World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who regularly share his views on the latest happening in the Indian team, showered praise on the all-rounders.
Speaking about Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, Dev said, “India have an advantage due to the presence of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. They are great athletes, and having any all-rounder is like a cherry on the cake.”
The 63-year-old further showered praise on Hardik, who defied all odds and returned to the Indian side with a bang.
Pandya has had an injury-prone career, which tapered his all-round abilities and even saw him getting side-lined from the team post-2021 T20 World Cup. Nevertheless, his heroics in the IPL after leading Gujarat to the title helped him return to the Indian side.
Ever since his return, he emerged as one of the key players in the team. He was the player of the match against Pakistan, picking up three wickets and scoring 33 off 17 deliveries.
Meanwhile, Dev described Pandya as a great athlete but is worried about his injury-prone nature.
“Hardik has made us proud. But one thing that he has to look after is himself. He needs to take care of his body and assure of no injuries happening to him in future.”
“When a person of Pandya’s abilities gets injured, the whole team gets injured, which disturbs the setup of the entire team,” reckoned Dev.