New Delhi: Now only 4 days are left for the start of T20 World Cup 2021. From October 17, this mega event of ICC will be played in the hosting of UAE and Oman. India has to play its first match against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. There are constant questions being raised on Hardik Pandya’s fitness, in such a situation, his place may fall. The Indian team is still stuck in suspense. The Indian team management can take a decision on Hardik Pandya very soon.
Hardik Pandya exposed
Hardik Pandya did not bowl a single over while playing for Mumbai Indians in the second half of the IPL in UAE and did not get any special runs from his bat. When the team was announced on September 8, the selectors had said that Pandya was fit and ready to bowl. However, now Hardik Pandya’s pole has been exposed.
These 2 players are contenders for Pandya’s place
A source close to the BCCI has told that if Hardik Pandya does not bowl in the World Cup, then one of Shardul Thakur or Deepak Chahar can be included in his place. The source said, ‘There is a shortage of fast bowlers in the Indian team. There are 2 experienced contenders for this. Shardul Thakur who can show good hands in batting as well as bowling as well as Deepak Chahar who showed his batting ability against Sri Lanka.
Hardik Pandya’s place in danger in T20 World Cup
BCCI would also like to field a strong team for the T20 World Cup, which is full of explosive players and who have the power to turn the match. In such a situation, there is a danger in the place of Hardik Pandya, who has been struggling with fitness and form problems for a long time.
Shardul Thakur Right Choice
At present, the Indian team has Shardul Thakur as a substitute for Hardik Pandya, who can play the role of an all-rounder in the team. Although Shardul Thakur plays as a fast bowler in the team, but if his batting style is seen, he has proved himself many times in Team India matches and in IPL matches. Shardul Thakur has so far scored 69 runs in 20 T20 Internationals at an average of 34.50 and during this time his strike rate has been 197, which is considered to be very good in T20.