Gavaskar Rubbishes Comparisons Between Once-In-A Century Cricketer Kapil Dev And Pandya

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New Delhi: Batting legend and former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar was not at all amused when asked about the tendency among some experts to compare Hardik Pandya with ‘once-in-a century cricketer’ Kapil Dev.Gavaskar rubbished comparisons between Kapil Dev and Hardik Pandya, saying the legendary all-rounder is a once-in-a century cricketer and cannot be compared to anyone.

Batting great Gavaskar was not at all amused when asked about the tendency among some experts to compare the two.

“Kapil Dev should not be compared with anyone. He is not just a once-in-generation player but a once-in-a century cricketer just like Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. We should not compare him with anyone,” a visibly agitated Gavaskar told ‘AajTak’.

Gavaskar is also unhappy with opener Shikhar Dhawan’s approach in the longer format.The Delhi player scored 26 and 13 in the first Test against England at Birmingham. “Shikhar simply does not want to change his game,” the 69-year-old said.

“He believes in playing in the same manner which has brought him success till now. You can still get away with such shots in one-day cricket because there aren’t many slips and the push or the edge goes for a boundary through the slip cordon.

“But in Tests, such shots will only result in a fall of wicket. Till a player makes a mental adjustment, he will continue to struggle against the red ball in overseas conditions.”

Since India are trailing in the five-match series, Gavaskar said they should play an extra bastman in the second match at Lord’s.

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