Hardik made a strong comeback for India’s white-ball cricket team, and Harbhajan Singh believes the all-rounder ought to have been selected for the Test team as well for the England series. Since 2018, Hardik hasn’t represented India in red-ball cricket.
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Why Harbhajan feels Hardik should have been picked in test squad?
Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder for India, has played well on his return to limited-overs cricket.
Hardik received a return to the Indian T20I team for the series against South Africa and Ireland as a result of his outstanding performance for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Harbhajan, though, also wants to see the cricketer from Surat given a Test recall.
Another Indian team travelled in England to be ready for the rescheduled 5th Test against England at Edgbaston, while one team traveled to Ireland for a two-match T20I series.
The team’s baton for the Ireland series was entrusted to Hardik. But according to Harbhajan, the cricketer from Surat also ought to have been selected for the trip to England.
“I believe Hardik Pandya should have been included by India. Since there will just be one game, England’s seamers should perform well.
Although Shardul Thakur did a wonderful job, Hardik Pandya would make the team even better. The batting then receives a significant lift, and the bowling unit also receives some cover,” Harbhajan was cited by Sportskeeda as adding.
Since 2018, Hardik hasn’t played for India in white. The all-around player has experienced some fitness problems, particularly with his long-standing back ailment.
Although the 28-year-old has made a comeback in white-ball cricket as an all-rounder, he might need to further demonstrate his health before making a red-ball comeback.
In terms of the Test match between India and England at Edgbaston, Harbhajan has predicted that the Indian team will win.
Without a doubt, this game is important. Ben Stokes is the captain of the new England team. However, they have a lot to show.
However, India has a strong potential of winning a series in England after a long time. India has the skill to triumph in this game. If they succeed, it will be a significant series win, according to Bhajji.