T20 World Cup: India need Shardul Thakur due to Hardik Pandya’s recurring fitness concerns, says Saba Karim

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Former India participant Saba Karim opened up on the late addition of bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur within the place of left-arm spinner Axar Patel to the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Shardul Thakur has been introduced in T20 WC squad as selectors needed a backup for Hardik Pandya: Saba Karim (Courtesy by BCCI)

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  • Shardul has been introduced in T20 WC squad as selectors needed a backup for Hardik: Saba Karim
  • Harsh to drop Axar Patel as he has been in good type, says Saba Karim
  • Shardul has been one of many prime gamers in IPL 2021 with 18 wickets thus far

Former Indian participant and selector Saba Karim believes that Shardul Thakur has been added to India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup as a result of they would wish a dependable backup choice for Hardik Pandya, contemplating the latter’s recurring health considerations within the latest previous.

Shardul has been one of many prime gamers in IPL 2021 with 18 wickets so removed from 15 video games at 27.16 and a strike price of 18.61. His contributions to the Chennai Tremendous Kings have been instrumental within the group’s marketing campaign this season. CSK entered their ninth IPL ultimate and can face Kolkata Knight Riders within the summit conflict on October 15.

“Shardul has been introduced up as a result of the selectors needed a backup for Hardik Pandya in case the necessity arises. Thakur deserves it. If Hardik misses out at some stage as a consequence of health points, then Shardul may take his spot within the Indian aspect,” Saba mentioned on the Khelneeti podcast.

Notably, Thakur changed Axar Patel within the 15-man primary squad for the forthcoming T20 WC. The left-arm spinner takes Thakur’s place within the checklist of standby gamers, which additionally contains Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar.

Nonetheless, Saba Karim identified that it was a harsh name to drop Axar Patel from the T20 World Cup squad regardless of his good type within the IPL this yr.

“There have been discussions about what the group would do by having so many spinners within the squad. However it’s nonetheless harsh for somebody like Axar Patel to get dropped as he has been in good type,” Karim added.

Karim asserted that Hardik Pandya is a match-winner and a terrific asset for the group even when not bowling.

“Hardik Pandya is an excellent match-winner, there isn’t a doubt about that. He is an effective batting all-rounder. I feel there’s nonetheless time, and if he begins bowling, he shall be a terrific asset for the group because the sixth bowling choice. That’s the reason he was chosen for the group.”

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