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Hardik Pandya can dominate 2019 World Cup, feels Waugh

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Former has compared all-rounder Hardik with former and said that Pandya's ability to hit the ball cleanly is something to which no opposition team has any answer. The Australian great also felt has the ability to dominate the current edition of

Pandya's whirlwind 27-ball 48 at The Oval had helped post a mammoth 352/5 against on Sunday. The all-rounder's knock contained four boundaries and three massive hits into the stands.

"'s the innings of Hardik that will send shivers down opposition spines. This guy might just be the equivalent of in He has the ability to begin his innings like most finish, with clean hitting that no opposing can protect," wrote in his column for the ICC.

What made compare Pandya to Klusener was the South African's destructive nature coming in lower down the order. "When they (India) get off to solid opening partnership, as they did against Australia, they then have the luxury of seeing Virat Kohli orchestrate the remainder of the innings," Waugh added.

Meanwhile, the Australian also praised stumper M.S. Dhoni and wrote: "The cunning and sheer brilliance of Dhoni rarely fails to deliver and again he timed his assault on to post a 350-plus target.

"Australia will be disappointed that they missed some crucial chances in the field and their was at times loose and not as disciplined as expected," he added.

Chasing the challenging target, the Australians failed to cross the line by 36 runs and commenting on his side's innings, Waugh opined: "Australia were never quite on track to create history with and to a lesser extent struggling for their usual rhythm and control at the crease.

"To win against the odds everything must fall into place and the turning point came early in the innings with the run out of who looked in imperious touch and looked set for a big hundred," he added.



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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 15:50 IST