Hardik Pandya has shown a new avatar as a captain-player in IPL 2022 but he is not less than a risk for Team India!

Why is Hardik Pandya a risk for Team India?

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Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans have made it to the playoffs of IPL 2022, but this player can prove to be a big risk for the Indian team in the T20 World Cup.

Subhayan Chakraborty.

Captain, Batsman and Most Important All-rounder Hardik Pandya (Hardik Pandya) has been the center of all eyes in the Indian Premier League 2022. He has brought the new franchise Gujarat Titans to the playoffs in just 12 league matches. Hardik has also been injured several times in the last few years. He has worked for Gujarat Titans and is also knocking to join the Indian team for the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia in October-November. Having scored 344 runs in 11 matches so far in the tournament, Hardik is not only GT’s second leading run-scorer, but he has also displayed his experience and versatility while batting in different conditions. Hardik’s economy rate of 7.58 in bowling and a speed of 140 kmph has caught the attention of all those who are constantly watching the tournament. His impeccable leadership skills should not be forgotten which has been praised by teammates Rashid Khan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia and Lockie Ferguson among others.

While not only Hardik but Gujarat Titans were also questioned in the opening moments of the tournament, the former Mumbai Indians all-rounder and his team have shut everyone’s mouth with a stellar performance. Hardik will certainly have his eyes set on the gleaming IPL trophy, but he will end the tournament with a better performance after the conclusion of IPL 2022 and will try to provide the same momentum to the Indian team going forward. He is expected to feature in the squad when South Africa tour India for the five-match T20I series starting June 9.

Hardik Pandya showed maturity

Atishay Jain writes that it is very special for Hardik Pandya to come back in form. He has emerged as a better batsman and bowler than before but the most important thing is that he has become a mature person. “At the moment, I am playing the IPL and will focus on that, then see where my luck takes me,” Hardik Pandya said after Gujarat Titans’ match against Kolkata Knight Riders last month. However, the future looks bright for the 28-year-old all-rounder. He has scored 333 runs in 11 matches at a strike rate of 134.27 with the help of three half-centuries. He has taken more responsibility than ever before by bringing himself to the number three or four position in the batting order. The result was excellent. The most important part of his performance in this year’s IPL was the remarkable improvement in his bowling and the way he handled himself during the difficult period of injury, it was also severely criticized. Hardik has so far taken four wickets at an economy rate of 7.57.

In the powerplay overs, there are unfavorable conditions for the bowler. But Hardik Pandya has a strong desire to bowl on such occasions which is his main attraction. The right-arm medium pacer stunned the audience with his tremendous bowling in the powerplay. His economy of 5.14 is second among bowlers who have bowled at least 30 deliveries in the powerplay. Pandya’s good batting and bowling is not a new thing. We have seen him play for India and his former franchise Mumbai Indians before. Seeing him as a player and team leader makes the mind hilarious. He had earlier said, “Captaincy definitely helps. I am the kind of cricketer who likes to take up responsibilities. Having batted for so many years, I have got a better understanding of the game.”

Hardik stuns critics

Hardik has proved to be a charismatic captain. This is that part of his game that probably no one even thought about. He made good use of the available resources. He seems to have ceased to have the exuberant, playful expression and youthful enthusiasm he used to be and has become patient-serious, skilful and intelligent. Hardik shares a close bond with MS Dhoni. It seems that some of the traits of the former India captain have been passed on to the GT captain as well. Also, it seems that the 28-year-old is calmer now and understands his game better. For example, when the BCCI indicated that Hardik should be dropped from the national team to play Ranji, he decided to practice a lot. It was again such a decision for which he faced criticism.

During this, this stylish player stayed away from the glare and without worry, continued to hone his skills and once again proved his iron in front of the world. This decision proved to be a masterstroke for him. What we are seeing now is Hardik Pandya 2.0, a better batsman, bowler and a smarter thinker. At the same time, Nikhil Narayan argues that Hardik was forced to reinvent himself but still he cannot have what he needs to be included in Team India XI. 295 runs in the first six matches at an average of 73.75 and 4 wickets at an economy rate of 7.54! Yes ! Hardik Pandya got off to a great start in IPL 2022 and stunned everyone with his all-round performance. He also led a team on debut that had previously failed to do well at the top of the points table and playoffs. But despite this, it is too early to call it the reincarnation of India’s unrivaled all-rounder Hardik.

Hardik is losing form and fitness somewhere!

If stellar performances in the first half of the group stage were a reality, then we have Hardik’s poor scores of 10, 3, 1, 24 and 11 in the five matches that followed. Apart from this, the issue of injuries to Hardik is also a matter of great concern – he has bowled just one over in the last six matches after suffering a groin injury. If Hardik can’t guarantee to bowl at least 2-3 overs in a match, will he make it to the Indian XI on the strength of his batting alone? He doesn’t always perform well and has come a long way from being a blazing all-rounder for Mumbai Indians and the country between 2017 and 2020. When Hardik was at the peak of his form, he had a strike rate of 186.1 in 2019 and 2020 and was the most effective player for Mumbai Indians in the title win. In Gujarat Titans, he is playing the role of an anchor by bringing himself to the fourth down as a batsman who has come down the same order and scored 126.56 runs in eight innings. His strike rate in death overs has come down from an astonishing 223 in 2019 and 2020 to 156.41 this season.

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India doesn’t need Hardik as the No.4 batsman. That place is reserved in a way for Suryakumar Yadav. Looking at Ravindra Jadeja and Venkatesh Iyer’s form in the season, Team India needs Hardik badly at the bottom of the order. Barring the innings against Royals in Navi Mumbai, he has not scored well in the middle and death overs. Hardik has seen a dramatic decline in his form while playing for India from 2021 onwards and he has failed to score big in five out of eight innings in this time frame. He needs to do well at the international level if he wants to cement his place among the eleven players on the field.