Hardik Pandya, Indian all-rounder, doesn’t wish to rush into bowling, keeping in mind the injury concerns he has faced over the last couple of years or so. The Baroda cricketer had troubles with his back and even underwent surgery back in October 2019. On several instances, he has been ruled out for long periods due to his recurring injuries.
The 26-year-old didn’t bowl for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League 2020, though his contributions with the bat helped his team win their fifth IPL title. In India’s opening ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday, November 27, he top-scored with 90, but India lost while chasing a mammoth 375 to win.
Hardik Pandya Refraining From Bowling For He Is Looking At Long Term Goals Keeping Upcoming World Cups In Mind
However, Hardik Pandya is pretty aware of the upcoming tournaments like 2020 and 2021 T20 World Cups and 50 over World Cup in 2023, which will be played in the next two years or so. Hence, keeping in mind a ‘long-term goal’, Hardik Pandya is refraining from bowling, though he’s plying his craft in the net sessions. The 27-year-old admitted that he isn’t game-ready just yet as far as his bowling is concerned.
“It is a process. I am looking at a long-term goal where I want to be 100% of my bowling capacity for the most important games. The World Cups are coming. More crucial series are coming, ” Hardik was quoted as saying on Cricbuzz.
“I am thinking as a long-term plan, not short-term where I exhaust myself and maybe have something else [injury] which is not there. So, it is going to be a process, which I am following. I can’t tell you exactly when I am going to bowl but the process is going on. In the nets, I am bowling. It is just that I am not game-ready but I am still bowling. It is all about confidence and the skill has to be at an international level,” he added.
Hardik Pandya scored 281 runs in 14 games averaging 35.12 at a strike rate of 178.98 in IPL 2020, and he didn’t bowl for the first time in IPL history since his IPL debut in 2015.
Hardik Pandya Playing As Specialist Batsman Smashes 90 Off 76 Balls
Though India lost the first ODI by 66 runs, Hardik Pandya showed his power with the bat in hand. The right-hander smashed 90 runs off 76 balls before being dismissed by Adam Zampa while Mitchell Starc caught him. His career-best knock was laced with seven fours and four sixes, but he missed out on his maiden ODI ton.
He was also involved in a 128-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan for the 5th wicket in 21 overs when the Men in Blue were chasing the difficult score of 375 runs in 50 overs to win.