The role of Hardik Pandya in the Indian National Cricket Team is debatable as the dashing all-rounder has not been available to bowl since the last many games.
Following his lower back injury that was successfully treated in London, he was not capable of bowling a single over in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) coiled up two days before the T20 World Cup started.
Moreover, as India kick-started their T20 World Cup warm-up matches journey playing England and Australia respectively, Pandya was not included in the bowling panel and only was among the batters.
It can be a serious blow to the Team India missing on the sixth bowling option. Notably, besides Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja is the only all-rounder the men in blue will have to utilize in the event.
Many believe the squad will be left with no option but to witness Virat Kohli delivering a couple of overs every match to fulfill Pandya’s spot.
It is pertinent to mention that Kohli was seen with the ball in hand during India’s second warm-up game versus Aaron Finch’s Australia.
He conceded 12 runs in two overs but being solely a batsman, one cannot expect him to be a full-time bowler stepping in Pandya’s boots gripping necessary wickets.
Kohli and co will inaugurate their T20 World Cup journey versus the arch-rivals Pakistan on 24th October 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and are down and dusted with the warm-ups.
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