Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed said Pakistan need an all-rounder like Hardik Pandya to grow in T20I cricket. Aaqib said Pakistan lack in the all-round department despite having match-winning bowlers.
Hardik Pandya has been in superb touch since returning to cricket through the Indian Premier League 2022 where he led Gujarat Titans to the title.
He was one of the top performers of GT and played a key role in their title win. Since his return to international cricket, he has scored 314 runs in 14 matches at an impressive strike rate of over 140.
In the Asia Cup 2022 match against Pakistan, he took three wickets and amassed an unbeaten 33 runs off 17 balls.
“The biggest advantage that India have is Hardik Pandya. There is no one like Abdul Razzaq in our team,” Aaqib Javed said on Geo TV.
“If Pakistan want to grow in the shortest format of the game, they will have to find an all-rounder like Hardik. Even Ravindra Jadeja is a quality all-rounder. That’s the missing link for Pakistan,” he added.