The legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev is very impressed with the heroics of Hardik Pandya and has backed him for the troubling position of number 4 in team India’s line-up. Hardik Pandya was seen in a sensational form during the just-concluded limited-overs series against Australia, where he emerged out to be as the highest run–getters of the team.
During the limited-overs series, Hardik established himself as a strong finisher by playing some memorable and crucial knocks in both the series. His consistent performances against Australia has impressed one and all and seems like the former Indian skipper Kapil Dev is also very impressed with the batting heroics of Hardik Pandya.
Recently, during an interaction with ABP Uncut, Kapil Dev backed Hardik Pandya for the number 4 position. He opined that India can ‘experiment’ by pushing Hardik Pandya up the order at the No.4 batting position.
“You need to 2-3 players in the middle-order who can give you momentum. There is Hardik Pandya. You can make him a No.4 batsman in T20s. It’s all about experimenting,”
Furthermore, Kapil Dev also added that India’s management needs to be a bit bold in backing the youngsters to solve the issue as youngsters like Mayank Agarwal and Sanju Samson need support. He believes that the team management has to think about building a new team. He said:
“You have youngsters like Mayank and Sanju Samson. The captain has to back youngsters and also the management. The think tank has to believe in building a new team because T20 is a format of the youth. It is surprising that despite hosting IPL for so many years you are still apprehensive in taking such calls. T20 allows youngsters to be ruthless and if there was no IPL then there wouldn’t have been any discussion but since we have a tournament like IPL, we should make more use of it.”