Sunil Gavaskar predicts Hardik Panya will be easy choice for World T20

The T20 World Cup is seven months away, and the IPL will play a significant role in choosing who makes the trip to Australia. The T20 World Cup promises to be a big competition for India, not only because it is an ICC event and the squad hasn't won one in almost 10 years, but also because it will allow Squad India to remove the scars of last year's woeful record, in which the side failed to qualify for the semi-final.

However, things will change this time. The team is anticipated to make significant progress in Australia. It is assumed that they hope with a new captain in Rohit Sharma and a new coach in Rahul Dravid, as well as a new group of players, the squad will turn a new chapter. While there is still time to determine the core group of players for the World Cup, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes there is one player who may be an easy pick in the T20 tournament.

Gavaskar commented ahead of the Gujarat Titans(GT) vs Lucknow Super Giants(LSG) IPL match on Monday, that not only the Gujarat Titans, but the entire cricketing community, will be watching to see if Hardik Pandya will bowl and how many overs he will bowl. Because if he starts bowling and bowls well, along with his batting abilities, he will be an excellent signing for the World T20.

Later in the day, Hardik proved Gavaskar's predictions correct. The GT captain, whose bowling has been questioned in recent months, bowled his complete quota of overs, and although failing to pick up a wicket, Hardik bowled consistently near to 140 kmph. Hardik, who was captaining an IPL side for the first time, led GT to their first IPL victory, defeating LSG by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium.

Mohammed Shami was named Player of the Match after taking 3/25 in the game, including the wickets of KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, and Manish Pandey. In reality, Shami dismissed Rahul with the opening delivery of the match, a superb ball that moved away just a fraction while nicking Rahul's bat.

Regarding Shami’s ball to Rahul, Gavaskar stated that it was a fantastic performance. Only a few bowlers are able to deliver such a brilliant delivery. He said that bowlers, particularly fast bowlers, take some time to find their pace and confidence in their run-up. But was there anything wrong with Rahul's first ball? He hadn't even touched at the ball yet. It proceeded very slowly and ended up on the outskirts.