In the 2019 World Cup at home, vice-captain Hardik Pandya would be essential for the Rohit Sharma-led team, according to former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra. Hardik Pandya is the only fast-bowling all-rounder in the current Indian lineup, according to Aakash Chopra.
India will host the 2018 ODI World Cup in October and November. In the most recent ICC competition using the 50-over format, The Men in Blue won the championship. Yuvraj Singh, an all-around player, received the Player of the Series title for his significant performance throughout the World Cup.
According to Aakash Chopra, Hardik Pandya might be that game-changer.
Aakash Chopra stated in a video posted to his YouTube channel that bowler and hitter Hardik Pandya can contribute to the squad in a variety of ways.
We should prove his significance to India. According to Chopra, there is only one Hardik Pandya in the entire nation who is able to bat down the order in addition to bowling fast, with the new ball, and in the middle at over 140 kph.
“I firmly believe he has the potential to transform the game. India’s progress is directly correlated with his success. He is a very important element in India’s ambition of success, and if we have to win the World Cup, the attention would be on the all-rounders’ performances,” he added.
During his seven-year international career, Hardik participated in 77 games for India. His strike rate was 112.03 and his average was 33.32 in 58 innings as he scored 1666 runs. In addition, he made a contribution with the ball, capturing 73 wickets at a 5.59 economy rate.
Aakash Chopra: “Don’t Get An All-Rounder Of That Quality.”
It will be challenging for the squad to find a player like Hardik Pandya who can contribute equally in both sectors, according to Aakash Chopra.
“We look for people that resemble him. Shardul (Thakur) is an all-around bowler who we can get if we sign him. Vijay Shankar and Shivam Dube aren’t bowling when we see them. As a result, you cannot find an all-arounder of that caliber. There is no one like Hardik, an all-rounder with rapid bowling skills and the capacity to score.
“Whether it’s Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, or Ravindra Jadeja, you get all-around spin bowlers. I am referring to white-ball cricket; else, I would also be using (Ravichandran) Ashwin’s name.
The first-choice all-rounders for the World Cup will be Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, according to the selectors. While Axar Patel’s participation would rely on the spin combination, Shardul Thakur might have a chance.