India has completed every task before the Asia Cup 2022 match and the next T20 World Cup in October, even the one that caused them the greatest difficulty in the last World Cup in the UAE. Before Team India departed for the Asia Cup in the UAE, former India head coach Ravi Shastri complimented the 28-year-old Indian star as “one of the most vital cogs in the wheel” for the balance he gives to the lineup.

Shastri lavishly lauded India all-rounder Hardik Pandya in a Tuesday interview with Star Sports and emphasized the importance of the player to his nation’s starting lineup. He recognized that if Hardik was taken out of the starting lineup, the Indian team would become unbalanced.

He (Pandya) is one of the most important cogs in the wheel for India, according to Shastri. “The balance is disturbed when you dismiss him from the group. He matters that much. You’re not sure whether to bolster your side with another bowler or hitter.

Hardik played for the Indian squad in the T20 World Cup last year, but he only bowled once, which threw off their balance and left them without a second bowling option. With the team being eliminated in the group stage, it ended up being one of the major contributing elements to India’s poor performance in the UAE last October.

“We missed him when he was unable to bowl in the (T20) World Cup last year. There is a significant difference. No one even comes close to him in terms of skill at that level. He has to be carefully watched since, in my opinion, he is a very important player. Shastri said that you should avoid playing him in any of the next games.