T20 World Cup 2022: “He has got to mature a little bit more” – Former England fast bowlerTim Bresnan on Hardik Pandya



Former England player Tim Bresnan recently mentioned how having a pace-bowling all-rounder like Hardik Pandya in the lineup enhances the long-term balance of the team.

In his discussion with PTI, Bresnan said that Pandya’s role with the Indian team is physically very demanding, given that he desires to be involved in the game all the time.

While he acknowledged the flamboyant all-rounder’s huge performances, he implied that the performance needed some more maturity to be able to reach the top.

Bresnan added:

“Definitely, a pace bowling all-rounder is quite crucial, it balances your team, it gives you two cricketers in one. It’s a tough position to play because you are always involved in the game, so it’s quite demanding physically. Fast bowling all-rounders are worth the weight in gold.

“Hardik Pandya is really good on the field as well, he’s a very good athlete. He’s got to mature a bit more, then he is going to be a top, top player.”

Pandya has exhibited tremendous form since returning from a back injury. He led Gujarat Titans (GT) to a championship triumph in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) and returned it up with effective performances with both the bat and the ball in international cricket.

The 28-year-old has effectually carved a niche for itself in the Men in Blue’s star-studded white-ball team. Pandya is likely to play a major role for Rohit Sharma and Co. at the next T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

“He has got too much attribute to be rusty” – Tim Bresnan on India’s fast bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah, who lost the Asia Cup 2022 due to a back injury, is set to make him come back to action soon. Bresnan opined that the right-arm is a confirmed campaigner and backed him to do well at the T20 World Cup 2022.

The former player further said that he doesn’t expect Bumrah to be rusty even though he is returning from an injury-enforced break.

Bresnan elaborated:

“He’s got genuine pace, he’s got too much quality to be rusty. He is too professional, I think he would be fine for the World Cup.”

Bresnan opined that while India had an abortive campaign at the Asia Cup, they could make a strong get back at the next T20 World Cup. He picked Australia, England, and New Zealand as his favorites, but also told that the likes of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka could pose a challenge to other teams.

On this, he said:

“You can’t discount India ever… But I think England, Australia,

and New Zealand probably is the three favorites. But India and Pakistan have the same chance and Sri Lanka have done really well in the Asia Cup, so you never know, whoever brings on the day.”

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