'He does not deserve to be in' - Twitter disappointed as Hardik Pandya's poor form continues

While Pandya has not managed to switch on the pyrotechnics with that bat, he has not been able to leave a mark with the ball either.

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Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has hogged plenty of limelight of late after he made a return in the Indian team. Going into the third and final ODI in Colombo with an unassailable 2-0 lead, India made a sea of changes in the eleven that defeated Sri Lanka on Tuesday by three wickets.

Pandya, who has not had much business in the series thus far, was backed by the management nonetheless and was included in the team for the last ODI. However, much to the disappointment of many, he could not make the chance count and walked back after scoring 19 off 17. He was dismissed for a three-ball duck in the previous game, while India never needed him to bat in the first ODI when a rather dominating show from the team’s top-order led them to a seven-wicket win with 80 balls to spare.

While Pandya has not managed to switch on the pyrotechnics with that bat, he has not been able to leave a mark with the ball either, with his figures in the two fixtures hitherto being 1/34 (5) and 0/20 (4). Quite unsurprisingly, therefore, the fans, who eagerly waited for the 27-year-old to get into his groove through this series were unimpressed.

Pandya’s woes with the ball

Notably, Pandya had been away from bowling action for a long time owing to a severe injury in his lower back. While he sent down a few overs in the limited-overs series against England earlier this year, he was unable to reap too many rewards. The last he completed his full quota in ODIs dates back to the ICC ODI World Cup 2019.

Given the T20 World Cup 2021 approaching, India would be better off with Pandya, the all-rounder, available with his full potential in all the departments. Though, he has not been able to do that so far, not all stands lost for him as India is set to play three T20Is between July 25 and 29 against Sri Lanka, before leaving to the UAE for the second leg of the Indian Premier League 2021.

The 14th edition of the league was suspended midway after Covid-19 cases emerged in four camps across two different cities. However, the league stage will resume in the UAE in September 2021.

Meanwhile, here’s how Twitter reacted:

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