Aakash Chopra says “Kohli might have to bowl, like in 2016” in T20 World Cup 2021. He believes that in case Hardik Pandya doesn’t bowl. At all amid the T20 World Cup 2021, India may discover itself in enormous inconvenience. Pandya did not bowl at all amid the complete IPL 2021. Moreover, there’s no clarity over when he will begin bowling during the T20 World Cup. In case, he plays as a pure batter, India will be forced to go. Also, with five bowlers in their T20 World Cup games. Without a proper sixth bowling option. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli can turn their arms over. But it is not expected to benefit India much in the competition.
In discussing the Pandya situation on his YouTube channel. Chopra agreed that it is India’s biggest headache. Ahead of their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign.
“Hardik Pandya not bowling is a big concern because India will have to go in with only five bowlers and won’t have a sixth option. Virat Kohli might have to bowl, like in 2016. That is something that is going to hurt India. If Hardik can somehow start bowling a few overs, it will be very good for India. In T20s, you want that extra bowling option up to your sleeve,” Chopra said.
Moreover, at the end of Mumbai Indians’ campaign in IPL 2021. Rohit Sharma admits that Pandya hadn’t bowled a single ball. Talking about India’s T20 World Cup 2021 warm-up clash against Australia. Rohit is hinted that Pandya “should be ready by the start of the tournament”.
Lastly, India has picked two leg-spinners in Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar. They are in their 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. While Varun has played three T20Is and Chahar has featured in one ODI and five T20Is.
Aakash Chopra says, “India will go in with at least one highly inexperienced spinner in most of the matches – Varun Chakravarthy or Rahul Chahar. They have hardly played any international cricket. So, I see that as a problem,” Chopra explained.