Brad Hogg says “I think it was a big mistake playing Hardik Pandya” in T20 World Cup 2021. Hogg immovably believes that Hardik Pandya should only be. Within the playing XI if he can contribute with the ball. He played as a pure batsman yesterday and was absent in the second innings. Pandya scored 11 runs off eight deliveries. It is towards the end of the first innings. He would not be able to bowl in the fixture against Pakistan. Pandya is currently working to make himself. Also, available as an all-rounder at some stage in the tournament.
Moreover, Hogg believes in R Ashwin and Shardul Thakur. They could be brought in to increase India’s batting. And bowling depth simultaneously in the match.
“I think it was a big mistake playing Hardik Pandya. The only other way I would have gone is Thakur in place of probably Shami and Ashwin for Pandya. In that case, you can have Jadeja batting in at 6, Thakur at 7, and Ashwin at 8. Pandya has got to be bowling if he wants to be in the playing XI. He has got a lot of talent, but he is just not a frontline batter,” Brad Hogg said.
A sixth bowler was missing from India’s squad. During their 10-wicket defeat by Pakistan in their first match. The Indian bowling unit was easily overcome by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Then, with two overs to spare, they chased down the 152-run mark.
After that, India lost three wickets in the powerplay itself. Rishabh Pant had to employ a conservative approach while batting. The wicket-keeper batsman switched gears. After settling down with Kohli holding the other end.
“I include it (the turning point) was the matchup between Pant and the spinners in the middle overs. Shadab Khan came on and was nervous bowling to Pant. Bowled on the leg side initially then someone came and had a chat with him. He then bowled the wrong’un, Pant took him on and got the top edge,” Hogg concluded.