BCCI has excluded Hardik Pandya from the India senior as well as from India A squad for the New Zealand tour later this month. BCCI have previously included the all-rounder in India A team for the New Zealand and he was also expected to make it to the senior squad in the mid of the tour. But at the 11thhour BCCI included Vijay Shankar for India A, ruling out Pandya from the New Zealand tour.
However, BCCI did not provide any details for the omission. But according to his trainer S Rajnikanth, Hardik Pandya has not been asked for nay fitness test by the BCCI. Although Hardik Pandya is fully fit and doing well after a lengthy lay off yet 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, Indian management has gone with another promising fast bowling all-rounder, Shivam Dube. In the limited chances the Maharashtra all-rounder has been given with the team, he has 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.
The delay for the all-rounder has definitely increased but it’s okay that Indian management is not rushing the all-rounder back to the field.