Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has been less than impressed with all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s performance in the ongoing Test series against England.
Pandya is averaging 23.42 with the bat and 24.70 with the ball, but while he has scored a half-century and taken a five-wicket haul, Gavaskar feels his contributions have not been enough.
In fact, Gavaskar even went as far as saying that Pandya should not be classified as an all-rounder.
“You want to call Hardik Pandya an all-rounder? Whoever wants to call Pandya an all-rounder may call [him one]! But I don’t think so,” he was quoted as saying by the Deccan Chronicle.
Gavaskar added that India have to stop depending on captain Virat Kohli to keep rescuing them when they lose wickets in a hurry.
Kohli is the leading run-scorer among both teams as he has amassed 544 runs, which includes two centuries and three fifties, at an average of 68.
“When you go in with five batsmen then you are bound to be in such a situation where you rely so much only on one player, Virat Kohli to get you the big hundreds,” Gavaskar said. “He can’t do it every time, he’s human.”