Hardik Pandya has been India’s in-form batsman in the limited-overs series so far against Australia. After scores of 90, 28 and 92 in the ODI series, Hardik backed up his form with another match-winning innings in the second T20I. He scored an unbeaten 42 off 22 balls to take India to a series win. Meanwhile, to make the most of Pandya’s rich vein of form, there are talks of keeping him back in Australia for the Test series.
The 27-year-old is relishing his new role, that of a finisher for Team India in their tour Down Under. Winning the toss, Virat Kohli asked Australia to bat first. The Men in Yellow racked up 194 batting first. In reply, it was Hardik Pandya who played a finisher’s role to take India to a series win.
Its Management’s Call: Hardik Pandya
After the game, Hardik Pandya was asked if he would look to stay back for the upcoming Test series. In reply, the Indian all-rounder said that it is the call of the team management.
“It’s a different ball game, I think I need to be, I mean I don’t mind but at the end of the day, the call is on the management. So, yeah, I don’t think I can say much about it.” “In franchise cricket, you have to step up because it’s a professional sport, and here it’s about the love for your country and you feel more pressure here,” he said.
Hardik Pandya has just received from a severe back surgery which happened in the 2019-20 season. To keep him fresh and not put much pressure on his back, he was not included in India’s Test squad against Australia.
The first of the four Tests will be played in Adelaide from December 17 to 21. Melbourne will host the Boxing Day Test from December 26-30. Sydney will host the third (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19) the fourth and final Test match.