Team India got a big shock in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya missed the entire mega tournament due to injury. Purasam Krishna joined the team in place of Hardik. But while all-rounders like Akshar Patel and Washington Sundar Lant are available.
Team India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has missed the entire World Cup due to injury. Hardik was injured in the Bangladesh match.. As the severity of the injury increased, he missed the entire mega tournament. In this background, the young fast bowler Purasam Krishna will join the team in place of Hardik. But the average cricket fans are wondering why a fast bowler was taken instead of another all-rounder instead of an injured all-rounder.
Hardik Pandya ruled out of the World Cup 2023.
– Prasidh Krishna replaces Hardik Pandya in the team. pic.twitter.com/HMOkdKojKL
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Team India already has fast bowlers like Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami. A fast bowler all-rounder like Shardul Thakur is also with the team. In the absence of Hardik Pandya, India is fielding with three fast bowlers and two spinners. Due to this, Shardul Thakur also has to be confined to the bench. Questions are being raised whether another fast bowler is needed at a time like this.
Some fans are questioning if they have to replace Hardik with another player, Akshar Patel, who is an all-rounder. Akshar Patel was among the first 15 selected for the World Cup. But after Akshar Patel was injured in the Asia Cup, veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin joined the team. Ashwin also played only one match in the World Cup.
But there is also a reason for choosing Prasad Krishna over Hardik Pandya and not Akshar Patel. So far in the World Cup tournament, matches where spinners have played a key role are rare. Fast bowlers have been taking more wickets in the mega tournament so far. When it comes to Team India, Bumrah took 15 wickets and Shami took 14 wickets.
At the same time, the pitches are also slightly favorable to the fast bowlers, according to the calculations. In this context, it seems that BCCI is leaning towards Prasumar Krishna instead of Akshar Patel. It seems that the team management felt that it would be useful to replace Hardik Pandya with an extra pacer in the team. It is also reported that the team management thinks that if any of Bumrah, Shami and Siraj have trouble, another fast bowler will be available.
In 2021, Prasam Krishna, who made his ODI debut for Team India, has played 17 matches and taken 29 wickets so far. He played only three matches this year. On the other hand, Manodi has a good record on India pitches. Prasamud Krishna, who has played eight one-day matches in the country so far, has taken 18 wickets.