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06 Mar 2019

Hardik Pandya or Vijay Shankar, who will play World Cup?

Hardik Pandya or Vijay Shankar for World Cup?

With less than 100 days to go for the World Cup, India are still looking for an ideal all-rounder.

Although Hardik Pandya fits in the squad, his injuries of late, along with inconsistent performance, have led to putting his position in doubt.

Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar has also risen up the ladder to become a contender for the tournament.

We analyze who's World Cup favorite.

In context

Hardik Pandya or Vijay Shankar for World Cup?
Why Vijay Shankar?

Shankar's stats

Why Vijay Shankar?

The man from Tamil Nadu, who is a batting all-rounder, has so far played six ODIs, scoring 91 runs at an average of 45.50.

However, he has failed to make an impact with the ball, claiming just two wickets, which came in second ODI against Australia.

He has a bowling average of 57.50 and an economy of 5.60, while his best figure is 2/15.

Shankar's latest story

Shankar rise to fame in second ODI against Australia

On Tuesday, Shankar scored 46 off 41 balls to display clinical batting.

Although Shankar bowled just nine deliveries, his opening over went for 13 runs, including three fours.

Virat Kohli surprised everyone when he decided to give Shankar the final over, with Australia requiring just 11 runs.

Nonetheless, Shankar didn't disappoint as he claimed the remaining two wickets to steer India home.

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Why Hardik Pandya?

Pandya's story

Why Hardik Pandya?

Pandya is known as a prolific finisher.

Being a hard-hitter, Pandya can smack the ball out of the park, especially against spinners, which was evident during the Champions Trophy 2017.

Unlike Shankar, Pandya has a better record with the ball, claiming 44 wickets in 45 matches at an average of 39.71 and an economy of 5.53, while his best figure is 3/31.

Pandya's latest story

Pandya's below-par average in the last 10 ODIs

Pandya's injury has taken some toll on his performance.

In his last 10 ODIs, he has claimed just nine wickets at an average of 44.

Moreover, his batting has also been below par, scoring just 112 runs in his last 10 ODIs at an average of 18.66.

Furthermore, he was involved in an off-field controversy which still has its effects on him.

Pandya vs Shankar in List A

Considering their List A stats, Shankar has a better batting average of 37.53, compared to that of 28.02 for Pandya. As for bowling, it's Shankar again who has a better average of 32.25, compared to that of 39.18 for Pandya.

Shankar leads the race, but Pandya can still sneak in

Verdict

Shankar leads the race, but Pandya can still sneak in

As per the stats above, it is clear that Shankar is the right guy for the all-rounder's spot in the World Cup squad.

However, there is still room for Pandya, depending on the performance of Ambati Rayudu.

If Rayudu fails to seal his spot in the middle-order, Pandya can sneak in, giving the side an edge with an extra all-rounder.

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When did Vijay Shankar make his ODI debut?

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Shankar made his ODI debut against Australia at Melbourne in January 2019.

Which IPL team does Vijay Shankar play for?

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Shankar plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL, currently.

Which was Hardik Pandya's last ODI?

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Pandya last played ODI against New Zealand in Wellington on February 13, 2019.

Which Ranji team does Pandya play for?

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Pandya plays for Baroda in Ranji Trophy.

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