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If Hardik is unfit, you have Vijay: Gambhir

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Nov 28: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels Virat Kohli�s team will keep facing the problem of imbalance till it finds a suitable replacement for a half-fit Hardik Pandya as his nearest competitor Vijay Shankar is not of same level. Pandya is playing currently as a specialist batsman and is not sure when he would be fully fit to bowl in ODI cricket. India lost to Australia by 66 runs in a high-scoring series opener in which the visitors missed a sixth bowling option.

Asked if there is a problem of balance, the hero of two World Cup triumphs couldn�t agree more. �Big time and this has been happening what � since the last World Cup. If Hardik is not fit (to bowl), where is your sixth bowling option,� Gambhir was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

�It�s only Vijay Shankar that I can think of but does he have the same impact batting at No. 5 or 6. Can he give you seven or 8 overs, I have my doubts,� the straight-talking Gambhir said.

According to Gambhir, this is the kind of problem which can�t be sorted even if a opener of Rohit Sharma�s calibre comes back. � PTI

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