If the sources are to be believed, Indian pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya will not be part of India ‘A’ tours coming up in New Zealand. And it is also expected that the ace all-rounder will also miss the India’s senior team series in New Zealand.
According to his trainer S Rajnikanth, Hardik Pandya is fully fit and doing well after a lengthy lay off but his bowling is still not up to the mark and needs some time and work.
“He is 100% fit. There is no doubt about that. But I don’t want him to take the workload of back-to-back international matches. No fitness test has been conducted for Pandya yet, so there’s no question of him failing any test,” Rajnikanth told TOI.
Rajnikanth also stressed that though Hardik Pandya is fully fit and can easily pass fitness tests but he has been advised more training before returning to the field.
“But that’s not because he’s not fit or has failed any test. He’s fit, he can score a 20 in yoyo right now. He’s doing his 20 meters too, effortlessly. Why I pulled him out is because of his bowling. That is still work in progress – the bowling workload at the international level,” Rajnikanth added.
In his absence, India gave chances to another promising fast bowling all-rounder, Shivam Dube. In the limited chances the Maharashtra all-rounder got with the team, he managed to put a couple of impressive performances, pressing his case of being a regular in the team as an all-rounder and possible long term No.6 for the team. And it is most likely that he will continue to represent India for the New Zealand tour also.
A source close to the process also said, “Vijay Shankar was picked for the tour on Friday evening. He reached New Delhi in the early hours on Saturday and left with the team. Shankar is a perfect fit for conditions that the team will face in New Zealand. He had given a good account himself when he toured New Zealand last year with the Indian team.”