Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said he was not particularly disappointed with Hardik Pandya’s performance, emphasizing the abilities of the versatile player. Hardik Pandya recently did not have the best time, from the IPL 2021 and it also continued in the Sri Lanka series.
Hardik’s overall numbers in the limited innings format have started to drop and he will have to be in shape again before the T20 World Cup. His two innings in the series against Sri Lanka compromised from a duck and 19 and these may not be good signs to move forward. However, he still remains a game changer and his abilities will be crucial to India’s plans.
Muttiah Muralitharan feels Hardik’s batting is special
Muttiah Muralitharan believes he will have Hardik Pandya in any of his teams in the world if he is the captain, based solely on his ability to bowl at 140km / h and also with his explosive batting. He emphasizes the expectations of Hardik Pandya that a pure batsman will not work and rather that he should see the management as a short batsman who can score 100 off 40 balls in his day.
‘Hardik Pandya is a special player. If I were captain, I would have him in any team in the world – an IPL team, an Australian team … any team in the world. Because he has the ability to bowl at 140 clicks, he can adjust and also bowl more slowly. “Because of the injury, I feel he could not do much.”
“Secondly, his batting is also special. We can not accept him to play like Nitish Rana or Suryakumar Yadav … stay long and run. He is a short batsman who will bamboo you with a hundred balls. That is the expectation I have of him, “he said. Muttiah Muralitharan told ESPN Cricinfo.
“Put him in and let him play his own game” – Muttiah Muralidharan
Muttiah Muralitharan mentions that when Hardik gets going, he can make a 20 ball fifty and name the ideal expectation. He did not want the management of Hardik to expect him to play a ball of 90 balls with 90 balls, and compared it to the attacker of the explosive Sanath Jayasuriya to make his innings move slowly.
‘He might come out in the first two overs, but if he clicks for 20-30 balls, he will score 50 runs. This is therefore the expectation of Hardik Pandya. “If you let him play 70 balls and expect 90 runs, he will not be the same player,”
‘It’s like asking Jayasuriya to open a ball and score. He will not be successful. These players can at any time no. 7 and 8 play. Put him in and let him play his own game, ” Muttiah Muralitharan added.
Hardik Pandya’s return to bowling could be a big boost for the Indian team ahead of the T20 World Cup In October.