- Virat Kohli said that Hardik Pandya’s fitness is constantly improving
- Kohli has expressed hope that he will bowl for the team going forward in the T20 World Cup
- Hardik Pandya has not been bowling for a long time, he did not bowl in IPL also
In a press conference on the eve of the match, Kohli was asked whether Rohit Sharma had said that Hardik Pandya would be able to bowl till the start of the main match of the World Cup but if he did not, he would get a place. In the playing XI. The Indian captain then said that Hardik Pandya is an important player of the team. We know Hardik is not bowling at the moment but his fitness is improving. We are hopeful that he will bowl for us going forward in the tournament.
“We know that till the time he starts bowling, we have to work with him. We have also discussed some other options for one or two overs. We are not too worried about it.
Kohli also said that Hardik Pandya is very useful in the team in better form. That said, the style that Hardik Pandya comes up with in sixth place, you cannot create in one night. That’s why I’ve always endorsed it as better. He is a great player. We also played him as a specialist batsman in Australia and he did a great job. When he is in form, he snatches the match from the opposing team.
Hardik Pandya knows the art very well when the team needs to score runs fast. Along with this, he can also play long innings. So we have an idea of its role. Virat Kohli said, ‘He is a very important player for us.