“These two rare far better bowlers than Yuvraj but…”: Sanjay Manjrekar On Waqar Younis’ Comparison Of Hardik-Jadeja With Yuvraj Singh

In cricket, comparisons and debates about players’ abilities are as common as the sound of a ball hitting the bat. Recently, during the rain break of the India-Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 Super Four clash, a debate sparked between two former cricketers, Waqar Younis and Sanjay Manjrekar. The topic was whether the current Indian all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya, could be considered on par with the legendary Yuvraj Singh.

Jadeja and Hardik have been indispensable assets for Team India’s white-ball squads. Their multifaceted skills bring a unique balance to the playing XI that is hard to replicate. Both players have left their mark even in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023.

In a dominant win over Nepal, Jadeja showcased his bowling prowess. His ability to spin the ball and take crucial wickets was instrumental in India’s success. This consistency has made him a reliable option for Captain Kohli.

On the other hand, Hardik Pandya’s explosive batting skills were fully displayed during the washed-out group-stage contest against Pakistan. Batting at No. 6, he unleashed his destructive potential and emerged as Team India’s top scorer. Such performances make him a valuable asset in the middle order.

Waqar Younis, a legendary fast bowler, quickly appreciated Jadeja and Hardik’s abilities. He emphasized their well-rounded skills, both with the bat and the ball. According to Younis, Hardik’s batting, especially against Pakistan, demonstrated his ability to be a destructive force in the middle overs. He praised Hardik’s aggression and newfound smartness.

Waqar Younis told Star Sports: “Look at what Hardik and Jadeja bring to the table. They are well equipped with both bat and ball. Especially Hardik Pandya, the way he batted against Pakistan. He is a destructive batter at No. 6. Any team would love to have someone like him. He is aggressive, and as we saw in the previous match, he is very sensible and smart.

However, Sanjay Manjrekar had a different view on the matter. He brought up the name of Yuvraj Singh, one of the most celebrated all-rounders in Indian cricket history. Manjrekar believed that Yuvraj Singh stood on a different pedestal, calling him “India’s best white-ball batter.”

Yuvraj Singh’s legacy in white-ball cricket is unparalleled. He was known for his ability to win games, often with explosive batting performances single-handedly. Manjrekar argued that while Jadeja and Hardik might excel in their respective roles, they still couldn’t match the impact and consistency Yuvraj brought to the team.

“Yuvraj is arguably India’s best white-ball batter. He could win games and was in a different league. Hardik and Jadeja, with due respect, aren’t quite there. These tworare far better bowlers than Yuvraj Singh but because that one discipline was so disciplined,” Manjrekar countered.

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Waqar Younis wasn’t ready to concede the argument just yet. Given his recent batting displays, he questioned how Hardik Pandya could be considered any less than Yuvraj Singh. He clarified that he wasn’t comparing the two directly but emphasized the intention behind the comparison.

“Not even Hardik Pandya? With the kind of batting that he has shown? I am not comparing them, but the intention is there,” he averred.

Yuvraj Singh’s contribution to Indian cricket cannot be understated. He played 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is during his illustrious career, leaving an indelible mark on the sport. He was a key figure in India’s successful 2011 ODI World Cup campaign and was even awarded the Player of the Tournament for his exceptional performances.

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