Hardik expected to bowl in T20 WC, says Rohit

Dubai: India vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is expected to be ready to bowl when the team starts its T20 World Cup campaign here on Sunday. Rohit said the team needs a sixth bowler during the showpiece.

‘Hardik is coming along pretty well, but it’ll be a while before he will start to bowl. He hasn’t started bowling, but he should be ready by the start of the tournament,’ said Rohit at the toss for the warm-up match against Australia.
‘We have quality in the main bowlers, but you need an option for a 6th bowler,’ he added.
India plays Pakistan in their opening match here on Sunday.
Pandya’s fitness is a concern heading into the tournament as he did not bowl at all in the IPL. The team management has repeatedly stated that Pandya’s bowling is crucial for the team’s balance.

NT Bureau