Hardik Pandya in the first T20I match against Australia.© BCCI
Hardik Pandya is one of the most almighty players in the world at the moment, but the former Pakistani track and field athlete Rashid Latif feels he still has some way to go before being compared to England Test captain Ben Stokes. Hardik, on Tuesday, broke 71 unbeaten in just 30 serves against Australia in Mohali, even as the visitors overcame India in the first T20I. Latif, asked if Hardik is now on the same level as Stokes, disagreed and said Stokes have a better record and a larger trophy cabinet.
“There is no doubt that he is a very good player, but I am using the term” but “because these types of collisions often happen in bilateral series,” said Rashid Latif. Rashid Latif said.
“The Asian Cup came to an end recently and you have to count those performances too, with both bats and balls. I’m not talking about today’s match, just answering your question (compare with Hardik-Stokes) ,” he continued.
“Ben Stokes is a proven player who won the World Cup, won the Tests,” Latif said.
“So on the court, I don’t think you can even compare them. Because a title is a title. Ben Stokes is ahead of Hardik on that point,” he continued.
“Yes, you could say that some of Hardik’s innings are better than Ben Stokes, but having better and better innings than Stokes are two completely different things,” concluded Latif.
Now, India will take on Australia in the second T20I match in Kanpur on Friday.
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