Hardik Pandya celebrates a dismissal with Virat Kohli throughout a Test match for India.© Twitter
Hardik Pandya‘s stupendous batting within the white ball collection has given him an additional choice of a delegated “finisher” however India skipper Virat Kohli is evident that the all-rounder wants to begin bowling recurrently in an effort to be thought-about for Test cricket. Pandya has had scored of 90 and 92 within the first and third ODIs respectively and a match-winning knock of 42 not out in 22 balls within the second T20I, which helped India to seal the T20 collection, obtained him the Man of the collection award. Asked if he can be tempted to maintain Pandya again as a pure batting choice for the upcoming four-Test collection, Kohli answered within the unfavourable. “Hardik couldn’t bowl and we knew he will not be able to bowl but we saw in the IPL the headspace that he has been. But Test cricket is a different challenge and we need him to bowl,” Kohli was clear about priorities.
“We have spoken about it. He is one guy who brings in a lot of balance for us in overseas conditions like South Africa, England. We were able to compete for longer periods of time and he adds a lot of balance in terms of his bowling.”
Kohli believes Pandya is moving into the zone the place he want to carry out in all codecs of the sport.
“He is definitely in a zone where he wants to perform for India in all three disciplines. That’s always been his ‘X-factor’. In white ball cricket, we found some one who can finish games consistently,” the skipper stated.
But in keeping with him, even Pandya realises that he must get again to peak bowling type.
“He himself wants to get back into the bowling space and make sure he is available in Tests because it becomes way more important for five days, that little bit extra.
“He understands that he has to come back again the fittest he is ready to,” he added.
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