India is currently playing a Test series in Down Under. They have travelled there without Hardik Pandya. This is because during the team selection, Pandya was recovering from his back injury.
Hardik was injured back in September during a match against Pakistan in Asia Cup. Chief selector MSK Prasad revealed that there are no players currently who can match Hardik’s abilities.
Even skipper Virat Kohli said he would miss Hardik’s services ahead of the Test series. Now there is a chance that Hardik might make a comeback before the Boxing Day Test.
Hardik was previously selected in the India A squad for three One-Dayers in New Zealand. As a result he was instructed to play in Ranji Trophy to prove his fitness.
Hardik played first-class cricket after a long time, however he didn’t disappoint at all. He bowled almost 19 overs relentlessly and there was no discomfort.
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Will Hardik be included in the Test series?
Moreover Pandya announced his comeback with a bang, as he took five wickets. He took the new ball for Baroda and dismissed two top-order batsmen in the likes of Aditya Tare and Vikrant Vilas Auti.
Pandya later came back for another spell and dismissed Shivam Dube, who looked in great form. As a result Mumbai were bundled for 465 and Hardik ended with figures of 5/81.
As a result his bowling proves that he is totally fit. The selectors would now be eager to see how he bats. Hardik lends a great balance to the team and can prove very handy. He played the third Test against England where he rattled the hosts with five wickets.
Meanwhile twitteratti was impressed by Hardik’s performances. As a result they want him back in the Test squad against Australia straightaway.