The star India National Cricket Team all-rounder Hardik Pandya has revealed whether he will make a comeback to Test cricket for the final of the ongoing cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.
Hardik Pandya made his Test debut for India National Cricket Team in July 2017 against Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at the Galle International Stadium and he performed well in his debut game.
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The fast-bowling all-rounder went on to play 10 more Test cricket games for the side, with his last match coming in August-September 2018 against England National Cricket Team at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Overall, Hardik Pandya has scored 532 Test runs for India in 18 innings at an average of 31.29, with 1 century and 4 half-centuries. In 19 innings with the ball in the purest format of the game, he has bagged 17 wickets at an average of 31.05, an economy of 3.38 and a strike rate of 55.1, including a 5-wicket haul.
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I will not be available for the WTC final or future test series until I feel that I have earned my spot – Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is all set to captain Team India in the ODI series-opener against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 17 in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, who will miss the first game due to family commitments.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the first ODI, Hardik Pandya revealed that he will not be available for selection for the ICC World Test Championship final because he hasn’t earned his spot. Hardik Pandya added that in case he wants to play Test cricket again, he will “go through the grind” to earn a place in the Test setup of Team India.
“No. I am ethically very strong person. I haven’t done 10% to reach there. I am not even a part of 1%. So me coming there and taking someone’s place will ethically not go well. If I want to play Test cricket, I’ll go through the grind and earn my spot. Hence, for that reason I will not be available for the WTC final or future test series until I feel that I have earned my spot,” Hardik told the media ahead of the three-match ODI series against Australia.
Australia and India have officially qualified for the ICC World Test Championship summit clash. The final of the mega event is set to be held at The Oval in London from June 7 to 11.
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