‘Hardik is not a newbie, needs to…’: Irfan Pathan questions Pandya’s leadership skills | Cricket News – Times of India

'Hardik is not a newbie, needs to...': Irfan Pathan questions Pandya's leadership skills | Cricket News - Times of India

New Delhi: Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan expressed doubts about Hardik PandyaCriticizing Monday’s leadership ability, inconsistency with match scenarios and failure to formulate effective strategies, which has proved costly for Mumbai Indians (MI) this IPL season.
After taking over the captaincy from Rohit Sharma, Hardik has faced a lot of criticism from fans and former players for MI’s disappointing performance so far. Pathan’s remarks highlight concerns over Pandya’s leadership abilities and his team’s failure to perform as expected under his captaincy in the ongoing IPL. campaign
“Hardik needs to manage MI well. Whenever MI lost, Pandya had a huge role to play,” Pathan said at the Star Sports press room.
“Even yesterday, Akash Madhwal didn’t bowl the last over, you need to give him the responsibility. When Shreyas Gopal took the wicket of Richan Ravindra, why didn’t you give him the second over?”
“He bowled just one over… there was some slowness in the pitch and you need to adapt quickly, unfortunately, Pandya hasn’t been able to adapt so far.”
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Hardik experienced an amazing journey under the coach. Ashish NehraGuiding the Gujarat Titans in the last two years. Leading the team, Pandya led them to two finals and won the trophy in 2022.
Asked if GT coach Ashish Nehra’s influence was visible, Pathan said: “… it was there, his influence is helping Shibman Gill too but do you think MI support The staff is not helping them? They are trying to help, it’s up to Hardik Pandya.
“He has to make sure he has plan A, plan B. He needs to be aware of the situation. He’s not a rookie, he’s been playing for so many years. If he’s not going to use his experience Be careful, he’ll find out and that’s what’s happening right now.”

It will be a disappointment if Shiv Dubey does not go to the World Cup

Dubey has been in superb form this season, impressing with his performances on the field. Pathan expressed his belief that Dubey deserved to be selected for it. T20 World Cupgiven its unusual form and contribution.
“Eventually there will come a time when Shivam Dubey “Will put pressure on Pandya, the kind of hitting that Dubey has, the way he has killed the spinners, nobody comes close to him in Indian batting in the middle order, he is the best now.” They said.
“If he doesn’t go to the World Cup, I will be very disappointed. We missed a guy like him, someone like Yuvraj Singh who can hit six sixes, plays fearlessly from the word go. I have never seen anything like that. . That
“Yes, Hardik’s ability as a hitter has gone down and that’s why a lot of people are talking about him. It could be that both fly for the World Cup but I’m excited about Dubey and What can he bring to the table.”

‘Pick a gun left arm pacer, wrist spinner for T20 World Cup’

Talking about India’s bowling line-up at the World Cup, Pathan stressed the importance of including a top-class left-arm pacer and a skilled wrist-spinner in the squad.
“I want the selectors to have an in-form bowling line-up, you will have (Jasprit) Bumrah, maybe a left-arm spinner in Jadeja or Axar Patel, a good wrist-spinner, who will take wickets in the middle overs. Will get a left-armer who is in form, which we have been missing for so many years, if Arsdeep Singh can bowl like that but also keep an eye on Mohsin Khan.”
In light of the surrounding debates Virat KohliWith the strike rate relatively low this IPL season, Pathan offered a balanced view, suggesting that while strike rate is important, it should not be the sole criterion for judging a batsman’s performance.
Pathan stressed the importance of considering a batsman’s average along with his strike rate while making a selection.
“Kohli’s strike rate is slightly better than Chris Gayle’s in T20I, around 138. Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma’s strike rate is 139, we don’t talk about them.
“You need to make it strike rate plus average, you can’t have the same standard for all players.”
‘We have to think about the principle of forward effects’
Pathan believes that Indian cricket has to think about the principle of impact in the long run.
“This rule is not so good for Indian cricket in the long run, look at Venkatesh Iyer, Shiv Dubey not bowling, a lot of all-rounders not bowling. You want youngsters to be part of the game.
“I am really concerned about the all-rounder, eventually we have to think about that aspect. Yes, the impact principle is benefiting the entertainment side of cricket but as far as all-rounders are concerned Indian cricket has We have to think about moving forward.”
(with PTI input)

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