New Delhi. For the T20 World Cup 2021, the players of Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma, will enter Team India’s hotel in Dubai today. There are 6 players from Mumbai in the 15-member squad selected for the World Cup (T20 World Cup Team India Squad). These include Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar and Jaspreet. However, all eyes will be on all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Because his fitness has increased the trouble of the Indian team management. India will start their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24. In such a situation, the team management would like to assess Hardik’s fitness before this match.
Talking to ANI, a source related to the Indian team management has confirmed that the players of Mumbai Indians will enter the Th8 Palm Hotel on Tuesday. The source said, “Rohit and other players will enter the bio-bubble of Team India today. Everyone’s focus will be on how Hardik will move forward. Because he is one of the most important players of India in the T20 World Cup. So keep an eye on them.”
Hardik’s fitness increased the trouble of Team India
When asked if Hardik can actually join the team as a match finisher. A source related to the team management said that look, this decision has to be taken by the team management and after joining the team as a mentor with MS Dhoni, you know that the decision which is best for the team will be taken. But, you have to remember that the Indian middle order doesn’t have the experience to play big matches. Especially when it comes to high voltage competitions like India-Pakistan.
Hardik’s good record against Pakistan
Interestingly, Hardik has done well in big matches against Pakistan. He scored 76 runs in 43 balls against Pakistan in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. Apart from this, in the 2019 ODI World Cup also, this all-rounder scored 26 runs in 19 balls and took two wickets against Pakistan.
Hardik has the X Factor
Sources associated with Team India believe that even though his bowling is a matter of concern at the moment, but there is an X-factor in him. He can also change the course of the game with the bat. We saw this against Bangladesh in the last T20 World Cup. You want players in big tournaments who can win you matches on their own. If you ask me, he (Hardik) will be in the team and the physio will also try to bowl.
T20 World Cup will start from October 17
The T20 World Cup will begin on October 17 with the round 1 match of Group B between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea. There will also be a match between Bangladesh and Scotland in the evening on this day. At the same time, the Super-12 round will start from October 23.