India vs Australia: ‘Unfortunately, Hardik is not fit enough to bowl,’ Virat Kohli says Team India doesn’t have other all-round options to pick
India are missing the services of Hardik Pandya in the bowling department. The seaming all-rounder is still not cleared to bowl as he is still recuperating from a back injury he suffered last year. Hardik did not bowl during the whole of Indian Premier League 2020 but looked in good knick with the bat for champions Mumbai Indians. He was picked as a pure batsman in India’s playing XI for the first One Day International against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Hardik looked in great touch during his innings as he scored 90 runs off just 76 balls. But he could not take India to victory as a target of 375 was too much to chase. The visitors lost the match by 66 runs as they could only manage 308 in 50 overs.
India captain Virat Kohli talked about Hardik’s performance after the match as he commented that the all-rounder is still not fit enough to bowl and the team still doesn’t have many all-rounding options to pick from.
‘Unfortunately, Hardik is not fit enough to bowl, and we don’t have other all-round options to pick from either, someone like Stoinis. From the batting point of view, we had a chat briefly now. All the batsmen committed to it which is why you saw us playing with intent. I think we gave ourselves the best chance. Hardik’s innings was the best example of that. As a batting unit we committed nicely to positive cricket and we are going to do that in the future as well,’ Kohli said after the match.
“That is an area to be looked at, it is a big part in any team’s balance, someone like Marcus (Stoinis), (Glenn) Maxwell bowling a few overs for Australia helped.” Kohli said.
Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan stitched a 128-run partnership for the fifth-wicket but in the end, it was not enough for India to chase down the mammoth 374-run total. Dhawan scored 74 runs in 86 balls but both the batsmen were dismissed in quick succession by leg-spinner Adam Zampa which crushed India’s hopes.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- It was a bit of a surprise when England decided to play only three specialist bowlers in the fourth Test, picking batsman Dan Lawrence in place Jofra Archer who had played in the day-night Test but as it turned out Archer was forced to sit due to an injury.
- India vs England: VVS Laxman feels the fast bowler is unlucky to miss out, but at the same time, understood the logic behind Mohammed Siraj's inclusion.
- The ongoing Pakistan Super League was on Thursday postponed with immediate effect
- Pollard's exploits were lauded by the entire cricket fraternity, including the two people who know what the experience feels like, Gibbs and Yuvraj.
- India vs England: Former England spinner Graeme Swann reckons the current Indian team still has a long way to go before being called the greatest Indian team of all time.