When Sir Vivian Richards gave sleepless night to Hardik Pandya
Kingston, Jamaica: Did the Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya, the new kid on the block, have the sleepless last night ? The answer is big Yes. Reason -he has earned mention from none other than the king himself, the king of cricket that is sir Vivian Richards.
It was during the break between two innings of India-West Indies ODI cricket match when in an interview with Harsha Bhogle on Ten sports, the 65-year old veteran had a few good words to say about Hardik Pandya. In reply to a question, Sir Richards said he saw right type of aggression in Hardik adding he would go far if continued to respect the game.
The mere mention of his name must have made Hardik on the top of the world, as Harsha and other commentators remarked after the interview.
When asked about the current lot of players who he found technically equipped to face the kind of pace attack WI used to have in his days, the cricket giant named Indian skipper Virat Kohli, England's Joe Root , Australian Steve Smith and South Africa's AB de Villiers. It must have come as a huge compliment to the current contemporaries to have earned praise of Viv Richards.
Viv, in reply to another query, complimented Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara for their contribution to Sri Lanka and the game of as a whole.