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Hardik Pandya Trolled For His Run-a-Ball Knock In Jaipur
By CricShots - Apr 22, 2024 9:57 pm
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Hardik Pandya’s struggles continued on Monday (April 22) as he failed to make a significant impact in the ongoing clash between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Entering the fray in the 17th over after Nehal Wadhera’s dismissal, Pandya found himself in a promising situation with Mumbai Indians at 151 for 5.

Hardik Pandya
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With a well-set Tilak Varma at the crease and a run rate exceeding nine, Pandya had the ideal opportunity to exhibit his finishing prowess and propel his team to a competitive total. However, the Mumbai Indians skipper encountered difficulties during his brief stint at the crease and succumbed to Avesh Khan in the 19th over, managing just a run-a-ball ten before being dismissed leg-before-wicket.

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With Pandya’s failure to deliver once again, fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Recent reports suggest uncertainty surrounding Pandya’s inclusion in the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup, despite his stint as the team’s T20I captain last year. According to the Indian Express, Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid, and Ajit Agarkar, the chairman of selectors, remain unconvinced about Pandya’s place in the squad.

A recent meeting among the trio concluded that Pandya would need to contribute regularly with the ball to secure his spot in the team. Speculation arose after Pandya refrained from bowling in Mumbai Indians’ third and fourth matches, prompting concerns of a potential injury.

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Although Pandya resumed bowling in the IPL, his performance with the ball has been lacklustre, with just four wickets in eight games and an economy rate of 11. Furthermore, Pandya’s batting form has also been underwhelming, with a modest tally of 142 runs in eight matches, including a top-score of 39. As uncertainties loom over his role in the national squad, Pandya faces mounting pressure to rediscover his form and cement his place ahead of the T20 World Cup.