India’s premier all-rounder, Hardik Pandya is all set to return to the ground after almost six-months. The all-rounder was troubled with the lower back problem for a long time. And after being operated in London last year, he was going under rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy Bengaluru.
Hardik Pandya is an important cog in India’s limited over setup as the all-rounder provides a much needed balance to the side with his all-round abilities. Earlier, Hardik was expected to be fit for the ongoing New Zealand tour of team India. But with his rehabilitation process is taking longer than expected, BCCI withdrawn the all-rounder from the squad after naming initially in the teams.
On BCCI’s recommendation, Pandya again flew to London for the final check-up of his spin from the specialist Dr James Allibone, in the previous month. And now, he is expected to return to the cricket fold by the DY Patil T20 tournament. The all-rounder will be seen in representing Reliance outfit in that tournament.
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.
Team India badly missed the services of Hardik Pandya in the recently concluded three match ODI series against New Zealand. Throughout the series, India missed the finishing skills of the ace all-rounder as India were handed a 3-0 thrashing by New Zealand in the series.
However, with the all-rounder all set to make return in Dy Patil T20 Tournament, it automatically confirms his participation in the upcoming IPL 2020. Hardik will represent Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match on 29thMarch.