India checked all the departments so far in the four-white ball games against Sri Lanka, however one viewpoint which they will feel a touch stressed over is the type of Hardik Pandya with the bat. The all-rounder is having an average visit with the bat as he scored 19 and 0 in the two ODIs and got out for 10 runs in the principal T20I against the Island country.
The 27-year-old appeared to have gone on a shell as there were no healthy blows seen from the sharp edge of the player.
With the ball close by as well, Pandya battled to discover any cadence as he picked only two wickets in the former ODI series. As of late a few reports surfaced that the all-rounder is enthusiastic about getting back to bowling, however it appears Pandya is yet to hit the right notes.
With the ICC T20 World Cup all set to begin in October, India will expect Pandya to discover his magic back, as he can be risky with the bat as a finisher.
Talking about the absence of runs from the hitter, former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar has a somewhat reviving interpretation of the matter and, he feels two players on the off chance that they can be prepared well, can be reinforcement alternatives for India instead of Pandya.
“Of course, there is a backup. You recently saw Deepak Chahar; he proved that he can be an all-rounder. You did not give Bhuvneshwar Kumar that opportunity. Two-three years ago, when India played in Sri Lanka, then he along with Dhoni, had won India a match. The scenario in that match was similar to the second ODI. They had lost 7-8 wickets and, Bhuvneshwar and Dhoni had won that match for India,” quoted by Sunil Gavaskar on Sports Tak.
Deepak Chahar demonstrated he can be more than valuable with the bat close by with a game dominating unbeaten 69 in the second ODI. Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked totally relaxed while scoring 19 runs in a similar game, the motivation behind why Gavaskar feels these two players can possibly be all-rounders whenever oversaw well.
Gavaskar finished up by saying that these two players ought to be offered more chances as all-rounders in not so distant future