Hardik Pandya becomes India’s Test player No. 289

first_imgIt was a proud moment for Hardik Pandya today when he received his maiden Test cap from captain Virat Kohli just before the start of the first match against Sri Lanka at Galle. Pandya became the Test player No. 289 for India.Kohli had earlier hinted at the inclusion of the all-rounder into the playing XI because of his ability to pick wickets.”We got a guy like Hardik Pandya who has a knack of picking wickets. He has a great chance of playing as well. That gives us the balance. The extra batsman gives us more solidarity,” Kohli had said on Tuesday.Proud moment for young @hardikpandya7 as he is all set to make his Test debut #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/YTGTzQ0Z4y- BCCI (@BCCI) July 26, 2017Pandya has the experience of playing at the international level having appeared in 17 ODIs and 19 T20Is before.India won the toss and opted to bat under overcast conditions.Shikhar Dhawan also returned after a gap of almost 10 months as regular opener KL Rahul was ruled out of the first Test because of viral fever. However, Rohit Sharma, who also played his last Test in October, failed to make the cut.India and Sri Lanka play three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20.Hardik Pandya – Test cap no. 289 for ????To see you play Test cricket for our country makes me extremely proud. Well done, brother! pic.twitter.com/RzAT5SV73Y- Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) July 26, 2017Congrats @hardikpandya7 on your test debut! Go well brother ????advertisement- Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) July 26, 2017Congratulations @hardikpandya7 on the Test debut! These are the moments we dream of!???? Test cap number 2?8?9?.#SLvIND pic.twitter.com/OyLVQqAIl4- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) July 26, 2017Congratulations bro @hardikpandya7 for test debut ?????? ???????? god bless you???- Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) July 26, 2017Start of a potentially long and an illustrious journey . Congratulations and all the very best @hardikpandya7 #SLvIND- Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) July 26, 2017last_img

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