"I believe the majority of the players want to play all formats" - Sourav Ganguly
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Pandya's last first-class game was in 2018, signifying that the all-rounder is clearly prioritizing white-ball formats at the moment.
In addition to leading Gujarat Titans to victory in their debut season and making history, Hardik Pandya almost won the MVP award for IPL 2022. He achieved 284.5 points, collecting 8 wickets in 15 matches, smashing 49 fours and 12 sixes. Pandya took 4 catches and was involved in 6 run-outs for Gujarat Titans. Pandya has scored 1963 runs in 107 IPL matches from 2015 to 2022.
Hardik Pandya has been in exceptional form in T20 cricket. As IPL is about to start in no time, his name is in limelight again.
In fact, Pandya's last first-class game was in 2018, signifying that the all-rounder is clearly prioritizing white-ball formats at the moment. However, that hasn't stopped many former cricketers from suggesting the 29-year-old Pandya to work towards a return to Test cricket. The India star has played 11 Tests for India so far, with his last match in the format being in September 2018 against England.
“There will be specialists in T20s. There's Hardik Pandya although I still feel he is an asset in Test cricket also and he should come back to Test cricket because that's what he will be remembered for. He is a specialist in ODIs and T20Is. But he is a very special cricketer,” Ganguly narrated to The Times Of India.
“I think money has nothing to do with how players play. It's great that money has come into the sport and that's how it should be. But I believe the majority of the players want to play all formats as long as they are good. It's terrific to see how hungry these boys are,” Ganguly added.
Gujarat Titans Full Squad for IPL 2023:
Hardik Pandya (C), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Kane Williamson, Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma
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