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India vs SA T20Is: Sunil Gavaskar suggests best batting location for Hardik Pandya ahead of series against Proteas


Hardik Pandya has been in the news since leading Gujarat Titans (GT) to their maiden title in the 2022 IPL Final. Beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by seven wickets in Sunday night’s pinnacle clash ( May 29) at the iconic Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmedabad, the Gujarat franchise captured hearts as Hardik’s versatile abilities and leadership qualities were hailed by many.

Now, Hardik is set for a return in the Indian team shirt as the white ball team are set to host Temba Bavuma led South Africa in a five-match T20I series, starting June 09 in New Delhi. For the uninitiated, the series will mark the return of Hardik, 28, when he last played for the national team at the 2021 T20 World Cup. Ahead of his return, little master Sunil Gavaskar praised Hardik, after the IPL 2022 Finals, and suggested his batting location for Team India for the SA T20Is.

Talk to Featured Sportsthe batting legend said: “I think he’ll probably be rated at five or six. Imagine, if India has a Hardik Pandya and Rishabh pants at five or six. They can probably swap a bit – it’s going to be an explosive 14-20 combination. In six overs, you can probably expect 100-120 runs. They’re capable of doing that. So that’s going to be an exciting aspect. That’s something I’m really looking forward to. — Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya hit at five or six.”

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Hardik will be looking forward to leaving his mark when he returns to India’s white ball team. With the 2022 T20 World Cup set to take place later this year in Australia, the IPL-winning captain will be desperate to come out right in the blue shirt and keep turning heads.

Indian team for the SA T20I: 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, Umran Malik.

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