Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian seamer Ajit Agarkar has opined that India should play Shardul Thakur ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar if fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya is not able to bowl.

Hardik Pandya who has been named in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad as an all-rounder has not bowled for quite some time now. In his recent IPL stint with Mumbai Indians (MI) Hardik was playing as a pure batsman in the team. Also in the recent warmup game against England, the 28-year old didn’t bowl.

Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Ajit Agarkar said that the Indian captain would love to have six bowling options ; 3 spinners & 3 pacers in the team if the pitch is flat. He said:

 “Relatively certain that Virat Kohli would like six bowling options. If the pitch has something to offer, then you can perhaps take a chance with five bowlers, but if it’s a flat pitch, he would ideally want to go in with six bowlers with three seamers and they have lots of spin options.

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Former Indian pacer believes that spin bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is a trustable batsman and he can bat up the order. Agarkar said:

“And Jadeja is an all-rounder whose batting has come out in leaps and bounds. So, you can treat him as one of the top-order batsmen.”

Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2021
Hardik Pandya. Image Credits: Twitter

Talking about his six bowling options in the team in the absence of Hardik Pandya the bowler, Ajit Agarkar stated:

So, my six options if Hadik Pandya is not to bowl – would be Bumrah, Shami, Shardul, Ravindra Jadeja, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar,”

Notably, Agarkar didn’t pick experienced campaigner Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who conceded 54 runs in 4 overs in the Warm-up Match England. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see will India will drop Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second warm-up match Australia or not. The India vs Australia warm-up match will be played on Wednesday and after that India will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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