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IND vs SA Live: India vs South Africa live updates – Indian head coach Rahul Dravid breathed a sigh of relief with the return of Hardik Pandya to the Indian team. Although he joined a day later, the focus was on him in practice on Tuesday. Hardik Pandya bowled for over 20 minutes under the supervision of bowling coach Paras Mhambrey as India prepared for the South African series. Follow IND vs SA 1st T20 live updates on InsideSport.IN.

“Very nice to have Hardik Pandya back. Hardik’s leadership was impressive throughout the IPL. You must be a designated leader to be part of a leadership group. From our point of view, we would like to make the most of his skills, batting bowling and the field,” said Rahul Dravid.

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IND vs SA Live: Focus on the versatile Hardik Pandya in training in India, play for over 20 minutes under the supervision of Paras Mhambrey: Follow live updates

Hardik Pandya will play a crucial role: Hardik Pandya’s return to the Team India fold is a boon for the team’s management. A versatile Hardik brings the balance that India lacked in the T20 World Cup.

This is the reason why, before he even touched the bat, he was asked to bowl. And Hardik did. He bowled continuously for over 20 minutes and effortlessly recorded 140km/h+ in India’s second training session.

Head coach Rahul Dravid and hitting coach Vikram Rathour in addition to Paras Mhambrey all had separate sessions with the all-rounder. But Dravid was seen chatting with Hardik the longest.

“Without saying too much about the batting orders before the game starts, sometimes the roles you play with the franchise match the roles you play for India, but sometimes you have to play different roles for different teams,” said Rahul Dravid.

“Depending on the combination of our squad and the players already established in certain positions, it can happen from time to time,” he added.

IND vs SA Live: Focus on the versatile Hardik Pandya in training in India, play for over 20 minutes under the supervision of Paras Mhambrey: Follow live updates

IND vs SA Live: Why is versatile Hardik Pandya crucial for Team India?

  • Hardik has been in superb form after returning from injury. In IPL 2022, he was Gujarat Titans’ top scorer with 487 points in 15 matches with an average of 44.27 and a strike rate of 131.26.
  • With the ball, he pocketed 8 wickets at an economy rate of 7.27.
  • It was his 3/17 spell against Rajasthan Royals in the final that helped Gujarat Titans clinch the title.
  • The versatile Hardik Pandya is expected to act as a finisher for Team India.
  • If he fulfills his full quota of four overs, India can afford an extra spinner or extra batsman.
  • With Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar set to be India’s pacemakers at the T20 World Cup, Hardik can act as Australia’s fourth pacemaker.
  • This will help India get into Axar Patel, who will provide Harshal Patel with the depth of a death specialist.
  • Its inclusion also reduces the load on the three leaders.

IND vs SA Live: Focus on the versatile Hardik Pandya in training in India, play for over 20 minutes under the supervision of Paras Mhambrey: Follow live updates

IND vs SA Live: Focus on the versatile Hardik Pandya in training in India, play for over 20 minutes under the supervision of Paras Mhambrey: Follow live updates

IND vs SA Live: Focus on the versatile Hardik Pandya in training in India, play for over 20 minutes under the supervision of Paras Mhambrey: Follow live updates

The India team: KL Rahul (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain)(WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.

The South African team: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen , Marco Jansen.

IND vs SA Live: Focus on the versatile Hardik Pandya in training in India, play for over 20 minutes under the supervision of Paras Mhambrey: Follow live updates

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