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Virat Kohli backs Hardik Pandya’s batting at No. 6

India skipper Virat Kohli has showed confidence in Hardik Pandya’s batting spot at Number 6. Kohli said what Hardik brings at No.6 can’t be achieved overnight. The skipper said the all-rounder is fit to bowl atleast two overs in India’s lead-up to the T20 World Cup.

“Well, I honestly feel that Hardik Pandya presently with his physical condition is getting better in terms of being prepared to bowl at least two overs for us at a certain stage in this tournament and we strongly believe we can make the most of the opportunity we have at our hand till the time he starts bowling,” Kohli said during a virtual pre-match press conference ahead of India’s T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday.

Hardik did not bowl a single over in the second leg of IPL and as per India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, he hasn’t started bowling in the nets.

Kohli also said that the managament have kept couple of other options ready till Hardik starts to bowl with full flow.

“We have considered a couple of other options to chip in with overs so we are not bothered about that all,” said Kohli.

Kohli, who is on his last T20 captaincy stint has also confirmed Hardik’s position at No.6 in the Indian team.

“What he brings at number six for us is something that you cannot create overnight. Hence, I was always in favour of backing him as a batter in Australia purely and we saw what he did in the T20I series and how he can take the game away from the opposition. We understand the value he brings to the team as a number six batter and it is important to have such players who can play impact innings. For us, that is way more valuable than forcing him to do something that he cannot at the moment, he is motivated and he is keen to start giving us a couple of overs to us,” he added.

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