IND vs SA 2022: Irfan Pathan says Hardik Pandya is extremely valuable to Team India


Irfan Pathan believes Hardik Pandya’s ability to hit sixes at any stage of a T20 innings makes him an extremely valuable asset to Team India.

Hardik has been recalled to the Indian squad for the T20I series against South Africa based on his performance in IPL 2022. The skipper of Gujarat Titans (GT) excelled with both bat and ball in the tournament and took his side to the title .

While speaking on the Star Sports show ‘Follow the Blues’Pathan had this to say about Pandya’s return to India’s T20I squad:

“Hardik Pandya is extremely valuable. He has the ability to end the game at death, he can also do that by beating the sequence. Management will definitely have this in their mind. hitting sixes.”

The former Indian all-rounder added that Pandya has also shown the ability to play a slightly more conservative game during IPL 2022. He explained:

“He has also found a way to play along the ground and because of that his IPL season has been very good as a batter. With him you have not one but three finishers on the team.”

Pathan concluded by commenting that Pandya’s return offers Team India plenty of finishing options. He explained:

“You can talk about Rishabh Pant – he can play the role of finisher, Dinesh Karthik has been chosen as finisher, it will have to be seen if he gets a place in the XI or not, but there are options available. We tried the area to fill in where we fell a little short. So I’m really excited to have him (Hardik’s) come in.”

It will be interesting to see if the Indian team management team the trio Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in the playing XI. They may choose to go that route to address recent concerns about Team India’s finish.

“There is no other competition or option once he starts bowling” – Aakash Chopra on Hardik Pandya

A bowling fit Hardik Pandya gives the Indian team the required balance
A bowling fit Hardik Pandya gives the Indian team the required balance

Aakash Chopra has pointed out that Pandya brings unique skills to the table for Team India. He noted:

“Hardik Pandya is in my opinion, not only in T20s, an important asset to India in white ball cricket. There is no other league or option once he starts bowling, you have tried many but there is none like him .”

To be fair, the difference between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals was Hardik Pandya. Both teams have bowling attacks… but Hardik brought much needed balance to the XI… something RR didn’t have. None of their top 6 batters bowled.

Pandya gave a decent account of himself with the ball for the Titans in IPL 2022. His 3/17 spell in the all-important final was a game-changing feat.

Q. Should Team India play together against Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in the playing XI?

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Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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