Hardik Pandya has really made people reconsider their decision with his game form in the IPL 2019. He was in the lower order of the Mumbai Indians but still he was capable of making it tough for him. With this he ended his IPL campaign with 400-plus runs and 14 wickets in the 16 matches he has played for his franchise. He became the decorated player of this year’s IPL title winner, Mumbai Indians. After the ‘Koffee with Karan’ fiasco, he has been trying to get back his image of being an explosive player for the team, even impressing the team management for the World Cup preparations ahead.
His IPL run ended with a strike rate of 190, something that will be expected from him even in the World Cup 2019. He scored the fastest fifty in the IPL campaign this year and he correctly showcased his skills. He was quite good with the ball as well keeping his prestige of being an all-rounder alive.
Pandya can field and bat well, can bowl 6-7 crucial overs
His skills were even appreciated by Suresh Raina who thinks that Pandya will be replicating his form with the bat and ball in the World Cup as well. He said that he won’t be surprised to see Pandya going with the title of Man of the Tournament for the World Cup 2019.
“He can field and bat well, can bowl 6-7 crucial overs. He can bat anywhere. He needs to get a lot of confidence from the management to express himself. If he can take his IPL confidence to the World Cup, he will be our game-changer. I think he will be the most important player for India in this World Cup. I won’t be surprised if he gets the man of the tournament, should we make the last-four,” says Raina.
Dhoni is the captain of the captains
Raina further went on saying that on paper, Virat Kohli is going to lead the team however Dhoni is going to be the captain on the field. He said that Dhoni is an integral part of the decision making process of the team and even after his stepping down as the captain, he will still lead the team from the back.
“His (Dhoni’s) role is still the same. He communicates with the bowlers from behind the stumps, coordinates the field placements. He’s the captain of the captains. Virat feels confident when Dhoni is behind the stumps. He has always acknowledged that,” says Raina.