“Ben Stokes is ahead of Hardik”: says ex-Pakistan captain, lists reasons | Cricket News

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File photo of Hardik Pandya© BCCI

Hardik Pandya is a crucial cog in India’s schedule of things for the T20 World Cup. In the first T20I against Australia, which India lost by four wickets, hitting Hardik Pandya was a big plus. While veterans like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma failed to make it big, Pandya scored 71* – his highest score in T20Is after 52 innings. He then bowled two overs, giving up 22 points. Former India coach Ravi Shastri thinks Pandya is the No. 1 T20I all-rounder in the world. However, former Pakistani cricket team captain Rashid Latif believes Ben Stokes Hardik is leading the way as an all-rounder.

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“There is no doubt that he (Hardik) is a very good player, but it is a bilateral series. You see such innings in bilateral series. The Asian Cup ended recently, and you have to count that performance too. I don’t have it on today’s game (Tuesday), but Ben Stokes has proved himself. He won the World Cup and he won exhibition games for England,” said Latif in a video on YouTube channel ‘Caught Behind’.

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“So I guess you can’t even compare when it comes to (performance) on the ground. Because a trophy is a trophy. World Cup or Test matches, Ben Stokes is ahead of Hardik in that. That said, yes, some of Hardik’s innings were better than Ben Stokes. But having better innings and being better than Stokes are two completely different things.”

India and Pakistan will kick off their T20 World Cup on October 23 with a match against each other.

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