New Delhi: The T20 World Cup 2021 will start in the UAE from October 17. In the T20 World Cup, India has to play its first match against Pakistan on 24 October. According to ICC rules, India still has a chance to make changes in the T20 World Cup squad till October 10. Team India may face problems in the upcoming T20 World Cup tournament if Hardik Pandya is not fit. Many former players have questioned Hardik Pandya for not bowling.
Gambhir raised questions on Hardik Pandya’s selection
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has raised questions on Hardik Pandya’s selection in the T20 World Cup. Gautam Gambhir raised the question that why was Hardik Pandya included in the team despite his poor performance in the last one year? Talking on ESPN Cricinfo, Gautam Gambhir said that Hardik Pandya is a big problem in Mumbai’s batting. He hasn’t played any cricket, he is only a player of one format for me now. He plays only white ball cricket. He hasn’t done well this year and has been included in the T20 World Cup squad even though he hasn’t bowled, so it’s a big surprise.
Gambhir took a jibe at the selectors
Gautam Gambhir has also raised questions on the selectors on the selection of Hardik Pandya. Gautam Gambhir believes that the selectors had told Hardik Pandya to bowl four overs, but will Hardik be able to bowl. He said, ‘The selectors probably have to answer whether Hardik Pandya is actually going to bowl four overs in the T20 World Cup, is he in a position to do so?
Pandya hasn’t started bowling yet
Gautam Gambhir said, ‘If Hardik Pandya decides to bowl in the T20 World Cup, then he will have to start bowling now. Even if he bowls only one or two overs per game so that he can perform during the T20 World Cup. Where India would like to win the tournament, but if they don’t then they should not be included in the playing 11. Hardik Pandya was last seen bowling during the Sri Lanka tour. At the same time, he did not play in the first few matches for Mumbai Indians in the second phase of IPL 2021 but after that he made a comeback. Despite his return, Pandya has not started bowling yet.
Questions arising on Pandya’s selection
Chetan Sharma, chairman of the selection committee, had said that Pandya is fully fit and will bowl the full four overs of his quota in the T20 World Cup. However, the 27-year-old Pandya did not play the first two matches of the UAE leg of the IPL. On Sunday, he got a chance to play against the Royal Challengers, but he did not bowl, after which questions have been raised on his fitness once again. Former player Saba Karim had said that if she is not fully fit then why was she included in the T20 World Cup squad?
Pandya may be out
According to the reports, all-rounder Pandya may be thrown out of the World Cup team due to his fitness. According to the cricket addict, the teams have time till October 10 to change their team. So, if Hardik is unable to provide four overs for the captain, the management is likely to bring in either Shardul Thakur or Shreyas Iyer. Both have been included in the Reserve of India. Meanwhile, sources told IANS that it will be difficult to do so but his fitness is being monitored and BCCI would not like to take any risk.
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