Author: Abhishek Rajan
Hardik Pandya might feature in the DY Patil T20 tournament to have some match practice ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Pandya has not played international or domestic cricket for a fair bit of time. He has recovered from the back surgery that he underwent last year, but there has been no clarity as to why he has been kept out of action.
The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, a few days ago, said that the all-rounder was not fit and was looked after in the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
But, that statement contradicted the statement of Pandya’s trainer who had said that Pandya was withdrawn from India “A” tour of New Zealand because he had not done “enough bowling” to go into an international match.
Pandya’s trainer had insisted that there were no question marks over Pandya’s fitness and that the all-rounder was 100% fit. The reason why people are a little worried about Pandya’s fitness is because the Indian had revealed after his surgery that he had lost 5 kilos of weight due to the surgery.
The Indian all-rounder had said he was fearful that it would have adverse affects on his batting, but thankfully, he regained the mass that he had lost.
“After surgery I went to 69 (kg), which I have never been in my life. So the amount of muscle I lost was, it was just scary. I thought I would lose my power and all, but touch wood I am back to 74 right now.” Pandya was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Pandya is a very important member of the Indian white ball squads. His absence disturbs the whole balance of the team, as India are forced not to play two wrist spinners and instead play a finger-spinning all-rounder at no. 7, which affects the team’s wicket taking potential in the middle overs.
Once Pandya is back, he can take Ravindra Jadeja’s place at no. 7 and India can go back to their strategy of playing two wrist spinners.
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