Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is one of the most important members of the Indian team especially in the shortest format of the game. With his medium pace bowling and power hitting abilities lower down the order, Pandya lends the Indian team the much needed balance.

However, Pandya is currently injured. Though he is trying his best to be fully fit to make a comeback into the Indian team before the mega event, there will always be doubt over his match fitness and match practice.

Meanwhile, with his brilliant form in the recently concluded T20 series against Afghanistan, all-rounder Shivam Dube has emerged as an alternative for the upcoming T20 World Cup starting from June in the West Indies and in the United States of America.

Under the circumstance, fans and experts are eager to know who will be selected in the team for the marquee event.

Meanwhile, former India opener turned cricket expert Aakash Chopra opined that India can pick both the all-rounders Dube and Pandya in the squad for the much-awaited T20 World Cup.

As per the former opener, Dube reminds him of former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh as he attacks the bowler in the same way. Chopra said that the 30-year-old should bat a little down the order for India.

“Shivam Ati Sundaram - his power is talking loudly. I felt he was sent slightly early in the third match. You could have sent either Sanju Samson or Rinku Singh ahead of him because he is not a grafter, he is an attacker. He reminds me of Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh). So you need to keep him slightly down the order,” said Chopra on his official YouTube channel.

The former orthodox batsman further added that both Hardik and Dube should be there in the T20 World Cup squad.

“Some people have even said to leave Hardik and pick Dube. I am saying keep both. Shivam Dube is a real contender based on these three matches. If he does well in the IPL, it will be the icing on the cake,” Chopra added.

Notably, Pandya is currently recovering from his ankle injury which he got while playing against Bangladesh in the 2023 ODI World Cup.