Hardik Pandya is a proper all-rounder: Wasim Akram picks GT captain as his favourite Indian cricketer

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Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has high praise for Hardik Pandya’s all-round skills, saying that the 28-year-old cricketer is his favourite in the Indian team.

Wasim Akram picks Hardik Pandya as his favourite Indian cricketer (Reuters)

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  • Wasim Akram picked Hardik Pandya as his favourite Indian cricketer
  • India is high on confidence after their recent success: Wasim Akram
  • Akram said he hopes Pakistan have learned lessons from their defeat

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram lauded Hardik Pandya’s all-round skills, saying that the Gujarat Titans captain was his favourite cricketer in the Indian team.

Hardik Pandya is in the form of his life as he starred in India’s five-wicket win against Pakistan in a group match of the continental tournament. He rattled Pakistan’s middle order and took three wickets before hitting a quickfire 33 not out off 17 balls to take India home.

“Mujhe ye ladka bada pasand hai (I like Hardik Pandya a lot), especially in the T20I format because he is a proper all-rounder. Like Pakistan’s Shadab Khan, Talking about Hardik, has pace (clocks 140 kmph) and he is also an electrifying fielder. When it comes to his batting, he is fearless. I hope I am wrong, but Pakistan need to get out of a losing mindset. Maybe it is because of us as we make memes on social media. That’s not fair,” Wasim told Cricket Pakistan.

Akram said that he hopes Pakistan have learned lessons from their defeat by India and has urged them to play fearless cricket just like India played against them.

“Being a Pakistani, I want Pakistan to win, but Team India is coming to the match after a win. Team India is high on confidence after their recent successes. They also have Ravindra Jadeja injured. He has returned home. Axar Patel has replaced him. Jadeja was the main player for the Indian team. He and Pandya won the match for India last time. India also promoted Jadeja at the time. That’s why Pakistan needs to take a few risks while playing T20I cricket,” Akram added.

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