IND vs SL 1st T20 Live: Hardik Pandya raises concerns for selectors with poor run, fails in batting, bowling & fielding in 1st T20- India’s only pace-bowling all-rounder in the current team, Hardi Pandya’s bad patch is going on for a bit too long now as he failed to impress once again in the first T20I against Sri Lanka here at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Sunday. Hardik’s bad form has raised concern for Team India selectors as the ICC T20 World Cup is going to take place in some months and India do not have a like for like replacement of Hardik Pandya.
In the first T20I, when he was expected to score runs quickly and give India a solid finish, he ended up scoring just 12 runs in 10 balls. To add to his problems he even dropped a catch in the outfield. Hardik’s batting form is affecting his fielding as well as his batting. Even though he got a wicket while bowling in the 1st T20I. He was hammered for runs as well.
Indian team management will not reply on Hardik alone and will look to give chances to Vijay Shankar and Shivam Dube, who are the only pace bowling all-rounders in the Indian team circuit at present.
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Had it not been Hardik Pandya, Team India had booted out the all-rounder, to put it bluntly. But Hardik Pandya has been Team India’s proven match-winner and gives them the seam-bowling all-rounder option. But the team management is running out of patience after yet another poor show from the all-rounder. After failing to provide the middle-order solidity with the bat, he was poor with the ball as India slumped to a 3-wicket defeat in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.
The Mumbai Indians star has struggled for runs and wickets since returning from back surgery, and the drought has continued during the tour of Sri Lanka. The 27-year-old also struggled during Phase 1 of the IPL 2021, which is a major cause of concern for Virat Kohli and Co. ahead of the T20 World Cup.
IND vs SL 3rd ODI: Hardik Pandya’s poor form big headache for Team India
IND vs SL 3rd ODI: The stage was set for Hardik Pandya when he walked into bat in the 3rd ODI in Colombo. Pandya joined Mumbai Indians teammate Suryakumar Yadav at the crease, at the halfway stage with India at 157/4. The 27-year-old had time to put in a valuable stand with Yadav but perished after showing initial promise. Hardik hit three boundaries in his 17-ball stay before Praveen Jayawickrama foxed him with a leg-spinner just four overs into the pitch.
Hardik Pandya has batted twice during the series, and after a duck in the last game, his 19-run innings will do little to please Virat Kohli and the team management. He also had a horrid IPL 2021, scoring just 52 runs in seven games before the tournament was suspended midway in May. Pandya’s lack of runs will pile on pressure ahead of the T20 World Cup, with the Mumbai Indians star viewed as one of the designated finishers in the side alongside Ravindra Jadeja.
Hardik Pandya has done little to prove his fitness as well, bowling a combined nine overs in the first two games, conceding 54 runs and picking up a solitary wicket. He had trouble with his lower back in the second ODI and looks nowhere close to bowling his full quota of overs in the 50-over format.
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