Hardik Pandya, no doubt in his last match as a captain, couldn’t seal the victory for his team as West Indies defeated India in the decider match of the T20I series, which was India’s first series loss in 17 years against West Indies. Later, Hardik Pandya took responsibility for the series loss. His performance during the whole series, both with the bat and ball, was below average. During the 5-match series, he bowled 15 overs; in fact, in the decider, he couldn’t complete his overs quota with the bat, scoring just 14 runs in 18 balls in the last match of the T20I series.
Ex-India star Sanjay Manjrekar has advised Hardik Pandya to focus on both the batting and bowling departments as India would need him as an all-rounder in the World Cup 2023. It is expected to see him as the deputy of Rohit Sharma in the ODI World Cup, which is going to happen in India. There will be a lot of requirements for India’s benefit in the home conditions, but the biggest pressure on them will be to perform well in front of the home crowd, especially against arch rivals Pakistan. That’s why Sanjay Manjrekar wants Hardik to keep his bowling in check.
Hardik Pandya’s form is a little bit of concern, his bowling because you will have to do a lot of physical work in the world Cup because you need him as the all-rounder not just a batter so at least 6-7 over per innings is what is expected from him. When India won the world cup in 2011, it was because of people like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh pure batters who bowled a bit, so Hardik Pandya’s bowling is very important,”Sanjay Manjrekar while talking to Star Sports
Hardik Pandya would be seen in action in the Asia Cup 2023, and that’s where his performance would be judged to determine whether he would be in the team for the World Cup. 2023.
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