India vs South Africa: Kapil Dev says Hardik Pandya shouldn't be compared with him if he continues to make silly mistakes

Pandya is often considered as India's best all-rounder since the days of the legendary Kapil Dev. Dev criticised Pandya's batting performance in the second Test against South Africa in Centurion.

PTI, January 17, 2018

New Delhi: India's legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev on Wednesday said Hardik Pandya does not deserve to be compared with him if he keeps making silly mistakes like he did in the second Test against South Africa.

Pandya is often considered as India's best all-rounder since the days of the legendary Dev.

Dev criticised Pandya's batting performance in the second Test against South Africa in Centurion.

Hardik Pandya in action on Day 2 of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town. AP

File image of Hardik Pandya in action on Day 2 of the 1st Test against South Africa. AP

"If Pandya keeps making silly mistakes like these then he doesn't deserve to be compared with me," Dev told ABP news.

Dev was reacting to Pandya's dismissal in the second innings.

Chasing a target of 287 in the fourth innings, India were reeling at 65 for five when Pandya came into bat.

Pandya was on 6 when he went for his famous ramp shot and chased a wide ball off Lungi Ngidi, only managing an edge to wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock.

In the first innings too, Pandya ran himself out when he forgot to ground his bat. The casual approach was criticised experts.

"He definitely has a lot of talent, he has shown it in the first Test but I believe he needs to work on the mental aspect." Kapil said.

Former India cricketer Sandeep Patil also mentioned that comparing the two was not ideal because Pandya is still in early stages of his cricketing career.

"I have played a lot of cricket with Kapil, really there is no comparison.

Kapil played 15 years for India with terrific performance and Pandya is only in his fifth Test match. There is a long way to go," Patil said.

Updated Date: Jan 17, 2018





Top Stories

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4397 116
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 England 4722 105
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 Australia 3663 102
6 Sri Lanka 3668 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6607 127
2 India 6492 122
3 New Zealand 4602 112
4 South Africa 4635 110
5 Pakistan 4145 101
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2213 111