Ever since India have taken Australia in the limited-overs series, two names have come in the limelight – T Natarajan and Hardik Pandya. Natarajan for his stunning show with the ball in his debut series and Pandya for his ability to finish the innings with the bat. Even, former Australia spin maestro Shane Warne has also believed this.
He recently tweeted that India should keep him in the longer format too as he has the ability to energize and lift the entire team around him. While replying to one of his fans who wanted to start an online petition for Pandya’s inclusion in the playing eleven of Tests, Warne tweeted: “They should!!!!! @hardikpandya7 should be in India’s test team. He has the unique ability to energize his teammates and lift all the team around his vibe. Cricket needs characters and superstars like him! Fact.”
They should !!!!! @hardikpandya7 should be in India’s test team. He has the unique ability to energise his teammates and lift all the team around his vibe. Cricket needs characters and superstars like him ! Fact 👍 https://t.co/GaWQMVysP1
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 8, 2020
Hardik Pandya has been in a sublime form. After having a stunning show for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020, he has carried his momentum on in the series against Australia too. However, he has said that he won’t be featured in the longer format as he wants to spend some time with his family.
“I don’t mind giving interviews because you only have those when you’re on the winning side. I haven’t seen my child for four months, so I’d like to spend some time with family right now,” Pandya said.
“I’m very pleased, and wouldn’t mind getting the Man of the Series award, but it was a team effort. After the 2nd ODI we thought we’d think of this a 4-match series and we managed to get three wins, so happy with that,” Pandya further added, who smashed a swashbuckling 92* and India eventually won the game by 13 runs.
However, Indian captain Virat Kohli believes all-rounder Hardik Pandya wouldn’t be a good choice for the upcoming test series against Australia which is slated to begin from December 17.
“He’s been outstanding,” Virat Kohli said after India’s 12-run defeat in the third and final T20I in Sydney on Tuesday. “He couldn’t bowl and we knew he’s not going to bowl … We need him to bowl. That’s when he becomes that one guy who brings a lot of balance for us.”
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