Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who had a disappointing tour of England, faced social media backlash after he posted a photograph on his Instagram handle after returning back to India. The Virat Kohli-led India faced a crushing 4-1 defeat against England. While many are considering that the Test series was not at all a one-sided affair, the numbers don’t lie. The fans instantly started to criticise the flamboyant all-rounder after he posted the photograph. Hardik Pandya's post garnered nearly 3500 comments, with the maximum of them lashing out at the Baroda cricketer for the dull outing in which he managed to score 22, 31, 11, 26, 18, 52*, 4 with the bat, while picking up 10 wickets with the red cherry.
The younger Pandya was dropped for the fifth and final Test as debutant Hanuma Vihari got the chance to show his talent. However, India were unable to the table as England completed a 4-1 rout after a thumping 118 runs victory at the Oval.
The 24-year-old Mumbai Indians all-rounder took to photo-blogging platform Instagram to share his photograph after returning back to India.
“Back to India ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ gutted with the result but it was a well-fought series and good to be back home for couple of days before we fly again for Asia cup in few days time !” he captioned the photograph.
“You should be dropped from the Indian team forever,” commented one fan. “No need to fly for Asia cup as you are not capable of playing cricket overseas, so don't waste your time and country's money,” commented another fan.
“Survives only because of his luck ...worst all-rounder in Indian cricket's history,” read another comment.
Hardik Pandya’s post has already notched up 4,17,897 likes on Instagram.
The flashy all-rounder, who was recently compared to World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev is part of the Indian squad for the Asia Cup 2018 and would love to capture the hearts of the fans once again.
The Asia Cup 2018 starts from September 15, 2018.