Ahead of the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the Indian cricketer, Suryakumar Yadav on Tuesday informed that the flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya is bowling regularly in the training sessions. In recent times, Hardik has in recent times stuck to playing only the role of a finisher for India and his Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians. However, he did bowl in the T20I series against England in March.
Suryakumar Yadav said Hardik has started bowling in the nets is good for Team India, but he was quick to add that whether the all-rounder will bowl in the Sri Lanka series will depend on the decision of the team management.
During a virtual press conference, Suryakumar Yadav said, “He did bowl in the T20Is against England, even in the ODIs, he bowled. But yeah, during IPL he didn’t bowl and that was on team management and Hardik as they know their responsibility really well so they were taking the call. But here in the intra-squad game, he did bowl, also in the nets he is bowling, so it is his and team management’s call how they want to go about it.”
Sri Lanka and India will be locking horns with each other for three ODIs and as much T20Is beginning July 13. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as the deputy skipper, Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team that will be coached by former India skipper and National Cricket Academy head Rahul Dravid.
Suryakumar Yadav explained, “I have been doing the same thing that I have done for my franchise (Mumbai Indians) in IPL. As you saw when I made my debut for India it was the same thing, I didn’t do anything differently, it was all same as what I have been doing,” Suryakumar pointed out. So I have been enjoying the role really well (in) whatever the position they tell me to bat, I will just go there (and) express myself the same way how I do in every game.”