India’s premier all-rounder, Hardik Pandya is all set to make a comeback to International arena after almost a four-month rehabilitation. Hardik Pandya has been out of the Indian Cricket team owing to the back injury that had been troubling the ace all-rounder from the long time.
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.
But now after being successfully operated and long rehabilitation program, the all-rounder has been named in the India ‘A’ squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. Earlier, he was expected to make an international comeback in the middle of the New Zealand series for the later part of the tour only.
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But now according to the sources, He might make a comeback at the start of the series and can be named in the ODI and Test sides also. “About Hardik, it’s only about checking out if he is fully fit for international cricket or not. He is very integral to India’s World T20 plans,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.
With Hardik Pandya set to return to the side, it will be interesting to see who faces the axe. However, given Shivam Dube’s explosive game and a few overs of fast bowling, Indian management might invest in the right hander and if this happens Kedar Jadhav is most likely to sit out of the team this time. The selectors will pick the team on Sunday.
Before the New Zealand , team India will take on Australia for a the three-match ODI series. After that India will leave for New Zealand for a full-fledged tour that includes five T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests. The T20I series will start the long tour on January 24.