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India A vs Australia: Warm-up match great opportunity to impress selectors, says Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya, Who Has Been Dubbed As A Limited Overs Expert, Has Improved As A Seamer And A Good Show Against The Australians May Force Skipper Virat Kohli And Coach Anil Kumble To Keep Him In Their Plans For The First Two Test Matches.

PTI | Updated on: 21 Feb 2017, 04:44:27 PM
Hardik Pandya (File photo)


Ready to wait for his turn to make his debut in Test cricket, India A skipper Hardik Pandya claimed that the warm-up game against Australia on Friday is a great opportunity for fringe players to impress the selectors before the four-Test series.     

"It will be good opportunity for all of us, specially me to perform and get the opportunity to play in the Test series, it will be a good opportunity for the youngsters as well, who are there to show what they have," Hardik told reporters at Mumbai.     

"We are not treating it as a practice game, it's an opportunity for all of us to do something amazing and get recognised in the selectors eyes."

Hardik, who has been dubbed as a limited overs expert, has improved as a seamer and a good show against the visitors may force skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble to keep him in their plans for the first two Test matches.     

"I have played against Australia A. This will be anamazing experience. Australians, you all know how they are and how aggressive they are, it will be nice competition for all of us," he added.     

The Gujarat all-rounder has played 7 ODIs and 19 T20s but is yet to make his Test debut despite being picked in the squad against England and Bangladesh.

Asked how it has helped him to be a part of the team,Hardik said, "I feel its a learning curve for me, I should be learning lots of things staying with the team and it always helps. I am improving my game day by day. That was the only reason that I thought I made a comeback after a poor IPL. I want to focus on improving my game," he said.     

With Kumble and Kohli backing him as a seam all-rounder, Hardik said it has boosted his confidence. "Definitely it helps a lot when someone like Virat bhai and Anil Sir (back me), it grows your confidence when two legends like them support, you know that your captain isbacking you, it is always helpful. I am learning a lot of things from them and other players. It helps a lot," he said.     

"Everything comes on the right time. Whenever they feel that I am ready to play Test cricket I will be playing the game. But as I said Test cricket is something amazing to learn, so I am learning new tricks in my game and I am just trying to improve.     

"I will be pretty happy if I make a debut (in the series against Australia). As I said opportunity will come when it suppose to come. It is all about process and I am doing it right now," he said. 

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First Published : 16 Feb 2017, 04:47:00 PM