New Delhi, Indian cricket team’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is once again in the news. The thing is, after losing the World Test Championship for the second time in a row, many questions are being asked about Team India. Especially the team players are being criticized. Team India’s spinner all-rounder performs well in Test matches in Indian conditions. Why star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is not playing test matches?
But when it comes to foreign situations, this all-rounder seems to struggle. In that, India needs a player like former veteran all-rounder Kapil Dev. Team India has one player who can bowl fast and also show his strength in batting and that is Hardik Pandya. Hardik Pandya can play an important role in batting as well as batting. We have often seen him doing this in white ball.
But now the question is that why is Hardik not playing test cricket? Let us tell you that Rohit Sharma has not played a T20 match since last year’s T20 World Cup. His focus is on ODIs and Tests. In his absence, Hardik Pandya is seen leading Team India in T20. So he is also vice captain in ODIs.
He has also captained one ODI against Australia. On one hand, Hardik is a key player in the white ball cricket team and captains it, on the other hand, he is not even in the team squad in Tests. What is the reason that Hardik is not playing Test cricket anymore? 29-year-old Hardik Pandya made his Test debut for India in 2017 against Sri Lanka. Since then he played 11 Tests till 2018, in which he scored 532 runs and took 17 wickets.
Namely, while bowling in the Asia Cup in 2018, he suffered a back injury, which was serious. After which he stayed away from cricket for a long time. When he made a comeback, he was not bowling. Apart from this, he also said that his fitness is not such that he can play in Test cricket.
There was a problem especially with his bowling. So he did not start bowling until the World Cup in 2021. Meanwhile, Pandya took a break from cricket to work on his fitness. In 2022, Hardik Pandya re-entered the IPL as an all-rounder.
His performance in bowling and batting was excellent. Along with this, he made Gujarat Titans the champion in the very first season of IPL after becoming the captain. After which he is continuously playing ODI and T20 for India. But he is yet to make a comeback in Tests. He feels his body is not ready for Test cricket. All in all, Hardik no longer plays Test cricket due to his fitness.SS1MS