If Hardik Pandya is not bowling, I will consider Ishan Kishan ahead of him: Sunil Gavaskar

If Hardik Pandya is not bowling, I will consider Ishan Kishan ahead of him: Sunil Gavaskar

Both Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have experienced a dip in their form lately.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: BBC Cricket)

Former India legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar has suggested a few changes to team India’s XI ahead of their match against New Zealand. With Hardik Pandya not available to bowl, the Indian side has been dealing with the concern of the sixth bowling option. The all-rounder featured in the playing XI against Pakistan but managed to score just 11 runs from 8 balls whilst coming to bat at number seven.

India’s seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, on the other hand, has also been dealing with a dip in form. In his spell of three overs, he conceded 25 runs at an economy rate of 8.33 and went wickless in the match against the Men in Green. Gavaskar thus feels that in-form Ishan Kishan and Shardul Thakur should be included in the side in place of Pandya and Bhuvneshwar respectively.

Kishan has scored a half-century in all of his last three T20 innings. The keeper-batter also exuded his flair by playing an impressive knock of uneaten 70 against England in the team’s first warm-up match. Thakur, on the other hand, was instrumental for CSK in the recently concluded IPL 2021. He finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker for the side with 21 wickets to his account.

“If Hardik Pandya is not bowling due to that shoulder injury he sustained in the match against Pakistan Ishan Kishan has been in brilliant form so I will surely consider him ahead of Pandya. And perhaps, you can think of Shardul Thakur in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But otherwise, if you make too many changes, then you will show the opposition that you have panicked,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.

Hardik Pandya bowled in the nets

However, what comes in as a great sigh of relief for team India is that Hardik Pandya was spotted bowling after months during the team’s practice session in Dubai. Though he rolled his arms for a short period, it came in as a great positive sign for the Virat Kohli-led side. The next match will be important for both India and New Zealand. Both the sides have lost their opening game to Pakistan and a defeat here will hamper their chances of advancing to the semi-finals.