Hardik Pandya holds himself to high standards and diligently works towards achieving them. This trait has established him as India’s leading all-rounder at just 29 years of age. In a recent interview, Pandya was asked about his possible participation in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship final in June.
He declined the offer, stating that he did not wish to displace a worthy candidate and emphasized the importance of earning his place in India’s Test team rather than being given one. His resolute response showcased his commitment to fair play and meritocracy in team selection.
I’LL EARN MY SPOT: HARDIK
“No. I am an ethically very strong person. I haven’t done 10% to reach there and I am not even a part of 1%. So, me coming there and taking someone’s place will ethically not go well. If I want to play Test cricket, I will go through the grind and earn my spot. Hence, for that reason, I will not be available for the WTC final or future Test series until I don’t feel that I have earned my spot,”
In the 11 Tests he has played for India, Pandya has amassed 532 runs with an average of 31.29. Notably, he delivered a spectacular performance in 2017 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, scoring 108 runs in just 96 balls. Another impressive display came in 2018 when he batted against South Africa in Cape Town, facing a challenging pitch and scoring 93 runs off 95 balls. Pandya’s Test record highlights his prowess as a batsman and his ability to excel in demanding conditions.
In 2018, during a match against England in Nottingham, Pandya achieved his best figure of 5/28 in the longest format of the game. He has taken a total of 17 wickets so far, which includes one five-wicket haul.
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