The Indian team selection committee unfurled the Indian team for the T20 series against West Indies, T20’s against Australia and the squad for the much awaited test series down under. While the team does look strong on paper, the major talking point was the absence of veteran MS Dhoni from the T20 squads.
Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya failed to make it to any of the squads, MSK clarified that Dhoni’s career in T20I’s is still very much alive and that they were just looking at other wicket-keeping options. MSK believes that Hardik’s inabalities are unmatched in India and that is the reason they didn’t pick any fast bowling all-rounder for the series down under. MSK hopes that Bhuvaneswar fulfills the role of a fast bowling all-rounder as he can bat a bit.
“It’s very difficult to match Hardik’s all-round abilities. At least we don’t see that kind of an ability in any player in India. That’s why we’ve not considered any other all-rounder,” he said.
Hardik Pandya injured his lower back during the match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup league stages and he hasn’t taken the field since then. While we await for an update on Pandya’s injury, given his inconsistent performances in recent times, is he truly irreplaceable?