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Hardik Pandya “Nowhere Near” Kapil Dev And Imran Khan's League As All-Rounder, Says Abdul Razzaq | Cricket News

Talking about Pandya, who has been battling health problems with late, Razzaq feels the 26-year-old does not appear to be working onerous sufficient. 

“Pandya is a good player but he can be a much better all-rounder. It is all about hard work. When you don’t give enough time to the game, it drifts away from you,” Razzaq informed PTI. 

“He has to prepare better mentally as well as physically. As you have seen, he has been getting injured a lot of late (underwent back surgery last year). When you earn a lot of money, you tend to relax. For every player it is the same. Mohammad Amir did not work hard enough and his performance dipped.” 

Pandya, who made his India debut in 2016, has drawn comparisons with the good Kapil, however Razzaq mentioned it’s approach too untimely.

“Kapil Dev and Imran Khan are the best all-rounders of all time. Hardik is nowhere near that league. Even I was an all-rounder but it doesn’t mean that I would compare myself with Imran bhai.” 

“Kapil paaji and Imran bhai were in a different league,” mentioned Razzaq, who performed 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20 Internationals. 

Razzaq had courted controversy final 12 months by calling Bumrah a “baby bowler” compared to the quick bowlers of his occasions. The Indian pacer has gone on to grow to be one of many world’s main bowlers throughout codecs after making his debut in 2016. 

“I do not have anything personal against Bumrah. I was simply comparing him with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar. It would have been much tougher to face them. My comments were misconstrued.” 

“He is heading towards becoming a world-class bowler. But in our times, the bowlers were of much higher calibre. Not many can dispute that.” The commonplace of cricket has gone down, based on Razzaq.

“You don’t feel the same pressure facing the current crop of pacers. Overall, there is a bad patch in world cricket. We are not producing world class players the way we used to 10-15 years ago.” 

“You had Tendulkar, Zaheer, Sehwag, Ganguly in the same team. They would have walked into any team. May be too much T20 cricket is responsible for this decline,” he mentioned. 

Pakistan had been the stronger staff within the 90s however India have loved an higher hand over the arch-rivals within the final decade. India have additionally prolonged their unbeaten World Cup file towards Pakistan to 7-0. 

“India will continue to maintain that record,” mentioned Razzaq, who performed in three Indo-Pak World Cup video games (1999, 2003, 2011). 

“It is rare that India and Pakistan play each other in knock-out matches of ICC events. They most play in the league stage and India are favourites. Our players are not able to absorb the pressure that comes with this game.” 

“We used to win a lot against India in Sharjah, beat them in Canada twice. I remember the 1999 World Cup, people and media put pressure on the players before the game and we wilted. It has stayed like that unfortunately.” 

“The pressure builds on the players though it is like any other match. The players not are confident about beating India in World Cup,” he mentioned, including Pakistan had the most effective probability of beating India within the 2011 version.

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