Hardik Pandya’s fitness is under the scanner as the all-rounder has bowled just 4 overs in the ongoing T20 World Cup so far in 4 matches. India have crashed out of the tournament at the group stage level, failing to make the knockout stage of an ICC event for the first time since 2012.
The BCCI to ask for a report about his bowling fitness in particular along with that of other players, as has been reported by the website ‘Insidesport’.
“Definitely, the selection committee and the team management will be asked to submit a report. And for sure, Hardik Pandya’s name will be there,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.
Former selector Sarandeep Singh blasts selection committee for not being open about Hardik Pandya’s fitness
Hardik Pandya’s bowling fitness has been a hot topic for a long time now as the all-rounder has been battling back injury issues. He didn’t bowl a single ball for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021.
However, the BCCI chief selector, Chetan Sharma, had said Pandya will be giving overs in the T20 World Cup. So far he has given just 4 while conceding 40 runs.
Former selector Sarandeep Singh blasted the selectors for not being open about this issue. Sarandeep Singh demanded more information be conveyed by the selectors when a player is not fit.
“Hardik Pandya’s fitness issues are being talked about for a while now, but why don’t you ask the selection committee about this? We used to answer all questions during our tenure – if someone was unfit or anything – everything used to be open. But why isn’t it the same anymore? Chetan Sharma addressed the media just once, and he spoke something strange and walked away,” Sarandeep Singh was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.
“When the chairman of the selection committee said he’s fully fit and he will bowl in the World Cup, so the chairman needs to be questioned now where is the fitness.
“He needs to say something – he is injured, he is not able to bowl, something. It’s unfair on Hardik as well, a quality player is stuck in controversy for no fault of his. If the injury is there, it’s okay, can’t do much about it,” he added.
India will play their last game of the tournament on Monday, versus Namibia. This is also the last match for Virat Kohli as T20I captain and Ravi Shastri as the head coach.
After the T20 World Cup, India will host New Zealand for 3 T20Is and 2-Test series.
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