Former cricketer turned commentator, Aakash Chopra believes that the soon Hardik Pandya starts bowling, the better India’s team balance and composition will appear. Due to a longstanding back problem, the allrounder hasn’t bowled in the team recently, and he had surgery on it in 2020. In reality, in the two editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020 and 2021, Pandya did not bowl much. Obviously, his absence from the bowling department has thrown off the team lineups, particularly in the limited-overs game. let’s look at Why It’s Important For Hardik Pandya To Bowl During Sri Lanka Tour.
Why It’s Important For Hardik Pandya To Bowl During Sri Lanka Tour
However, during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Pandya stated that he plans to return to bowling sooner than expected. He will be in the lineup for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, and it’ll be interesting to see whether Shikhar Dhawan gives him the bowl. Chopra discussed the topic and expressed his desire to watch the allrounder bowl in the series, which kicks off on July 13.
The 43-year-old discussed how Pandya’s bowling will assist Team India in the long term in a video posted to his YouTube channel. “He will have to start bowling now. He bowled a few overs in Australia, then you played against England and in the IPL. You didn’t bowl for your team in the IPL as well. It’s been a very patchy kind of ride.”
‘There is only one player like Hardik Pandya, provides balance’: Aakash Chopra
A seam-bowling allrounder, according to the former India opener, is essential for India to succeed in all formats of the game. Pandya’s contribution to the side as a bowler, according to the 43-year-old, is also significant.
“You were looking at him for Test cricket but he is not available for you there as well because he is not bowling. When you look at it from that vantage point, there is only one player like Hardik Pandya, he provides balance. Hardik Pandya as a fast-bowling all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja as a spinning all-rounder, and Washington Sundar with them, it becomes a superb team.”
Chopra went on to remark that in all six white-ball matches, he wants to see Pandya bowl his complete quota of overs.