Hardik Pandya: Beyond chains and swagger
India's desperate search for a seam-bowling Test all-rounder is well documented. Hardik Pandya seems to be the real deal
At his first post-retirement press conference, an English journalist asked Sachin Tendulkar about his prediction for the 2013-14 Ashes in Australia. Tendulkar didn’t oblige, but he did say that he thought Mitchell Johnson, who had played alongside him for Mumbai Indians (MI), would be a key performer. Johnson hadn’t even played the series in England earlier in the year, and his erratic displays had made him a figure of fun in English cricket circles. Tendulkar’s answer was greeted with polite smiles and a couple of discreet sniggers. By the end of the Ashes, Johnson had 37 wickets and England had been routed 5-0.