T20 World Cup: Team India can get a big relief before the T20 World Cup to be held this year. India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be seen bowling during the T20 World Cup. Paras Mhambrey, who played the role of bowling coach on the Sri Lanka tour, has claimed that Hardik Pandya will be fully fit till the T20 World Cup.
Paras Mhambrey has kept a close eye on Hardik Pandya’s fitness. Paras believes that since there is a World Cup immediately after the IPL, Hardik Pandya will have to manage his work. Paras said, “With Hardik, we are clearly taking it slowly. I am not going to pressure him in terms of number of overs. A lot is being monitored on that. We have to build up gradually. Knowing that he is going to play a very important role for us.
Mhambrey further said, “We know his batting that he offers you. But if we add bowling to it, he becomes a player of a different level. We are working on every aspect of Hardik Pandya.
Did not bowl in IPL
Hardik Pandya has been battling with back pain since the 2019 World Cup. Hardik Pandya has lost his place in the Test team because of not bowling. Although Hardik Pandya bowled on the Sri Lanka tour, he could not fulfill his quota in any match. He bowled 14 overs in three ODIs and took two wickets at an average of 48.5. Also, two overs in one T20I were in the name of Hardik.
Against England in March, he bowled 17 overs in five T20Is, taking three wickets and conceding 6.94 runs per over, the second best for both sides behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He could complete his quota of four overs in three out of five matches.
Pandya also bowled in the third and final ODI against England and was economical in nine overs at 5.33 runs per over. Hardik Pandya, however, was not seen bowling in the first part of IPL season 14 after the England series. Hardik Pandya has also expressed hope that he will be able to play a dual role for India in the World Cup.
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