It has been a very long time since Hardik Pandya has taken the field in international cricket. However, after fully recovering from his back injury, Pandya has now been selected in the India A squad that will be touring New Zealand to play three one-day and two four-day fixtures. The fast bowling all-rounder was last seen in India colours in the final T20I match against South Africa at home.
Pandya has cemented his position in the limited-overs formats as a proper all-rounder, who can tonk the ball in last few overs as well as contribute with the ball. During a recent interview, he was asked about replacing veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni as the new finisher. Without any doubt, Dhoni is one of the best finishers in limited-overs cricket that the cricket world has ever produced.
“I’ll never be able to fill MS’ shoes, so I don’t even think that way. I’m quite excited about the challenge, to be honest. Whatever I do, it will be always for the team you know. It will be one step at the ladder and slowly-slowly that Cup will be there!,” said Hardik Pandya as quoted by India Today.