Hardik Pandya’s return is being considered as one of the biggest positives for Team India, especially before T20 World Cup 2022. As of March 2022, his fitness was one of the major concerns as a back injury seriously affected his form. but overall their performance IPL 2022, then the first T20I against South Africa in Delhi was a sign that he was back with more confidence.
the former India Captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on Pandya and said that he is going to be a game-changer for India not only in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia but in every game he is going to play for the country.
Star. during the discussion Play Earlier this week, Gavaskar had said that Pandya’s all-rounder skills will benefit India at all levels.
“I think he is going to be a game-changer for India, more often than not, in all the matches to come, not just the World Cup but every single match that India plays, whether he bats at No. 5. Coming to bowling first change or second change. Sometimes I really want to see him with the new ball,” Gavaskar had said.
Former England batsman Graeme Swann, who was part of the discussion, said that Hardik’s presence not only provides the necessary balance to the team but it also gives an option to play an extra spinner.
“I think Hardik Pandya’s all-rounder package gives India options in selection. It can give you the option to play the extra spinner or the bowler less and strengthen your batting and go into the World Cup, I think having him as a complete all-rounder is the key to the balance of India’s team,” Swann said. Said Star Sports.
Pandya made a stellar return to the Indian team in the first T20 International against South Africa on Thursday. He played an unbeaten knock of 31 runs in 12 balls with the bat and also bowled an over, which had 18 runs.
Earlier, in IPL 2022, he had the best season ever. He scored 487 runs in 16 matches and took 8 wickets. He also recorded the best T20 bowling figures – 3 for 17 in 4 overs – in the season finale, which was won by his team, Gujarat Titans, to clinch their maiden title.