India’s premier all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who suffered from an ankle injury during the ODI World Cup 2023 and was out of action for more than 3 months, has now made a comeback on the playing field and is bowling with full tilt in the nets. Although he was out of the cricket field for such a long time, he was making his presence felt with all the news surrounding his IPL trade to Mumbai Indians from Gujarat Titans.
Pandya is India’s flagship all-rounder and was even leading the national T20I side before getting injured. His comeback on the cricket field is great news for India as the T20I World Cup is just months away and Hardik’s presence provides the much-needed balance to the Indian playing XI.
Hardik Pandya posted the video of him bowling in the nets back in Baroda with full energy with the caption, “Giving it all I got, every single day”. Apart from giving a glimpse into his bowling return in the video, he also was seen expressing gratitude about practising in Baroda which is where he started his career.
He said, “I’m thrilled to be back at the place where I can improve. I consider this ground sacred because of the invaluable lessons it has taught me. The knowledge gained here is truly priceless. This is where my journey began 17 years ago, so it feels great to return.” The video also showed Hardik Pandya sweating hard on the field and doing other types of fitness drills to make a stronger comeback in the IPL and the international arena.
Watch the video here:
Hardik Pandya set to lead Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024
Mumbai Indians have appointed Hardik Pandya as the captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season, sidelining Rohit Sharma. This decision has stirred varied opinions within the cricket community, with the Mumbai Indians branding it as a significant shift in leadership.
The move was expected, particularly following the franchise's acquisition of Hardik Pandya in a groundbreaking trade deal during the IPL 2024 auction on December 19. Mumbai Indians had released Hardik before the IPL 2022 mega auction, leading him to captain the newly established Gujarat Titans in 2022.