Hardik Pandya’s injury:
Hardik Pandya injury is a very big concern for team India. He didn’t take the field against Pakistan in the second innings on Sunday. Reports suggest that he has been taken for a scan to have a clarity about his fitness for the upcoming games.
If Hardik doesn’t play, whom should India replace? Should they replace him with a pure batsmen or should they replace him with Shardul Thakur? If Shardul plays instead of Hardik, will India seem like a batsman short on paper? If a batsman is short, will Bhuvneshwar Kumar be replaced by Shardul and Hardik by some other batsman? Will that add even more batting depth to the Indian team? Is Ishan Kishan the batsman who should be replacing Hardik and Shardul instead of Bhuvneshwar? Can Ishan Kishan bat well in the middle order ? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered for the Indian team management right now. If the injury is not serious and if Hardik can recover quickly then he shouldn’t be replaced by anyone as he is the one who has an X- factor to his armoury. His presence in itself makes a bowler to think different.
Adding to that, keeping in mind the position at which Hardik Pandya bats, there seems to be no replacement for him at that position to be trustable enough to finish the games for the Indian team. Shardul is more of a bowling all-rounder than a batting all rounder and one can’t rely on Shardul to finish games off as much as one relies on Hardik Pandya. Irrespective of Hardik Pandya being in form or not, he is a player who believes that he can win the match for his team from any situation and he has proved that time and again. Form is temporary but class is permanent. Hardik should play in the 11 if he is declared fit.
Hardik Pandya is irreplaceable