The biggest headache of all is the performance of all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Pandya has not been able to shine much in the IPL. Returning from injury, Pandya is only a shadow of his old form. The player has not even bowled in this IPL. It is not certain whether the player will get a place in the playing XI if he does not bowl. Despite this, Hardik has now made it clear that his role in the team belongs to the finisher.
‘I would say Dhoni is the best finisher of all time. MS Dhoni does not know that. All responsibilities are on my shoulders. This is a big challenge, “Hardik Pandya told ESPN Cricinfo ahead of the World Cup.
Days before the start of the World Cup, India had changed the squad. Standby star Shardul Thakur was included in the main squad. It was Akshar Patel who changed course. The team management was motivated by the thought that Hardick might not be able to bowl.
Virat Kohli and his team will take on England at 7.30 pm in the first warm-up match ahead of the World Cup. The match will be played at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai. Everyone is wondering if all-rounder Hardik Pandya will bowl. This will be Virat Kohli’s last Twenty20 captaincy. India will also play a warm-up match against Australia before the first match against Pakistan on Sunday.
India’s first match is against Pakistan
India’s first match in the T20 World Cup is against Pakistan. The match will be played on October 24. Tickets for the match went on sale and sold out within hours. Fans of both the teams have been excited since India and Pakistan joined the same group in the World Cup. Due to the ongoing political tensions between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, the two will only face each other in ICC tournaments. The fights between the two teams have so far presented fans with exciting moments so fans are eagerly waiting for the head-to-head matches between the two.
India’s T20 World Cup squad
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishant Kishan (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardu, Chakravarti, Jaspreet Bumra, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Muhammad Shami.