Hardik Himanshu Pandya, nicknamed as Hairy, came into the spotlight after he started playing for the Mumbai Indians In 2015.He Gained Some Sort Of Fame When He Scored A Quick 21 Runs Of 8 Ball Against The Mighty Csk As It Was At That Point Of Time. At That Point Of Time He Was Told By Sachin That You’ll Be Playing For India Within A
Year And A Half And Was Selected In The Team Within A Year. Pandya Made His International Debut In A Twenty20 Match Against Australia In Which He Performed Well and Caught The Eyes of The Fans.
The Match Which Actually Rose This Question Whether Or Not He Might Be The Next Superstar Of Indian Cricket Was The Match Against Bangladesh Which Still Is, As Fresh As Morning, In Each Indian Cricket Team’s Fan’s Heart. The Match Where Bangladesh Almost Defeated India Until Pandya Defended 2 Runs In Last Three Balls, Picking Up Two Crucial Wickets.
There Are Many Such Instances Where His Heroics Won The Hearts Of The Indians. The Latest Being The Match Against Pakistan In The Champions Trophy where India Faced A Whooping Collapse, Disaster Management From Where Seemed Impossible.But Then Out Of Nowhere Pandya Gave Indians A Hope With His Blazing 76 Of Just 43 Balls Where He Broke The Record Of Gilchrist Of Fastest Fifty In Champions Trophy.
Now He Has Also Been Given The Most Precious Cap, The White One. But The Question Is Whether He Really Has A Future In Indian Cricket.Being A Batsman Who Cant Defend But Can Only Hit And Bowler Who Doesn’t Get To Ball In 50 Overs In A Test Match. Even Kohli Himself Doesn’t Seem To Be Clear With The Role Of Pandya In The Team, When He Comes To Bat At No.8 And Doesn’t Ball Even A Single Over In 49.4 Overs.Yet He’s Playing And Will Continue Playing, But How long Is The Question That Straight Away Strikes.
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Yes, I Agree He’s The One India Has Been Looking For All These Years, “A Fast Bowling All-Rounder”, But Does He Really Deserve A Place In The Team?
Let Us First Of All See Whether He Deserves To Be In The Team When India Plays Un The Subcontinent Or Not. Being An Attacking Batsman Who Rarely Defends He Doesn’t Deserve To Be In The Team As A Batsman As Far As The Longer Format Is Concerned.He May Get Himself In The Team In Odis But It Will Mean To Drop Jadeja Or Ashwin
Which In Subcontinent Doesn’t Seem To Be A Wise. The Other Option Is To Leave Out A Fast Bowler And Treat Pandya As A Regular One Which Is Far From Being Wise At All. So Overall In The Subcontinental Conditions Pandya Doesn’t Seem To Be Wise Choice.
Well As Far As The Non Subcontinental Conditions Are Concerned He May Prove To Be The Missing X-Factor Required When India Go Out Of Subcontinent Where Seemers Get Help From The Surface And Conditions.But Then He’ll Have To Play As A Bowler Who Can Be Handy With Bat Which Doesn’t Seem To Be His Cup Of Tea.But If He Does So Then He Really Will Become As Big A Superstar As One Has Been And Will Be In Indian Cricket.
But If He Doesn’t Then……