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Team India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya will not bowl in the World Cup. According to a news published in InsideSport, one of the top BCCI officials has confirmed this. According to the official, Hardik will be a part of the team in the World Cup as a batsman. He will not be seen bowling. If he becomes fully fit further in the tournament, then somewhere he can bowl for Team India.
Sadness for Akshar Patel
The BCCI official further said that we are sorry for Axar Patel. He had to be dropped for a balanced team and Shardul Thakur was included in the team. Left-arm spin bowler Akshar was dropped from the team due to the fourth fast bowler.
Selectors wanted cover for Hardik
Hardik Pandya was not bowling during the IPL due to fitness issues, so the selectors wanted a cover for him. A source close to the selection committee told PTI- The selectors realized that they lacked a fast bowler and then Hardik Pandya was also not bowling so they needed an all-rounder in the main team.
He further said that Akshar will continue as a ‘stand-by’ and if Ravindra Jadeja gets injured, he will be back in the main team. As long as Jadeja plays, the letter will not be needed.
Hardik’s form has been very bad
Team India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s form has been very bad for the last few days. Neither run is coming from his bat nor is he able to bowl. In 12 matches of this IPL season, Hardik has scored just 112 runs at a modest average of 14.11. At the same time, he has not bowled a single over.