Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra stressed the need for Hardik Pandya to play bowling on a regular basis. With the T20 World Cup fast approaching, the Indian team needs a versatile all-rounder to better balance their team. The lack of a versatile, fast bowling player was also a big factor in India’s World Trials defeat to New Zealand in Southampton.
Hardik Pandya bowled a few balls in Australia, followed by the home series against England. But the Baroda-born all-rounder did not roll his arms during the 2021 IPL for Mumbai Indians. The reason Pandya doesn’t bowling is because of her persistent shoulder and back injury, which prevents her from playing with overtakes when regular bowlers are having a day off.
Aakash Chopra believes Hardik Pandya must start bowling now as he rolled his arms for a handful of overs in England and Australia, followed by not doing so in IPL. The 43-year-old pointed out that the race has been uneven and believes Hardik is the only one who can provide the balance required for India in all formats. He believes Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar as versatile spin-bowling players alongside Pandya make India a formidable team.
“He’s going to have to start bowling now. He played a few bowls in Australia, then you played against England and in the IPL. You didn’t play for your team at IPL either. It was a very uneven kind of ride. You were looking for him for Test cricket but he is not available for you there either because he does not play bowling. When you look at it from this point of view, there is only one player like Hardik Pandya, he provides the balance. Hardik Pandya as a fast bowling all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja as a spinning all-rounder and Washington Sundar with them, it becomes a great team ”, Aakash said in his Youtube channel.
Hardik Pandya bowling makes it easier for India to get the right balance: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra further said the 27-year-old could play with six to eight overs in ODI and his full quota in the shortest format. He also recognized that Hardik bowling gives India a balanced side.
“There are six games here, even though he doesn’t make ten assists in the ODI, but six to eight and play his full quota in the T20s, full assists in the IPL and then definitely in the World Cup because Hardik Pandya bowling makes things easier for India to find the right balance ”, he added.
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