ICC World Cup 2019: Hardik Pandya compared to Lance Klusener by Steve Waugh

Pandya has impressed the cricketing fraternity with his self-belief and skills, and Steve Waugh praised him as well.
ICC World Cup 2019: Hardik Pandya compared to Lance Klusener by Steve WaughICC World Cup 2019: Hardik Pandya compared to Lance Klusener by Steve Waugh
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Former Australia captain Steve Waugh says that Hardik Pandya will dominate the World Cup 2019, just like South Africa's Lance Klusener did in 1999. The Aussie further stated that Pandya believes in clean hitting, which is something that could trouble all opposition skippers. 

Against Australia, Pandya made 48 in only 27 balls at The Oval, which helped the Men in Blue post a stiff 352 for 5 on Sunday. After a solid foundation of 127 runs by the openers, Pandya, who walked in at 4, played a crucial cameo to help India cross the 330-figure mark. 

"...it's the innings of Hardik Pandya that will send shivers down opposition spines. This guy might just be the equivalent of Lance Klusener in the 1999 World Cup. He has the ability to begin his innings like most finish, with clean hitting that no opposing captain can protect," Waugh wrote in his column for the ICC's official website.

Pandya, who hit four fours and three sixes, reminded the former Aussie player of Klusener's fireworks in the 1999 World Cup, where he emerged as the Player of the Tournament. 

Waugh also praised MS Dhoni, who hit 27 in 14 balls in the game. "The cunning and sheer brilliance of MS Dhoni rarely fails to deliver and again he timed his assault on Australia to post a 350-plus target." 

India take on New Zealand on Thursday, and Australia face Pakistan on Wednesday next.

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