Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has slammed all-rounder Hardik Pandya by saying that he doesn’t deserve to get labelled as an all-rounder following his poor display in the ongoing Test series against England. Pandya has scored a mere 90 runs in four innings so far and has picked up only 3 wickets in conditions which is extremely favourable for seam bowling.
The lacklustre performances have made the ‘Turbanator’ question Pandya’s selection and his ability to perform consistently in the longest format of the game.
“Hardik Pandya has failed to get many runs as a batsman and Virat Kohli does not seem to be very confident about his bowling,” Singh told Aaj Tak adding that if he constantly fails to perform in these conditions then his place in the team is in danger.”
The veteran cricketer asked the flamboyant Pandya to learn from the English all-rounders and work hard towards learning the tricks of Test cricket.
“We have to remove the all-rounder tag from him as an all-rounder contributes in both batting and bowling department like Ben Stokes and Sam Curran did in the first match and now Woakes at the Lord’s and the same is expected from Pandya,” Singh said.
Ben Stokes has picked up six wickets in the first Test while Curran played a vital role with both bat and ball and was named the Man of the Match at the Edgbaston Test. Meanwhile, Woakes scored a sensational century with the bat and picked up a four-fer with the ball at the Lord’s.