Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of Team India recently unveiled the reason why team India unders his coaching lost the World Test Championship to New Zealand in 2021 and also during the group stage matches when India got knocked out in 2019.
He explained all the issues related to the topic while speaking to the Fan code (Cricket Streaming app) telling how the major factor stood out to be the major factor behind India’s two important failures.
“I have always wanted a guy who could bowl in the top-6. And with Hardik getting injured, it became a massive problem. And it cost India. It cost India a couple of World Cups. Because we didn’t have anyone who could bowl in the top six. So, that was a liability. We told the selectors, ‘look for someone’ But then, who is there?”
Now what Ravi Shastri wanted to say to the media was there was a situation after the current star performer Hardik Pandya, who was playing at sixth at the time (2018) suddenly got dropped from his place due to facing injury in his back and for three years was not seen on the ground, which according to Ravi Shastri was a major setback for Shastri’s coaching career and eventually the biggest blot too.
Talking about Hardik Pandya, thanks to his stellar performance in the IPL as well as playing in all formats of the white ball series,To remind you, after being chosen as to be the captain of the Gujarat Titans team, the player never saw back and carried forward in leaps and bounce whether it be the IPL or the series against England or south Africa. His record so far displays flying colors.
But in the current series that India is playing against West Indies, Hardik has been made rested but will eventually be seen in the later match against Australia and South Africa which is just scheduled before the T20 World cup later this year.