia to post a 350 or more target,” he added.

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