Due to a back injury, Pandya had stopped bowling and only contributed his batting in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
The fast bowling all-rounder also played as a pure hitter in the cue ball series against Australia. However, the off-roader threw a few overs in the second ODI against Australia to satisfy the need for a sixth bowling option for the Men in Blue.
Sehwag also said that Pandya could have told the selectors not to consider him for the Test series since he’s not playing like an all-rounder on the side.
“If he was bowling then he would have been part of the test team. Hardik Pandya may have told the selectors not to consider him for test matches as he is out of shape and will only play in the ODI and T20I and that he will join his family, “Sehwag said on Sony Sports Network.
“But without a doubt when he starts bowling he will be a crucial part of the test team because the way he hits in ODI or T20I cricket, imagine if he starts scoring those quick runs at No. 6 or No. 7 in the cricket test, India will be in a good position to win test matches, “he added.
India and Australia will now see each other in action in the upcoming four-game test series. The first test in the series will be a pink ball contest, starting on December 17.
Australia won the ODI series, while the Men in Blue took the honors in the T20I series. Meanwhile, starter Rohit Sharma has been declared fit by the physios of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) following his hamstring injury during the IPL.
The batsman had arrived at the NCA in Bengaluru on November 19 and was scheduled to undergo a physical fitness test on Friday. Speaking to ANI, sources familiar with the events said the batsman is fit for the rigors of international cricket.