Indian white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma has said that Hardik Pandya is expected to contribute more with the ball as well, when India takes on England in a series of five-T20Is beginning from March 12 and all of the matches will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Hardik Pandya returned to cricketing action with IPL 2020 in UAE after recovering from a back surgery that happened in October 2019. Though he made a substantial contribution to Mumbai Indians’ IPL winning campaign, it came with the bat, as he didn’t bowl.
He was also chosen for the white-ball part of the Australia tour and played significant knocks as India won the T20I series and narrowly lost the ODI series. He also came onto bowl a couple of overs but didn’t do much else. Hardik was also part of India’s Test squad against England but didn’t play a match as the management was checking his progress and fitness.
Hardik Pandya Has Worked Hard For His Bowling And Batting In This Last Few Weeks: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma, who captains Hardik Pandya in the IPL for Mumbai Indians, called him an integral part of the Indian team. He also said that Pandya had worked hard on both his batting and bowling in nets and has spent a good month and a half with the team in order to get ready for this limited series.
“Of course he’s been an integral part of the squad. He has been working on his bowling and batting, trying to sharpen those skillsets. It’s been a good month and a half that he’s been with the team in order to get ready for this limited series.
He’s done pretty much everything so it seems that time has come for him to get ready and start doing what he does. He’s worked hard for his bowling and batting in these last few weeks. I hope he’s ready to do what the team expects from him,” Rohit Sharma said in a virtual press conference.
Hardik Pandya is expected to make it into the Indian playing XI for the first T20I against England to be played on March 12 in Ahmedabad.