Hardik Pandya could end India's search for next Kapil Dev, says former Australia captain Ian Chappell

The Australian great has no doubt Pandya would strengthen India in Tests and contribute to their success in all conditions.

PTI, October 15, 2017

New Delhi: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell says Hardik Pandya has the potential to become the match-turning all-rounder India have craved since the legendary Kapil Dev retired.

File image of Hardik Pandya. AP

File image of Hardik Pandya. AP

Pandya has played an important role in recent times in the limited overs games for India.

"Hardik Pandya is potentially the fast-bowling all-rounder India have craved since Kapil Dev retired," Chappell wrote in 'ESPNcricinfo'.

The Australian great has no doubt Pandya would strengthen India in Tests and contribute to their success in all conditions.

"A player like Pandya, who has the ability to bat in the top six and also produce deliveries clocked at 140kph, gives a Test side the flexibility that leads to success under all conditions. It affords India the opportunity to field a balanced attack of five bowlers no matter what the conditions."

Pandya not only has the skill to perform the role successfully but now that he is achieving consistency at international level, his confidence has soared."

The all-rounder rose to prominence during the 2015 IPL when he showcased his big-hitting ability and handy fast medium bowling.

"For India to be regarded as a truly great side, they need to perform well under tough conditions and against extremely competitive opponents like Australia and South Africa. If Pandya can adapt his bowling to succeed in those cauldrons – and there's no reason he can't – then India, with a strong batting line-up, are more likely to experience consistent overseas success.

Updated Date: Oct 15, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

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Hyderabad
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2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
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4
Rajasthan
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Mumbai
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Bangalore
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114