Pandya not focusing on comparisons to Kapil, Stokes

Many Indian cricket enthusiasts like to compare the young all-rounder Hardik Pandya with not only World Cup 2019 hero Ben Stokes, but even the legend Kapil Dev. However, Pandya said he is not focusing on comparisons to either of them.

Pandya with Kapil
Pandya strives to be the best, but does not want to be compared with Kapil.

According to Pandya, who caught the attention of the world during the Indian Premier League 2015 and made international debut the following year, all he has in his mind is to be the best whenever he walks onto the field.

“For me the most important part is that whichever team I play for, wins. Hardik Pandya does not carry any burden about his own performance. If my team does not win, I get very upset,” said Pandya.

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“Comparisons with Ben Stokes, Kapil Sir.. I don’t look at it that way. For me, I have to be the best. I have to give my 100 per cent. I have to make sure that my team wins. I will be so happy if my team wins even if I had scored 10 runs that me scoring 30 and the team losing. I just want to be Hardik.”

Pandya is one of the biggest stars and a proven match-winner for his side Mumbai Indians in IPL. His international numbers also look decent, specially in the shortest format of the game, where he has a strike rate of 147.61 alongside a wicket tally of 38 at an average of 25.68.

On the flip side, things have not been quite good for Pandya in the most recent past, as he has been out of the international circuit since sustaining an injury back in September 2019. He has undergone surgery thereafter, and now in the process of slow but steady recovery.

With making a return to training recently, it is being expected that Pandya might make his international comeback in the later half of India’s upcoming tour to New Zealand in February.

“The recovery has been fantastic, touch wood. It’s actually happening faster than what we expected. Luckily, I am quite happy in that way. Once you go under the knife, it’s very difficult to keep motivating yourself because you can’t give 100 percent anymore,” Pandya said on his recovery.

Pandya is considered to be the key to increasing India’s chances of reclaiming the ICC World T20 later this year.

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