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Tweeple contradict Sanjay Manjrekar’s opinion that Hardik Pandya finds no place in India XI

"I was missing some crap tweets from you since last 2 weeks, now I got one," wrote one of the users.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo Source: MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Leaving all the controversies behind, Hardik Pandya made his come back into the Indian team in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand. Straightaway after he was flown in, the all-rounder was included in the eleven. He changed the dynamics of the team with his presence being equally capable with the bat as well as the ball.

He brings in great stability to the side and adds balance. Even though he didn’t get an opportunity to bat, Pandya bowled his full quota of 10 overs. He conceded 45 runs and picked up two wickets in the match. Furthermore, he was electric on the field and pouched an acrobatic catch. However, former cricketer and current analyst Sanjay Manjrekar is of the opinion that the 25-year-old won’t fit into the eleven once Jasprit Bumrah is back.

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Shami, Bhuvi, Bumrah, Chahal & Kuldeep — Manjrekar’s bowling attack

Sanjay feels that Bumrah will take the place of Hardik Pandya in the Indian team once he returns. According to his tweet, Shami, Bhuvi, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep are his five preferred balance. This essentially means that India either goes into a game without the services of an all-rounder. Otherwise, Hardik Pandya will have to compete for spots with Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav.

“Tough one for India – Fitting in Hardik in a full strength Indian team with Bumrah available. Shami, Bhuvi, Bumrah, Chahal & Kuldeep now indispensable. Hardik must therefore compete more as batsman with Rayudu, Kedar and Karthik. Your thoughts?#WorldCup2019,” wrote Manjrekar in his tweet.

However, this has brought out severe criticism and the fans absolutely lashed out at the former cricketer. They claimed that Hardik is an indispensable part of the Indian team. Some also suggested that Bhuvneshwar Kumar should sit out while others said that it’d be a recipe for a disaster if the tail starts at number seven.

Here is how Twitterati reacted:

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