Seeing India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya wreaking havoc on Australian bowling line-up in The Oval has impressed the former Australian captain Steve Waugh as he moved to draw a parallel between him and former South African cricketer Lance Klusener who lit the 1999 edition of the World Cup with his all-round skills.
In his latest piece for the International Cricket Council (ICC), the 54-year old landed accolades on the enterprising Indian player. Waugh opined that Hardik’s ability to hit big right from the word go makes him an extremely dangerous player for all the skippers. Moreover, the New South Wales born believes that the World Cup is wide open with at least six teams having a good chance to qualify for the semi-final stage of the competition.
“The innings of Hardik Pandya will send shivers down the opposition spines. This guy might just be the equivalent of Lance Klusener in the 1999 World Cup. He has the ability to begin his innings like most finish, with clean hitting that no opposing captain can protect,” Waugh wrote for the ICC.