T20 World Cup: Hardik Pandya a ‘game changer’ whether he’s got bat or ball in his hand, says Dale Steyn

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Former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn has showered praise on star India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and called him a ‘game changer’ with both bat and ball in his hand. India will face their arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24.

Hardik Pandya in action (Image Courtesy: AFP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dale Steyn calls Hardik Pandya a ‘game changer’
  • India will face Pakistan in Dubai October 24
  • Pick Hadrik purely as batsman, says Steyn
Ahead of India’s much-awaited match against Pakistan, former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn has said that the Virat Kohli-led team can’t afford to drop star all-rounder Hardik Pandya from the playing XI, just because he is not bowling.

India will face arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.

There has been a question mark about Pandya’s place in the playing XI as the star all-rounder has not bowled during the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) and India’s first warm-up game against England.

Steyn has called the India all-rounder a ‘game changer,’ and said he should be included in the playing XI purely on his batting skills.

“Look, he’s a game-changer. That’s the big thing. He is a gamechanger whether he’s got bat or ball in his hand, specifically with that bat actually. He hasn’t bowled a lot lately, at all to be honest. I would pick him purely on his batting alone,” Steyn said on Star Sports.

“After the current form that he has had, it’s a bit touch and go but he is a fantastic player.

“And teams will know that. So, when he comes out to bat, teams will have to prepare accordingly because Hardik Pandya can take the game away from you quite easily with the bat,” he added.

India defeated England by seven-wickets in their first warm-up match.

India will take on Australia in their 2nd warm-up match on Wednesday.

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