I Will Be Happy If I Make Test Debut Against Australia: Hardik Pandya
Promising all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who will lead India A against Australia, is eyeing to make his Test debut for India as he sees the three-day warm game against Steven Smith’s side a big opportunity for young prospects to impress the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) selectors ahead of the four-match Test series, which begins on Thursday (February 23) in Pune.
“I have played against Australia A. This will be an amazing experience. Australians, you all know how they are and how aggressive they are, it will be nice competition for all of us. I will be pretty happy if I make a debut (in the series against Australia)” Hardik was quoted as saying by PTI.
Leading India A will help Pandya to develop his game and he would like to en-cash on the opportunity to make his mark in Test cricket.
“Everything comes on the right time. Whenever they feel that I am ready to play Test cricket I will be playing the game. But as I said Test cricket is something amazing to learn, so I am learning new tricks in my game and I am just trying to improve,” Hardik said.
The 23-year-old Gujarat-born Pandya, who has been impressive in shorter version of the game, has vowed to give his best to seize the grand opportunity while delivering both with the bat and ball.
“It will be good opportunity for all of us, specially me to perform and get the opportunity to play in the Test series, it will be a good opportunity for the youngsters as well, who are there to show what they have,” Hardik added.
“We are not treating it as a practice game, it’s an opportunity for all of us to do something amazing and get recognised in the selectors’ eyes,” Pandya remarked.
Under the tutelage of Virat Kohli and tAnil Kumble, Pandya, who has played 19 Twenty20 Internationals and seven One-day Internationals, has shown a lot of character in the recent past.
“Definitely it helps a lot when someone like Virat [Kohli] bhai and Anil [Kumble] Sir (back me), it grows your confidence when two legends like them support, you know that your captain is backing you, it is always helpful. I am learning a lot of things from them and other players. It helps a lot,” Pandya further said.
The 23-year-old Pandya has revealed being in the squad has helped him in boosting his confidence before adding there is enough on the table to try and get better with every game.
“I feel it’s a learning curve for me, I should be learning lots of things staying with the team and it always helps. I am improving my game day by day,” Hardik concluded.
Interestingly, Pandya made his international debut in T20Is on January 26 against Australia in Adelaide last year.
The three-day warm-up match will be played from February 16-18 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
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