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IPL 2020: 3 Players who can replace Hardik Pandya in Mumbai Indians (MI) if he is unfit

Pandya had done well in domestic cricket but it was the scouting team from MI that helped him earn an IPL contract and now, he’s one of the most important members of the side.

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Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

There is a special bond between Hardik Pandya and Mumbai Indians (MI). It’s been only five years since he’s playing for the franchise but it was with them that he shot into the limelight. He had done well in domestic cricket but it was the scouting team from MI that helped him earn an IPL contract and now, he’s one of the most important members of the side.

He is a floater in the batting line-up and has donned the finisher’s role really well. The seam-bowling all-rounder also chips in nicely with the ball. He has been excellent in all three departments over the last three seasons.

However, Pandya has been struggling with injuries quite a bit in the recent past. Hence, with the T20 World Cup in October, India may not want to take any chances with him. The Baroda all-rounder plays a vital role in the balance of the side.

Thus, here we look at three players who can replace Hardik Pandya in case he is not fit to play:

(Note – Only Indians can be picked as MI already have eight overseas players in their squad)

 1. Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It hasn’t been easy for Manoj Tiwary in recent years. Despite performing consistently, he has failed to gain any sort of limelight. In fact, since the last couple of years, the Bengal player hasn’t even been able to land an IPL contract. He has kept his base price as low as INR 50 lakhs and yet, hasn’t found any buyers.

However, Tiwary has been in the news for his interviews and bold statements about his rejections. But he also made his bat to do the talking as he scored a maiden triple ton in first-class cricket. Tiwary was constantly getting starts throughout the season across formats but couldn’t convert.  He cashed in this time and made it big.

Not only because of this triple ton, but Tiwary is also a handy customer lower down the order. It was only in 2017 that he played a crucial role in helping Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) reach the final. He donned the finisher’s hat beautifully and scored 324 runs at a strike-rate of 137.29 in that season. He was discarded only after five games in 2018 and never returned. Hence, Tiwary could be a decent pick and the small boundaries at Wankhede might suit him as well.

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