3 pace all-rounders who can be a back up for Hardik Pandya
To manage Hardik Pandya's workload, Team India might try some other pace bowling all-rounders.
Updated - Sep 30, 2019 6:12 pm
India has always produced high-quality spin all-rounders. Look at the current scenario, and you will find an endless list of high-profile spin all-rounders, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Shreyas Gopal, Axar Patel being some of the names from that huge list. However, you can count on fingers the number of pace bowling all-rounders.
Luckily for the men-in-blue, Hardik Pandya has emerged as one of the players in that list. Since his debut, the hard-hitting all-rounder has shown the ability to perform in the pressure situations with the bat. Moreover, he has now become an equally reliable option with the ball, from whom Virat Kohli looks to get a full quota of overs.
His value has increased so much now, that it is necessary to manage his workload and provide him with rest at regular intervals. In that case, some other pace-bowling all-rounders can also be tried. If any of them succeed, it would only do good for the team, since you need more all-rounders in the T20I format. Therefore, let us take a look at some of the players, who can be a backup for Hardik:
1. Vijay Shankar
In a small career, Vijay has shown the sparks of talent but failed to bring it out like a fire. The all-rounder from Tamil Nadu came into limelight with a match-saving knock of 45 against New Zealand, after the team was found reeling at 18-4. He followed it up with another all-round performance against Australia in the 2nd ODI, where he scored 46 before scalping 2 wickets in 3 deliveries to seal the deal for hosts.
On the back of his back-to-back impressive games, Vijay managed to overpower Ambati Rayadu and many others to be selected as the number 4 for India for the World Cup. Since then, there was a constant dip in his form in both the departments. After having a horrendous IPL campaign, Vijay failed in each of the three opportunities he got in the World Cup.
However, it needs no revision that Shankar can be a bright prospect for India. He has often delivered in the tense situation. What he needs is consistency, which he can obtain from a domestic stint. Also, he needs to focus more on his bowling, for he hasn’t been seen bowling as much as he should.