Port Elizabeth: Former South African captain Shaun Pollock feels Virat Kohli sees a little bit of himself in Hardik Pandya and predicted a future for the all-rounder within the Indian staff.”I clearly get the impression that Virat Kohli loves Hardik Pandya’s attitude. It’s very similar to the way Kohli plays his cricket. And because he loves that attitude there is a good chance that Pandya will get a long run in the side, to settle himself and cement his spot in the team,” Pollock stated.
South Africa’s main wicket-taker in Tests added, “That’s the nature of cricket – if the captain likes the way a player goes about his business then that player will get an extra run (of opportunities).”
Pandya proved to be the fulcrum of India’s assault of their 73-run win over South Africa within the fifth ODI right here, which paved the way in which for his or her maiden sequence victory within the nation.
“I favored Pandya’s perspective and strategy within the Cape Town Test, the way in which he performed that knock, and he’s studying. He will probably be extremely optimistic in Indian circumstances the place he can tackle the spinners. Lot of individuals have gotten potential, however to take that to the following degree is all the time the important thing.
“He will be taught the artwork of what he must do in England and Australia. He nonetheless wants to search out how he desires to play, combine his aggression with sound approach and if he can get himself in for a time frame then I’m positive he can be taught.”
Pollock stated that India have to determine if two wrist spinners are sufficient to hold the staff alone by an extended event just like the World Cup.
“If you have a look at their ODI statistics, Kuldeep (Yadav) averages underneath 20 and has 38 wickets. (Yuzvendra) Chahal is fairly comparable, averaging 22 and their economic system charge is implausible. But Can they win the World Cup for India in England?
“It’s implausible that you’ve a tour there to have the ability to choose what efficiency they provide. You don’t all the time get surfaces that maintain up and switch in England.
“I feel that’s the problem for India. They have to work out whether or not these two may be relied upon to go all through in a giant event.”
Yadav and Chahal shared six wickets once more, getting back from the beating in Johannesburg, and took their tally to 30 in 5 matches.
“When we went to the World Cup in England final time in 1999, we have been anticipating surfaces to be nipping round. But as a result of it was a World Cup, it was virtually just like the surfaces have been over ready.
“India have been good within the 2017 Champions Trophy however that was a unique time of the 12 months. And they performed with similar pitches over and over, which meant that they began to carry up and grip.
He added, “So that’s why I feel India’s tour to England is essential. The World Cup is barely a 12 months away and it is possible for you to to gauge whether or not these two wrist spinners (collectively) will work or not.”
And not for the primary time on this tour, Jasprit Bumrah was singled out for some reward.
“He has one thing totally different, doesn’t he? His motion is totally different, he bowls extensive from the crease, is skidder and rushes batsmen a bit of bit. So in case you are totally different, you may all the time be efficient and you’ll channel it that means.
“I feel he learnt as he went by the Test sequence in regards to the traces that he might bowl. He learnt what he might do and couldn’t do. He was uncovered to some good surfaces.
“I requested him ‘wouldn’t you prefer it if the remainder of your Test profession was performed on surfaces like this? And he stated undoubtedly,” stated Pollock.
Playing his maiden Test sequence, Bumrah turned out to be a revelation and picked his maiden five-wicket haul within the third Test at Johannesburg.
“So it is going to be extra of a problem when he will get to India. He goes to be taught to reverse it, bowl on totally different surfaces and at totally different levels of the sport. It’s a studying curve. But within the previous days you virtually learnt your commerce earlier than you bought the chance.
“Nowadays kids, like Lungi Ngidi as well, they are all learning on the job. He has played only 9 First Class games before he got his Test cap and picked 6 wickets so he is learning on the go,” Pollock signed off.
First Published: February 14, 2018, 5:46 PM IST