India defeated Pakistan by 10 wickets in their first match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The former India cricketer has criticized Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya for their poor performance. He said that both these cricketers are playing in the team on the basis of their past performance. Instead of these players, he talked about giving opportunities to other players. In the match against Pakistan, Bhuvi could not take any wicket and Hardik did not bowl even an over.
In an interview to Sportskeeda website, Doshi said, “It is true that some players are playing on the basis of their past reputation. Players like Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have not performed to their full potential for some time now. Ashwin should play in every single match because he is the best spinner in the world right now. You can’t keep them out.’ He further said that Hardik Pandya has amazing potential and he should focus on performing consistently according to his ability.
Regarding Bhuvneshwar, he said that he has failed to create pressure while bowling at a speed of 130 kmph. Shardul Thakur should definitely play because he is in very good form and he is a fantastic cricketer. Deepak Chahar also deserved a place in the team. I also feel that Jadeja’s bowling has declined in the last few years. He is an excellent cricketer but he needs to improve his bowling to play to his full potential.
In the year 2021, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has so far taken 9 wickets in T20 Internationals. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya has not bowled for a long time. His poor performance with the bat continues. In 7 innings he has scored only 107 runs and his highest score is 39 not out.