- Hardik Pandya will be in India’s playing XI
- Difficulty bowling after injury
- Team management found the way
Hardik Pandya was included in India’s T20 World Cup squad as an all-rounder. But Pandya, who returned to the national team after an injury, did not bowl much. Even when he played for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, not a single ball was bowled. Mumbai team management and skipper Rohit Sharma had made it clear that Pandya would need time to bowl.
With this, there were reports that the player would lose his place in the World Cup squad. In any case, Pandya has a place in India’s final World Cup squad. The only change India made was in the World Cup squad. Spinner Akshar Patel has been dropped from the 15-man squad for the reserve. Pacer Shardul Thakur has been included in the squad.
The reason for considering all-rounder Shardul is that Hardik Pandya could be a replacement. India’s World Cup squad had only three key pacers. With the arrival of Shardul, it will become four. Earlier, the selectors were forced to change the squad after it became clear that Hardik Pandya was not bowling despite his hopes.
According to sources close to the team management, Pandya will definitely feature in India’s playing XI despite not having a panther. Pandya will be considered not as an all-rounder but as a finisher. Power hit Pandya is faithful to the finish of the match. The team management hopes that Pandya will play the role of finisher along with Ravindra Jadeja.
“He will not be able to bowl 100 per cent as accurately as before. Hardik will have the role of finisher in this World Cup. MS Dhoni is the advisor of India’s World Cup team. Dhoni’s help will be very useful for Pandya when he takes on the role of finisher. As a bowler, the team management is hopeful that the player will return soon.
India’s World Cup squad: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishant Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakraborty, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Reserve column: Akshar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer.
India’s Sunil Chhetri overtakes Pele