Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar likely to be dropped from New Zealand T20Is

Team India had a terrible time in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, contrary to predictions. The Virat Kohli-led team lost their first two games against Pakistan and New Zealand, effectively eliminating them from contention for the semi-finals. The BCCI selectors are allegedly prepared to make some important decisions for the forthcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand, since some Indian players have failed to live up to expectations.

The series will begin on November 17, just three days after the global event concludes. With less than a year until the next T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia, the national selection committee is eager to evaluate as many players as possible before the home season finishes in June next year. According to a report in Mint, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be dropped for the forthcoming series. While Hardik has been unable to bowl on a regular basis due to fitness issues, Bhuvneshwar has been completely out of form recently. These two players have established themselves in the T20 format, but the selectors want to bring in some new blood ahead of the global championship next year.

Speedsters Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah will be given some much-needed rest as the duo is poised to be dropped. With the departure of some of the more well-known players, youngsters will be given the opportunity to wear the national jersey. Yuzvendra Chahal, a veteran leg-spinner, is also scheduled to return.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been in terrible form, and Hardik Pandya, whose fitness remains a question, are anticipated to be axed from the T20 team against New Zealand,” the newspaper added.

“As the likes of Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah get some much-needed break, some of the established IPL performers like Orange Cap holder Ruturaj Gaikwad, one of the top wicket-takers Avesh Khan, seasoned leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will be back in the fray,” it continued.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, who might be considered Pandya’s replacement, could get his first national call-up. At the same time, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar’s Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate, could be considered for the New Zealand series.