BCCI Imposes Condition For Hardik Pandya's T20 WC Selection

April 18,2024

Hardik Pandya's struggles in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 could spell trouble for him, especially regarding his spot in India's T20 World Cup 2024 squad. 

So far, Pandya has failed to make a significant impact, scoring only 131 runs in 6 matches at an average of 26.20 this season. His bowling has been equally inconsistent, with him bowling sparingly in the last 4 matches, and when he has, he has been unable to contain the opposition batters.

According to a report in the Indian Express, a meeting was held at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai last week involving India head coach Rahul Dravid, chairman of the selection committee Ajit Agarkar, and captain Rohit Sharma. In this meeting, the topic of Pandya's selection was discussed, emphasizing the necessity for him to contribute more with the ball in order to secure his place in the squad.

Despite bowling in various phases of the game this season, Pandya has failed to make a positive impact.  In IPL 2024, Pandya's bowling has been underwhelming with just three wickets in 11 overs across six matches, and a high economy rate of 12.00. 

His decision to sit out some matches fueled speculation about a potential injury cover-up. A disastrous final over against CSK, where MS Dhoni hit him for 20 runs in four balls, further highlighted his struggles. 

With selectors watching closely, Pandya needs to deliver standout performances in the remaining matches to salvage his reputation as a bowler.

One of the contenders for Pandya's spot in the team is Shivam Dube, whose name is reportedly at the top of the list. However, selectors are concerned about Dube's limited role as a bowler for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) this season, despite being an all-rounder.

Dube has showcased impressive power-hitting abilities, particularly against spinners, but if selected for the T20 World Cup, he is likely to serve as a part-time bowler rather than a full-fledged all-rounder capable of bowling 4 overs.