Hardik Pandya will play a big role in World Cup, says Yuvraj Singh
He also added that the current rules help all-rounders.
Published - May 8, 2019 10:15 pm | Updated - May 8, 2019 10:15 pm
Hardik Pandya’s career graph has seen a roller-coaster ride in the recent months, thanks to injury and off-field controversies. The man missed some key series for India and needed to bounce back strongly ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. The Baroda all-rounder eventually did so in style in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Indian fans are eagerly awaiting to see him deliver as a key member of Virat Kohli’s side in the showpiece event.
Hardik has had a big role behind his franchise Mumbai Indians’ (MI) making their fifth final as he excelled both with the bat and the ball this season. In 15 matches, Hardik has belted 393 runs at a strike rate of more than 194 and also took 14 wickets, his second best after the tally of 18 last year.
His hard-hitting down the order in many games this year will make the Indian team management ecstatic ahead of the World Cup. Yuvraj Singh had praised Hardik’s performance a few days ago as well and predicted that he would do well in the mega event.
Rules will help all-rounders
Hardik Pandya’s colleague in the MI Yuvraj Singh has also reiterated that the former will be very effective in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. According to the 37-year-old, the rules of the event whereby a maximum of four fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle between 10 to 40 overs, will help all-rounders who can chip in with both bat and ball.
Yuvraj himself did not get to play much in this IPL, scoring only 98 runs from four games with one fifty that he had scored in their first match against the Delhi Capitals. “It’s a five-fielder rule and part-timers don’t get away with that kind of bowling, it’s going to be tough to bowl the sixth bowler.
“But if you go with five (frontline) bowlers, then you know somebody has to bowl four to five overs maximum. If somebody is not bowling well, then someone has to chip in,” NDTV Sports quoted Yuvraj as saying. Yuvraj Singh played a major role as an all-rounder during India’s World Cup triumph in 2011 by scoring 362 runs and picking 15 scalps.