Rohit Sharma and chief selector Ajit Agarkar were against Hardik Pandya's selection for World T20 Championship: report

Rohit Sharma and chief selector Ajit Agarkar were against Hardik Pandya's World T20 selection: report

T20 World Cup 2024: File photo of Rohit Sharma and Ajit Agarkar©AFP

Mumbai Indians' hopes of qualifying for IPL 2024 have come to a premature end. THE Hardik Pandya-The team led by IPL 2024 is the first team to be eliminated from the league. Even before the tournament started, the Mumbai Indians camp looked unstable with Rohit Sharmafrom his position as captain. Interestingly, the MI camp has four players who will play for the Indian cricket team in the T20 World Cup 2024. Captain Rohit Sharma, Vice-captain Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav And Jasprit Bumrah are four important members of the Indian side, which will play its first T20 World Cup 2024 against Ireland.

According to a new report, Mumbai Indians' situation was expected to stabilize with time. But this is not the case. The report in Dainik Jagran also claimed, citing sources, that skipper Rohit along with some of the BCCI selectors, including Ajit Agarkar, head of the panel, was not in favor of Hardik Pandya's inclusion in the 15-member team. During IPL 2024, Hardik Pandya blew hot and cold. In 13 matches, he scored 200 runs at a strike rate of 144.93, while taking 11 wickets in 13 matches at an economy of 10.59. Most of his good bowling performances came in the second half of the tournament.

The report also said that Pandya was selected for the T20 World Cup “under pressure”. The report further claims that Rohit may leave the T20 format after the T20 World Cup.

When Rohit and Agarkar attended the press conference after the team selection for the T20 World Cup, the chief selector was asked about Hardik's inclusion in the list despite his poor form. In response, Agarkar explained how the selection committee had no choice as there was no like-for-like replacement for Hardik available in the existing talent pool.

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