Twitterati express shock over Hardik Pandya inclusion for England series
Updated - Nov 2, 2016 9:06 am
Hardik Pandya has been selected as a part of the side that will entertain England in the first two Test matches of the five-match series. The news of the 23-year old’s selection comes as a surprise simply due to the fact that the young all-rounder is predominantly viewed as a limited overs specialist. Pandya was a part of the T20 side that crashed out of the World T20 earlier this year.
However, in spite of all this, the newly-elected selection panel comprising of former India wicketkeeper-batsman MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda have put forth this particular squad on paper. More recently, Hardik Pandya was a part of the side that defeated New Zealand in the five-match ODI series, something that was clinched by the hosts 3-2.
Pandya’s debut coincided with India’s tour of Australia in the fall of 2015 wherein the young all-rounder made his way into the side along with warhorse Ashish Nehra. His T20I career got off to a dismal start when he bowled a plethora of wides before claiming his first international scalp.
In recent times, the youngster has been on the receiving end of a few trolls from haters but has managed to prove them wrong time and again. This has seen him earn a substantial amount of respect in recent times, especially after his bowling performance in the first ODI at Dharamsala against New Zealand.
Hardik had also impressed in the domestic circuit with some impressive performances with both bat and ball in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. It was in these places that Hardik earned his place in the Indian squad as a T20I specialist. However, now that he has been picked as a part of the Test squad, there are certainly a few stakeholders who are questioning the inclusion of the all-rounder.
Yesterday my friend told me that Hardik Pandya will make it to the Test squad and I laughed him off saying u better don't speak! #WTF
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) November 2, 2016
If Hardik Pandya can get a Test call-up, then Irfan Pathan has every reason in the world to feel hard done by for years. #INDvsENG
— Jaspreet Sahni (@Jaspreet_TOI) November 2, 2016
Hardik Pandya's first-class record: 16 games, 727 runs at 27.96 with a best of 90; 22 wickets at 33.72, one five-wicket haul. #INDvENG
— Jamie Alter (@jamie_alterTOI) November 2, 2016
Hardik Pandya could be useful in Test matches!
Let's see how it goes!
— Ken Adams (@BeingVishal5) November 2, 2016
Pandya gets selected for #IndvEng Test. I want our selectors to go through a Dope Test.
— ️Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) November 2, 2016
Reaction be like "mai kya karoon..isme meri koi galti nahin..inhone select kar liya!" pic.twitter.com/fUoQrYAYjy
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) November 2, 2016
Hardik Pandya getting selected for the test team is worse than Chetteshwar Pujara getting selected for the t20 team.
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 2, 2016
— Aditya Vashistha (@Kheyali_Nawab) November 2, 2016
— Kshitij Ingle (@kshitij_ingle) November 2, 2016
Hardik Pandya picked up to bat at 6 in place of Rohit Sharma? Ridiculous
— Abhishek ?? (@ImAbhishek_) November 2, 2016
Hardik Pandya is highly overrated n is being rushed very early into d Indian side . He hasn't evn plyd a full domestic season ! #corrupt
— Anmol (@anmolb44) November 2, 2016
I would be happy to be proven wrong but don't think Hardik Pandya is a Test material. Waste of a place. https://t.co/8lP5MILB01
— Abhay Gupta (@Abhay00) November 2, 2016
— toshniwalsumant16 (@toshniwalsuman2) November 2, 2016
— shashwat deewakar (@shashwatdeewak1) November 2, 2016
Good selection apart from Hardik Pandya. He doesn't have impressive FC record. Still it's better to select him than Stuart Binny ? #INDvENG
— Sandesh SK (@Sandesh_Says) November 2, 2016
Hardik Pandya? Really? Now don't start with "he lends balance to the side" thingy….#IndvsEng
— Anupam Singh Sisodia (@iAnupamSingh) November 2, 2016
Even Parth Pandya would have been a better option than Hardik Pandya
— Juan Mata fan (@rahul_jk) November 2, 2016
Selectors have given a great vote of confidence to @hardikpandya7
The trip to Australia has indeed changed his fortune
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) November 2, 2016
— Sarath Chandran (@ImSarathC) November 2, 2016