West Indian pace legend Michael Holding feels that Hardik Pandya is not yet the Test-quality all-rounder India are looking at. Pandya has struggled with the ball in England, and has only played cameos with the bat.
"The attack has not been the right balance. Apparently they are playing Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder to help out with the bowling. When he bowls he isn't as effective as he should be," Holding was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo in a PTI report.
"If he was a good batsman, if he was getting runs - 60s, 70s, not even regular hundreds - at the number at which he bats and then he bowls and gets two or three wickets, happy, hallelujah.
"Happy with that. But he is not getting the amount of runs that can then allow him to get a wicket or two in the Test match. That doesn't work,” Holding went on to add.
Before Lord’s, Pandya was wicketless for four Tests. "I don't think he does a lot with the ball. That is number one. He is not consistent. He does not have the control that puts batsmen under pressure constantly. He will bowl a couple of good deliveries, yes, but you need to have the control to put batsmen under pressure consistently. And he doesn't have that,” Holding explained.
--By A Cricket Correspondent