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World T20I – Shane Bond expects to see Hardik Pandya playing for India

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond was extremely delighted with Hardik Pandya’s performance for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2022. The former New Zealand pacer is also certain that India’s top all-rounder will perform admirably in this year’s ICC T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia.

After being released by the five-time champion Mumbai Indians, Hardik was signed by the new franchise Gujarat Titans ahead of the showpiece tournament’s 15th season for a whopping INR 15 crore. He was also appointed captain, and he led GT admirably. As a result, the Titans finished first in the league and went on to win their first championship.

“Hardik is a pretty cool captain. He came in the IPL to Mumbai in my first season so we spent a lot of time together. It was probably a foreign role for him to step up as a leader for a different franchise but he did a great job. From my perspective, I miss him. It would have been nice to have in around on our team because he is a quality player. India needs him too for the World Cup because he showed what a quality player he is and also what a good leader he is,” said Shane Bond.

Apart from captaining the Gujarat Titans, Hardik also had a spectacular run with both the bat and the ball. He scored 487 runs in 15 matches and took eight wickets, with his best effort coming in the final against the Rajasthan Royals, where he took 3/17 and utterly destroyed the backbone of the 2008 champions, limiting them to a below-par total of 130/9.

Pandya’s next appearance will be in the five-match home T20I series against South Africa, which begins on June 9. This would also be his first international appearance since the T20 World Cup 2021 in November of last year.