Injured Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya first sustained a back injury during the Asia Cup 2018. He recovered to play in the IPL 2019 and the World Cup before the injury resurfaced. Pandya required surgery to get back to his standard shape. The Mumbai Indians star underwent successful surgery in London in October and is expected to be fit for the IPL.
“I was managing the back, tried everything possible not to get into surgery,” he told IANS on Tuesday, 10 December. “After trying everything, we came to the conclusion that it wasn’t working. I noticed that I was not able to give my 100% and that meant I was not doing justice to myself and the team. That is when I decided to go for the surgery.”
Hardik Pandya has been away from international cricket for a few months. After being injured, he was resting and preparing to make a comeback again. Pandya also missed the New Zealand tour as he failed to clear the fitness test and expected to play in IPL 2020 after clearing the fitness test.
Recovered with glorious form
He is now fully fit and made a spectacular comeback in the DY Patil T20 Cup 2020. He first hit a 37-ball century and now he showed magic with the ball. Hardik Pandya surprised everyone with five wickets after another. Along with the bat, he performed brilliantly with the ball. He took 5 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs. Playing on behalf of reliance one team, he gave a dramatic performance.
Hardik Pandya, who is playing his first competitive tournament in five months, hit as many as 20 sixes in a blistering innings coming to bat at No.4 for Reliance 1. Hardik also hit six fours in his knock providing entertained the crowd who had turned up to see the likes of him, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shreyas Iyer among others.
Jaw dropping performance
Hardik Pandya smashed 158 off just 55 balls for Reliance 1 against BPCL the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. With 20 six and 6 fours Hardik took the match to the whole new level and paved the way for his team victory. He also took 5 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs.
After the out standing performance he said: “It’s fantastic (platform) for someone like me. I have been away for almost six months. This is my second game after a long time. For me it is a good platform to see where I am currently and test my body. I am really happy with the way things have gone,” Hardik said on DY Patil Sports Academy Facebook page.
Hardik also added: “If it’s there in my arc I just back myself and go for it. Most of the times, it comes out pretty well. There is no plan that I am going to go out there and smash it.”