‘Don’t have too much fun off the field…’, Shoaib Akhtar’s advice to Indian star after shining in England


Highlights

Hardik Pandya performed brilliantly during the recent tour of England
He scored 100 runs in the ODI series and took 6 wickets.
Now Shoaib Akhtar has given great advice to this all-rounder

New Delhi. Indian bowling played an important role in the success of Team India in T20 and ODI on the recent tour of England. Regular bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal contributed their bit in this success. But, Team India got the biggest advantage of Hardik Pandya’s return as a fast bowler. Pandya was not bowling much for the last two years due to injury. He did not bowl even in the T20 World Cup last year and played as a batsman. India had to bear the brunt of this by being out of the group-stage. However, Pandya made a strong comeback on the field as an all-rounder from IPL 2022 and played the successful role of the third fast bowler in the ODI series against England. However, now Pandya has been given an important advice by former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

Shoaib Akhtar said in the video shared on his YouTube channel, “He is happy that Hardik Pandya has been able to return as an all-rounder instead of a batsman. He completes the balance of the team. He has suffered a major setback due to being out of the team repeatedly due to fitness. He was not that serious about his life. But, he is looking better now and it seems that he is enjoying the game on the field. But, my advice to him is that he should not have too much fun off the field, because it is difficult to find a talented player like him.

Pandya bowls well in later overs too: Shoaib
Akhtar further said for Pandya, “He is a great fielder and bowler. His arrival in the Indian pace battery brings more life. In the later overs where a lot of bowlers struggle, Pandya has been in great form, proving it consistently since his return. India is a very big country and becoming a star cricketer of such a big country is also a big responsibility. I am sure he will understand his responsibility and will focus on his game. They will get fame, money and respect, just focus on your game.

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‘Pandya will be the best all-rounder in the world’
Pandya was effective with both the ball and the bat in the ODI series against England. He was the second highest run-scorer and wicket-taker for India in this series. He also became the first Indian on this tour to take four wickets and score a fifty in T20Is. Shoaib said, Pandya is a great batsman. He has all kinds of shots and plays the ball late. So I am sure he will become one of the best all-rounders in the world.

Tags: Hardik Pandya, India vs England, Shoaib Akhtar, Team India

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