Legendary Australian wicket-keeper batter, Adam Gilchrist has predicted that the Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya will be one of the standout performers at the T20 World Cup 2022. Gilchrist also named Australian opener David Warner, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, England skipper, Jos Buttler, and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan on the list of players to watch out for.
With the T20 World Cup 2022 to be played in October, teams are leaving no stone unturned in preparations for the marquee event and setting their playing combinations right before the tournament. India has been in superb form in limited-overs matches recently except for their Asia Cup debacle, beating Australia in the latest series. Hardik Pandya has been playing a vital role for the Indian team after returning from injury with his all-around skills.
Hardik Pandya has been impressive since the start of IPL 2022 as he led Gujarat Titans to their maiden IPL title. Also, he has also amassed 436 runs this calendar year at 36.33 and a strike rate of 151.38. He has scalped 12 wickets as well in 17 innings so far. Former Australia cricketer Adam Gilchrist has named Hardik Pandya as one of the players to watch out for in the T20 World Cup.
In a video on ICC’s official website, Adam Gilchrist was heard saying, “Pandya is just an awesome cricketer straight across the board. His ability to bat, bowl, field, and entertain, he’s definitely in there. He’s at the top of the order.”
Babar Azam has been the key player for Pakistan in their batting unit alongside captaining the men in green. Warner and Buttler are known for giving explosive start to their respective sides in international cricket while Rashid has been troubling the batters with his wrist spin.
Explaining the same, Adam Gilchrist said, “I think just his attacking attitude, the way he kick-starts innings at the top, and the confidence he’ll have from the previous T20 World Cup. His versatility across all formats, but also when it’s getting down to T20 cricket, just across all conditions, I think he can play all conditions really well. It’s a bit batting heavy I know, but Jos Buttler for me. He is just dynamic, his power and his courage to take it on.”