Parthiv Patel raises concerns over Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel believes India still have two very big concerns heading into the T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan. The Men in Blue clinched convincing victory over England in their warm-up tie, but the performances of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya were worrisome for Team India.
Parthiv Patel suggests that it is unlikely that Hardik Pandya gets a game, and Virat Kohli is likely to opt for Shardul Thakur for the India vs Pakistan clash in October next week. During the middle innings interval, Patel who is now a pundit with Star Sports said, “I don’t think Hardik is going to bowl in the first few games looking at the way Virat Kohli has used only five bowlers.”
Parthiv Patel concerns over Hardik Pandya Fitness: He added, “Yes, I’m worried about Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He looks in the kind of form which he had in the IPL, where he took just six wickets, but yeah, he looked out of rhythm, almost as if didn’t practice. We might just see Shardul Thakur in the next game. It might be a combination that we might see. “
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a forgetful game as he conceded 54 in his four overs and looked seriously out of rhythm. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya did not bowl while scored 12 off 10 balls with the bat. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up three wickets. As for the chase, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan scored blazing half-centuries, while Rishabh Pant chipped in with a valuable combo to see the side over the line. The Men in Blue have another warm-up game against Australia, before the big India vs Pakistan clash next weekend.