To begin with, let's understand why the cricketing world is so fascinated by all-rounders.
In layman terms, you have a wicket-keeper who bats a bit and you have five batsmen and five bowlers. In effect, you have six people who can bat and five people who can bowl as their primary skill, out of the 11 players in the team. Now, if a couple of the batsmen can bowl a bit and a couple of bowlers can bat a bit, it gives immense balance to the side as the captain then has more options at his disposal.
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.