Ever since debuting for India in 2016, Hardik Pandya has gone on to establish an immense reputation for himself at the uppermost level of world cricket. He has won a lot of games for India and has been the X-factor on multiple occasion. He ended up making the difference with his monstrous batting in the T20I series against Australia and won the Man of the Series award for his performances.
His all-round performances have often proven to be the difference and signs suggest that Hardik Pandya is yet to reach his peak. Following a serious injury which required surgery that cause Hardik to miss many months of cricket, he has been in immense form and has taken his game with the bat to a whole another level. Pandya hasn’t been bowling lately since he’s made a comeback from a serious injury and playing, as a pure batsman, he has shone both in the IPL and even in Australia.
He scored 90 and 92 in the latest ODIs against Australia, and even as players like Kohli and Dhawan failed, Pandya stood and fired. In the end, his innings couldn’t prove to be enough to win India the ODI series but he got his revenge in the T20I series. He remained unbeaten with a majestic knock of 42 in the second T20I and smashed a couple of sixes in the final over to win the T20I series for his country.
Even the legendary Shane Warne has fallen short of adjectives while describing Hardik Pandya. The man with 708 Test wickets even went on to praise him as one of his top three players on the planet.
“I will have Hardik Pandya in the Test side. It’s a bit of a surprise. I love him. I have said weeks ago that he is one of my top three players on the planet. I love him. He is awesome, and he certainly did what he did in the T20Is and one-dayers. Now everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and saying ‘how good is Hardik Pandya,” said Warne in an exclusive interview with Sports Tak.
“I would love to see him in the Test team. He is in such great form. With the loss of Virat Kohli, he brings a lot of things to the table — batting and maybe a few over of bowling. I think he helps the Indian team walk a bit taller. He is a bit of a rockstar. He has got that swagger, he is ‘Mr cool’ when he speaks you think he is from the West Indies,” he added.