INDIA GREAT Kapil Dev has stated that all-rounder Hardik Pandya does not deserve to be compared with him if latter makes silly mistakes like the one in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion.
The young all-rounder is quite often touted as the best all-rounder since the days of Kapil Dev. The legendary batsman criticized the Gujarat-lad’s batting performance in the Centurion Test, which the visitors lost by 135-runs.
While chasing a target of 287 in the final innings, India were reeling at 65 for five when Pandya came into bat. He was on six when he went for his famous ramp shot as he chased a wide ball off Lungi Ngidi and only managed to get an edge to wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock. In the first innings too, the 25-year-old ran himself out when he failed to ground his bat. Speaking about the dismissal Dev told ABP news,
“If Pandya keeps making silly mistakes like these then he doesn’t deserve to be compared with me. He definitely has a lot of talent, he has shown it in the first Test but I believe he needs to work on the mental aspect.”