Hardik Pandya’s Test CricketHardik Pandya’s omission from the Indian Test Cricket squad for the World Test Championship has once again turned the attention back on the player’s immediate future in the test team.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday named a strong 20-man squad for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the subsequent Test series against England and one big-name player, Hardik Pandya, was missing from the roster. Fans can’t still get around why the 27-year-old wasn’t picked up for the England tour despite the pitches there historically supporting seam bowlers like Pandya.
As per reports, selectors overlooked Hardik Pandya due to the fact that the Mumbai Indians all-rounder still has some issues with his back that prevents him to bear the burden of bowling long spells in Test Cricket. Pandya has bowled sporadically in white-ball cricket, for both his IPL franchise MI and Indian team, but the test cricket is way too demanding for his fragile back at the moment.
“One thing is certain that if he is not there in the WTC final, it’s fine but if his name is not there even for the five Tests against England, it’s clear that Hardik Pandya may not be seen in Test cricket for a long while,” Chopra was quoted as saying.
Chopra added that Hardik Pandya’s skill-set is suited for more conditions in England, South Africa and Down Under.
“We all felt Hardik Pandya’s name will surely be there. It is obvious that if he has to play Test cricket anywhere then England, South Africa and Australia are the places where you will need Hardik Pandya the medium pacer,” said Chopra.
The back injury has dragged Hardik Pandya‘s career back, no doubt about that. He is a premium all-rounder, perhaps the best in India at full fitness. He adds depth in both batting and bowling.
India on Friday named a 20-man squad to play in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the subsequent away series against England.
Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are all back in the team, while Kuldeep Yadav paid the price for poor form and is out of the entire England tour. This is the first time in four years that Kuldeep has failed to get into the Indian team.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav
KL Rahul and Wriddhiman Saha (subject to fitness clearance).
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