“I am Filled With Great Anticipation”- Irfan Pathan Talks About Hardik Pandya’s Re Entry Into The Indian T20I Squad

IND vs SA Live Update: Irfan Pathan believes that Hardik Pandya’s ability to strike sixes at any point during an innings in a Twenty20 match makes him a highly useful asset for Team India.

As a result of his strong performance in the Indian Premier League 2022, Hardik has been recalled to the Indian team for the Twenty20 International series against South Africa. The captain of the Gujarat Titans (GT) performed very well with the bat and the ball throughout the competition, leading his team to victory.

IND vs SA Live Update: Irfan Pathan voices his opinion regarding Hardik Pandya’s re-entry into the Indian squad

When he was a guest on the Star Sports program “Follow the Blues,” Pathan had the following to say about Pandya’s inclusion in India’s Twenty20 International team:


Hardik Pandya is vital to our team’s success. He not only can win the game by coming at the back end, but he can also accomplish so by batting higher up in the order. This will undoubtedly be something that the management is thinking about. Because of the way Hardik hits, he has a good chance of hitting sixes at any moment.”

Pandya, according to the aforementioned former India all-rounder, has also shown the ability to play a game that is somewhat more cautious during IPL 2022. He went on to explain:

“In addition to that, he figured out how to play on the ground, which contributed to the fact that he has had a very successful IPL season as a batter. Because of his addition to the squad, you now have not just one but three individuals who are capable of finishing.”


Pathan finished by making the observation that the presence of Pandya in the lineup provides Team India with a diverse range of finishing possibilities. He went on to explain:

“You can bring up Rishabh Pant and how he has the potential to play the position of a finisher. Dinesh Karthik has been selected to play the role of a finisher, and although it remains to be seen whether or not he will be included in the starting XI, there are possibilities available. We have made an effort to address the flaws in our XI. As a result, I am filled with great anticipation about Hardik’s arrival.”

It would be intriguing to watch whether the management of the Indian team plays Pandya, Rishabh Pant, and Dinesh Karthik all together in the same playing XI. They might decide to use that approach to satisfy Team India’s recent worries over their finishing position.


When speaking about Hardik Pandya, Aakash Chopra said, “Once he begins bowling, there is no other competition or choice.”

Aakash Chopra has said that Pandya offers something completely different to Team India in terms of his talents. He said:

“In my view, Hardik Pandya is a key asset for India in white-ball cricket, and not only in Twenty20 competitions. You have tried many others. But no one can compete with him once he begins bowling.”

Pandya’s performance with the ball for the Titans in the IPL 2022 was satisfactory overall. His bowling effort in the championship game, in which he went 3/17, was a game-defining performance.


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