Hardik Pandya has been India’s finest search for a genuine all-rounder off-late, and he proved his potential in the first Test against South Africa when rescued India in the first innings and scored a gutsy 93 off 95 balls. However, his bat has been silent since then and has scored just 22 runs in the four innings after that. He took 2/27 in the first innings of the first Test but has been struggling to get wickets in the four innings after that picking up just one in the second innings of the Cape Town Test.

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Hardik Pandya walks back in disappointment after getting run-out during India’s first inning against South Africa in Centurion. Getty Images

He has been accused of throwing his wicket away playing rash shots. India was bowled out for a mere 187 in the first innings of the third Test. Hardik Pandya was unable to open his account and was dismissed while pulling the ball. His dismissal raised a lot of questions over his inclusion in the side.

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Hardik Pandya scored 93 in the first innings of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Getty Images

However, former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has come out in Pandya’s favour and feels that Pandya should be given a long run in the Test and should be given a couple of years to help him grow as a cricketer in the Test format.

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Sehwag said: 

“Definitely, I think Hardik Pandya is a long-term prospect for India in any formats and not only overseas. He is immensely talented with the bat especially but he needs to be consistent as an all-rounder as well. If it doesn’t happen, it would be a huge disappointment but it will take time for him to grow as a cricketer. His career has just started and it will take a couple of years more for him to become an exceptional player like Kapil Dev.”

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