Former Opener Doesn’t Want This Indian Player To Be Picked For England Tour

Team India will soon embark on a journey to England to play ODIs, T20 internationals and Test matches. Prior to this all important tour, a lot is being speculated about Team India’s chances in England and whether they are capable of beating England in England.

Former players and cricket pundits have a belief that this Indian team has the best possible chance of uprooting England in the swinging conditions. Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra feels that Hardik Pandya shouldn’t be picked for the tour as he was below par against South Africa.

Aakash Chopra, while speaking to India TV during the cricket show ‘Cricket ki Baat, emphasized on the importance of taking better players to England.

“There is no place for Hardik Pandya in my team. As far as his Test career is concerned, Pandya has played one decent knock that came in the first Test against South Africa. He played well after being dropped twice and went on to make 93 runs. However, he couldn’t score much in five subsequent innings,” he said.

“If I am not playing him in top five, then there’s no utility of Pandya as a batsman. I can’t even make him bowl 17-18 overs in a day, thus he can’t be my third fast bowler either. He can be my fourth fast bowler. But we don’t need a fourth fast bowler amid speedsters such as Bhuvi, Bumrah, Shami, Umesh and Ishant. It’ll be better to play a spinner instead of Pandya,” Chopra further said.

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