BCCI Official confirms that Hardik Pandya won’t be bowling in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE. He will be playing purely as a batsman.
After receiving Hardik’s medical reports from the Mumbai Indians, the BCCI medical team immediately confirmed that Pandya will be unable to bowl in this World Cup considering his fitness situation. Ahead of this confirmation, the BCCI modified the squad for the T20 World Cup.
Thakur Replaces Axar
One of the top BCCI officials spoke about Hardik missing out as a bowler and playing solely as a batsman. It might be possible for him to bowl in the latter part of the tournament, but right at the moment, that won’t be possible. Further, he spoke about being sorry for Axar Patel but for the sake of team coordination, they had to give entry to Shardul Thakur.
This Wednesday, the selectors decided to make way for the right-hand medium-pacer Shardul Thakur, keeping the left-arm spinner Axar Patel as a standby player. Axar had to make this sacrifice owing to Hardik’s current situation.
Initially, when the squad had three pacers including Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, the selectors thought Hardik would fit in as the fourth pacer. However, considering Hardik’s current medical condition and inability to bowl, they decided to bring Thakur into the squad.
Thakur’s pinch-hitting capacity with the bat helped him earn a place in the squad. Axar Patel, along with Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar will be on the stand-by.
In the ongoing IPL season, Axar Patel took 15 wickets in 12 matches with an impressive economy of 6.65. On the other hand, Thakur picked up 18 wickets with an economy of 8.75.
Hardik Pandya will join the squad as a pure batsman
Though the news of Hardik Pandya being unable to bowl isn’t that good for India, as the presence of an extra pacer is always beneficial. However, the good news is that the big hitter will be able to set his whole focus on his batting and might gain his form back which fans saw being lost in the second phase of IPL.