Naming Hardik Pandyu as one of the best all-rounders in fast bowling, former South African great Lance Klusener said on Saturday that the Indian may have given up Test cricket too easily to handle his workload. Plagued by injuries, Pandya, who last played in Tests for India in September 2018, limited himself to playing white ball cricket and ruled himself out of the upcoming Test World Cup final against Australia. “He (Pandya) is a fantastic cricketer and if he can stay in shape and keep reaching 135 km/h, he will always challenge… as one of the best all-rounders in the world,” Klusener told reporters in an interview with Media at the Calcutta Sports Journalists Club.
Pandya ruled himself out, saying it would be unethical to take someone else’s seat without contributing even one percent to India’s path to the WTC final.
Asked if Pandya was too easy to turn down Test cricket, Kluzener replied: “Yes, maybe.
“Test cricket hasn’t really changed much since the past, but I also understand that times have changed too.”
Generalists in bowling, not dobble
Klusener also said that a fast bowler is not a “duplicate dobbler” but one who can constantly reach speeds of up to 135 km/h.
“Fast all-rounders in bowling should be in 135 bowling. I don’t think there would be any dobble dobblers that we are used to seeing in England, I don’t think it all (is) more efficient.
“I truly believe that a guy like Ben Stokes who pots 135 balls is still a golden player in every form of the game,” said Klusener, a member of the 1999 ODI World Championship team that suffered a crushing loss to Australia in the semi-finals. . the final.
But the management of the three formats in today’s era has contributed to the decline of fast bowlers. However, Klüsener believes that their time will come.
“I always think it happens in cycles. There were a lot of fast all-rounders when I played…then we kind of saw the all-rounder spinning.
“Of course I don’t see that many fast bowlers at the moment, I just think it’s a cycle. Perhaps in the next five years we will see such cricketers again. If we properly cope with the loads. there’s a lot of cricket there, there’s still room for them on any team.” Klusener thinks India is well-prepared to field a fast or strong roster and this will be the horse for them in the WTC final against Australia starting at the Oval from June 7th.
“Rotation has traditionally been India’s forte. They have an attack that can play on any surface,” he said when asked if India should opt for two spinners or one all-rounder at Shardul Thakur.
“The way the Indian seamstresses have evolved over the last couple of years is the reason why they consistently play in the WTC finals, which is why they are one of the best test teams in the world.
“Teams used to prepare green tops so India couldn’t compete, but that’s not the case anymore. I think that now they are well equipped, and in any conditions they will be able to choose a team that will be competitive. .”
India’s batting against Australia’s bowling in the WTC Final
Asked about his favorite team to win the WTC Final, he said: “It’s a tough question. The battle will be between bowlers from Australia and batters from India, the team that wins this battle will come out on top,” he said.
Klüsener also praised compatriot Faf du Plessis, who had another prolific IPL season, finishing second on the running back list behind Schubman Gill.
“Hats off to Faf for staying fit and hungry while contributing to the best T20 competition in the world (for RCB).
“Now he’s going to the Big Bash (League)… playing as much as he can. At this age, it’s phenomenal that he has fire in him and we have to respect that,” Klusener said.
Du Plessis retired from Test cricket following the “severance” of his relationship with coach Mark Boucher.
Kluzener thought it had more to do with managing his workload.
“Cricket has reached the point where you have other options. As you get older, you get opportunities that pay better or easier for your body, allow you to spend more time at home.”
IPL Cricketer Mission from Tripura
Klusener, 51, has been introduced as Tripura’s coaching consultant for the upcoming domestic season.
In his first official media communication since he took on the role, Klusener said their mission would be a “success” if they could train one IPL or India cricketer from the northeastern state.
“I want to make a lasting impression. I like taking on challenges. If I can inspire one person to get into the IPL or the national team, it will be a success,” said Klusener, who has worked with Afghanistan, Zimbabwe. and several other franchises as a coach.
Under his contract, Klusener will spend a total of 100 days coaching Tripura, sharing his experience with age group cricket, women’s cricket and Ranji Trophy cricket.
“We have a coaching staff in all departments. He will oversee their work and provide valuable input,” said TCA Vice President Timir Chanda.
Chanda also said that they have hired Indian veteran Vriddiman Saha for the upcoming season.
Saha joined Tripura as a mentor and cricketer after falling out with the Bengal Cricket Association.
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