Irfan Pathan urges BCCI to stop giving special attention to Hardik Pandya

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Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has voiced his opinion on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) treatment of Hardik Pandya. He has urged the BCCI to stop giving Hardik the ‘superstar’ treatment and treat him like any other cricketer.

Hardik Pandya’s Performance

Hardik Pandya, the all-rounder and captain of Mumbai Indians (MI), has been under scrutiny for his underwhelming performance in the recent past. Despite captaining MI to only three wins out of eight matches in IPL 2024, his individual performance has been lacklustre. Hardik’s batting has been particularly dismal, managing only 151 runs from eight innings. Additionally, his bowling has been ineffective, taking just 4 wickets with an alarming economy rate of 10.94.

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Irfan Pathan’s Perspective

Irfan Pathan has questioned the BCCI’s prioritization of Hardik Pandya in the national team setup. He emphasized the need for a shift in perspective, suggesting that Hardik Pandya should not be given excessive priority until he delivers consistent performances at the international level, particularly in major tournaments like the World Cup.

“What I feel about Hardik Pandya is that Indian cricket needs to make it clear that they should not give him that much priority as they have given him so far because we still haven’t won the World Cup. And if you think you are a primary all-rounder, you need to make that kind of an impact at the international level. As far as the all-rounder is concerned he hasn’t made that impact at the international level, we are only thinking about the potential,” Irfan Pathan said.

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Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

Pathan pointed out the disparity between Hardik’s performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and on the international stage. He urged Indian cricket to focus on fostering a team-oriented approach rather than elevating individual players. Drawing a contrast with Australia’s team-centric philosophy, Pathan suggested that India should prioritize the development of a cohesive unit rather than relying heavily on individual stars.

“We are getting confused between the IPL performances and the international performances. That’s a big difference. First of all, he needs to play throughout the full year. He cannot pick and choose. Indian cricket needs to stop doing that. Stop giving preferences to individuals, if you do that, you will not be winning major tournaments. What Australia has been doing for many years is that they are actually preferring the team game. Making everyone a superstar. Not one superstar, everybody is a superstar in the squad. If you don’t do that, you will not win big tournaments,” Irfan Pathan added.

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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