Selectors wanted to send Hardik pandya back but MS Dhoni stopped them – Reports

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has performed poorly in the last few months. He has been a flop in the IPL while his performance in the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup clearly showed his struggle with the bat. According to a report in the Times of India, the national selectors were not interested to keep the all-rounder in the side after the IPL but MS Dhoni, the mentor of the team, urged them to keep the player in the squad.

“The truth is that the selectors wanted to send him back to India after he didn’t bowl in the IPL, but MS Dhoni (appointed Team India mentor) vouched for his finishing skills,” TOI quoted a source as saying.

“The whole mystery around his fitness has been going on for the last six months. You’re now saying that he has a shoulder injury. In the bargain, you aren’t giving a chance to a fit guy. You’re playing an unfit guy who isn’t useful to the team. It’s not right. Because of him, you’re neglecting other fit guys who have been performing well,” he further added.

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya was recently seen bowling in the nets and is expected to roll his arms in the game against New Zealand on Sunday.