Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was expected to make the comeback for India’s tour of New Zealand, has been declared unfit to play at any level of the cricket at the moment. Pandya, who last played for India in the home T20I series against South Africa, underwent a back surgery thereafter.
Ever since, the Baroda player is out of action and is currently involved in his rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly recently gave an update on Hardik that we might see him miss a few of India’s upcoming series next month.
Ganguly mentioned the fact that Hardik in not fit enough to play even in the domestic cricket. Pandya, who was earlier included in the India A squad for the New Zealand tour, was later pulled out of the series due on his fitness issues.
It is believed that Pandya might be eyeing a possible comeback in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in April this year. Being a vital cog for both India and the Mumbai Indians, it will be crucial for the all-rounder to regain full fitness before he can be declared fit to be back on the field.
In the recently concluded ODI series against Australia, Pandya was spotted training with the Indian team at the Wankhede Stadium. He was involved in the fielding drills and was even seen bowling in the nets.
While Ganguly’s confirmation comes as a major disappointment for the Indian cricket, the team and the fans would hope to see him back in action as soon as possible. However, Hardik’s injury has allowed the Indian team to try out a couple of all-round options before the 26-year old makes his way back into the side.
Indian team is currently playing against New Zealand in the five-match T20I series and would wish for Pandya to quickly return to the limited-overs fold for the Men in Blue.
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