The Battle for the Number 6 Slot

Apart from the bowling aspect, Harbhajan also emphasizes the need for a capable batsman at the number six slot. With Hardik Pandya's absence, there arises an opportunity to bolster the batting lineup.

In the face of Hardik Pandya's injury-induced absence, India must decide who can effectively take on the role of a finisher. Harbhajan Singh suggests that Suryakumar Yadav might be the answer, thanks to his demonstrated skill in finishing games.

“It's a big issue for India if Hardik Pandya is not fit. He sets our combination and if he doesn't play then you will have to change it. You can either play Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav as a pure batter,” added Harbhajan.

As India prepares to take on New Zealand, they confront their most significant challenge yet in the World Cup. Both teams stand undefeated, with New Zealand leading the table due to a superior net run rate. 

The clash promises to be a high-stakes battle, where India will seek to make the right choices to maintain their winning streak. Captain Rohit Sharma's leadership will be pivotal in making the necessary changes and managing the team's resources effectively.