Former Indian all-rounder Reetinder Sodhi praised Hardik Pandya for seizing the only lifeline he had during the form of the IPL 2022 and constructing a comeback to the Indian team.
Pandya, who was benched by numerous injuries and lost his position in the Indian team, led the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the IPL 2022 title. The GT captain also was their star performer with both the bat and the ball, which contributed to him earning a recall to the Indian team for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.
Sodhi responded by pointing out that the recently ended Indian Premier League was Pandya’s only opportunity to demonstrate his skills. He elaborated:
“Hardik Pandya’s life was changed by the IPL 2022. He delivered amazing results. If we look at Hardik’s career, he was having problems, he was a long way from making the Indian team, and he only had one lifeline, which was to accomplish well in the IPL 2022.”
“He has performed admirably. He has somehow won his squad the Premier League, but his bowling seems to be the perfect accessory because we had been all wondering when Hardik Pandya would bowl.”
‘Pandya has already sealed his spot in the Indian team’: Reetinder Sodhi
Reetinder Sodhi believes Pandya has already secured his place in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup later this year. He expanded:
“He has now become an integral part of the Indian T20 World Cup squad when it is made the announcement, based on the way he is bowling and batting now, as well as his fitness.”
“Now that he is a surety, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid will be addressing what his responsibility will be and where he might be capable of giving his best” Reetinder Sodhi Said.
Team India will undoubtedly hope that Pandya is at his peak for the T20 World Cup in 2022. If he bowls his full four-over quota, the seam-bowling all-rounder will provide the Indian team with the needed balance.