Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya began his IPL journey with 3d performances. But it lasted only for two matches when his bowling speed increased upto 140km/h. After that he missed a match due to injury, he stopped to bowl completely for consecutive five matches. He returned to his bowling in the last match against LSG and bowled only one over.
Former Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel raised fitness issue of Hardik Pandya. He said that one can’t enter to national team just because of his two match performances.
Ex wicket keeper said that if Hardik wants to come back then he should bowl as well. Only batting can’t help him to enter team India.
Can’t pick Hardik Pandya for bowling 140km/h in just two games : Parthiv Patel
“You need to a pick a fully fit player. You can’t pick a player for bowling at 140 km/h in two matches. You reach World Cup and if he gets injured then what happens? It will be India’s loss. You need to play at least a few 4-day matches and then only you can judge the fitness,” Parthiv told Cricbuzz.
Parthiv also believed that standard of domestic cricket will go down if selectors pick players on the basis of IPL performance.
“When a bowler in excess of 140 at the start of the tournament and bowls at different phases of the innings and then suddenly one small injury stops you from bowling completely. So this will be a concern for sure but if we quote his statement, he himself had stated that he shouldn’t be considered for selection till he doesn’t contribute fully as an all-rounder. So, if he wants to make a comeback then he can only do that by becoming a complete all-rounder,” former wicketkeeper said.
Parthiv also said “I personally believe that if you want a player to return to the (Indian) side then you can’t do that on the basis of just the performances in the IPL. The value of domestic cricket goes down when you pick someone directly from IPL. World Cup is still 6 months away. Hopefully, till then the Ranji Trophy can start and he can play few games,”
However, Gujarat Titans has performed brilliantly in their debut season under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy. They are placed at no 1 position in the IPL points table and already qualified for the playoffs.
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