Hardik Pandya is back in the Indian cricket squad for the first time since the T20 World Cup in 2021, and his performance will be closely examined.
Everyone was blown away by Hardik Pandya’s performance as the Gujarat Titans skipper in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. With both the bat and the ball, he guided his team to the championship in his debut season. In the final against Rajasthan Royals, Hardik Pandya took 3/17 in four overs and then hit a crucial 34. He was given ‘Player of the Match’ for his overall performance in the championship match. It also boded well for India’s cricket team, which faces South Africa in a five-match T20I series starting on Thursday. On the other side, Gujarat Titans coach Ashish Nehra believes that following a long IPL season, it’s best not to put Pandya under too much stress right away.
“Hardik Pandya’s name is frequently in the news, with conjecture abounding as to whether or not he will bowl. Hardik Pandya is the type of batter who can fit into any team in any format, and I’ve thought that for a long time. I’d think even in Test matches, with the kind of batting he does. However, because we’re talking about T20s, if he bowls, the team obtains an advantage “Nehra remarked in an interview with Cricbuzz.
Why has Hardik Pandya been selected as the sixth option?
“Because none of the top-order batsmen bowls, the Indian squad is built in such a way that they always look forward to him.” As you can see, Hardik is your fifth bowler, putting a lot of pressure on him to bowl. When he is in good shape, he enjoys bowling. However, it would be nicer if he wasn’t forced to bowl those four overs every time. That will necessitate the use of five specialist bowlers, with Hardik Pandya as the sixth option.
“I’m not stating that Hardik Pandya should not be classified as a fifth bowler. He can also function as your second or third bowler due to his ability. However, as an allrounder who has recently returned from injury, if he can bowl four overs after such a long IPL, that would be amazing, but a slow build-up would be ideal. In this regard, India’s starting XI would be closely evaluated.”
Hardik Pandya is back in the Indian cricket squad after the 2021 T20 World Cup, and his performance will be closely watched.