In Gujarat Titans’ first 5 matches, Hardik Pandya bowled 18.3 overs and took 4 wickets.© BCCI/IPL
Hardik Pandya‘s recurring accidents, and subsequent sluggish restoration, had left him solely half the participant that he as soon as was within the final one yr. After the allrounder’s lack of ability to bowl on account of harm within the 2021 T20 World Cup price Indian cricket workforce pricey, Pandya was dropped from the nationwide workforce. However, within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Pandya – the bowler – made a comeback. He bowled within the first 5 matches earlier than a groin harm pressured him to overlook a recreation in opposition to Chennai Super Kings.
Since coming again, nonetheless, Pandya has not bowled an over. Daniel Vettori, former Royal Challengers Bangalore and New Zealand captain, feels that Pandya might not bowl once more within the IPL 2022.
“I don’t think we will see him as a bowler again (in the IPL). I think he is just too important as a batsman and as a captain. And the concern about him missing games for the sake of one or two overs… I think they have selected a team now to not worry about his bowling,” Vettori, former New Zealand captain who has additionally performed for a very long time within the IPL, instructed ESPNCricinfo.
Before the contemporary harm derailed Pandya’s progress, he bowled 18.3 overs and took 4 wickets. He had a extra telling affect with the bat for Gujarat Titans, at present the no. 1 workforce within the desk with 12 factors. In six matches, Pandya has 295 tallied runs together with three half-centuries to be their top-scorer.
“They have relied a lot on Hardik and not for his bowling but for his batting. If you are in Gujarat Titans team dressing room, you would be little worried about that,” Ravi Shastri, former India coach, instructed ESPNCricinfo.
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