Hardik Pandya has emerged as one of the most important players in the Indian team setup. After a very long period of time, India produced a fast bowling jeep that could consistently deliver the goods, and the team reaped the benefits of that in Pandya’s early years. But Pandya suffered a back injury and had to undergo surgery to correct that.
As a result, Pandya’s workload was reduced. Pandya had to stop bowling to ease the pressure on his back as he returned to competitive cricket. But the importance of their skills in all aspects was highlighted in the recent ODI series where India failed their serves with the ball.
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Virat Kohli also lamented the fact that India didn’t have an all-rounder on the team, as Pandya played like a pure hitter. It made a few jitters on the ODI series, but still the team left it out of the test setup for now.
Former India starter Virender Sehwag spoke about Pandya and his overall abilities. He argued that if he starts bowling, Pandya could become a crucial part of the test team.
“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 not in bowling form and he will only play in the ODI and T20I and that he will join his family, “Sehwag said in Sony Sports Network.
“But without a doubt, when he starts bowling, he will be a crucial part of the test team. Because of the way it hits in ODI or T20I cricket, imagine if you start scoring those quick runs at No. 6 or 7 in test cricket, India will be in a good position to win test matches. “
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“It’s important to score quick runs in test cricket, as well as give your bowling unit more time to fire the other team.”
India will play four Tests against Australia to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. The first test will be played with pink ball and will begin on December 17 in Adelaide.