India vs West Indies Hardik Pandya returns to Indian test team for WI tour Bcci official statement
The defeat of the WTC final made the selectors sleepless, this star player of India will play after 1774 days!
IND vs WI: The Indian cricket team was defeated by Australia in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC Final-2023), after which it was criticized a lot. Now the Indian selectors too must be getting worried thinking about what went wrong. Meanwhile, a veteran may return to the team.
India Squad for West Indies Tour: The Indian team's dream was broken for the second time in a row and it was defeated by Australia in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC Final-2023). Australia had set a target of 444 runs to win against India in this match played in London. Team India's second innings ended on 234 runs on the 5th and last day of the match, due to which India lost by 209 runs. Now the selectors too must be getting worried thinking about what went wrong.
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The new WTC cycle will start in July
The new World Test Championship (WTC) cycle of the Indian cricket team will begin next month with the West Indies tour. After another defeat in the WTC final, the focus is now on new faces. For this, it is obvious that senior players can be dropped. Dashing openers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will definitely be a part of the series against the West Indies, but after that, there could be a 'Test reboot'.
Discussion on the return of this veteran player
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can now discuss the return of Hardik Pandya in the Test format. An official of the board has also confirmed this. It is being told that Team India for the West Indies tour will be announced next week. All-rounder Hardik has kept his distance from the Test format due to his back injury. However, after battling with the injury, he is now looking fit.
BCCI official confirmed
A BCCI official has given information about this. He told InsideSport, 'Hardik is definitely an option but he is the one who has to take the call on Test return. The selectors want to see him in the white jersey. But is he in a position to play in all three formats? Especially considering that he is an important player in the ODI format. Let us tell you that the ODI World Cup-2023 is to be played this year in the hosting of India.
Will return after 1774 days?
Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya last played in the Test format in the year 2018. He played his last Test match against England in September 2018 at Southampton. After this, he remained out of the team for some time due to injury. Hardik has also made Gujarat Titans the champion once under his captaincy. The Gujarat Titans team played in the IPL twice and made it to the finals both times. Hardik has played only 11 Test matches so far.
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