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Hardik Pandya will bowl at some stage during the tournament, says Virat Kohli

24 Oct 2021

Hardik Pandya is getting closer to full fitness and will be able to bowl at some stage during the tournament, India captain Virat Kohli said ahead of their match against Pakistan.

“Hardik (Pandya) is getting to the stage where he can bowl a couple of overs at some point during the tournament,” Virat Kohli told reporters on Saturday.

The India captain said that he has always backed Hardik Pandya as a batter and he is very valuable for the team.

“What he brings at No 6 as a batter is something we can’t create overnight,” said Kohli.

“Have backed him always there as a batter. We know the value he brings in, he is a specialist at doing that, can play an impact innings.

“Way more valuable than forcing him to do something he is not ready for.

What he brings at No 6 as a batter is something we can’t create overnight.”

India will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match in Dubai on Sunday.

“Pakistan are a strong team, we need to come up with a strong plan and execute it well,” said Kohli.

When asked about the combination for their match against Pakistan, the India captain kept the cards close to his chest. He said: “Not going to reveal combinations, but we have a balanced team. It comes down to execution on the field, and understanding roles, we are well prepared."

Kohli on decision of quitting T20I captaincy
Virat Kohli had recently announced that he would only be available as a player in the shortest format after the World Cup.

The 32-year-old said that he has explained already why he is stepping away from the T20I captaincy and there is no point harping on it.

“I have already addressed the issue, no point in harping on it. I have explained myself very honestly. If people feel there is more to it, then I feel sorry for them,” said Kohli.

Matches

England tour of Pakistan 2022

6th T20I, Lahore, 30 Sep 2022

Pak Pak
169/6 & / (20. ov)
Eng Eng
170/2 & / (14.3 ov) (Target

England won by 8 wickets

England tour of Pakistan 2022

5th T20I, Lahore, 28 Sep 2022

Pak Pak
145/10 & /2 (20. ov)
Eng Eng
140/7 & / (20. ov) (Target

Pakistan won by 5 runs

South Africa tour of India 2022

1st T20I, Thiruvananthapuram, 28 Sep 2022

SA SA
106/8 & / (20. ov)
Ind Ind
110/2 & / (16.4 ov) (Target

India won by 8 wickets

Bangladesh tour of UAE 2022

2nd T20I, Dubai (DSC), 27 Sep 2022

Ban Ban
169/5 & / (20. ov)
UAE UAE
137/5 & / (20. ov) (Target

Bangladesh won by 32 runs