Hardik Pandya in action in the 1st T20I against Australia.© BCCI
Hardik Pandya is one of the foremost all-rounders in the world right now, but former Pakistani wicket-keeper Rashid Latif feels he has a long way to go before he can make comparisons with England’s test captain Ben Stokes. Hardik crushed an unbeaten 71 on just 30 deliveries against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday, even as the visitors trumped India in the 1st T20I. Latif, asked if Hardik is now at the same level as Stokes, disagreed, saying Stokes has a better record and a bigger trophy cabinet.
“There is no doubt that he is a very good player, but I use the term ‘but’ because this kind of blow is common in bilateral series,” said Rashid Latif during a discussion on his YouTube channel.
“The Asian Cup has recently concluded and you have to count those performances too, with both bat and ball. I’m not talking about today’s game, but just to answer your question (about the Hardik-Stokes comparison)”, he continued.
“Ben Stokes is a proven player, winning World Cups and winning test matches,” said Latif.
“So on the pitch I don’t think you can compare them. Because a trophy is a trophy. Ben Stokes is ahead of Hardik in that,” he continued.
“Yes, you could say that some of Hardik’s innings were better than Ben Stokes, but having better innings and being better than Stokes are two completely different things,” concluded Latif.
India will now face Australia in the second T20I in Kanpur on Friday.
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