Virender Sehwag has backed star all-rounder Hardik Pandya to come good with the bat in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Virender Sehwag, a former India opener, believes Hardik Pandya’s batsmanship will be essential for Virat Kohli’s squad in the present ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. On Sunday, India will face arch-rival Pakistan in their first encounter in Dubai.

On Sunday, India will face arch-rival Pakistan in their first encounter in Dubai.

Pandya had lower back surgery in 2019 and has only bowled on occasion since then. Then prompting worries over whether he can be used as a pure batter in the top event.

“He’ll be on my team. The kind of batter he is, if he clicks, he’ll make the match one-sided, and finish it. He has the ability, which he has shown many times. Yes, if he was bowling fit, that would have been the icing on the cake,” Sehwag told

“His batting is surely a concern. If he’s not in form or not batting well in the nets. Then you can maybe see another batter, otherwise, he’ll be my first pick,” he added.

In every match, India must use five frontline bowlers, according to Sehwag.

Hardik Pandya

Virender Sehwag

“You should go with five bowlers plus if Hardik Pandya or someone else from the top-order bowls a few overs, it’ll be the perfect team for me,” he added.

In the T20 and 50-over World Cups, India has a perfect record against Pakistan, and they will also look to extend that record in their tournament opener against their arch-rivals.

The event is a rematch of 2007 final, in which India won the inaugural title following a thrilling contest.

Read more: India vs Pakistan Match Prediction in T20 World Cup 2021

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