Indian Cricketer Hardik Pandya has been chosen among 15-member team for the upcoming India-England test series. He will replace Rohit Sharma in the team.
On the twitter handle, Pandya wrote, “To be part of the Indian Test squad is a dream come true for me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my supporters, family members & the selectors for having faith in me.”
Pandya has played overall 20 matches including four ODI’s and 16 T20 Internationals and took 22 wickets. He was chosen as man of the match in India-New Zealand ODI match at Dharamsala.
Hardik was selected by MSK Prasad, chief selector for the upcoming test series. He has been roped in the team as he showcased his outstanding performance in India Australia’s tourament.
“Pandya’s pace has increased, he is moving the ball, his batsmanship has improved,” Prasad said. “And he has mellowed down as a person. He is one allrounder we thought is an equally competent bowler and batsman. And a good fielder too.” He added.
“Rahul Dravid has worked hard on the mental side of his game. Now Anil Kumble is guiding him. We have three allrounders – Stuart Binny, Hardik Pandya, Rishi Dhawan. In this particular series, he scores ahead of Binny. Much quicker and better bowler than Stuart. With form and fitness, Hardik is a better option.” Prasad affirmed.