New Delhi [India], Oct 12 (ANI): The Indian boys from Mumbai led by Rohit Sharma will enter the Indian team hotel in Dubai on Tuesday. And as expected, all eyes will be on all-rounder Hardik Pandya as team management look to assess his progress with the team’s T20 World Cup opener against rivals Pakistan in two. weeks.
Speaking to ANI, sources within the team’s leadership confirmed that the MI boys will be moving into Th8 Palm on Tuesday. “Rohit and the boys are coming in today. That would obviously be how Hardik progresses and it’s not rocket science. But he should be ready to take part in the flagship event,” the source said.
When asked if Hardik could actually come in as a finisher, the source said: “Well that call obviously has to be taken by the team management and with MS Dhoni coming in as a mentor, you know. that the best call will be taken. But yes, you have to realize the lack of experience in big matches in the Indian middle order, especially when it comes to dealing with high tension clashes like India and India. Pakistan.”
Interestingly, Hardik performed well against Pakistan not only in the 2017 Champions Trophy but also in the 2019 World Cup in England. While he finished with a remarkable 76 on 43 balls in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan, he scored a quick shot of 26 on 19 balls and then chose two wickets with the ball in the game of the World Cup.
Sources for the team believe that while his bowling is a concern right now, he’s the X factor that can turn big games with the bat as well. “You were born with it. And Hardik is definitely an X factor, whether it’s with the ball like we saw against Bangladesh in the last T20 World Cup, or with the bat like we saw. over and over. You want such players in expensive events because they can win you games out of nowhere. If you ask me, he will be in the squad and the physio will try to get him to fight his way to ‘bowling,’ the source said.
The T20 World Cup kicks off with the first round Group B meeting between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea on October 17, with Scotland and Bangladesh, the other teams in Group B, meeting in the match. evening. Ireland, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia – which make up Group A – will be in action in Abu Dhabi the next day, with first-round matches running through October 22.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 12 phase of the tournament, which kicks off on October 23. The first semi-final will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 10. The second semi-final will be hosted in Dubai in November. 11. Both semi-finals have reserve days. The clash of the tournament will take place in Dubai on Sunday, November 14, with Monday being the reserve day for the final. (ANI)