ICC WTC Final India squad: Twitter goes frenzy after Hardik Pandya fails to find a place in Test squad – The BCCI on Friday announced the team for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand and India’s tour of England. Players like Ravindra Jadeja and Mohd. Shami made comeback into the side after the injury but one big name that was missing from the squad was Hardik Pandya.
A persistent shoulder niggle has turned the all-rounder into a batsman. It seems that selectors have passed a message – without being fit to the ball he will not be included in the Indian team just as a batsman. It’s been 3 years since he last played a test.
As soon as the team got announced Hardik Pandya fans took to Twitter.
Hey Hardik, Literally, I pray for you and your fitness each and everyday so that we will see you playing all the formats of the game.
But it is not working the way it should be.
Hopefully we will get back injury free Hardik Pandya soon in all three formats🤞🏼🧿@hardikpandya7 pic.twitter.com/i4IhwK8rDF
— Rohan Gangta (@rohan_gangta) May 7, 2021
2 things clear from the selection meeting
1. Prithvi Shaw as of now is not in selection loop as far as Test cricket is concerned.
2. Hardik Pandya is not playing Test cricket in near or distant future. Perhaps never again. We will see a pure hard-hitting white ball player may be
— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) May 7, 2021
No place for Prithvi Shaw, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the squad for WTC final and test series against England. #Cricket
— Abhishek. (@Abhicricket18) May 7, 2021
India go to England with a lot of spin bowling all-rounders but no seam bowling all-rounder. Once it was clear that Hardik Pandya wasn’t bowling enough, it was clear he couldn’t make the team. Sadly, Kuldeep’s free fall continues.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 7, 2021
— Anomalouskris (@Krishna09356591) May 7, 2021
— HardikPandyaFC (@HPandya33FC) May 7, 2021
Hardik Pandya Test Career
Hardik Pandya had played his last Test against England in 2018. In his Test career, he has played 11 matches and scored 532 runs (1 century, 4 fifties) and took 17 wickets.
Is his Test career over?
Hardik Pandya needs to bowl and take plenty of wickets under his belt if he is to be considered for India’s Test setup in the near future.
He needs to come up with some match-winning performance with the bowl and deliver the crucial overs in white-ball cricket if he eyes a comeback to India’s Test squad.
His numbers are not too bad in the longest format but the ongoing form is not up to mark.