Hardik Pandya, who will lead India in the forthcoming three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, last played in a Test match in August 2018. He has since been named the T20I captain of India. The all-rounder offered a cryptic response when questioned about his return to Test cricket as a result.

Pandya successfully made a return to the national squad after being dropped as a result of his performances in the 2021 T20 World Cup, leading Gujarat Titans (GT) to the IPL 2022 championship in their first season. In ODI cricket, Pandya has also been awarded the vice-captaincy position. At the pre-match press conference before the first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka, he responded as follows when questioned about his return to Test cricket: “When will I be seen wearing white? I’ll focus entirely on the blues first, and then I’ll consider the whites.”

Pandya also discussed how he manages his workload, saying that all he has to do is “trust in the process.” The all-year rounders will be busy with international commitments, the IPL 2023, and the ODI Cricket World Cup. “I am fluent in the language of toil. I don’t believe I have ever learned another language. I was thrown into the deep end, and my diligence is the only thing that has pulled me out. Keep up the good job and take care of my physique, which I do “he said.

“I can’t alter the fact that injuries are a part of the game. I have a lot of faith in the work I’ve done and the method that got me here. I simply want to continue giving my body as many opportunities as possible to perform at my best “He went on to say.

Pandya, who made his Test debut in July 2017, has 532 runs in 11 games, including a century and four half-centuries. He has a top score in Test cricket of 108. He has also taken 17 wickets in Test matches, including a five-wicket haul. In Mumbai, the first Twenty20 International is set to start on Tuesday. Following the three-match series, a three-match One-Day International series will be played, beginning on January 10 in Guwahati.