Allrounders will play a key role at the upcoming 50-overs World Cup in England and Wales and India could have one of the best in Hardik Pandya, 2011 player-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh said.Yuvraj scored 362 runs and 15 wickets as India won the World Cup for the second time in 2011 and the 37-year-old believes the rules of this year’s edition will make those players who can contribute with both bat and ball even more valuable.
A maximum of four fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle between overs 10 to 40, making it difficult for captains to stack their teams with frontline batsmen and rely on part-timers to pitch in with the bowling.
“It’s a five-fielder rule and part-timers don’t get away with that kind of bowling, it’s going to be tough to bowl the sixth bowler,” Yuvraj told Reuters in an interview.”But if you go with five (frontline) bowlers, then you know somebody has to bowl four to five overs maximum. If somebody is not bowling well, then someone has to chip in.”
Yuvraj was confident seam-bowling allrounder Pandya can execute the role he played eight years ago to perfection when the 12th World Cup kicks off on May 30.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]