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“Team India Will Be Unbeatable In Tests If…”: Sunil Gavaskar’s Bold Selection Call

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Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has said that the key to India becoming “unbeatable” in Test cricket depends on how Hardik Pandya is used. The all-rounder played a key role in India lifting the 2024 T20 World Cup in June. Now, Gavaskar has called for his return to the Test set-up with a busy season of Test matches for India later this year. Rohit Sharma and his team will play three Tests against New Zealand in October and then tour Australia for a four-Test series in late November. Gavaskar said star all-rounder Hardik Pandya can make the difference in this period.

Gavaskar stated that if Pandya starts bowling, Team India will be unstoppable, regardless of the conditions or the opponents.

“I am hopeful that in the next two months, an effort will be made to convince Hardik Pandya to come back to Test cricket,” Gavaskar told RevSportz.

“If he starts batting at number 6 or 7, maybe if he bowls just ten overs a day, but with his batting this Indian team will be unbeatable in any country, on any ground,” Gavaskar added.

Pandya has not played Test match cricket for nearly six years and has played just 11 Tests in his entire career. However, with an uptick in form and a huge vacancy for an all-rounder who still bowls pace in Tests, he could be persuaded to return.

The newly appointed head coach of the Indian national team, Gautam Gambhir, will be put to the test for the first time later this year as India resumes the 2023-25 ​​World Test Championship (WTC) cycle.

Pandya was heavily criticised during the IPL 2024 after taking over the captaincy of Mumbai Indians from Rohit Sharma, as the franchise finished at the bottom of the table. However, his performances in India’s triumphant 2024 T20 World Cup campaign have changed the public opinion on Pandya once again.

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