“We don’t have an all-rounder of Hardik Pandya’s caliber”: Pakistan Great
Aaqib Javed feels that Pakistan lacks a great all-rounder like Hardik Pandya.© AFP
India will take on Pakistan in their opening match of the Asia Cup to be held in Dubai on 28 August. The two teams met at the same venue last year during the T20 World Cup, with Pakistan on top. It was a major performance from Pakistan as India suffered their first defeat in the World Cup to their arch-rivals. However, former Pakistan bowler Aaqib Javed feels that India have a very experienced batting line-up, especially the middle order, which can make up the difference.
Javed also said that Pakistan lacks a great all-rounder like Hardik Pandya.
“Babar is experienced now and these cricketers have been playing together for some time now. But the difference between India and Pakistan lies in the batting. Even now, their (India) batting is more experienced. If a player like Rohit plays longer, he is alone. The middle-order batting between India and Pakistan is where the difference lies. India’s all-rounders can make a huge difference. We don’t have an all-rounder of Hardik Pandya’s caliber,” Javed told paktv.tv On conversation.
Hardik had scored 11 runs in eight balls during the defeat to Pakistan last year. However, he did not bowl during the match due to a back problem.
The 28-year-old took a break from cricket after the tournament in the United Arab Emirates last year.
However, he has cemented his place in the playing XI after exceptional performances in the IPL as well as the international circuit.
In 2022, Hardik has scored 281 runs in 13 T20Is at a strike rate of around 140.
Topics mentioned in this article