Hardik Pandya has made a befitting comeback to international cricket after being out of action for months with a back injury. Pandya returned to cricketing action in the IPL 2022 and what a reboot it was for the Baroda cricketer. The India all-rounder led Gujarat Titans to their maiden IPL title in their first appearance in the world’s biggest T20 league. Since then, Pandya has not looked back. 

The 29-year-old has now been appointed as the captain of the Indian T20I team and Pandya is taking bigger leaps in his cricketing career. He is yet to lose a bilateral series as the captain of the side. Not only in T20Is, but Pandya has also got his position back in the Indian ODI team too. In fact, he has been now appointed as the vice-captain in the format and is expected to play a key role in the ODI World Cup later this year. 

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However, one format, the supreme one still remains out of Pandya’s reach. In his seven-year-long cricketing career, Pandya has played only 18 Tests. The India all-rounder last donned the whites for India in August 2018. But as Pandya is up and running, playing the rest of the formats, are there any chances of him playing Test for India again? 

The India captain shed light on this topic after the 3rd T20I against New Zealand on Wednesday. When asked about his potential Test comeback during the pre-match press conference, Pandya brushed aside the discussions saying playing white-ball cricket is his priority at the moment. 

“I will come when I feel is the right time to play Test cricket. Right now, I am going to focus on white-ball cricket which is important. When the time is right and my body is fine, I will give it a try,” said Pandya.