In an exclusive interview with Sports Tak, the former spin wizard has said that he ‘loves’ Pandya, who features in the list of his top three cricketers on the planet. Expressing his adoration for Hardik Pandya, Shane Warne called him a “swagger”, “rockstar” and “Mr. Cool”.
Shane Warne praises Hardik Pandya
The 51-year-old added that Hardik Pandya appears to be a West Indian coming straight out of an Antigua beach when he speaks.
“I will to have Hardik Pandya in the Test side. It’s bit of a surprise. I love him and I have said weeks ago that he is one of my top three players on the planet. I love him. He is awesome and he certainly did what he did in the T20Is and one-dayers. Now everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and saying ‘how good is Hardik Pandya’.
“I would love to see him the Test team, he is in such great form. With the loss of Virat Kohli, he brings a lot of things on the table — batting and maybe few over of bowling. I think he helps the Indian team walk a bit taller. He is a bit of a rockstar. He has got that swagger, he is ‘Mr cool’, when he speaks you think he is from the West Indies.
“You think he has just come off a beach in Antigua. He is cool. I want him to bat at 6 or at 7 after Rishabh Pant at 6. Hopefully, he will be back in the Test squad when he is back bowling full time. India have got so much of depth that it’s going to be a good side,” Shane Warne said ahead of the first India versus Australia Test from December 17.