‘Fokat ka Gyaan dena chod de’ – Fans slam Ricky Ponting for saying Hardik Pandya ‘could be that X-factor’ for India against Australia in Test Championship Final

Hardik Pandya has played only 11 Tests so far for India.

Hardik Pandya and Ricky Ponting
Hardik Pandya and Ricky Ponting (Image Source: Twitter)

The stage is getting ready at the Oval, England for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) between India and Australia. Both teams are preparing hard as a mouth-watering clash awaits them and their respective fans. However, ahead of this clash, the former Aussie skipper, Ricky Ponting claimed that Hardik Pandya could be that X-factor for India in this clash.

Hardik Pandya last played in the longest format of the game in 2018 against England at Southampton. After that, due to injuries, he missed several cricketing actions and now, in the last two years, he finally managed to play cricket continuously in both the One Day and 20-20 format. But, hearing such a comment from Ponting, fans were not happy and slammed him brutally on social media.

He could be that X-factor there just to pick in a one-off game” – Ricky Ponting on Hardik Pandya

While speaking on the review show of the Governing Body of Cricket, Ponting said: The other really interesting thing that I thought about the other day for India in this game is how valuable someone like Hardik Pandya could be in a one-off Test match. I know he is on record saying that the Test match game is probably a little bit hard on his body. But for a one-off game… he’s been bowling every game through this IPL and he’s bowling quick. He could be that X-factor there just to pick in a one-off game, come in and see what he can do with bat and ball. He could be the difference between the two teams.”

After the recent home T20I series win against the Kiwis, Pandya shared an update on his comeback to the red-ball format. While speaking to reporters, Pandya said: “I will come (back) when I feel (it’s) the right time to play Test-match cricket. Right now, I’m going to focus on white-ball cricket, which is important, and if time is right and body is fine, I’ll give (the long format) a try.” Till now, this star Team India all-rounder has played 11 Tests while scoring 532 runs and taking 17 wickets.

Here is how fans have reacted:


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