While there is still time to determine the core group of players for the World Cup, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes Hardik Pandya can be an “automatic pick” in the T20 tournament.
The T20 World Cup is seven months away, and the IPL will play a significant role in choosing who makes things to Australia.
Hardik’s selection in the Indian team was questioned because he was unable to bowl on a consistent basis due to fitness difficulties. Hardik, who conceded 37 runs in four overs, was frequently exceeding the 140-kmph mark. He also contributed to his team’s victory by scoring 33 runs off 28 balls.
However, things will be different this time. The team is anticipated to make significant progress in Australia, with a new captain in Rohit Sharma and a new coach in Rahul Dravid, as well as a new group of players.
If he bowls well, he can be ‘automatic pick’: Sunil Gavaskar
“Not only the Gujarat Titans, but the entire cricketing community, will be watching to see if Hardik Pandya will bowl and how many overs he will bowl. Because if he begins bowling and bowls well, with his batting talent, he will be an automatic selection for the World T20, make no mistake “Sunil Gavaskar remarked on Star Sports ahead of Monday’s IPL encounter between the Gujarat Titans and the Lucknow Super Giants.
Later in the day, Hardik proved Sunil Gavaskar’s instincts correct. The Gujarat Titans captain, whose bowling has been questioned in recent months, bowled his complete quota of overs, and although failing to pick up a wicket, Hardik bowled consistently near to 140 kmph.
Hardik, who was captaining an IPL side for the first time, led Gujarat Titans to their first IPL victory, defeating LSG by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium.