Former Indian opening batsman Aakash Chopra has been unimpressed with India frequently sending Hardik Pandya late in the batting order. While Hardik Pandya came to the fore in the fifth T20I, he was not at his best with the bat in the earlier games. Aakash Chopra believes that the national team must be frequently promote the right-handed batsman to make the most of his big-hitting skills.
Hardik Pandya showcased his big-hitting abilities at the correct juncture when India sent him at number four in the fifth T20I against England. The 27-year old dished out an unbeaten 39 off 17 balls, consisting of four fours and two sixes and played a significant role in catapulting India to 224 in Ahmedabad. Along with Virat Kohli, Pandya shared an unbeaten 81 off 40 balls.
Aakash Chopra believes that the way Hardik Pandya came at number four in the fifth T20I, it should happen every time. The 43-year old pointed out that keeping the Baroda all-rounder at number seven was no justice at all and one will shine only if given the appropriate opportunity.
“It is a very simple thing. If you give the opportunity, then someone will shine. The way he was promoted in the batting order, I think this should happen every time. He was batting too low down, it is an injustice if you keep Hardik Pandya at No.7,” Chopra told Star Sports.
What is the use of the sharpness of a sword if you keep it in the scabbard: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra feels that whenever a wicket falls after 10-12 overs, Hardik should come to bat since he has shown time and again that he is one of the best finishers in the world. Chopra reckons that a sword’s sharpness carries no relevance if only kept on the shelf.
“Whenever a wicket falls after 10-12 overs, he should be the guy who should come out to bat. He has shown it in Australia and proved here again that there is no better striker than him in India and he is one of the best in the world as well. What is the use of the sharpness of a sword if you keep it in the scabbard,” he added.