Former chairman of selectors MSK Prasad believes India is low on pacers heading into the T20 World Cup this month. He is particularly concerned about all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s lack of bowling in the recent IPL.
The T20 World Cup begins on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, with India favorites.
“It is a decent squad, but I feel that they are one fast bowler short…because we are playing the majority of the matches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, so maybe one more fast bowler could have been handy,” said Prasad.
“Had we played more matches in Sharjah, this was okay, but one fast bowler could have (been there) and more important with Hardik, not bowling, I think it is a little cause of concern.”
On October 24, India’s Virat Kohli-led team will face Pakistan in the first match of the T20 World Cup. While the pitches in Sharjah have favored spinners, the tracks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as shown in the IPL, have favored fast bowlers.
Pandya, a vital player has not bowled for Mumbai Indians, in the current UAE leg of the cash-rich competition. The team has repeatedly stated that it does not want to overwork him due to his importance to the Indian team.
“I don’t know what exactly is the thought process because selectors must be knowing it, or the Board must be knowing it, but Hardik, if he doesn’t bowl, then there will be little, I mean, the balance of the side will get a little affected,” said Prasad.
“We want Virat, a man who can get 70 centuries in a decade. We would want to see the same Virat. If the T20 captaincy affects the batting, then it is the right decision to take,” said Prasad.
Yuzvendra Chahal, a key spinner, was left out of the World T20 squad. Prasad believes the Chetan Sharma-led selection panel made a choice based on his recent poor play.