Former Australia National Cricket Team fast bowling all-rounder Shane Watson believes that the India National Cricket Team star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is “way above” England National Cricket Team all-rounder and Test captain, Ben Stokes, in T20 cricket.
The 41-year-old Shane Watson, who played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is for Australia National Cricket Team, is currently in India to participate in the Legends League Cricket (LLC).
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On the sidelines of the tournament, former Australia all-rounder Watson spoke to NDTV about the meteoric rise of Pandya in T20 cricket. Watson lavished praise on the India star and asserted that he is “absolutely at the peak of his powers”. He said:
“Hardik is absolutely at the peak of his powers at this moment. It is an absolute treat to watch him play. I love watching fast-bowling all-rounders who steam in and have a real crack. You know, the impact they can have and they can take the game away from the opposition at any time of the game, whether it is with the bat and ball.”
In regards to T20 cricket, Hardik Pandya is way above where Ben Stokes is right now – Shane Watson
The 41-year-old, who is the assistant coach of the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), further said that Pandya is a superior T20 player than Stokes at the moment.
“It is really pleasing to see Hardik playing like he is doing right now. And in regards to T20 cricket, Hardik is way above where Ben Stokes is right now. With the way Hardik is batting, his versatility while batting at the end, the way he is bowling. Right now, at this moment, Hardik is the stand-out,” he stated.
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