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‘Fitness kidar hai?’ -Fans react as Sourav Ganguly talks about reintegrating Hardik Pandya back to Test Cricket

Australia defeated India by 209 runs in the World Test Championship final.
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India recorded a huge defeat in the hands of Australia at the World Test Championship final in England at the Oval by 209 runs. The Men in Blue did not step up to the big occasion as the Kangaroos performed better than them across all departments.

Some were quick to point fingers at Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid for the loss. While some others felt it was time for the likes of the aging players to move and make way for young blood.

Sourav Ganguly was of the opinion that the youngsters who are up and coming can gradually be bought in to the Indian Team fold. Ganguly also hinted in a message to India all-rounder Hardik Pandya that he should come back and play Test cricket.

In an interview with India Today, the former India captain refused to jump the gun on Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli and said that they are still vital pillars in the Indian Test side.

There are some fantastic players for India in domestic cricket- Sourav Ganguly

“Let’s not jump to conclusions due to just one loss, India will always have talent. And I don’t think it is time to look beyond Virat (Kohli) or (Cheteshwar) Pujara. Virat is just 34,” Ganguly said. Then he talked about the enormous talent pool that India has and who could be the youngsters that could stake their claim in the Indian side.

“India has enormous reserves. When you look at some of the performances. I don’t consider IPL performances if we are sticking to Test cricket. In domestic cricket there are some fantastic players and you will only find out when you give them opportunities. Whether it be Jaiswal or Patidar, Abhimanyu Easwaran from Bengal scores a lot of runs. Shubman Gill is young, Ruturaj Gaikwad and I hope Hardik Pandya is listening. I want to see him play Test cricket, especially in these conditions,” Ganguly added.

Taking about Hardik Pandya, he has represented the national side in 11 red ball games. The all rounder has scored 532 Test runs and picked up 17 wickets. Pandya last played Test cricket in 2018 for India. When quizzed about a Test comeback, he talked about doing the hard yards and then getting back.

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