File photo of Aakash Chopra© Twitter
“It’s an insurance policy,” Chopra said about Hardik bowling all four overs on Star Sports after India’s squad for the upcoming Asia Cup was announced.
“He is performing very well. No doubt about that. But be mindful of one thing. Hardik Pandya is the only player in that squad who is providing that balance,” he warned.
“Without him, all the well-laid plans will fall apart,” he said. “Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, even Jasprit Bumrah you can manage to find a replacement for them. But if Hardik Pandya is not there you cannot make that XI.”
Chopra said that while Hardik may be given all four overs in crucial matches, he should be carefully handled in matches against some opponents.
“So maybe against Pakistan he can bowl four overs, but not against teams like Afghanistan or Sri Lanka,” he said.
The Asia Cup gets underway on August 27. India’s campaign in the tournament will start off with a match against arch-rivals Pakistan on August 28.
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