Hardik Pandya takes a trip down memory lane to relive his one year in Test cricket
He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle on July 26, 2017.
Updated - Jul 28, 2018 2:43 pm
Hardik Pandya is deemed to be one of the most destructive all-rounders, India have ever produced. He made his international debut in a T20I against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2016 and carved a reputation as an unflinching personality on the cricket pitch. The swashbuckling cricketer made his ODI debut in the same year, but it took him almost nine months thereafter to get his maiden Test cap.
He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle on July 26, 2017, and made his mark right from the outset. He came to bat lower down the order and smacked a fifty in his maiden innings in red-ball cricket. In the second match in Colombo, he perished cheaply in the first innings but roared back by racking up his first century in the longest format. He scored 108 runs from 96 balls.
Pandya reminisces his Test journey
Moreover, the knock was carved with eight boundaries and seven sixes. He played his next Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town and enthralled the audience with a jaw-dropping knock of 93 runs from 95 balls. Unfortunately, his knock was cut short by fast-bowler Kagiso Rabada just when the batsman seemed settled to notch his second century in the format.
He couldn’t quite replicate his form in the next couple of matches in Centurion and Johannesburg respectively. India, captained by Ajinkya Rahane, recently played the historic Test against Afghanistan in Bangalore and Pandya contributed with a useful hand 71 runs from 94 balls.
The Baroda-born talent was also named in the Test squad for India’s first three matches against England. The 24-year-old has scored 368 runs thus far in seven matches at an average of 36.80. He hasn’t had much to did with the leather and only has seven wickets in as many matches.
Meanwhile, he went one year down the memory lane and mentioned the journey as a memorable one. He posted a picture on Instagram and wrote, “#OnThisDay last year: TEST From debut in to now in, it’s been a memorable experience so far.”
Here is Pandya’s post
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