Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar revealed two all-rounders who can be groomed after Hardik Pandya’s dismal run has been a major worry for the Indian team. Hardik Pandya could manage just 9 runs in the inning he played in the ODIs which included a duck and he never looked in any touch so far.
He did not have the best of outings with the ball as well and was far from his very best. He is going to play a crucial role for India in the T20 World cup and the team management needs to assess what has gone wrong for him so far. His concerns with the back injury have made it even tougher to hit the long sixes as well as a bowl at good speeds.
Sunil Gavaskar Reveals The Backup Options To Hardik Pandya
Sunil Gavaskar opined that Deepak Chahar and Bhuvenshwar Kumar have proved their batting abilities down the order and should be given an opportunity for the composure they have shown. He recalled the 2017 Sri Lanka series when Bhuvneshwar stepped in with Dhoni to build a partnership and win the game for India similar to the partnership in the second ODI win in 2021 alongside Deepak Chahar.
“Of course, there is back-up. You recently saw Deepak Chahar; he proved that he can be an all-rounder. You did not give Bhuvneshwar Kumar that opportunity. Two-three years ago, when India played in Sri Lanka, then he along with Dhoni, had won India a match. The scenario in that match was similar to the second ODI. They had lost 7-8 wickets and Bhuvneshwar and Dhoni had won that match for India,” Gavaskar told on Sports Tak
“You’re Only Looking At One Person” – Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that Bhuvneshwar and Deepak Chahar haven’t been given any opportunities to showcase their all-around abilities and the focus is so much on Hardik Pandya increasing the pressure on him. He added that there haven’t been any opportunities for other all-rounders in the last two years and it has resulted in not finding a backup all-rounder.
“You never even thought, but these two players could be all-rounders too. He has that batting talent. You’re only looking at one person. What has happened in the last 2-3 years is that others who deserved a lot more opportunities, haven’t got them. And that is why, now today you are looking at one player and saying ‘oh he’s not in form’. If you give these guys opportunities, you can find all-rounders,” He added
India will be looking to find a slot for Deepak Chahar as the all-rounder in the side for the T20 World cup.