Hardik Pandya, who is known as the specialist all-rounder of India’s limited overs’ folds, made his debut for India in the longest format of the game –Test cricket against Sri Lanka in July 2017.
However, when he was supposedly expected to play with patience after India's early wobble in Joburg, Hardik threw away his wicket rather carelessly which attracted a lot of criticism of his game sense and maturity as a cricketer.
However, former Indian opener and current Commentator –Virender Sehwag has come out in support of Pandya as always, saying ‘he will take time for him to grow as a cricketer’.
A fan was asked Sehwag whether the Indian Team Management should continue with Hardik Pandya in Test cricket during the question-answer session on Facebook.
He replied to his fan, who doubted Hardik Pandya’s ability, “Definitely, I think Hardik Pandya is a long-term prospect for India in any formats and not only overseas. He is immensely talented with the bat especially but he needs to be consistent as an all-rounder as well. If it doesn’t happen, it would be a huge disappointment but it will take time for him to grow as a cricketer. His career has just started and it will take a couple of years more for him to become an exceptional player like Kapil Dev.”
As we saw, the conditions in Johannesburg is assisting bowlers, therefore, Pandya can take advantage of the bowling friendly Wanderers pitch and shut his critics down with his show against South Africa.