‘Kapil Dev is the best’, says Hardik Pandya

When former India opener and selector Kris Srikkanth said that Hardik Pandya reminded him of Kapil Dev, Hardik Pandya intervened to say: “He [Kapil Dev] Is the best!”

In a friendly post-match interaction on Star Sports, Srikkanth started his comment by saying, “I’m not comparing Kapil Dev and you; just talking about the kind of impact.” Pandya says “He’s the greatest. Thank you sir!”

Moments ago, spurred on by Srikkanth, Pandya is said to use a Tamil slang: “Kalakara machaan! (You rock mate!). Immediately Srikkanth replied, “No daan daa Kalakara (you’re rocking!) I’m a big fan of yours! “

A few months ago, Pandya had talked about the Kapil equation on an SG podcast, saying he hadn’t even reached 5% of what Kapil was doing.

“I have very respectfully denied that (comparisons with Kapil Dev), because I don’t think I’m close to him. What he did and the era he did it, I’ve always said that if I even get to five percent of what I’ve done… I still haven’t reached that five percent. So for me it’s the jobs of people and experts to compare,” Hardik said on the SG Podcast.

A week before the T20 World Cup, Kapil had spoken about the impact of Pandya and the comparison with him. “Even in our time we had a lot of all-rounders in the Indian team. Also in our time we had idols and we always followed them. It is good that new standards are being set by young cricketers. It’s a very good sign for a team and I think everyone needs to keep working hard to set much higher benchmarks.”

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