New Delhi. Hardik Pandya did an amazing performance with the bat in the IPL. He scored the most runs for the team, but he changed his style of play. Earlier he used to come down the order and score runs fast as a finisher. But in the 15th season of the T20 league, he was seen playing at number-4 and number-5 for Gujarat Titans. He groomed the innings in the beginning and played freely in times of need. The 5-match T20 series between India and South Africa is starting from June 9. In such a situation, the biggest question is whether there will be a change in Pandya’s batting order here as well.
Hardik Pandya scored 487 runs in IPL with the help of 4 half-centuries. But talking about the current team India, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are in the top-4. In such a situation, the place of Pandya is not made in the top-4. Rohit Sharma is not playing in this series, but he has already made it clear that Pandya will play only as a finisher. Dinesh Karthik batted aggressively at the lower order in IPL 2022. In such a situation, the team can prepare him as a finisher.
This is how you can get a chance at number-4
Coach Rahul Dravid and KL Rahul can give Hardik Pandya a chance at No. In such a situation, Rishabh Pant can play at number-5 and Dinesh Karthik at number-6. If Pandya performs well at No.4 in the series, then in future also he can be seen playing in the middle order. T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia in October-November this year. Before this, Dravid would also like to prepare options for each number. Before the World Cup, the team has to play at least 25 T20s.
Dinesh Karthik scored 330 runs in 16 innings of IPL at an average of 55. During this his strike rate was 183, which is excellent in terms of T20. He hit 27 fours and 22 sixes during this period. Rishabh Pant scored 340 runs in 13 innings at an average of 31. His strike rate was 152. In such a situation, both these batsmen can bat aggressively in the end.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 04, 2022, 07:47 IST