BCCI has to think , can they afford to play Hardik Pandya as a pure batsman? This topic is debatable for all the Indian cricket fans and critics as well.
Hardik Pandya has been integral part of Indian team in recent past specially in limited overs.
He has certainly supported Indian batting lineup in a decent manner for a while. Earlier, after slight downfall in MS Dhoni’s form he did well as a finisher for Indian team in white ball cricket for a short time.
As we all know that India does not have lots of options when we talk about a genuine pace all rounder.
Few names are there like, Vijay Shankar and Shivam Dube, but they have not been impressive in high level cricket so far.
So India had to give chances to Hardik Pandya as he can balance Indian team very well.
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After world cup he got injured and he has not been completely fit as a bowler even in shortest format.
BCCI gave him some time for recovery in national cricket academy but he got injured again and after that it got worse.
This affected his bowling performance so much, he hardly bowl in any match now.
Injury has been his biggest enemy for Hardik Pandya. So this will be a big concern for him and team India
Hardik’s bowling performances after world cup 2019 in white ball cricket-
He played two ODI and two T20 series after 2019 world cup, and picked up only four wickets which is definitely not fruitful for Indian team and skipper Virat Kohli.
Can India afford him as a pure batsman?
After injury his focus is on to be a pure batsman for his team and he played some crucial and defining knocks in recently concluded series against England and Australia.
He scored 3 half centuries in those series also, with good strike rate over 145.
His batting performance has been really good for Indian team even after he does not bowl frequently. But his record says he can be still valuable as a batsman.
Why team India need him as a pure all-rounder?
There are two reasons that team India need Hardik Pandya desperately in the squad for upcoming events.
A pacer all-rounder:
After Kapil Dev, Indian team is still searching for a pacer allrounder. Hardik Pandya has the same ability as Kapil Dev had before.
He is quick and sharp with the bowl and can bat like as a pure batsman at any situation.
Indian side looks more balanced with inclusion of Hardik Pandya, who can be very valuable for a team like India.
A Classic finisher:
As we all know that after retirement of MS Dhoni from Indian team, they need a replacement now.
Pandya is a clean striker of the bowl and has plenty of experience in IPL and a little in international cricket since a while.
He might be the finisher for team India for limited overs if he gets his fitness back.
He can fill the role for both, a finisher and a pacer allrounder who can balance the side for upcoming years.
So that was the all about Hardik Pandya role and what impact he can put on team India.
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