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Ex-India Selector Hardik Pandya: “Such Players Are Necessary In The Team”

Hardik Pandya was lauded by Kiran More for his multifaceted skill set, and More noted that the squad can never have too many players with his kind of versatility.

The all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been making the most of the leadership opportunities that have been presented to him. He captained Team India during the series against Ireland and also in the fifth and final T20I against West Indies. Beginning with the Indian Premier League 2022, in which he captained the first-year team Gujarat Titans to victory, and continuing on through his all-around performance for the national side, he has been making contributions to winning teams and events. Kiran More, a former India wicketkeeper and former head of the selection committee, has praised Hardik Pandya for improving his fitness level to the point where he is now able to bowl four overs in addition to his batting and has stated that players like him are always needed in the team. This praise comes as the team is currently getting ready to compete in the upcoming Asia Cup.

“Yes, without a doubt. The manner in which Hardik Pandya has returned to form, currently bowling at speeds of 140-147 kilometres per hour In the event that the captain is successful in recruiting a player for the team who is capable of bowling four overs, claiming wickets, scoring runs for the team, and acting as a finisher, such players are necessary for the team “during an episode of ‘Follow The Blues’ on Star Sports, host Kiran More stated.

Earlier, when Hardik had led Team India to victory in the fifth and final T20I against West Indies, he had expressed that he will be “more than happy” if he becomes a full-time captain. This victory came after he had led Team India to victory in the fourth, fifth, and sixth T20Is against West Indies.

“Yeah! Why shouldn’t they? If the opportunity presents itself in the future, I will jump at the chance to participate, but for now we are focused on the World Cup and the Asia Cup, both of which are coming up very soon “In the presentation that took place after the match, Hardik stated.

“We’re going to focus on that and make sure that as a team what we’re doing, we continue (with that) and make sure that all of the skill sets, which we are learning we can keep getting better at it, and at the same point in time enjoy the game as well,” he added. “We’re going to focus on that and make sure that as a team what we’re doing, we continue (with that) and make sure that all of the skillsets, which we are learning

On Monday, the All-India Senior Selection Committee revealed the 14-man roster that would represent India in the forthcoming Asia Cup. Rohit Sharma will lead the team as captain, and KL Rahul will serve as the team’s vice-captain.

Due to injuries, India’s premier bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, as well as Harshal Patel, were not available for selection. They are currently attending treatment at the NCA in Bengaluru in order to get better.

The names Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, and Deepak Chahar have been announced as the players who would serve as standbys.

India’s squad for Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan.

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