India Tour of Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya starts bowling, Suryakumar Yadav says, ‘great sign for us’: Hardik Pandya has resumed bowling and will have the ball in hand during the upcoming India tour of Sri Lanka. The Mumbai Indians star has struggled with injuries which has limited him to sporadic appearances over the last couple of years, while his bowling has taken a severe toll. The 27-year-old did not bowl during the now suspended IPL, but teammate Suryakumar Yadav has provided a positive update on the all rounder’s condition.
India Tour of Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya starts bowling, Suryakumar Yadav says, ‘great sign for us’
Hardik Pandya is a vital part of India’s plans for the shorter and longer formats of the game, but the star all-rounder’s fitness has been a cause of concern for the Men in Blue. The 27-year-old last played a Test match in 2018 and was omitted from the Test tour of England, which included the World Test Championship final. Hardik has struggled since his back surgery, but did bowl in the series at home against England, before not bowling a single delivery during the IPL 2021. However, ahead of the SL vs IND series, Suryakumar Yadav revealed that the all-rounder is closing in on full fitness which is a good sign for Team India.
SL vs IND: The Mumbai Indians star, who is part of the squad for the India tour of Sri Lanka said, “I think that the team management and Hardik knew their responsibilities really well, so they were taking a call. Here, in the intra-squad game, he did bowl in the nets. He is bowling. It is his and the team management’s call on how they want to go about it. But yes, he is bowling and it is a very good sign.” Yadav pointed out, “He [Hardik] did bowl in the England series [at home earlier this year]. I was part of it – in all the T20 games, he bowled,” Yadav said ahead of the series. “In the decider ODI also he bowled when the team was in a crunch situation, so it was good.
While Hardik Pandya understands his importance to the team, he is being patient with his recovery and has eyes only on the upcoming T20 World Cup. Speaking to TOI Sportscast recently, the Mumbai Indians star said, “My bowling is related to my fitness. The fitter I get, the better it comes out. As a fast-bowling allrounder, I tend to get injuries. It is bound to happen and I am okay with it. I want to make sure that I will be able to bowl in all the games at the World Cup. I am just trying to be smart and make sure that I don’t miss that. On the bowling front, what matters is how fit I am.”
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