Faith in Pandya is pay­ing off

Sport360 - - Cricket News - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360

For­mer In­dia all-rounder Ir­fan Pathan be­lieves Hardik Pandya is blos­som­ing at the high­est level be­cause he has the com­plete back­ing of cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli and the team man­age­ment.

Pathan was him­self seen as a po­ten­tial long-term all for­mat all­rounder a decade back but af­ter show­ing prom­ise ini­tially, he lost his place in the side af­ter be­ing tried out at var­i­ous po­si­tions in the lineup and with­out a clear-cut plan for har­ness­ing his abil­i­ties.

Pathan is uhappy to see a tal­ented player like Pandya be­ing al­lowed ex­press him­self with the 23-yearold av­er­ag­ing 55.50 in the cur­rent ODI se­ries against Aus­tralia.

“It is great to see play­ers be­ing backed. Some­times you won­der... play­ers, who were not backed enough and could have oth­er­wise had a longer career,” Pathan was quoted as say­ing by the Press Trust of In­dia. “For any player’s rise, not just Hardik’s, the back­ing of cap­tain plays a huge role.

“Kedar (Jad­hav) for ex­am­ple was do­ing fan­tas­ti­cally well in do­mes­tic cricket for so many years but he got the back­ing only un­der Vi­rat.”

“Vi­rat is back­ing all the young­sters, not only one or two. If you have the back­ing of cap­tain and team man­age­ment, the player will per­form even­tu­ally.”

It’s been claimed Pandya has it in him to be the next Kapil Dev but Pathan, hav­ing him­self car­ried the bur­den of those hopes, said such com­par­isons should be avoided.

Pathan added: “I think he will be the first Hardik Pandya. Let’s not com­pare him with any­one. Let’s give him some time.”

Like a dream: Jonny Bairstow hit an un­beaten 141 as Eng­land com­pleted a se­ries white­wash with a nine-wicket tri­umph.

Get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter: Pandya.

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