Kapil Dev: He does not bowl, so can we call him all-rounder? asks Kapil Dev about Hardik Pandya | Cricket news

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KOLKATA: The legendary former India captain Kapil Dev asked on Friday if Hardik Pandya can be called an all-rounder as he has not bowled as much as the role requires.
The flamboyant Pandya, who is an important cog in India’s system of white ball cricket, played in only two matches in the recent T20 World Cup, where India went out in the group stage itself.
He is also under fire for not revealing the extent of his numerous fitness problems and was dropped from the home T20 series against New Zealand, which India won 3-0.
“He has to perform both tasks to be considered an all-rounder. He does not bowl, so can we call him an all-rounder? Let him bowl, he has come out of the injury,” Kapil said at the Royal Calcutta Golf Course here.
“He is an extremely important dough for the country, for bowling he has to play many more matches, perform and bowl, and so we will say,” added India’s first World Cup-winning captain.
Kapil also predicted that coach Rahul Dravid would be a greater success than the hugely talented cricketer Dravid.
Dravid began his new career as the Indian team’s head coach in the ongoing series against New Zealand, a post he has held until the ODI World Cup in 2023 in India.
“He is a good man, a good cricketer. He wants to do a better job as a coach than as a cricketer, because in cricket no one has done it better than him. I just cross my fingers,” said Kapil.
Dravid previously served as head of the National Cricket Academy and was also the coach of India’s U-19 and A teams, fostering several young talents who continued to represent the country with distinction.
Speaking of Dravid as head coach, Kapil added: “You can not just judge one by his debut, you are not going for a performance. Over a period of time, what Rahul will do, we will find out. You only think positively.”
The 62-year-old was here as a board member of the Professional Golf Tour of India conducting the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship.
When asked about his favorite all-rounder, Kapil Ravichandran was named Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
“I just go to watch cricket these days and enjoy the game. I do not see it from your perspective. My job is to enjoy the sport.
“I want to say Ashwin, the hat off to him,” he said, adding Jadeja’s name.
Kapil regretted, however, that Jadeja’s bowling has not been at its best lately.
“Jadeja … What a fabulous cricketer he is, but unfortunately he improved as a dough and came down as a bowler for me.
“When he started, he was a far better bowler, but now he is a far better dough. Every time India needs him, he will get races. But he does not perform as a bowler,” said Kapil.
The former India captain also paid tribute to Shreya Iyer for his debut century in the ongoing first Test against the Black Caps.
“When a young player makes a hundred on his debut, it means the sport is going in the right direction. We need cricketers like him.
“He waited for almost four to five years to play for India. Finally he got a chance and came out with brilliance,” he concluded.

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