Hardik Pandya Talks About An Emotional Conversation With Virat Kohli After His Back Injury
The quirky Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya recently came up and talked about the emotional time when he underwent the back injury. Not only it was the physical pain he had to deal with but also the mental stress to be back on his feet soon enough.
Pandya was suffering from back issues ever since the 2018 Asia Cup in UAE. The injury had caused him to fall in and out of the game several times, missing the international cricket from September 2019, before he finally underwent the injury in London last year.
In the meantime, once the mainstay member of Indian national cricket team squad was recently announced to be headed to New Zealand with India A team for the unofficial ODI series. However, Pandya was unable to pass the number of fitness tests that are required to be cleared. All-rounder Vijay Shankar is replacing Pandya in India A squad for the unofficial ODI series in New Zealand.
Pandya talks about the tough time during his back injury
With the current condition of Pandya, it is even unlikely for him to be back in the game anytime soon. The cricketer has already missed the home assignments of the Indian team against Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka and is also out of the upcoming ODI series against Australia.
However, it has been challenging for the all-rounder to overcome mental and physical stress. Having failed in recent fitness tests, Pandya needs to be work hard on getting better.
While talking about his injury, Pandya reveals how challenging it was for him to recover from the surgery. He wishes no one goes through any back injury and also expressed his emotional state when the Indian skipper Virat Kohli texted him to know his health status.
“I had a word with Virat. He just dropped a message, asking me how I am (after the surgery). I replied ‘I am good but I just wish that no one in the world goes through a back surgery’. I was obviously in meds and all and it was emotionally challenging as well,” Hardik Pandya told India Today
Following the three-match ODI series against Australia, Kohli & Co. will be headed to New Zealand for the series of T20I, ODI and Test cricket. Although Pandya will try harder to be back in the game soon, the way his recent tests have gone, it is unlikely for him to be back during this New Zealand tour.
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