- Hardik Pandya battling fitness problem
- Out of team after T20 World Cup
IND vs SL, Hardik Pandya: Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s fitness remains in question. Hardik has also not been selected in the team for the T20 and Test series against Sri Lanka. Now Chief Selector Chetan Sharma has said a big thing about Hardik Pandya. He said that the selection committee will consider Hardik Pandya’s return to the national team only if he is 100% match fit.
Chetan Sharma said in the press conference, ‘Hardik was definitely an important part of the Indian team. When we are sure that he is ready to play 100 percent match fit and if he is bowling, then his name will definitely be considered.
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Chetan Sharma also told that the selection committee will give importance to performance in Ranji Trophy. Sharma said, ‘You can ask Hardik why he is not playing Ranji Trophy. We are seeing people who are playing Ranji Trophy and performing there. So we are happy to see the competition and the performance of the boys.
Hardik Pandya has not played competitive cricket since the T20 World Cup 2021. There are constant questions about his bowling because this former Mumbai Indians all-rounder did not bowl a single over in IPL 2021. At the same time, only 4 overs were bowled for the Indian team in the T20 World Cup.
Hardik Pandya was signed by the new IPL team Gujarat Titans for Rs 15 crore before the auction. Along with this, he was also entrusted with the responsibility of captaincy.
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Four legendary players not part of Test team
Meanwhile, experienced batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have been dropped from the Test squad against Sri Lanka. Both the players are running out of form for the last one year. Not only this, the selectors have also not included fast bowler Ishant Sharma and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha in the Test squad.