Kiran More reveals how he unearthed paceman Hardik Pandya

By: Sujata Sarkar
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New Delhi, Oct 21: Kiran More is also known as one of the mentors of new sensation in Indian cricket, Hardik Pandya.

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Hardik and his yonger brother Krunal started learning the basics of cricket at More’s coaching school in Baroda.

Kiran More reveals how he unearthed paceman Hardik Pandya

Pandya stole the limelight in India’s opening one-day international match against New Zealand at Dharamshala, and was chosen as the man of the match.

He was also given the India cap by legendary Kapil Dev before the start of the match. Pandya also earned a lot of applause for having bowled with a formidable speed in both the ODIs he has played so far.

But Kiran More, the former Indian wicket-keeper and chairman of the national senior selection committee, has revealed that Pandya was not a fast bowler, originally. Rather, he was a batsman and used to bowl leg spin.

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"One day, our pacer was absent in a friendly match and Hardik was asked to open the bowling. I was amazed to have watched him bowling at such an exhilarating speed in that match. And from that day on Hardik became a bowler,” More said. 

Speaking over phone from Baroda, More added, “I had observed the passion (that is) required to be a fast bowler in Hardik. And I had a feeling that this boy could one day establish himself in the senior national squad as an all-rounder.”

When asked whether Indian cricket have another Kapil Dev in the making, former wicket-keeper smiled and clarified, “After one performance nobody should comment that we have found another Kapil (Dev) in Hardik. First Hardik must prove his mettle in all formats and should be consistent. Only then I can say, whether Indian cricket is going to be benefited by him the way it was benefited by Kapil during our time."

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