I don’t want to be Kapil Dev, says Hardik Pandya

first_imgIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya silenced all of his critics in style on Sunday as he picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in the third Test against England to put his team in a commanding position at Trent Bridge.India rode on Pandya’s brilliant pace bowling as they took 10 wickets in the second session to bowl England out for 161 to take a first innings lead of 168 runs.India then ended the second day’s play at 124 for 2 in 31 overs with a lead of 292 runs against England.Hardik Pandya records maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricketAfter the day’s play Pandya hit back at his critics for constantly comparing him with the legendary Kapil Dev.”Comparisons are fine. But the problem with this (comparison) is that all of a sudden when something goes wrong and they are like he is not that. I have never wanted to be Kapil Dev. Let me be Hardik Pandya. I am good at being Hardik Pandya, and I have reached here till now played 40 ODIs and 10 Tests being Hardik Pandya, not Kapil Dev.Don’t worry about me: Hardik Pandya hits back at critics after 5 for 28″They have created their era, let me be Hardik Pandya. Let’s stop comparing me with anyone. I will be happy if you don’t,” Pandya said after his potential game-changing performance.wickets!!!You keep getting better day by day and I keep running out of words to praise you day by day. Well done, Bhai!!! @hardikpandya7 pic.twitter.com/fLErK1pCm3Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) August 19, 2018Pandya ran through the England line-up and took just 29 deliveries to pick up the wickets of captain Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad.advertisementHe became the second fastest Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in Test cricket behind Harbhajan Singh, who set the record in just 27 balls against West Indies in 2006.Well done Bhai: Krunal doffs his hat to Hardik Pandya after maiden five-wicket haulPandya also became the joint fourth fastest to have scored a hundred and take a five-wicket haul.Pandya, like Salim Durani and none other than Kapil Dev, to take just 10 matches to achieve the feat.”I don’t play for them (critics). They are getting paid for saying things which I don’t even want to know or care. I play for my country. I am doing the right thing. My team is happy with me, nothing else matters,” he said, aiming his guns at the recent criticism that has come after defeats in Birmingham and Lord’s.Trent Bridge Test: India in command after Pandya takes 5 wickets in 29 ballsPandya also said that nothing has changed from the previous matches, whilst also commended the efforts of Ishant Sharma who took 2-32 and revealed that he shares a great chemistry with the seasoned pacer.”We were bowling the same length that we were bowling in the other games as well. It’s just that we were getting enough swing and obviously the situation was such if they played a bad shot it would be India on the up again. So we had the cushion of having runs under the belt,” he said.”If you see the other two games I have done the same thing (bring variations in wrist and grip position). It’s just that today I got the wickets, that’s it. I feel that with my bowling style it is important to it because they will get used to it if I come and bowl with the same length.”I don’t swing both ways that much, and my outswing is my main ball so that’s why I keep on using. It makes difficult for them to get it exactly where I am bowling,” Pandya said(With PTI inputs)last_img

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