Virat Kohli says India managing allrounder’s workload with six Tests to come in England

India might be looking at a Test return for Hardik Pandya during the six Test matches in England later this year. As India were comprehensively beaten even after putting 336 on the board, Pandya’s absence from the bowling crease remained a hot topic especially as he had been utilised during the T20I series. With Pandya not bowling in either of the ODIs, India were reduced to a five-bowler side with none of them getting any respite from England’s all-out attack.

At the post-match presentation, Kohli was asked why Pandya was not bowled now that he had come back from his shoulder injury well enough to have resumed bowling. “We need to manage his body,” Kohli told host broadcaster Star Sports. “Need to understand where we need this skill set. We did utilise him in the T20Is but in the ODIs, it’s about managing his workload. We have Test cricket in England coming up too. So it’s important for us to have him fit.”

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