Ashish Nehra says “You cannot replace Hardik Pandya with Shardul Thakur in the T20 World Cup team.” Nehra includes is too early to start worrying about Hardik Pandya’s form with regards to the T20 World Cup. He put away suggestions that Shardul Thakur could replace Hardik Pandya in the squad. Pandya has competed for rhythm throughout the Indian Premier League 2021. After failing to make an impact during matches in India. Also, he missed the first two games in the UAE.
Nehra was part of Mumbai Indians’ playing XI for Sunday’s clash. Against Royal Challengers Bangalore but was expel for 3.
“Yes, India has Shardul Thakur as standby. But the fact remains that Hardik Pandya was selected ahead of Shardul Thakur because he was performing well.
“Just because Hardik has not scored runs or picked up wickets in a couple of games, you cannot replace him with Shardul Thakur for the T20 World Cup,” Nehra said.
He further pointed out that looking at Thakur. Moreover, as a replacement for Hardik Pandya. It is the wrong way to go since they offer different skill sets.
“The replacement players who performed well when the main ones were out to need to wait for their turn. Someone like Hardik Pandya has been performing consistently over a period of time now. Such players can be replaced only after they are given enough chances to prove their worth again, on returning to the side.”
“According to me, Shardul Thakur cannot be a replacement for Hardik Pandya. The former is a bowler who can bat while it is the other way round with the MI all-rounder,” Nehra explained.
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In conclusion, Hardik Pandya has been in and out of the playing XI. Nehra concurred that the following few IPL matches. They will be crucial for Hardik Pandya. Moreover, to build up his certainty ahead of the T20 World Cup.
“The upcoming matches will be important for Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan. But the difference here is that Yadav and Kishan have been playing continuously.
“There is a greater concern in the case of Pandya. He did not bowl today. His back isn’t settled yet due to fitness issues,” Nehra said.
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