Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach Shane bond feels that despite making a comeback from back surgery, Hardik hasn’t lost his aggressive approach to his bowling. The Indian all-rounder still has got in him to swing the ball and bowl efficient bouncers.
“It’s natural that you will lose a bit of top-end consistent pace after a back injury, but what is important is that he hasn’t lost his aggressive approach. He can use the bouncer too, has the skills to swing the ball and can still work up a good pace,” Shane Bond told Times of India.
The former New Zealand bowler reckons that Hardik’s brutal form with the bat has helped him bowl well as well. The former further added that team India should use the all-rounder efficiently and not bowl him more than 10 overs a day in Tests.
“I understand that he is a brilliant fourth-pacer option batting at No. 7 in Tests, but I would think he is better off bowling 10 overs a day even when he is playing red-ball cricket, instead of 15-16. Ben Stokes, too, is doing the same,” Bond felt.
Hardik Pandya was part of India’s squad in the recently concluded white-ball series against England. The Indian all-rounder made a significant contribution both with bat and ball in the series. He will be now seen turning up for Mumbai Indians in the upcoming edition of the IPL. The fans would want the franchise to send him up the order and make him play as many deliveries in the middle.