Former English weirdo Monty Panesar has weighed Hardik Pandya’s chances of playing for Team India at the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 later this year in October-November. Aside from the couple of ODIs against Australia Last year, Hardik Pandya has struggled to find his rhythm since the 2019 World Cup.
After a lower back injury at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Hardik Pandya had to do without international cricket for 4-5 months. His back injury was followed by a shoulder injury that has resulted in a massive decline in Pandya’s strength and bowling skills in recent years.
Monty Panesar opens up Hardik Pandya’s chances to play at the T2O World Cup 2021
Although the Indian cricket team hasn’t played much cricket in recent years due to COVID restrictions, Hardik’s performance for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League has seen a massive drop. In the IPL 2020 and the IPL 2021 Hardik could not achieve his quota of 4 overs in several games.
Former English spinner Monty Panesar assessed Hardik’s chances of playing at the T20 World Cup this year in an exclusive chat with Cricketaddictor: “Hardik Pandya can play as a specialized batsman. If you can even get 2 overs out of him when he hits number 5 or 6, that might be an option for you. “
“I think Team India is ideally a stronger team if Hardik can actually throw his four overs. For Virat Kohli this can be a slight problem and for all players who are injured the Indian team looks the other way. That would be a more sensible decision by Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, because you don’t want to be under-prepared if Hardik can’t throw his four overs. “ Monty added.
Fast bowling all-rounders knock on the door of the selection committee
Another concern of the young Pandya will be the number of fast bowling all-rounders currently available to Team India. Shardul Thakur has done exceptionally well for the Chennai Super Kings and Team India when the opportunity arose. Something similar was the case with Deepak Chahar. Harshal Patel was in at his fiery best IPL 2021 and Rishi Dhawan had a memorable time in the inland Indian circle.
With an average of 13, 39 and 24 in the last three years in the international circle, Hardik Pandya is losing his position on the Indian team. It will be a massive headache for Indian team management to give them a green signal for the T20 World Cup if their poor show continues with the IPL resuming in September 2021.