Hardik Pandya considering Test retirement to prolong white-ball career, says report

Hardik Pandya, India’s all-rounder, is considering retiring from Test cricket to extend his Test career, which may come as a shock to fans. According to InsideSport, the 28-year-old has been suffering from ailments for the previous few seasons, which has forced him to miss national team duty. According to the article, Hardik only wants to play white-ball cricket.

“He’s been dealing with ailments for a while and, while he hasn’t told us formally, he’s thinking about retiring from Test cricket. It will assist him in maintaining his focus on white-ball cricket. In any case, he wasn’t in our Tests plans. It will undoubtedly be a devastating loss, but we must prepare for the worst,” a top BCCI official told InsideSport.

Hardik was likened to legends like Kapil Dev for a while. He has 532 runs at an average of 31.29 in 11 Tests, with a top score of 108. He has also taken 17 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 31.06, including a five-wicket haul in England in 2018. Hardik was also selected for the T20 World Cup squad, however, he fell short of expectations as India was eliminated early from the tournament. The Indian selectors were chastised for including Hardik in the T20 World Cup roster despite the fact that he cannot bowl and is not fully fit. He may not have made his decision official, but according to the same story, he has informed the selectors of his plans.