Pandya's place in trouble

One-dimensional Pandya's World Cup selection in doubt

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Pandya's place in trouble

The Mumbai Indians management may not be pushing Hardik Pandya hard to bowl in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as coach Mahela Jayawardene himself says,

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Pandya's place in trouble

but the Indian team management and the selection committee may not be as considerate when it comes to his position in India's T20 World Cup squad.

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Pandya's place in trouble

"We're trying to do what's best for Hardik, going forward. Whether he can bowl or not in the IPL is something we will have to look at.

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Pandya's place in trouble

At the moment, if we push too hard (to bowl), he might be an issue where he might even struggle and might not be an asset as a batsman," the Mumbai Indians coach, said on Friday

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The coaches and the selectors of the Indian team, however, think differently. Cricbuzz understands that the coaching staff feels the balance of the side gets upset with a one-dimensional Pandya.

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The thinking, learnt to be shared by the selectors as well, is that Pandya cannot make the XI just for his batting and he was taken into the squad for his proven all-round abilities.

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Pandya sat out of the first two games of Mumbai Indians since the IPL resumed on September 19.

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Pandya's place in trouble

He has not bowled in a competitive game for quite some time, the last occasion when he bowled in a Twenty20 International was against Sri Lanka in July.

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Pandya's place in trouble

With a fit and in-form Shardul Thakur among the standbys and Jayawardene admitting that there are issues with Pandya's bowling, questions are certain to be raised with Pandya at some stage

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