Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

Former selector Sarandeep Singh believes that the time has come for the management to groom someone like Shardul Thakur for the replacement of Hardik Pandya.

Sarandeep Singh backs Shardul Thakur

After the non-availability of Hardik Pandya in the Tests, the Indian team has lost a bit of balance. The younger Pandya could bowl with steam and also score some valuable runs down the order for the team.

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur

But now after a few injuries to him, India is looking to fill the void. Even after his comeback to the limited-overs formats, Pandya hasn’t bowled much and it has been tough to find his replacement.

“You can’t be relying only on Hardik anymore. You don’t know when he will be fit enough to bowl in all formats so someone like Shardul needs to be groomed or even Vijay Shankar or Shivam Dube are there,” Sarandeep told PTI. Sarandeep also added that someone like Mohammad Siraj should be played in the series against England.

Hardik Pandya underwent a surgery acute lower-back injury
Hardik Pandya underwent a surgery acute lower-back injury

“There will be rotation in that series. It is the right time to blood in Siraj and give him as many games as you can. He is bowling well. If there is a long gap, he would find it tough to find the right length straightaway.

“A little flexibility is needed. You play your two spinners but if the conditions suit the pacers then play the extra seamer,” said Sarandeep.

Sunil Gavaskar on India’s opener change

On the other hand, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has said that India should choose between Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

Gavaskar added that India should choose between Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill for the opener’s position along with Rohit Sharma after giving them a chance in a warm-up match. Gavaskar said Gill has no footwork, which he has to work on.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal

“Mayank Agarwal has done well as an opener, has hit double century twice. It’s a piece of good news that BCCI and especially Jay Shah has taken the initiative that India will play county matches. You can decide it there that who among Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal will open or India. Send both of them to open together, Rohit Sharma is a certainty and so he can be rested. The match will tell show has the better technique for English conditions,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sports Tak.