Ajit Agarkar emphasizes the importance of Hardik Pandya bowling for India in the upcoming white ball series against Sri Lanka and saying that he bowls 2-3 overs in T20Is makes the job of captain Virat Kohli easy as he can then play two spinners in the XI.
Hardik Pandya’s overall skills have made him one of the most popular players in T20 cricket. Since being injured in the 2018 Asia Cup, Hardik has never been the same, especially not after undergoing back surgery to correct the problem and still not bowling as much as the Indian team management would like.
India need to bowl Hardik Pandya to make Virat Kohli’s job easier: Ajit Agarkar
He recently bowled a bit in the limited series at home against England, playing the IPL 2020 and IPL 2021 for Mumbai Indians as a pure batsman, and his finishing ability also makes him an automatic choice in the Indian team as’ a pure batsman. . However, former India pacemaker Ajit Agarkar feels that the bowling of Hardik Pandya will make the life of Indian team and captain Virat Kohli easy.
‘I hope he (Pandya) starts bowling. I’m not entirely sure why he did not bowl in the IPL. I think he bowled in the last one-dayer against England in Pune. So I hope if there is an injury, it should have been sorted. Because I think it was just a niggle, so he did not bowl. He walks in the side like a batsman, but you need Hardik to bowl, ‘ Agarkar said on a virtual computer for Sony India official broadcasters of the series India-Sri Lanka.
Agarkar further argued that if Hardik Pandya bowls, India could play an extra bowler in a second spinner, making it easy for Virat Kohli to handle the pressure when one or two bowlers have a day off. He mentions the English series where the five bowlers were under pressure as Hardik could not succeed with a few overs.
“In that series (English one-day matches) we saw how there was pressure on the other five bowlers when he could not bowl. So, if you have a sixth option, as white ball cricket is at the moment, it is difficult for bowlers. You need a sixth option as one or two bowlers will have a tough day with five players in the ring. And he (Pandya) is an ideal one; he is an everyday bowler. If he can give you those four overs, it will take a lot of pressure at least two or three overs. And then you can change your combination. You can play two spinners if Hardik is available. It only makes the captain’s job easier, ” Agarkar said.
Hardik Pandya will be seen in action when India closes horns with Sri Lanka in three ODIs and as many T20Is from July 18, after the series was rescheduled last week. The three one-day matches will be played on 18, 20 and 23 July. The three T20Is will be presented on 25, 27 and 29 July. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is hosting all six matches.