Don’t compare me to Kapil: Pandya

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Aug 2018 14:52:07


 

 

NOTTINGHAM

ALL-ROUNDER Hardik Pandya has said that comparisons with Indian legend Kapil Dev are unwarranted and that he should be left alone to perform on the basis of his capabilities.
Pandya took career-best figures of 5-28 as England were bowled out for 161 in reply to India’s 329. The visitors finished day two on 124-2, thus taking an overall 292-run lead.


The all-rounder also took on his critics saying he doesn’t play for them.“Comparisons are fine. But the problem with this (comparison) is that all of a sudden when something goes wrong and they are like he is not that. I have never wanted to be Kapil Dev. Let me be Hardik Pandya. I am good at being Hardik Pandya, and I have reached here till now – played 40 ODIs and 10 Tests being Hardik Pandya, not Kapil Dev.
“They have created their era, let me be Hardik Pandya. Let’s stop comparing me with anyone. I will be happy if you don’t,” he said yesterday after a game-changing performance.
Pandya ran through the England line-up after Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were unable to hit the right lengths.


We threw away a good start: Buttler


ENGLAND batsman Jos Buttler has lamented that they should have done better after being placed at 54 for no loss at one point of the third Test against India. Hardik Pandya took 5-28 as England were bowled out for 161 runs, conceding a 168-run lead that swelled up to 292 runs.


“It’s very disappointing – after a really good start to the day as well, picking up those early wickets and being 50 for none. We let that slip. It’s important we can recognise why it’s happened, and improve,” said Buttler on Sunday.


“It’s been tough for the batsmen (at times) throughout this series. When we’ve got that momentum, when we’ve been bowling, it felt like we were going to take a wicket every ball.
“It comes down to how can you wrestle back the initiative – maybe with a counter-attacking style or someone trying to sit in.”