India legend Sunil Gavaskar hailed Hardik Pandya and Ambati Rayudu after the two played stellar roles in helping India recuperate from 18 for 4 and lift them to challenging total. Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Shami then combined to ensure India defended the challenging total.
Following the lifting of the bans, Hardik Pandya has been asked to join the Indian team in New Zealand while KL Rahul has been included in the India A squad which is taking on England Lions in 5 one-day games at Thiruvananthapuram.
Former Aussie batsman Mike Hussey is of the opinion that India will miss injured Hardik Pandya as his game and style is well suited to the English conditions. The India-Australia Test series kicks off on December 6 at Adelaide.
West Indian pace legend Michael Holding feels that Hardik Pandya is not yet the Test-quality all-rounder India are looking at. Pandya has struggled with the ball in England, and has only played cameos with the bat.