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‘If he bowls 10 overs a day…’, Sunil Gavaskar explains how India can be ‘unbeatable’ in Test cricket – Firstpost

Sunil Gavaskar has suggested to the team management to convince Hardik Pandya back into the Indian Test team. PTI

Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes India can become an “unbeatable” team in Test cricket if the team management convinces all-rounder Hardik Pandya to return to the Test setup. Hardik Pandya has not played a Test match for India since the 2018 tour of England and a back injury has kept him out of the longest format since then.

Hardik’s workload has been a major talking point over the last few years and having said that, the 30-year-old himself has stated that he is not ready to play Tests again considering the fact that he has already played ODIs and T20Is. Hardik recently scored 144 runs and took 11 wickets in the T20 World Cup.

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India have a busy Test season ahead of them this year. The Rohit Sharma-led team is scheduled to play two Tests against Bangladesh, three Tests against New Zealand and the five-Test Border-Gavaskar series in Australia later this year.

“Yes, they can definitely. I think in the next two months, an attempt should be made to convince Hardik Pandya to play Test cricket. If he bowls ten overs a day in addition to his batting, this Indian team can be invincible and they can definitely go on and win the WTC and beat Australia in Australia,” Gavaskar, who turned 75 on Wednesday, was quoted as saying. RevSporz.

India have reached the finals of both editions of the World Test Championship (WTC) so far, but on both occasions India have failed. Although they lost to New Zealand by eight wickets in the 2021 final, India suffered an even heavier defeat to Australia two years later, losing by 209 runs.

Speaking of the invincibles tag, only two teams have boasted of this tag in Test cricket – the 1948 Australian team led by Don Bradman and the 2002 Australian team led by Steve Waugh. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal achieved this tag in football, winning the English Premier League title in 2004 without losing a single match.

Hardik made his Test debut on 26 July 2017 against Sri Lanka in Galle, where he made a half-century. He followed this up with a century in 70 balls in the next match. During India’s tour of South Africa in 2018, he made 93 in Cape Town, and in the same year, Hardik made a half-century and collected a five-fer against England at Trent Bridge, a match which India won by 203 runs. The Baroda cricketer has played 11 Tests for India so far, scoring 532 runs and taking 17 wickets.

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