New Delhi. After the entry of Shardul Thakur in the team, it has become quite clear that Hardik Pandya will not bowl in the T20 World Cup. He will play only as a batsman in the tournament. Actually, the BCCI medical team had taken Hardik’s fitness report from Mumbai Indians two days ago. Soon after, the team informed the board that Pandya was unlikely to be fit to bowl in the World Cup. This confirmation of the medical team forced the BCCI to change Team India for the T20 World Cup.
This has been confirmed by one of the top BCCI officials to InsideSport. This official said that it is clear that Hardik cannot bowl. He will play as a batsman in the World Cup. If he is fully recovered as the tournament progresses, he can bowl. But at the moment, it is not possible to bowl to him. We are sorry for Axar Patel. But for a balanced team, Akshar had to make way for Shardul Thakur.
Due to the fourth fast bowler, the letter was cut
A day earlier, the selectors replaced Axar Patel with fast bowler Shardul Thakur in the 15-man squad. However, the reason for Akshar’s exclusion from the team is not his performance. Rather, due to the current fitness of Hardik Pandya, the left-arm spinner had to be out of the team.
The team selected by the selectors for the first T20 World Cup had 3 fast bowlers in the form of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami and it was believed that Hardik would play the role of the fourth fast bowler. But Hardik did not bowl a single ball in the second half of IPL 2021. For this reason, the selectors added Shardul to the Indian squad at the last minute.
Shardul bats well
One more thing that went in favor of Shardul. That is his heart-hitting batting. For this reason, he was given preference over CSK’s second fast bowler Deepak Chahar. Deepak will be with the team as a stand-by player.
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Akshar took 15 wickets in IPL 2021
There was not much difference in the performance of Axar and Shardul in IPL 2021. Shardul has so far taken 18 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 27. His economy is 8.75. At the same time, left-arm spinner Axar of Delhi Capitals took 15 wickets at an average of 20 in 12 matches. His economy rate was 6.65. His best performance was 3 wickets for 21 runs.
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