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Hardik Pandya Expected to Bowl when Indian T20 WC Campaign Begins

“Hardik is coming along pretty well, but it’ll be a while before he will start to bowl. He hasn’t started bowling, but he should be ready by the start of the tournament," says Rohit Sharma.

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India’s cricket team vice-captain Rohit Sharma said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is expected to be “ready” to bowl when the team starts its T20 World Cup campaign on Sunday. Rohit is leading the side in the warm-up game against Australia. This is because Virat Kohli has been rested. Thus, he said the team needs a sixth bowler during the showpiece.

Rohit at the toss for the warm-up match against Australia said, “Hardik is coming along pretty well, but it’ll be a while before he will start to bowl. He hasn’t started bowling, but he should be ready by the start of the tournament.” He also added, “We have quality in the main bowlers, but you need an option for a 6th bowler.”

India’s opening match is on Sunday. The match is India vs Pakistan. The upcoming match has already received a lot of controversies in India.

Meanwhile, Pandya’s fitness is a concern heading into the tournament. This is because he did not bowl at all in the IPL. The team management has repeatedly stated that Pandya’s bowling is crucial for the team’s balance.

Besides Kohli, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were also rested from Wednesday’s warm-up game. However, Rohit Sharma said, “We want to make sure that we get the 6th bowling option, some options in the batting order as well, we’ll try all those things today.”

He also added, “We wanted to bat first as well, just wanted to try and get runs on the board.”

India had beaten England by seven wickets in their first warm-up game on Monday, riding on a 24-ball 51 from KL Rahul.

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