India all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s back has been the cynosure of all eyes ever since he underwent surgery in the UK in October. While there has been a slight delay in him gaining full fitness, the good news is that he has started bowling at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after returning from a check-up in the United Kingdom (UK). Despite the recovery, Shane Bond hopes Pandya to get some game time ahead of IPL 2020.
Pandya had throwdowns in the nets and mainly played with a straight bat. It is not yet clear if he makes a comeback in the South Africa ODIs next month or the IPL.
Earlier this month, Pandya was ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand after failing to regain full match fitness.
IPL will be nice for him to come back – Shane Bond
According to a report in PTI on Tuesday, Bond will be travelling to Mumbai for a meeting with the franchise and asked about Pandya, the Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling coach is confident that the all-rounder will return stronger.
Indians bowling coach Bond hopes that India all-rounder Pandya plays some competitive games before he gets into the groove with the defending champions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.
“I only hope he gets to play some cricket before the IPL and always believe it’s better to spend a little bit longer for coming back rather than rushing it,” said Bond, former New Zealand’s fastest bowler.
“There’s no doubt he can come back. I am just pleased that they are taking an orthodox approach with Hardik’s rehabilitation and T20s, especially IPL will be nice for him to come back as he will not be over-bowled,” he added.
Well, Pandya has always been a key player for Indians in IPL. He played a vital role for them in becoming the most successful franchise in the tournament with his batting and bowling skills.