3 Players who can replace Ravindra Jadeja for the Test series against England

3 Players who can replace Ravindra Jadeja for the Test series against England

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Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya South Africa vs India
Hardik Pandya of India. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

There won’t be many cricket fans who don’t know about the charisma and swagger of all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the gentleman’s game. Just like Ravindra Jadeja, Pandya is known for his swashbuckling ability to strike the ball with the willow, outstanding fielding, and street-smart bowling. The Baroda-born can single-handedly win any game for India.

Hardik had made his Test debut for India against Sri Lanka on July 16, 2017, but has failed to cement his place in the Playing XI. He represented India in the purest format of the game just 11 times scoring 532 runs at an average of 31.3 and scalping 17 wickets at an economy of 3.38.

While Hardik can do wonders for India in Test format, he won’t be exactly a like-for-like replacement for Ravindra Jadeja as the former is a right-arm fast-medium bowler while Jadeja is a leg-spinner. Also, Hardik is not bowling currently due to his back surgery and the Indian team might need to play him as a specialist batsman.