Two days after India’s impressive performance in the limited-overs series raised hopes of stopping in Australia for the upcoming Test series, India’s aggressive all-rounder Hardik Pandya said on Tuesday that he was “returning home”. Pandya, who returned after the back operation, has not started bowling regularly but after his brilliant performance in the limited overs series, there was hope that his name might be considered for selection in the Test team.
After playing a key role in the team’s victory on Sunday, the all-rounder had said that if the team management wanted him to have no problem staying in Australia, then his hopes of stopping were increased. However, two days later, Pandya confirmed that he was returning to India. Pandya said after the third and final T20 international against Australia, ‘I think I should return home and spend some time with my family. I haven’t seen my baby for four months, so I want to spend time with my family now. ‘
Asked about his return to Test cricket, he said, ‘Maybe in the future. I don’t know, maybe. ‘ Earlier, when Pandya was asked if he wanted to stay for the Test series, he said, ‘This is a different format, I think I need to do this, I mean to say that I have no problem. But in the end, the management has to decide.
Pandya, along with captain Virat Kohli, once again looked to lead India to the target, but Australia won by keeping patience. Pandya was adjudged Man of the Series for his outstanding performance in the series. “I am happy and I am happy to win the Man of the Series award but it was a team effort,” he said.
“We all decided after the second one-day international that we would now see it as a four-match series and we hoped that we would win three out of four matches and that’s why it is a pleasure,” he said. India had lost the ODI series 1-2 after losing the first two matches, but then came back to win the T20 International series.