Dynamic India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has gone a massive change since his return to international cricket. Continuing his stint from IPL 2022 where he led Gujarat Titans to victory, the fans have seen an entirely different avatar of the Baroda all-rounder- an aggressive avatar who would stop at nothing.
Hardik’s batting has notably undergone the biggest change and is now much more comfortable batting at the number four position where he usually batted during the entire IPL campaign.
Hardik Pandya needs to up the ante with the ICC T20 World Cup around the corner, opines Rashid Latif
With Hardik’s batting improving, he also started to fire on all cylinders as his bowling has also come in handy. During the Asia Cup and on the England tour, he was seen picking up wickets in the powerplay and that was the reason he was suddenly being compared to the number one all-rounder at the moment-Ben Stokes.
However, opining on the same lines former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif feels Pandya will have to up his game before he is likened to the World Cup-winning England cricketer.
Rashid Latif explains why he gives Ben Stokes the edge over Hardik Pandya
Rashid Latif said on his Youtube channel, “I’m not referring to the game today, but Ben Stokes has a proven record. He won Test matches for England and the World Cup too. Stokes is way ahead of Hardik based on the international trophies,” he added.
“So, I don’t think you can even compare when it comes to (performances) on the ground. Because a trophy is a trophy. Ben Stokes is way ahead of Hardik in that. Having said that, yes, some of Hardik’s innings have been better than Ben Stokes, but having better innings and being better than Stokes are two completely different things.”
Hardik Pandya will once again play a crucial role when India take on Australia in the second T20I match at the VCA Stadium, Nagpur.