Hardik Pandya reunites with son Agastya after resting from ODIs against New Zealand
Team India versatile Hardik Pandya was finally able to spend some quality time with his son Agastya after returning from New Zealand. Pandya led India to a 1-0 victory over the Kiwis in the recently concluded T20I series and is now back with his family after resting for the ODI series.
Hardik Pandya took to social media to share adorable photos of him with his son Agastya taking a nap. Here is what he tweeted:
Managing Hardik Pandya’s workload will be crucial for India
Hardik Pandya has played a lot of T20 cricket over the past few months as part of the preparation for the T20 World Cup. With the ODI World Cup in India next year, the Men in Blue simply cannot afford to lose Pandya to injury. This makes managing its workload over the next 12 months crucial.
India lack a versatile player of Hardik’s ability. Players like him and Ravindra Jadeja, who provide much-needed balance to the XI, need to be supported. It will also open up opportunities for bowlers like Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur, who have shown glimpses of being within reach with the bat.
Thakur and Chahar will feature in the team’s upcoming ODI series against New Zealand and Bangladesh. Even Washington Sundar’s all-round ability will come under scrutiny when he returns to the ODI squad after a series of injuries.
The New Zealand ODIs will give a number of players on the fringes of the main Indian ODI team a chance to defend themselves. The first ODI will take place at Eden Park and kick off at 7am IST on Friday, November 25.
Team for New Zealand ODIs: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC and WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen, Umran Malik.