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CHENNAI: The participation of all-rounder Hardik Pandya within the T20 World Cup hangs within the steadiness as considerations stay over his health. The 27-year-old did not play the primary two matches for Mumbai Indians within the UAE, earlier than making a comeback for Sunday’s match in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Nevertheless, Pandya did not bowl resulting in questions over his health.
India have already named their squad for the T20 World Cup, which begins on October 17. And whereas asserting the squad, chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma had mentioned Pandya was absolutely match and he would have the ability to bowl his quota of overs on the World Cup.
Since then, there hasn’t been any replace on the all-rounder’s health. Even when he missed the primary two matches of the UAE leg, Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach Shane Bond mentioned they’re making an attempt to steadiness the wants of the Indian staff with out moving into the specifics.
“We’re clearly balancing the wants of our staff and the wants of staff India as nicely. It is the one factor that this franchise does very well… is take care of its gamers with an eye fixed not solely to win this competitors however an eye fixed to the World Cup that’s arising as nicely,” Bond mentioned.
Whereas Bond did concede that the all-rounder has been coaching since September 23, it’s understood that the selectors and the Indian staff administration are retaining a detailed tab on his health. Ever since he underwent a again surgical procedure in 2020, Pandya hasn’t bowled as repeatedly as he used to.
In the course of the Australia tour, Pandya bowled 4 overs within the second ODI in opposition to the advise of the staff administration, who needed to regularly improve his workload retaining in thoughts the T20 World Cup. By the point India hosted England at residence in February-March, Pandya bowled repeatedly within the T20Is.
He accomplished his quota of 4 overs in three matches and bowled two and three overs in two matches. Within the ODIs that adopted, he didn’t bowl within the first two matches, earlier than sending down 9 overs within the third. When the IPL started in India, he didn’t bowl in any of the seven matches as he was managing his workload.
In the course of the Sri Lanka tour in July, he bowled 5, 4 and 5 overs within the three ODIs and two overs within the lone T20I earlier than lacking the ultimate two as he was recognized as a detailed contact of his brother Krunal Pandya, who had examined COVID-19 optimistic.
So Pandya selecting and selecting matches the place he bowls is not fully new because it has been the norm for some time as he’s managing his workload. However with the World Cup looming, it’s starting to be a explanation for concern. Being a seam-bowling all-rounder, Pandya is a vital a part of India’s plan as he offers them the proper steadiness. Nevertheless, in case he isn’t capable of bowl, it could massively have an effect on the staff’s plans.
It’s understood that India are ready to attend and watch as there’s a provision to alter the squad earlier than October 10. Even when he would not bowl within the remaining matches for Mumbai, India will retain him within the T20 squad provided that he is ready to bowl his full quota of overs. If not, India would possibly take a look at Shardul Thakur or Shreyas Iyer as alternate options.