Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder, now finds Test cricket as a challenge for him as he sustained an injury during Asia Cup 2018.
‘Test Cricket is going to be challenging for me now,’ Hardik Pandya
Seeing himself as a back-up seamer currently, he finds Test cricket as a challenge amidst after his surgery of the injury. Moreover, he has prioritized T20Is and ODIs over red-ball cricket and mentioned that the shorter format of cricket makes him energetic and he finds it difficult to play Test cricket.
“I see myself as a back-up seamer for sure. After my back surgery, I don’t know, playing Test cricket right now will be a challenge,” the 26-year-old said. “If I was a Test player and didn’t have the game in white-ball cricket, I could go now and risk my back in Tests but I know my importance in white-ball cricket. It has happened that I played Tests and then didn’t do well in ODIs and T20s because my plus point is my energy,” he explained.
Reviving his injury he sustained back in 2018 during Asia Cup, Hardik Pandya thought his career will get over. He thinks of Asia Cup as the last series as the all-rounder wanted to go on rest but then the injury happened.
“I genuinely thought that my career is over because I’d never seen anyone being stretchered off. I was knocked out for 10 minutes, after that the pain never went down.
“What happens to me is that my body goes into recovery mode straight away… Asia Cup was anyway going to be my last series before being rested but then the injury happened,” he recalled.
Hardik Pandya made his Test debut back in 2017. The player scored 532 runs signing in 11 matches and also grabbed 18 wickets during his short test career.
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