Shaun Pollock wants Hardik Pandya to focus only on one aspect of his game
Pandya has so far picked only 7 wickets after playing 8 Tests.
Updated - Aug 10, 2018 1:38 pm
Hardik Pandya has played almost every game ever since he has made his debut in international cricket. He is one of those rare fast bowling all-rounders which the Indian team wanted for a long time and no wonder the management back him a lot. Despite the fact that the youngster has made it big in the limited-overs format, he is yet to justify his place in whites. However, the former South Africa player Shaun Pollock has advised him to focus only on one of the aspects of his game to be successful in the longest format.
Having played in 8 Test matches so far, Pandya has picked only 7 wickets and averages 35 with the bat which doesn’t look good for an all-rounder. While he has looked decent with the willow, the 24-year-old has struggled with the red ball which is the reason Pollock wants him to concentrate only one department first and then think of contributing in the other.
He needs to settle down
Shaun Pollock himself ended his career as a decent all-rounder for South Africa. Though primarily he was the new-ball bowler for them and then the one who used to bat well at number 8. He wanted Hardik Pandya to also do the same and concentrate on one of the disciplines first and settle down in the format.
“Coming to Indian cricket, Pandya is probably a long-term all-round option. I think Virat Kohli really likes his style and attitude towards the game. Looks like he can get both wickets and runs; of course, time will tell everything. Hardik needs to settle down and choose one of the disciplines (batting or bowling), something that keeps him in the side, and look to contribute on the other as it can be very difficult to contribute with both,” he was quoted as saying by Business Standard.
However, he was also quick to assert that Pandya has the ability to make it big as an all-rounder going forward in his career. “If he settles down and gets a good run, there is no reason why he can’t become a wonderful all-rounder for India,” he added.