Daniel Vettori believes No.4 is the best batting spot for Hardik Pandya
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has shared his thoughts on Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya’s place in India’s team for the upcoming home series against South Africa, stating that the all-rounder should bat at No. 4.
Vettori described it as the ideal position for Pandya and suggested that the Indian management consider it. The Men in Blue have experimented with a number of middle-order batsmen, including Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, and Shreyas Iyer, but have yet to make a firm decision on who should bat in that position.
Pandya was impressive in all of the roles he played for GT, whether it was captaincy, batting, or bowling. He made a brilliant comeback into the game after recovering from an injury that had kept him out of the setup for a long time. Pandya scored 487 runs at a strike rate of 131.26 and took eight wickets during the season.
As the T20 World Cup approaches, the Indian team management will be looking to fine-tune their lineup, and the upcoming home series against South Africa provides an opportunity to do so. India will play five Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa beginning June 9, followed by a white-ball series in England and the completion of last year’s postponed fifth Test.
The Indian Premier League provided opportunities for many new and old faces to make their mark on the platform and earn a spot in the Indian squad. While Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh were called up to the Indian squad following successful seasons with their respective teams in the IPL, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, and Hardik Pandya returned to the T20I squad.