Just two days back West Indian legend bowler Michael Holding commented that Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya is not effective enough to be called an all-rounder.
The 64-year-old Holding expresses that, “When he bowls he isn’t as effective as he should be. 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.
But, he is not getting the amount of runs that can then allow him to get a wicket or two in the Test match. That doesn’t work,”
“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, that 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,” he added.
Holding also opined that India seem to be trying to fill two spots with one person but “Pandya is not there yet.” The West Indies pacer further asserted that he has nothing against the Indian player but it is too soon to compare him with the likes of Kapil Dev.
Along with Holding, Former England captain Michael Vaughan found himself at the receiving end after criticising India’s bowling in the third Test at Trent Bridge. England found themselves in trouble after the visitors reduced them to 161 for 10 in the second session of the game on Day 2. The hosts had a good start by putting up 54 for the first wicket but then lost their way, thanks to some inspiring bowling from the Indian seamers.
Vaughan, who was the captain of England the last time they lost a Test series to India in 2007, said in a tweet: “Lovely day for bowling as long as you bowl well …. So far India have bowled garbage …..”.
He was immediately taken on by the Twitterati. One critic said in reply to Vaughan’s tweet: “Lol!!! garbage bowling took 6 wickets so far.” Vaughan then replied back to this tweet appreciating India’s comeback after the lunch, saying: “No garbage since Lunch …. outstanding display in this session!!!”
Hardik Pandya stuns Joe Root & co.
The first session of play on the second day saw the Indian pacers remain largely ineffective with the new ball. However, the entire scenario swung faster than a pendulum in the post-lunch session where Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah scalped both the openers in consecutive deliveries, delivering a major blow to the hosts.
Soon after, it was Hardik Pandya’s turn to join the party as he managed to uproot the English skipper, Joe Root off the very first ball he bowled in the ongoing Test match. On his part, the lanky all-rounder bowled a perfect outswinger that kept Root guessing. Subsequently, the batsman ended up nicking it to the waiting hands of KL Rahul at second slip.
Twitter erupted in joy soon after Pandya clinched the prized wicket of Root. Even the English captain was left shaking his head in disbelief at the turn of events. Praises and accolades came pouring in, congratulating Pandya on his show of impeccable bowling skills and for achieving the feat of a valuable wicket on the very first delivery of his spell. Pandya later picked four other big wickets.
How the Twitteratis reactes to the heroics of Indian Bowling Attack at Trent Bridge:
Michael Holding on Hardik Pandya:
“I don’t think he does a lot with the ball. He is not consistent. He does not have the control that puts batsmen under pressure constantly."
— bet365 (@bet365) August 19, 2018
Stat: Harbhajan Singh (27 balls vs WI, Kingston, 2006) is the only other bowler to take five wickets in fewer balls for India than Hardik Pandya's 29 balls today. #ENGVIND
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) August 19, 2018
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 19, 2018
— RS (@AwaraRish) August 19, 2018
Fewest Tests taken for both a hundred & a five-for
3 R Ashwin
4 Lala Amarnath
6 Vinoo Mankad
7 Dattu Phadkar
10 Salim Durani
10 Kapil Dev
10 HARDIK PANDYA#ENGvIND
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 19, 2018
Michael Holding: "Hardik Pandya is not an all-rounder."
Pandya gets fired up and takes 5 wickets.
Someone please tell Michael Holding to say: "Hardik Pandya can't score a triple century in the 2nd innings."#ENGvIND
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) August 19, 2018
Under overcast conditions even hardik pandya takes a 5fer and you call Jimmy a GOAT.
— sheepu'sWarrior1 (@wheezay_) August 19, 2018
10 wickets in the session. Fantastic from India. Hardik Pandya was the standout with that magnificent spell. Firmly in India ‘s control as of now.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 19, 2018
Just In : I hope Michael Holding saw me bowl today. Will be waiting for his next comments on me eagerly, hope now he considers me a good bowler. You should not be demotivating youngsters just because your team does not produce good bowlers like before.
— TIMES HOW (@TiimesHow) August 19, 2018
His first five-wicket haul in Test match cricket.
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) August 19, 2018
— Raghav (@comedibanda) August 19, 2018
Before the start of 3rd test everyone monks Hardik pandya for comparing him with kapil dev, now they are celebrating after he took fifer
Moral:Life is a circle!! @hardikpandya7 #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/hp5IrPEYJe
— CHAUNDTHAR (@chau__10) August 19, 2018
#Hardikpandya :-Eng Players R arrogant.They think their team is greatest that can Win Every Match.after a pathetic performance in last 2 matches. today i shattered their ego. & i really Wanted To Troll @vikrantgupta73 For His Nonsense Comments on me😂🔥
~Hardik Pandya #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/bC3CP7b3Vq
— Sir Yuzvendra Chahal (@SirChahal) August 19, 2018
A Maiden Fifer in Tests for Hardik Pandya 🙌
Congratulations Hardik Pandya 🎉
What an Outstanding Spell !👏😍
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) August 19, 2018