Kapil Dev to India all-rounder Hardik Pandya: Focus on batting, your primary skill
Monaco: Former India captain Kapil Dev needs Hardik Pandya to “work more durable on his batting” as that’s his major ability as an all-rounder. Pandya, after his 93 within the first Take a look at in opposition to South Africa in Cape City, didn’t get a single half-century throughout codecs within the remaining matches.
Evaluating any gifted all-rounder to Kapil is a norm in Indian cricket and the World Cup profitable captain needs Pandya to play with out stress. “He (Pandya) has proven the glimpse. He has the expertise and the flexibility. Evaluating with anybody places extra stress on him. I wish to see him go and specific himself, take pleasure in himself,” Kapil informed PTI on the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports activities Award.
For Kapil, any all-rounder needs to be robust in one of many two ability units and for him Pandya is primarily a batting all-rounder. “I wish to see him within the crew for one cause, undoubtedly both as a bowler or as a batsman. He has to work little more durable on his batting as a result of he’s a batsman all-rounder. If he can carry out a little bit extra with the bat, the bowling will come straightforward to him and that is what occurs to all-rounders,” mentioned India’s biggest ever all-rounder.
Kapil mentioned that Pandya continues to be very younger and everyone seems to be anticipating an excessive amount of from him. “We have now began anticipating an excessive amount of from him quickly however I believe he has the flexibility and is without doubt one of the best athletes within the crew. However he has to work more durable to realize success as an all-rounder,” the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian skipper mentioned.
Speaking about subsequent yr’s World Cup, Kapil mentioned that India would require each present skipper Virat Kohli’s aggression and his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calmness to elevate the trophy as soon as once more. “Should you can have the mixture there’s nothing mistaken as a result of you want to have any individual on the sphere who’s calm and quiet and in addition perceive the sport and any individual who could be very aggressive,” Kapil mentioned in regards to the lethal mixture.
“But when everyone could be very aggressive, then it is troublesome. And once more if everyone seems to be calm, then additionally it’s troublesome. So if you happen to can have a mix of each aggression and tranquility, I believe it’s going to assist the crew.”
Kapil mentioned India performed terrific cricket to bounce again within the restricted overs collection after a disappointing outing within the first two Checks in South Africa. “They (India) might have accomplished higher within the Take a look at collection however they ended very well. They gained arms down within the shorter codecs in South Africa, which we by no means did previously. It was excellent show. Had they performed the primary two Checks, a little bit higher it might have been a special story altogether,” mentioned Kapil.
“Virat was sensible however I believe the wrist spinners have actually accomplished an amazing job. Only a yr again (Ravindra) Jadeja and (Ravichandran) Ashwin, two top-class cricketers, have been there however now they don’t seem to be getting an opportunity and that reveals the depth of Indian cricket in the mean time.
“It is wonderful how regardless of some high cricketers like Sachin, Rahul, Sehwag, Laxman retiring within the final 5-6 years, this Indian crew has bounced again so rapidly and that is a great signal for Indian cricket,” Kapil added.
Kapil believes the present aspect below Kohli has the flexibility to do properly in England and Australia. “His character reveals that he believes he can do it however for that he has to work very laborious. As a captain, it’s important to take the crew together with you and if he can do it, there isn’t any cause why India can not win in England and Australia. I’ve little question this crew can try this however they must work very laborious,” he signed off.