Indian fans were expecting the star all-rounder Hardik Pandya to perform well in the crucial encounter between India and Pakistan during the super-4 round. But he couldn’t perform up to the expectations of the team. Earlier, the 28-year-old was phenomenal during the last encounter between both the teams in the group stage of the tournament.
Apart from all this, former legendary Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram has recently praised Hardik Pandya for his all-round capabilities and match-winning potential. The veteran of 502 ODI wickets named him his favorite player among both Indian and Pakistani players.
Akram appreciated the fearless approach of Hardik Pandya both with the bat and the ball. Other than this, he also praised the fielding capabilities of the 28-year-old.
When it comes to his batting, he is fearless – Wasim Akram on Hardik Pandya
“Mujhe ye ladka bada pasand hai (I like Hardik Pandya a lot), especially in the T20I format. Because he is a proper all-rounder. Like Pakistan have Shadab Khan. Talking about Hardik, he has pace (clocks 140 kmph) and he is also an electrifying fielder. When it comes to his batting, he is fearless. I hope I am wrong, but Pakistan needs to get out of a losing mindset. Maybe it is because of us as we make memes on social media. That’s not fair,” said Akram to Cricket Pakistan.
Later on, the 56-year-old cricketer-turned commentator also talked about the role that the duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya played for India in the group match against Pakistan.
“Being a Pakistan, I want Pakistan to win but Team India is coming to the match after a win. Team India is high on confidence after their recent successes. They also have Ravindra Jadeja injured, he has returned home. Axar Patel has replaced him. Jadeja was the main player of the Indian team. He and Pandya won the match for India last time. India also promoted Jadeja at the time. That’s why Pakistan needs to take a few risks while playing T20I cricket,” he added later.