Australian Former leg-spinner Shane Warne said his opinion on the talks surrounding Hardik Pandya’s inclusion in the Indian Test team.
Shane Warne is all in favour to see Pandya in the whites, despite the all-rounder no fit enough to bowl. And would then have to play purely as a batsman.
Playing for Mumbai Indians, he averaged 35 and had a strike rate of 178- the third-best in the tournament behind Kieron Pollard and Jofra Archer.
Pandya carried his super striking form to international cricket against Australia. He was India’s highest-run scorer in the ODI series – Man of the Match in the third ODI – and is Man of the series in the T20Is.
Shane Warne aired his views, comically, that Indian fans should start a petition urging the management to include Hardik Pandya in the Test squad.
The right-hander has played 11 Test matches in his career where he averaged 31 with a solitary hundred in addition to 17 wickets.
Shane Warne Tweeted, “They should!!!!! @hardikpandya7 should be in India’s test team. He has the unique ability to energise his teammates and lift all the team around his vibe. Cricket needs characters and superstars like him! Fact.”
The Test series commences on 17th December in Adelaide with a pink-ball day-night affair. The men in blue won the T20I series by a 2-1 scoreline, and Hardik along with other white-ball specialists will return home.