Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has given a suggestion to Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya following the first Test between England and India at Birmingham. Chappell has asked Pandya to learn from his English counterpart, Ben Stokes, who guided his team to win with a brilliant performance.
Stokes took six wickets in the match, which included four in the second innings to make sure India failed in their chase of 194. Erstwhile, Pandya had a mediocre game, both with bat and ball. He merely bowled 10 overs in the first innings, and wasn't given the ball in the second half. Even with the bat, he scored just 53 runs.
The Indian is earmarked as the next big all-rounder in world cricket following his brilliant displays in the shorter format of the game. And Chappell believes he should follow Stokes in order to make it big. ESPNcricinfo quoted him, "India's search for a seam-bowling all-rounder is still a work in progress but Hardik Pandya displayed determination and discipline to go with his undoubted skills in an important partnership with Kohli.
"Perhaps a move to No 6 would further bolster his batting confidence and if he can also profit from watching Stokes' efforts with the ball, this could be a defining series for the talented all-rounder."
The legendary Australian also praised Sam Curran and Stokes for their incredible bowling display. "Part of England's success with the ball can be attributed to the increased variety in their attack. The addition of Sam Curran's vibrant left-arm swing and Stokes' rejuvenation with the ball made a huge difference to an attack that lacked variety in Australia," he added.
England defeated India by 31 runs in the first Test at Birmingham to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series. The fixture ended within three and a half days, as both the teams' batters, barring Virat Kohli, struggled against some really impressive bowling.
The hosts would consider themselves lucky to win the match, given they had given a meager target of 194 for India to chase in the final innings. As for India, they will have many positives to take away, though, there were equal number of negatives.