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‘Bumrah will become World Class but bowlers in our times were better,’ Claims Abdul Razzak

Former Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzak claimed that Bumrah can become a World Class bowler. But he says bowlers in his time were better. Abdul Razzak also said that Pandya is nearer to the league of Kapil Dev but needs to improve to become a world-class cricketer.

Razzak has clarified his “baby bowler” comment against Indian Ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah was misconstrued while comparing him with bowlers of his time. 

“I do not have anything personal against Bumrah. I was simply comparing him with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar. It would have been much tougher to face them. My comments were misconstrued.

He is heading towards becoming a world-class bowler. But in our times, the bowlers were of a much higher calibre. Not many can dispute that.”

Pandya can became world-class all-rounder, Says Abdul Razzak

Talking about Pandya, Razzaq feels that he doesn’t seem to be working hard enough. 

Pandya is a good player but he can be a much better all-rounder. It is all about hard work. When you don’t give enough time to the game, it drifts away from you,” Abdul Razzaq told PTI.

He has to prepare better mentally as well as physically. As you have seen, he has been getting injured a lot of late (underwent back surgery last year). When you earn a lot of money, you tend to relax. For every player, it is the same. Mohammad Amir did not work hard enough and his performance dipped.”

Pandya’s comparison with Kapil Dev and Imran Khan

Hardik Pandya made his debut in 2016 and played 11 Tests, 54 ODI’s and 40 T20’s scoring 532, 957, 310 runs respectively, scalping 109 wickets in total. Nowadays he is compared with Kapil Dev but Razzak said it is way too premature to do so. 

“Kapil Dev and Imran Khan are the best all-rounders of all time. Hardik is nowhere near that league. Even I was an all-rounder but it doesn’t mean that I would compare myself with Imran Bhai.”

“Kapil paaji and Imran Bhai were in a different league,” said Abdul Razzaq. 

Standard of Cricket is going down

Razzak feels that standard of cricket  nowadays is going down. 

“You don’t feel the same pressure facing the current crop of pacers. Overall, there is a bad patch in world cricket. We are not producing world-class players the way we used to 10-15 years ago.”

“You had Tendulkar, Zaheer, Sehwag, Ganguly in the same team. They would have walked into any team. Maybe too much T20 cricket is responsible for this decline,” he said.

India will continue to win against Pakistan in the World Cup

According to Abdul Razzak Pakistan was the stronger team in the ’90s but India was always at the upper side. India has also extended their unbeaten World Cup record against Pakistan to 7-0.

“India will continue to maintain that record,” said Razzaq.

“It is rare that India and Pakistan play each other in knock-out matches of ICC events. They mostly play in the league stage and India are favourites. Our players are not able to absorb the pressure that comes with this game.

“We used to win a lot against India in Sharjah, beat them in Canada twice. I remember the 1999 World Cup, people and media put pressure on the players before the game and we wilted. It has stayed like that, unfortunately.”

“The pressure builds on the players though it is like any other match. The players are not confident about beating India in the World Cup. Pakistan had the best chance of beating India in the 2011 edition, ” Razzak added.

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