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Not Kohli Or Rohit, Gavaskar Feels 'This' Player Can Make IND Invincible In Tests

Gavaskar urges Hardik to play Test cricket [X]
Gavaskar urges Hardik to play Test cricket [X]

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes that all-rounder Hardik Pandya could be crucial in helping India secure their first World Test Championship (WTC) title.

Gavaskar highlighted Pandya's recent stellar performance in the T20 World Cup 2024, where he scored 144 runs in six innings at a strike rate over 150 and took one wicket, as a testament to his potential impact in Test cricket.

Gavaskar Urges Pandya's Return for WTC Glory

During an interview with Revsportz Sunil Gavaskar emphasized the need to convince Hardik Pandya to return to the Test format, despite his focus on white-ball cricket due to injuries.

"Yes, absolutely, they can. I think in the next two months, there should be an attempt to convince Hardik Pandya to play Test cricket. If he bowls ten overs a day to go with his batting, this Indian team could become invincible, and they can surely go on and win the WTC and beat Australia in Australia”.

Hardik Pandya started his Test career with promise but has been limited to just 11 matches due to injuries. He last played Test cricket in September 2018. In those 11 Tests, Pandya has scored 532 runs in 18 innings, with an average of 31.29, including one century and four fifties. With a red ball in his hand, he has taken 17 wickets, with his best figures being 5 for 28.

Team India has reached the WTC final twice but lost to New Zealand and Australia.

Gavaskar believes that Pandya's return could change this trend and help India dominate in Tests.

"If he bowls ten overs a day to go with his batting, this Indian team could become invincible.”

With an upcoming five-match Test series in Australia, Gavaskar’s call underscores the strategic importance of Pandya’s potential return. India's success in this series could set the stage for their first WTC title.