Hardik Pandya / Hardik Pandya will return to the Test team after 5 years! BCCI is making a master plan

Zoom News : Jun 17, 2023, 07:51 AM
Hardik Pandya: The Indian team has faced defeat in the finals of two consecutive editions of the World Test Championship. In such a situation, the pressure has come on the team management to make some necessary changes not only in white ball but also in red ball cricket. Players like Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara are becoming a big headache for the team with increasing age. At the same time, the team also lacks a captain who can take the team forward for years with his vision. The way Ben Stokes changed the face of the England team, in the same way India also needs such a player and captain. In such a situation, the biggest name that emerges is that of Hardik Pandya. The dashing all-rounder is already being groomed as an alternative to Rohit Sharma in the white-ball format. And now it is the turn of red ball cricket as well.

In fact, news is coming out in many media reports that a senior BCCI official has told that the selectors of the team want to bring Hardik Pandya back in the Test team. Recently, former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had also expressed his keen desire to see Hardik play Test cricket. But is Hardik himself ready for this? Is his fitness at that level to play all three formats? These are many questions which question it. Sometime back, Hardik himself had also said that he is not ready for the test yet. If he has to make a comeback, he will earn his place himself. He does not want to eat instead of a deserving player.

Hardik will become Team India's 'Stokes'

Let us tell you that after losing the Ashes last year and then losing the Test series to the West Indies, the England Test team was in bad shape. Joe Root left the captaincy after this. Coach Silverwood was also fired. After this, Brendon McCullum was made the coach and Ben Stokes became the captain of the Test team. The careers of Stokes and Hardik are full of similarities. Stokes also continues to struggle with fitness problems. He is also a fast bowling allrounder. In such a situation, he handled the team and now this is the situation, since then the England team has won 11 out of 13 Test matches. He originated the Bazball technique within the team. This vision can now take the management of Team India forward in Test cricket. Hardik Pandya has impressed with his captaincy in white ball cricket so far. He can also become full time white ball captain in the coming one or two years.

Will Hardik handle the responsibility of the Test team?

First of all, Hardik Pandya himself will have to return to Test cricket. If he is successful, then his leadership quality is already well known. He is a good and clever captain. Looking at Rohit Sharma's growing age and his form, it does not seem that he will be able to support the team for a long time. Whereas Hardik is still young. Team India can go a long way under his captaincy. Then there has always been a captaincy in every format in Indian cricket. So seeing this, it would not be wrong to say that it would not be surprising that Hardik should return to the red ball team and he can command all three formats in no time. But for this he will have to work hard on his fitness. With the arrival of Hardik Pandya, Team India could aim to do something different in the third edition of the WTC.

Hardik played the last test in the year 2018

Hardik played 11 Test matches after his debut in the year 2017, in which he scored 532 runs with one century and 4 half-centuries and also took 17 wickets. Pandya, who has struggled with injuries many times in his career, played the last Test in September 2018. Now the Indian team will start its third cycle of WTC from the West Indies series. After this, the team does not have to play any Test matches till the World Cup. The first Test on the West Indies tour will be held in Dominica from July 12 to 16. At the same time, the second Test will be played in Trinidad from 20 July. The Indian team has not been selected for this series yet. Many speculations have started for this. Where there is danger in Pujara's place, there is talk of selecting young Yashasvi Jaiswal. There is also talk of giving rest to Siraj and Shami. Meanwhile, the angle of Hardik Pandya is new as well as very interesting.