In all formats of the game, Hardik Pandya has been India’s go-to allrounder. With his flamboyant hitting down the order and fantastic bowling, the 25-year-old added balance to the side. India benefited from his qualities because he was available to play an extra batting or bowler. Hardik, on the other hand, has had a lot of back problems in the last two years.
Pandya hasn’t been able to bowl his entire quota of overs in limited-overs cricket due to back problems. India has been unable to identify a suitable substitute for him. Shardul Thakur can bat and bowl, and India has been trying to break him into the team recently. Despite good performances against Australia and England, he was not selected for the World Test Championship final. With Hardik not fit enough to bowl in the longest format, former selector Sarandeep Singh believes the time has come to train someone like Shardul for the fast bowling all-rounder post.
“You can’t be relying only on Hardik anymore. You don’t know when he will be fit enough to bowl in all formats so someone like Shardul needs to be groomed or even Vijay Shankar or Shivam Dube are there,” Sarandeep told PTI. Sarandeep went on to remark that in the five-match Test series against England, India should use pacer Mohammed Siraj on a regular basis.
“There will be rotation in that series. It is the right time to blood in Siraj and give him as many games as you can. He is bowling well. If there is a long gap, he would find it tough to find the right length straightaway. “A little flexibility is needed. You play your two spinners but if the conditions suit the pacers then play the extra seamer,” said Sarandeep.