Hardik Pandya is nowhere near Kapil paaji's league, Jasptit Bumrah on his way to becoming world class: Abdul Razzaq
NEW DELHI: Former multi-faceted Pakistan Abdul Razzaq He says Hardik Pandya not close to the league of Kapil Dev and you need to work harder to become a world class cricket player.
Speaking to PTI, Razzaq also clarified that his baby bowler's comment against the Indian leader. Jasprit Bumrah was misinterpreted.
One of the most prolific multi-facets to come out of Pakistan, the 40-year-old also said India will continue to enjoy an undefeated record against his team at the World Cup, as the Indians handle the pressure of the big game much better. .
Speaking of Pandya, who has been struggling with fitness issues lately, Razzaq feels the 26-year-old doesn't seem to be working hard enough.
Pandya is a good player, but he can be a much better offroad. It's about hard work. When you don't give the game enough time, it turns away from you, Razzaq told PTI.
You have to prepare better both mentally and physically. As you have seen, he has been injured very late (he had back surgery last year). When you make a lot of money, you tend to relax. For each player it is the same. Mohammad Amir did not work hard enough and his performance dropped.
Pandya, who made his India debut in 2016, has made comparisons to the great Kapil, but Razzaq said it is too premature.
Kapil Dev and Imran Khan they are the best SUVs of all time. Hardik is not close to that league. Even I was an ATV, but that doesn't mean I would compare myself to Imran Bhai.
Kapil paaji and Imran bhai were in a different league, said Razzaq, who played 46 tests, 265 ODI and 32 T20 internationals.
Razzaq had sparked controversy last year by calling Bumrah a baby bowler compared to the fast players of his time. The Indian player has become one of the best bowlers in the world in all formats after debuting in 2016.
I have nothing personal against Bumrah. I was just comparing him to people like Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar . It would have been much more difficult to face them. My comments were misinterpreted.
He is headed to become a world class bowler. But in our time, bowlers were of a much higher caliber. Not many can dispute that.
The cricket standard has been lowered, according to Razzaq.
You don't feel the same pressure that the current pacemaker crop faces. Overall, there is a bad patch on world cricket. We are not producing world class players like we used to do 10-15 years ago.
You had Tendulkar, Zaheer, Sehwag, Ganguly on the same team. They would have entered any team. It may be too much T20 cricket responsible for this decline, he said.
Pakistan was the strongest team in the 1990s, but India has had an advantage over arch rivals in the past decade. India has also extended its undefeated World Cup record against Pakistan to 7-0.
India will continue to maintain that record, said Razzaq, who played in three Indo-Pak World Cup games (1999, 2003, 2011).
It is rare for India and Pakistan to play each other in knockout matches of ICC events. Most play on the league stage and India are the favorites. Our players cannot absorb the pressure that comes with this game.
We used to win a lot against India in Sharjah, we beat them in Canada twice. I remember that at the 1999 World Cup, people and the media put pressure on the players before the game and we wilted. Unfortunately it has remained so.
The pressure increases on the players, although it is like any other game. The players are unsure about beating India at the World Cup, he said, adding that Pakistan had the best chance of beating India in the 2011 edition.