Former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn shared his playing XI for Team India against Pakistan, which is scheduled to be played on October 24 in Dubai. Steyn liked the picks by ex-India cricketer VVS Laxman but made one change in the eleven.
Laxman picked Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, and Varun Chakravarthy in his India’s XI against Pakistan.
Steyn said he would prefer Mohammad Shami over Bhuvneshwar in the side based on his recent form. “I wouldn’t have been able to name it as perfectly as VVS but one change, I would bring in Shami ahead of Bhuvi, just on current form alone. Shami has been doing it quite nicely. Bhuvi is fantastic but on current form I would go with Shami in this side,” he said on Star Sports.
Hardik Pandya hasn’t been bowling lately to take care of his back, but despite not being an all-rounder Steyn feels he makes it to the playing XI on the merit of his batting alone.
“Look, he’s a game-changer. That’s the big thing. He is a gamechanger whether he’s got bat or ball in his hand, specifically with that bat actually. He hasn’t bowled a lot lately, at all to be honest. I would pick him purely on his batting alone,” Steyn said.
“After the current form that he has had, it’s a bit touch and go but he is a fantastic player. And teams will know that. So, when he comes out to bat, teams would have to prepare accordingly because Hardik Pandya can take the game away from you quite easily with the bat,” he added.