New Delhi. Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes that all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s failure to bowl in the current Indian Premier League is a big blow not only for Mumbai Indians but also for the Indian team going to participate in the T20 World Cup. . The Indian selectors have named Hardik in the T20 World Cup squad but the Baroda all-rounder is not bowling for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Hardik had a back surgery two years ago in the UK, after which he has bowled very little.
Gavaskar said, ‘Hardik Pandya not bowling is a big blow, not only for Mumbai Indians but also for India as he has been included in the team as an all-rounder. And if you are in the team, batting at number 6 or 7 and you are not bowling, then things get difficult for the captain. Gavaskar said, “He does not get the flexibility and options that one needs from batting at number 6 or 7 as an all-rounder.”
Suryakumar-Ishan Kishan acted lax
Gavaskar said that Mumbai Indians batsmen Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have been a little lax in the IPL after being selected in the Indian team. Suryakumar and Ishan have been battling extremely poor form in the UAE leg of this lucrative T20 league. Suryakumar has been able to score only 222 runs in 12 matches in the current IPL season at an average of 18.50 with 56 runs being his best performance.
Gavaskar told Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’, ‘I think Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are taking a bit of laxity after playing for the Indian team. It may not be so but he played some such shots, seeing that he was trying to play these big shots because he is an Indian player. Suryakumar made his international debut in March this year in a T20I against England while playing his first ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July. Aggressive batsman and wicketkeeper Ishan has been able to score only 107 runs in eight IPL matches of the current season. Gavaskar said that it is very important to keep the shot selection right.