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Hardik Pandya nowhere near Kapil Dev yet: Karsan Ghavri

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former bowler Ghavri believes that in-form Pandya is nowhere near legendary yet.

Pandya starred with the bat in final last year, and in the first innings of the opening Test against last week.

Some writers have compared Pandya to

"He (Kapil) is being so modest to say -- I read in the newspaper -- that Pandya is a better than him. In my view Pandya is nowhere near Kapil Dev," Ghavri, who opened the with Kapil in several Test matches, said last night.

"And even if he has to reach there, he has got a long long way to go. It's a very difficult comparison, but (Hardik) he is nowhere near right now," Ghavri quipped.

The Rajkot-born former left-hand pacer was speaking at a programme organised by The to mark the 59th birthday of Kapil Dev at the Club of here.

"Time will tell how far he (Hardik) can reach close to Kapil's achievement or whatever Kapil has done and the time will tell you everything," said 66-year-old Ghavri.

Ghavri praised bowlers for their show in the first Test match against in which India lost by 72 runs, chasing a modest 208, and blamed the batsmen.

"We bowled extremely well in both the innings. Bowlers have done a beautiful job in the first Test match and it is only the batsmen, who have let us down.

"And if we really need to improve from the second and the third Test onwards, every batsman has to take a lot of responsibility and plan out their innings and you need to have lot of runs on the board to fight, you got to give something to your bowlers and if you don't do that, then the result will be different altogether," he said.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 19:20 IST