India bowling coach Bharat Arun lauded all-rounder Hardik Pandya as an ‘outstanding talent’ and said it is a tough ask to find someone as talented and as good as him. This comes after Hardik Pandya was overlooked for India’s tour of England as he has not been able to bowl full tilt since his return from back surgery.
Hardik, who has a century and a five-wicket haul in Test matches, last played in the format in 2018, also in England. He was struck down by a back injury in Asia Cup 2018 and underwent surgery in 2019, taking almost a year to get back.
Since then, he has made it back into IPL and Indian team but has seldom bowled his full quota of overs even in T20 matches. He picked up a shoulder niggle in IPL 2021 and hence was not included in the Test team for the tour of England as he ‘was not in a position to bowl’, according to the BCCI.
Hardik Is An Outstanding Talent. I Wish You Could Just Wish And Develop Bowlers Like That: Bharat Arun
Hardik Pandya was seen as a viable successor to Kapil Dev given that he batted and bowled in pretty much the same mold and enjoyed his cricket. Pandya scored his maiden Test ton against Sri Lanka and took a five-wicket haul against England in England. He also played a memorable knock against South Africa as well.
“I wish you could just wish and develop bowlers like that. Hardik is an outstanding talent, but unfortunately, he had to undergo a back operation, and then it’s not very easy to come back after that. He bowled against England, I thought he did a really good job. But, to sustain that we need to manage him well and build on his strength,” Bharat Arun was quoted as saying by PTI.
He further mentioned that the selectors’ job to find other such talented cricketers and develop them into credible all-rounders.
“It is more of a selectors’ job to find them and then we can develop those all-rounders. So ideally, yes (we need to develop seam bowling all-rounder), there must be a few (in domestic cricket) because we are always on the circuit with the Indian team, we have not had an opportunity to look at the domestic all-rounders,” he added.
India will now be seen in action in England where they will play New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) and then in a five-Test series against England.