Monday, March 20, 2023

Shaw will have to wait considering how Gill is batting: Hardik

India skipper Hardik Pandya on Thursday said in-form opener Shubman Gill will start the T20 series against New Zealand ahead of Prithvi Shaw, who has made a comeback to the national team.
Considering Gill’s sensational run in ODIs, Hardik said his selection was a no-brainer.
Gill has smashed three hundreds including a double ton in his last four innings.
Ishan Kishan is expected to open alongside Gill.
“Shubman has done well and will start the series. The way he is batting and was already in the team,” said Hardik ahead of the first T20I.
Hardik bowled with the new ball in the T20Is against Sri Lanka before doing the same in the third ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday with Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj being rested from the game.
Hardik said he likes bowling with the new ball.
“I have always enjoyed bowling with the new ball. Since quite a number of years whenever I bowl in the nets, I pick the new ball. I am used to the old ball so that I don’t feel the need to practice with the old ball as much. It has helped in match situations.
“With our two main bowlers rested in the last game, I had to be ready. But (it) has never been about pressure, half of the times pressure is gone if you prepare well,” said Hardik.


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