India is engaged in practice for the match against New Zealand in T20 World Cup 2021.Before this very important match, relief news has come out for Team India. Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is fit and has also started bowling practice
After this, he also bowled Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur in the nets for about 20 minutes. Indias head coach Ravi Shastri and mentor MS Dhoni were also keeping an eye on Hardiks progress. Then after his brief bowling practice, Hardik took a throwdown from batting coach Vikram Rathod.
While 28-year-old Hardik bowled just 16 overs during Indias tour of Sri Lanka in July due to a back problem, he did not bowl a single over for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the UAE leg of the IPL. Pandya also suffered a shoulder injury while batting during the match against Pakistan. Due to this, Ishan Kishan landed on the field for fielding in his place. Later, the Indian team management did not take the risk and sent Pandya for a scan.
Even before the start of the T20 World Cup, questions are being raised on Hardiks fitness. Hardik himself had said about his fitness before the match against Pakistan that he will not bowl in this match, but he can bowl when the knockout matches come near.
However, in the match against Pakistan, Pandya was not able to do wonders with the bat. When India needed quick runs in the last over, Pandya went on to walk the pavilion by scoring just 11 runs in eight balls. Pandya was caught by Haris Rauf at the hands of Babar Azam.
After losing by 10 wickets against Pakistan, India has little room for error in Group 2. The balance of the team has also been affected due to Hardik not bowling the ball. Now the chances of Hardik bowling in Indias crucial match against New Zealand have increased.