T20 World Cup: Eyes on mentor MS Dhoni as Team India solves Hardik-Varun puzzle

New Delhi: Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan’s form in Mumbai Indians’ match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL on Friday should have given the Indian team management a lot of joy ahead of the T20 World Cup, while all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s bowling and spinner’s inability to play Varun Chakraborty’s fitness is still on. There is also a big concern and it seems that mentor MS Dhoni will once again be captain Virat Kohli’s favorite person when it comes to deciding the fate of these two.

talking to ANISources privy to the developments said Varun’s fitness is not a huge concern – as he will only need to bowl four overs and can be used judiciously – Hardik’s position becomes crucial to the team structure And it will happen once again. Dhoni needs to sit with Kohli, Rohit Sharma and head coach Ravi Shastri to decide on the road ahead.

“Look, Dhoni had to face such a situation in his early years as captain when it comes to Varun’s fitness. You need to find alternatives when the player in question is a match-winner and there is no doubt that Varun In this situation Dhoni’s input will definitely be important and his past experience should help. But the biggest concern is Hardik as he is a completely different player to bat and bowl. Kalpana Let’s say there are two match-winning all-rounders in the form of Hardik and Ravindra Jadeja. But the same Hardik becomes a little less effective if he can’t bowl and in that case the team structure needs to be reconsidered,” the source said.

When asked whether Hardik will be considered only as a batsman in the playing XI, the source said that this is one area where players like Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit and Shastri will come together and take a decision.
“Does he have the ability to win you games as a finisher? Yes, he does. But would you play him purely as a finisher or a lower-order batsman? That’s where the role of a mentor like MSD and more He has seen Hardik grow as a cricketer and his input will be crucial as the middle order will need the experience of someone like Hardik who has played in showpiece events.

“If you look at the current middle order, you have Surya and Ishaan in form but they haven’t played in showpiece events and unless you get out in the middle, the pressure the World Cup can bring is unimaginable. Is.” Source explained.

When asked about the exact problem Hardik is facing, the source said, “You have to understand that in the last decade or so, he has used some muscles and tissues in his body while bowling. Now, With surgery and minor changes. In action, his muscles and tissues may take longer to adapt to the new process. This is something that can happen to any player.”

“The input of the Indian physio will also be important now that Hardik enters the Indian team bubble. Till now, he was being monitored by the MI physio. Watching a video and watching someone live is a different thing. I believe That the physio’ input can play an important role in Hardik’s case.”

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