Former Indian drummer VVS Laxman blamed too much player workload on Thursday for the country not to produce another true all-rounder like Kapil Dev.
Players like Hardik Pandya have been compared to the legendary Kapil, the country’s first captain to win the World Cup.
“It’s a very difficult role to be versatile. Kapil Paaji was someone who could take wickets and score points. He was the ultimate winner of the match for India. But with the current workload it’s very, very difficult, ”Laxman said during the YouTube launch of a book written by Boria Majumdar to“ Tata Literature Live Sports Yatras ”.
Without naming Hardik, Laxman said: “There were a few glimpses from some players, as they focused a lot on both skills, ultimately with the workload and the matches the Indian team plays in three formats, it is very difficult to manage.
“This player who has the capacity to be a true all-rounder unfortunately gets injured and he has to compromise or he has to make a decision either at bat or bowling,” said the elegant former hitter.
Coming from a long layoff with back surgery, Hardik did not play for the Mumbai Indians in last season’s IPL in the United Arab Emirates. In the ODI series against Australia, Hardik played five overs but did not play the series of tests that followed Down Under.
Hardik did not play in the four-game test series against England earlier this year. He played in the next T20I series, but failed to do so in the first two ODIs against England. He returned to bowling duties in the final ODI. He also hasn’t played for MI in the current IPL season so far.
Laxman also said that it was “not fair to compare some sort of all-rounder with the legendary Kapil”.
“I just feel that there can only be one Kapil. This (comparison) will put undue pressure on the player. There can only be one MS Dhoni or one Sunil Gavaskar. “