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IND vs SA 2022: Irfan Pathan says Hardik Pandya is extremely valuable to Team India


Irfan Pathan believes Hardik Pandya’s ability to hit six in any stage of a T20 round makes him a hugely valuable asset to Team India.

Hardik was called up to India’s squad for the T20I series against South Africa based on his performance at IPL 2022. The skipper of Gujarat Titans (GT) excelled at bat and ball in the tournament and won the title.

Speaking on Star Sports “Follow the Blues”Pathan had the following to say about Pandya’s return to India’s T20I team:

“Hardik Pandya is extremely valuable. He has the ability to finish the match in the death, he can also do that by beating the order. Management will definitely have that in mind. The way Hardik beats, he can hit six at any time.”

The former Indian all-rounder added that Pandya also showed his ability to play a slightly more conservative game during IPL 2022. He explained:

“He also found a way to play on the pitch and because of that his IPL season was very good as a hitter. With him you have not one but three finishers in the squad.”

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Pathan concluded by observing that Pandya’s return gives Team India plenty of options in the finishing department. He precised :

“You can talk about Rishabh Pant – he can play as a finisher, Dinesh Karthik has been picked as a finisher, we’ll have to see if he gets a place in the XI or not but there are options available. We have J’ tried to fill in the area where we were missing a bit, so I’m very excited that he (Hardik) is coming.

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It will be interesting to see if the Indian team management plays the trio of Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik together in the playing XI. They may choose to go this route to address Team India’s recent finishing issues.


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Aakash Chopra pointed out that Pandya brings unique skills to the Team India table. He observed:

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“Hardik Pandya in my opinion not just in the T20s is a big asset for India in white ball cricket. There is no other competition or option once he starts playing in bowling you’ve tried a lot but there’s no one like him.”

Pandya gave a decent account of himself with the ball for the Titans in IPL 2022. His 3/17 spell in the all-important final was a defining performance.


IND vs SA 2022: Irfan Pathan says Hardik Pandya is extremely valuable to Team India
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IND vs SA 2022: Irfan Pathan says Hardik Pandya is extremely valuable to Team India