A four-Test series is going to start from February 5 between India and England. However, Hardik Pandya’s return to the Test team was like a surprise. Hardik Pandya is not ready for bowling at the moment and therefore he may not get a chance in the playing eleven in the Test series. But according to the report of Indian Express, Hardik Pandya has been given a place in the team in view of this year’s T20 World Cup. Team management says that Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are the most important players in terms of T20 World Cup.
The team management wants to keep a close watch on the fitness of both these players. Along with this, Bumrah and Pandya will be used carefully. Pandya showed great form while batting in the limited overs series on the Australian tour. If Pandya is also fit to bowl then he can prove to be the biggest match winner for India in the T20 World Cup. At the same time, Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as the most dangerous bowler of T20 format due to his precise line length and yorker.
Indian Express report claimed that Hardik Pandya’s fitness will be monitored during the Test series. A BCCI official said, “This is a good opportunity to monitor Pandya’s fitness.” Bumrah is also an important player and both of these will be used very carefully. In 2019, Hardik Pandya had to undergo a back surgery. Hardik Pandya has not tried bowling since then. Hardik Pandya did not bowl a single over while playing for Mumbai Indians in 2020. On the Australian tour, however, in the second ODI, Virat Kohli bowled four overs from Pandya.