Indian star all-rounder Hardik Pandya was last seen in the ‘Men in Blue’ squad for their white-ball games against Australia in 2020. Hardik Pandya made it to India’s playing XI as a pure batter because of his lower-back injuries. Fans were thrilled after Virat Kohli tossed the ball to the player during the second ODI of the series but it proved to be a one-off incident. The all-rounder is a part of the India squad for England Tests 2021 and could make his return in red-ball cricket after a considerable absence.
Hardik Pandya Returning To Red Back Cricket After Almost 3 Years
Hardik Pandya was last seen in Test matches long back in August 2018 vs England. Hardik Pandya has played 11 Test matches for India as an all-rounder where he managed to take 17 wickets and scored 532 runs with an average of 31. India already have fewer all-rounder options against England with Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin recovering from their respective injury. The 27-year-old has showcased his prowess across formats with match-winning performances. Having finally made his much-anticipated return to the national side in white-ball cricket during the Australia series, the player is gearing up for his Test return as well.
Virat Kohli had made it clear that is essential for the all-rounder player to resume his bowling in-order to play in the longer format. It remains to be seen if Hardik Pandya is included in the opening Test match at Chennai, as with the ICC T20 World Cup coming up, the team management will look to manage the cricketer’s workload efficiently.
Hardik Pandya was delighted to return to the red-ball cricket and he also shared pictures from his training session ahead of the series opener, and his fans were left mighty pleased as they await his return in Test matches.
The two cricketing giants will meet at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday, February 5, for the opening Test of the four-match series. Later Hardik Pandya will be surely seen throughout the tour in 5 T20s and 3 ODI matches. India Vs England series will be a very important series for qualification in WTC final.