Team India suffered a major blow in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 as star all-rounder Hardik Pandya was ruled out of the mega event due to injury. Pandya was giving the necessary balance to the Men in Blue.
The team management had to announce a pure bowler as a replacement for an all-rounder like Pandya due to the absence of his proper replacement in the domestic structure. Under the circumstance, it has become imperative for the management to groom few youngsters immediately as pace bowling all-rounders.
Let’s have a look at some young prospects in the domestic structure who must be groomed as Pandya’s future replacement.
Raj Bawa is a left-handed batter and a medium-pace bowler. As a pace bowling all-rounder, he had performed brilliantly in the last U19 World Cup. He is playing domestic cricket for Chandigarh. Unfortunately, he could not play Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 due to injury. If groomed properly, Bawa will be the perfect player to take the mantle from Pandya.
Ramandeep is a middle-order batter and he can bowl decent medium pace as well. The 26 years old Mumbai Indian’s player is a fine option if India has to develop someone as at least a backup for Hardik.
The medium pace all-rounder could be one of the youngsters India must groom as Hardik Pandya’s future replacement. He can bat at No.6 and No.7 spot as an explosive batter and bowl decent medium pace. The raw talent must be honed properly to match Hardik in future.