Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin feels that India‘s biggest concern in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is the sixth bowler as all-rounder Hardik Pandya is not bowling.
Hardik Pandya was not fully fit to bowl in India’s opening fixture against Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and he was playing as a pure batsman in the team. Pandya was given the responsibility to play the role of a finisher in the team. However, the 28-year-old was unable to deliver a good performance as he was able to contribute only 11 runs off 8 balls batting at number 7.
Speaking on Fox Cricket, Haddin said that India after the loss against Pakistan might start doubting the things that have been working in their favour for a long period. He elaborated:
“Interesting problem they have is the sixth bowler. Hardik Pandya is not bowling. Now, will they start to doubt what’s been successful for them for a long period of time. Do they have to bring an all-rounder in to cover that sixth bowling option. So, they have got some decisions to make.”
Brad Haddin believes that India will not be worried a lot about the upcoming games despite facing a 10 wicket defeat at the hands of Pakistan. He stated:
“I don’t think India will be too worried. Listening to the press conference, he (Virat) just said ‘we were beaten by a better team’ and that happens. It’s the first game of the tournament. They play T20 cricket as well as anyone in the world. So, that’s a classy response there (from Virat). I don’t think they will be worried.”
Pakistan Are Traditionally An Emotional Team – Brad Haddin
Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*) batted brilliantly and chased down the target of 152 comfortably to help Pakistan clinch their first-ever victory in the World Cup against arch-rivals India.
Brad Haddin reckons that Pakistan are an emotional team and said it will be interesting to see how well they perform in their next game after an excellent performance against India. He asserted:
“It will be interesting to see how they back up from this. Pakistan are traditionally an emotional team, whether they can come back up after a high from this match?”
Meanwhile, Pakistan will next go head-to-head with Kane Williamson-led New Zealand at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26.