Hardik Pandya’s Role Critical for Team India’s ODI World Cup Success, Says Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra underscores the significance of Hardik Pandya’s role in India’s World Cup success and expresses concern about his recent form.

Former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra has emphasized the crucial role of Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder in India’s World Cup campaign. Chopra expressed his concern about India’s dependence on Pandya, especially with Ravindra Jadeja’s recent batting struggles.

Speaking on JioCinema’s daily sports show ‘#AAKASHVANI,’ Aakash Chopra raised questions about whether India relies too heavily on Hardik Pandya, considering the lack of a similar player in the squad, especially one who can bowl in the top 6. While Ravindra Jadeja can fit into the No. 7 spot, his recent form with the bat has been a concern. Pandya stands out as the sole batting all-rounder in the team, and Shardul Thakur, while a valuable bowler, is not a capable No. 6 batsman. Consequently, Chopra believes that Hardik Pandya’s performance is critical to India’s success in the World Cup.

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Aakash Chopra also expressed some apprehension about Hardik Pandya’s recent form. Pandya has had limited exposure to 50-over cricket since returning from injury, which could potentially affect his performance.

Chopra elaborated on this concern, highlighting that Pandya missed the last three ODIs against Australia, and warm-up matches didn’t provide substantial playing time. Although he participated in the Asia Cup final, contributing with a couple of wickets but not batting, and played in less significant fixtures against Pakistan, there’s a possibility that he might not be in peak form for his first match in Chennai.

India is set to kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.


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