Nick Webb, the strength and conditioning coach of the Indian cricket team, has delivered a positive update regarding the fitness of Hardik Pandya. The allrounder has not played for India since September last year.
The 26-year old underwent a successful surgery in October to treat an acute lower-back injury. The back injury was bothering him since the 2018 Asia Cup. In December, he was named in the India A squad for the one-day games in New Zealand.
However, he was later pulled out of the team as he was not match ready. He finally returned to action in DY Patil T20 Tournament in March. He had impressed straightaway by scoring two whirlwind centuries in addition to picking up a five-wicket haul in the tournament.
Later, Hardik Pandya was named in India’s ODI squad for the South Africa series too before the series was called off in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. And it looks like, the Baroda star will be ready to hit the ground running whenever cricket starts after the pandemic eases.
“Hardik is going well and training hard at the moment. Whenever you’re dealing with a stress-related injury there is a lot that goes into the rehabilitation process,” Webb told Sportstar.
“Once you start bowling, you modify plans according to how a player responds,” Webb added. “You also need to monitor their progress and look for any soreness present. From what I have seen of him in Dharamsala the other month, he looked in good shape and worked hard. Hardik is an important player for us and everyone within the coaching and support staff is supporting him in every way we can.”
The news will be a big boost for Team India ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup. The hard-hitting allrounder is an integral part of the team and the team-management will be desperate to have him in the ranks. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in October-November in Australia.