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Hardik Pandya (Credits - BCCI)

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya returned to competitive cricket with the IPL 2020 after suffering a back injury in 2019. Hardik Pandya has been one of the most valuable players in the Mumbai Indians set up but still to bring his A game to play. There are also concerns regarding his bowling as he is yet to resume the same.

Mumbai Indians director of cricket Zaheer Khan said that Hardik is keen to bowl and can change the balance of the side. Khan, the Indian pace legend, however mentioned that his body has to be given first preference as he hinted that it might take him time to resume bowling for Mumbai Indians.

Wasim Akram, Zaheer Khan, T10 League
Wasim Akram was left delighted with the inclusion of Zaheer Khan in the T10 League. Image Courtesy: Getty

“We are all expecting him (Hardik) to bowl and he is someone who really changes that balance of any side when he is bowling and he understands that,” Zaheer said when asked about Hardik’s bowling in a virtual media conference.

“But we have to listen to his body and that is something the conversation which we have been having in consultation with the physios.

“We are looking forward for him to bowl, he is very keen and really wanting to bowl, we just have to wait and be patient and listen to his body. At the end of the day for any bowler injuries play a huge role.”

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. Credits: BCCI

Hardik missed out on the latter part of international action in 2019 due to back injury. He also went under the knife during the period and subsequently underwent rehabilitation period. Hardik Pandya, however, has recovered and trained himself to make a comeback in competitive cricket with the IPL 2020.

Hardik has been a vital cog in the Mumbai Indians set-up. He will be raring to go in the IPL 2020 after missing out on action for a long period of time. It was his prolific run for the Mumbai Indians during the inaugural years which worked as a ladder for his national team selection. He has also grown in his stature ever since