Hardik Pandya was one of the notable omissions from the Test squad to tour England later this year. The Indian all-rounder has not bowled much in the recent times, and his exclusion from the 20-man squad has certainly raised a few eyebrows. Pandya did not bowl even a single over in the IPL 2021 for Mumbai Indians.
Hardik Pandya had got his back surgery done in 2019, after the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in England. However, since then, he has been used very judiciously in terms of his bowling. Former Indian batsman, Aakash Chopra believes that Pandya’s exclusion is a sign that he may not be a part of the Test squad in the future.
“One thing is certain that if he is not there in the WTC final, it’s fine but if his name is not there even for the five Tests against England, it’s clear that Hardik Pandya may not be seen in Test cricket for a long while,” said Chopra.
“We all felt Hardik Pandya’s name will surely be there. It is obvious that if he has to play Test cricket anywhere then England, South Africa, and Australia are the places where you will need Hardik Pandya the medium pacer. There is an issue with his bowling. The captain also said sometime back that they are managing his workload, so that we can keep him safe for Test cricket,” said Chopra on his YouTube channel.
Aakash Chopra even stated that Hardik Pandya does not want to play Test cricket at the moment, as he is yet to hit his full fitness. This has thrown his Test career in major doubt, as the likes of Washington Sundar and Axar Patel have made themselves regulars in the Test squad.
Ravindra Jadeja returns to the Test squad after he missed the series against Australia and England, due to concussion. Hanuma Vihari, who suffered a hamstring injury against Australia in the third Test, also returns to the squad.