India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has undergone successful back surgery in London. While there has been no official word on it, Pandya himself revealed that the news on Instagram. “Surgery done successfully. Extremely grateful to everyone for your wishes ❣️ will be back in no time ! Till then miss me,” he wrote.
Few days back, a report had suggested that Pandya is again suffering from a back issue and might require back surgery. He flew to England to for consultation and the surgery has now ruled him out for four to five months. He had suffered the back issue during Asia Cup 2018.
The 25-year-old fell after delivering a ball and was later stretchered off the field. He made his comeback to Ranji Trophy after two months and was later added to the Test squad during Australia series. Pandya finally made his comeback on the tour of New Zealand earlier this year.
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A back issue again ruled him out of the home Australia series. He made his comeback during IPL and played a pivotal role in Mumbai Indians’ title triumph. He later played World Cup 2019 but was rested for the tour of West Indies. Pandya made his comeback for T20I series against South Africa.
He wasn’t included in the Test squad for the ongoing series, which did come as surprise and later it was revealed that he has again suffered a back issue.
The surgery is expected to keep him out for four to five months and Pandya might also miss the tour of New Zealand. He is only expected to make a comeback before IPL 2020.
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Given there are two T20 World Cups lined up to be played in the next two years, India would want Pandya a fit Pandya for the tournament and his workload will be managed.
In his absence, Vijay Shankar has an opportunity to make his comeback into the limited-overs team once again. He had received his maiden T20I and ODI call-ups when Pandya wasn’t in the side and again, he can make a comeback as an all-rounder.
Shankar himself made a comeback to the game after being sidelined for almost two months due to a toe issue that he suffered during World Cup 2019.