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Twitterati express shock over Hardik Pandya inclusion for England series

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Hardik Pandya. (Photo Source: BCCI)

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.

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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.

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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.

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