Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman on Thursday blamed the overburdening of players for the country for not producing another real station wagon similar to the Kapil Dev. Players like it Hardik Pandya are compared to the legendary Capil, the country’s first captain to win the World Cup.
“It’s a very difficult role to be versatile. Kapil Paaji was a man who could take gates and score runs. He was the best winner in the match for India. But with the workload these days, it’s very, very difficult,” Laxman said. during the release on YouTube of a book written by Boria Majumdar in “Tata Literature Live Sports Yatras”.
Without naming Hardick, Laxman said: “There were some views from some players, as they focused a lot on both skills, after all, with the amount of workload and the matches that the Indian team plays in three formats, it is very difficult to manage. .
“This player, who has the ability to become a truly versatile player, is unfortunately injured and has to compromise or have to decide to beat or bowling,” said the former stylish batsman.
Coming from a lengthy layoff due to back surgery, Hardick did not bow to the Mumbai Indians in IPL last season in the UAE. In the ODI series against Australia, Hardick made five overs, but did not play the subsequent trial series Down Under.
Hardick did not play in the four-match test series against England earlier this year. He bowled in the next T20I series, but did not do so in the first two ODIs against England. He returned to bowling duties in the last ODI. He has also not bowled for MI during the current IPL season.
Laxman added that “it is not right to compare any universal models with the legendary Kapil.”
“I just feel like there can only be one Kapil. He (comparison) will put unnecessary pressure on the player. There can only be one MS Dhonior one Sunil Gavaskar. “
Laxman also backed Rishabh Pant to be India’s first choice for the T20 World Cup at home in October-November. “India is spoiled by choice. The way Sanju Samson beats, holds and leads the Rajasthan Royals (in the current IPL), even though he did not have too much experience (as captain) country.
“Then there is Ishan Kishan. KL Rahul he did well whenever he took the gloves and hit either the top of the order or the middle.
But somehow I just feel that Rishabh Pant is the player you have to choose for the Wicketkeeper-Batsman slot. I will definitely go for Pant. “Not only has he really improved and impressed everyone with his support abilities, but as a left-hander, he is a man who can take the game away from any opposition in any situation in the middle,” he concluded.
The 23-year-old Pant, who is currently leading Delhi Capitals in the ongoing IPL, played a key role in India’s test wins against Australia and England with several wins in the match earlier this year.