New Delhi: Team India is currently on England tour. After that the remaining matches of IPL 2021 will be played, immediately after which the T20 World Cup will be played. In such a situation, the eyes of the players are on winning the cup and hence the players will also get a good opportunity to prepare for the IPL.
At the same time, it will be interesting to see which players the team chooses for the T20 World Cup in India. Team India’s fast bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya has not been bowling for more than a while, so there is a question on whether he will be included in the team or not. However, Hardik is still busy preparing for the World Cup.
Hardik is slowly getting ready for the T20 World Cup
During the limited overs series in Sri Lanka, India’s bowling coach was Paras Mhambrey and who is keeping an eye on Hardik Pandya’s fitness for the World Cup. Mhambrey has served as the bowling coach of India-A and is also the bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Pandya and other Indian bowlers are recovering right here.
He has said that it is important to manage Pandya’s workload in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during October-November immediately after the IPL. Paras said, with Hardik, we are clearly taking it slow. I am not going to pressure him in terms of number of overs. A lot is being kept on him to see how much we are going to push him. We have to build up gradually. Knowing that he is going to play a very important role for us, it is important for him to manage his bowling workload very well.
We know his batting, what he offers you, Mhambrey told IANS. But if we add bowling to it, it brings a different dimension. In that sense we are working on it. Everyone – the strength and conditioning department and the physio – is in the works and we have discussed it.
Question on Hardik’s fitness
The right-arm pacer, who has been troubled by a back injury for the past few years, has not been a part of India’s Test match squad due to his inability to bowl. Although he bowled in the recent bilateral limited overs series in Sri Lanka in July, he could not fulfill his full quota in any match.
Hardik is unable to bowl much
Hardik Pandya bowled 14 overs in three ODIs and took 2 wickets at an average of 48.5. Also, two overs in one T20I were in the name of Hardik. Against England in March, he bowled 17 overs in five T20Is, taking three wickets and conceding 6.94 runs per over, the second best for both sides behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He could complete his quota of four overs in three out of five matches. Pandya also bowled in the third and final ODI against England and was economical in nine overs at 5.33 runs per over.
The 49-year-old former India pacer Mhambrey said the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will decide Pandya’s availability in the T20 World Cup. It will be up to his franchise Mumbai Indians how to use him.