There cannot be another Kapil Dev: Azharuddin

Vastavam web: Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin today said there cannot be another Kapil Dev, amid growing comparisons between Hardik Pandya and the World Cup winning skipper.Pandya’s whirlwind innings of 93 in the first Test against South Africa on a difficult track at Cape Town gave further fuel to the comparison between him and Dev.Indian team suffered humiliating back-to-back defeats in the first and the second Test against South Africa but bounced back to win the final Test on the back of a splendid bowling show.

Terming the result as “unlucky”, Azharuddin said: “The bowlers won the last Test match. They really put South African batsmen under pressure. We were bit unlucky that we could not get the series our way.”It is good that we won the last Test. We redeemed our prestige. The team played very well in tough conditions. It was not an easy wicket to play on,” he said.The former skipper also praised captain Virat Kohli for his leadership skills and said his records speak for him.

With Prithvi Shaw’s India on a roll in the Under-19 World Cup after their 203-run thrashing of Pakistan, Azharuddin hopes they will claim a fourth title.Asked about Shubhman Gill and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, the two Under-19 star performers striking it rich in the IPL auctions, Azharuddin said: “It is always good to give them opportunities when they are doing well. Look at Pandya and Bumrah.” Azharuddin, who is in loggerheads with the Hyderabad Cricket Association after charges were levelled against him by president G Vivek, was barred from attending the SGM earlier this month.