New Delhi. Former head coach of Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri has given advice regarding Hardik Pandya. He says that Hardik should play only T20 cricket for the next few months before the T20 World Cup to be held later this year. Hardik, who captained Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022, has returned to the national team in the T20I series against South Africa.
In IPL 2022, Hardik Pandya performed amazingly while captaining Gujarat Titans. During this he was very successful with ball and bat. Hardik played 15 matches in the 15th season of IPL in which he scored 487 runs with 4 half-centuries. During this his average was 44.27. Not only this, he also took 8 wickets while bowling. He took 3 wickets in the final match played against Rajasthan Royals.
pandya needs rest
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Hardik should get enough rest before the T20 World Cup. There is a need to take care of his fitness. Talking to Star Sports, Ravi Shastri said, ‘He will come back to the team as a batsman or an all-rounder for me. I don’t think he is so injured that he can’t even bowl 2 overs. He has got enough rest and should continue. He should only play T20 cricket to go to the World Cup. He should not take the risk of playing ODIs.
Ravi Shastri further said, ‘He can work for 2 players. Hardik playing as a batsman would mean that he has to bat at number 4 or 5. If Hardik is playing as an all-rounder, he can bat at number 5 or 6. Despite this, he should also bowl 2 or 3 overs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 04, 2022, 23:42 IST