Hardik Pandya hasn’t yet reached his full potential. He has been seen as an ineffective bowler and not that impressive as a batsman. In an Interview with ESPNcricinfo , former West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding had this to say.
“The (Indian) attack has not been the right balance. Apparently, they are playing Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder to help out with the bowling. When he bowls he isn’t as effective as he should be.”
Watching Pandya play before the Lord’s test and going wicketless for four is why Holding said. “I don’t think he does a lot with the ball. That is number one. He is not consistent. He does not have the control that puts batsmen under pressure constantly. He will bowl a couple of good deliveries, yes, but you need to have the control to put batsmen under pressure consistently. And he doesn’t have that.”
Pandya had his Test debut in Sri Lanka, last July. He scored a fifty in Galle and a century in his third Test in Pallekelle. A total of nine tests are under his belt.
Holding continued by saying. “If he was a good batsman, if he was getting runs – 60s, 70s, not even regular hundreds – at the number at which he bats and then he bowls and gets two or three wickets, happy, hallelujah.”
Talking about Pandya’s lack of skill and bad performance lately Holding said. “If you are going to be a frontline bowler anywhere in the world, if you are going to be someone that your captain can rely on, then can throw you the ball and expect you to get wickets and expect you to have control. He is not really the man in my opinion.”
In his four innings on this England tour, Pandya had managed to score only 90 runs and three wickets. He hasn’t had the impact fans were hoping him to have. In a media briefing, Pandya was heard saying “a batsman while batting and a bowler when bowling” about himself. The results of his performance tell a different story.