” Hardik Pandya is not in Top 10 in any format” – Pathan conpares with Stokes
After the resumption of cricket after a long time, it was all abou England all rounder Ben stokes. The all rounder slammed 176 and 78 in the two innings and picked up three wickets in the second Test to level the series 1-1 and won the series at last.
Stokes all rounding performance took him to the No.1 all-rounder in Test cricket ranking. He surpassed West Indies skipper Jason Holder in the list. Consequently, many members of the cricket fraternity had heaped praise on him. Besides, he was flooded with appreciation from everywhere.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, impressed by Stokes’ heroics in both departments. The former all rounder also tweeted how India will become unbeatable if they had an all-rounder like Stokes. Fans took the comment section to mention Indian all rounder Hardik pandiya’s name. Irfan responded by saying that Hardik still has a long way to go to catch up with Stokes’ match-winning abilities. Irfan also pointed out the fact that Hardik still hasn’t paved is way in Top-10 rankings in any format of the sport.
“Ben Stokes has become No. 1 all-rounder in the world by winning matches for England. I wish for Team India to have an all-rounder who wins games for India. Yuvraj Singh was a kind of guy who was a match-winner. Having an all-rounder in the team is a different thing and I am talking about purely in Test cricket,” Pathan told Cricket.com in a video interaction.
“Unfortunately, Hardik Pandya is not in top 10 in any format of the game for India. He has the potential, there is no doubt about it. If he has that calibre of an all-rounder who can win matches for India, Indian cricket team will be invincible. The Indian cricket team is way better than the rest in the world,” he added.
“We have guys like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. We have such immensely talented cricketers like Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
We have Ashwin, two wrist spinners and Ravindra Jadeja for that matter but if we have that one piece which can put everyone together- that’s an all-rounder. We have tried Vijay Shankar and some new would also come in future. I am simply saying India need a match-winning all-rounder,” said Pathan.