Content with progress of Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan and Pandya: MSK Prasad
The Indian chief selector MSK Prasad asserted that he was content with the progress made by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya. Bhuvneshwar played his last international for India in December 2019, while Pandya last featured in the T20I series against South Africa. Besides, the Indian opener Dhawan played against Australia in the ODI series before getting injured. Here is more.
Playing for Reliance 1 in the DY Patil T20 Cup, Hardik showed his all-round display. His 25-ball 38 helped them post 150. In reply, Bank of Baroda were bundled out for just 125 thanks to a performance by Rahul Chahar who took a five-for with Pandya claiming three scalps. Bhuvneshwar Kumar too bowled an economical spell (3-0-14-0). Earlier, Dhawan scored 14.
"I am here to watch Shikhar Dhawan playing in the DY Patil tournament. I am here especially to watch Dhawan, Bhuvi, and Hardik. I am happy with the way they are progressing," Prasad told ANI.
Hardik suffered a severe lower back injury five months ago and underwent a surgery in London. He was expected to make his comeback in the ongoing New Zealand tour but wasn't deemed fit. While Bhuvneshwar was ruled out of the West Indies ODI series owing to a groin injury, Dhawan injured his shoulder while fielding in the ODI against Australia earlier this year.
MSK Prasad shrugged off any doubts regarding Virat Kohli who failed to deliver the goods in the New Zealand tour. "We are talking about a legend who has been a run-machine for many years. He is also a human and he can have one series where he doesn't perform. One series should not go against him, he has been a phenomenal player," Prasad said.