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“Hardik Pandya is being wasted at No.6 or No.7”, states Ajay Jadeja

By Bet Barter

December 4, 2020

One of the great cricket minds, Ajay Jadeja has opined that the Indian team has not made the best use of Hardik Pandya. As a batsman, India should be playing him in the top batting order.

Jadeja made these remarks during a conversation on Pandya's batting position on the Sony Sports network. Ajay Jadeja also pointed out that the all-rounder is unable to play his natural attacking game down the order.

Jadeja noticed that Pandya's talent is being wasted at the order he is playing currently. The former Indian batsman believes that the runs Pandya will score at No.3 or No.4 would be of the most significant possible benefit. He also added that the 27-year-old could adapt his game according to the situation.

Hardik Pandya would rise if he bats at the top: Ajay Jadeja

The Baroda-all-rounder has proven his ability to build an innings in the recent ODI series against Australia. The former captain reiterated that the right-handed batsman would rise if he is made to bat top the order.

He added that there are different types of players. Russell and Maxwell have a different role. These players do not have the proficiency to mold their game as per the situation. Their way of playing the game doesn't change as they can play in one fashion.

The 49-year-old then stated that the team also realizes the potential of Hardik Pandya. They played him as a specialist batsman when he was unable to bowl. Ajay Jadeja signed off by observing that Pandya can play both spin and pace well. He is also a whiz at handling the short ball.

The Indian squad currently has a stable middle order including Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul. They are unlikely to change the set batting order and entertain the thoughts of promoting Hardik Pandya. It can only be possible if there is a desperate need for quickfire runs in specific situations.

Hardik Pandya carried on his excellent form with the bat scoring 92 runs off 76 deliveries. Jadeja also hit a quick 66 off 50 balls. The 150-run stand was India's best sixth-wicket partnership against the hosts, Australia.

Team India is now looking forward to the upcoming three-match T20 series with Australia. India and Australia have played nine T20I matches since 2008 out of which India has won five games and lost three.

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