Former Australian spin-bowler Shane Warne has been awestruck by Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, mainly by his recent exploits in the white-ball games in Australia. Hardik Pandya was one of the significant reasons that the Indian team was able to bounce back to resurrect an Australian tour that started disastrously. Shane Warne touted the all-rounder as a ‘rockstar’.
Hardik Pandya impressed hugely with his batting skills under pressure in Australia as he crafted three significant knocks to pull the Indian team out of trouble. The 27-year old hit two of his highest ODI scores as the visitors went down fighting in the ODI series. But he ruled the T20 internationals and especially the second, in which he blasted an unbeaten 42 off 22 deliveries as India chased down 195 successfully to pocket the series.
Shane Warne called for Hardik Pandya to get a nod for the Test side, claiming he is one the picks amongst the top three players in the planet. The 145-Test veteran couldn’t help but be impressed by his stellar display in the limited-overs matches and observed how everyone is currently jumping on the bandwagon, hailing his prowess.
“I will to have Hardik Pandya in the Test side. It’s 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,” Warne told Sports Tak.
I think he helps the Indian team walk a bit taller: Shane Warne
The Victorian further said that with Virat Kohli returning home after the first T20 international, it would have been perfect to blood Hardik Pandya in the side. Shane Warne believes that the 27-year old helps the men in blue walk slightly taller as he has got the swagger that most of the West Indian possess.
“I would love to see him the Test team, he is in such great form. With the loss of Virat Kohli, he bring a lot of things on the table — batting and may be few overs 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,” the 50-year old added.