Sat, 30 Oct 2021

Salman Butt Reckoned Hardik Pandya to be Dropped From Playing XI For New Zealand!!


After suffering a humiliating 10-wicket loss against Pakistan in their T20 WC opener. Now, India would have to beat New Zealand to keep their semis hopes alive.

Salman Butt Wants Hardik Pandya to be Dropped From Playing XI For New Zealand Clash

 Ex-Pakistan opener Salman Butt figured that Hardik Pandya should be dropped and focus more on Shardul Thakur – who is fit and in form. He reckoned with solid bench strength that India have, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rahul Chahar could also be good choices

“Strategically, it will be better. Hardik Pandya is a capable all-rounder. I saw him play some very good knocks in Australia, but the guy is not fit. In such a scenario, you ensure not to put too much pressure on your problem areas. And so your (bowling) action is not complete. This affects your output and speed because you are trying to be more careful not to hurt yourself again. There are mental barriers until you are 100 percent fit. So, if Pandya is not completely fit bowl, India can opt for Shardul Thakur and there is Rahul Chahar and Ravichandran Ashwin as well,” Butt noted on his YouTube channel. 

In the 2019 WC, NZ beat India in the semis. In 2021, they again beat India in the inaugural World Test Championship final. NZ would be confident when they take on India in a must-win game on Sunday.