Hardik Pandya is certainly an asset to the Indian cricket team. He is one of the few pace bowling all-rounders we have seen over the years. In 2017, when he made his Test debut against South Africa, everyone had high hopes for him. And the Baroda all-rounder did stand up tall with quality performances in the longest format.
But, injuries have now kept him out of the longest format and may continue so for the rest of his career. Hardik Pandya’s childhood coach has spoken about his chances of playing Test cricket.
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According to his coach, the ace all-rounder needs to remodel his action to suit the longest format of the game.
“If he has to play in Test cricket for a longer duration, he has to work a lot on his remodelled action. I remember, he was dropped after the T20 world cup in 2016 and after that, he didn’t have a great IPL either. Then, we worked together in Baroda on his action. After that, he was selected for an India A tour and went to Australia and got his rhythm back,” Singh said
Hardik Pandya’s coach wants him to feature more in Test Cricket
Jitender Singh has revealed that Hardik Pandya started pace bowling only at the age of 15 or 16.
“We must not forget the fact that he has been a late-bloomer as a pacer and the muscles will take time to adjust to the workload,” Singh added.
Singh further said that with the hectic international schedule, it becomes really difficult for him or Hardik to work on his action. However, the childhood coach said that he dreams that Pandya plays more Test cricket and even said that he knows the young all-rounder will definitely play Test cricket in the future.
Hardik Pandya has played a total of 11 Test matches so far in his career and has scored 532 runs picking up 17 wickets.
He is currently in Sri Lanka gearing up for the upcoming three-match ODI series followed by as many T20Is.