In what has been positive news for India, Hardik Pandya has taken up bowling before returning to competitive cricket. The all-rounder was on Saturday (January 27) seen putting in a lot of effort in the practice session ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.
Hardik Pandya has been out of action since the ICC World Cup 2023. The all-rounder suffered an ankle injury in the match against Bangladesh and was later ruled out of the tournament. He was expected to return in the T20I series against Australia after the tournament.
However, that was not the case as his injury was much worse than expected. The all-rounder missed all the matches India played, against South Africa and Afghanistan, hampering India’s combination in almost all the matches. But since Hardik Pandya came out, he has been working very hard.
India white-ball vice-captain Hardik Pandya is making sure he does all the right things to make a strong comeback. The all-rounder has been going hard to the gym for a month. However, he has now taken a step forward and taken to the field, also practicing bowling.
Hardik Pandya updated fans about his comeback when he posted a video on his Instagram account, in which he was seen bowling. The versatile man spoke about the terrain in which he trained and was seen giving it his all.
Hardik Pandya was seen bowling at full speed and was heard saying in the video that he will make sure he covers everything perfectly. He posted the video with the caption: “Giving everything I’ve got, every day.”
Here is the video:
There have been several reports that Hardik Pandya will return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. He will be crucial for the league team along with the Indian team as well. Because after the tournament the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 will begin.
Hardik Pandya to captain Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024
Hardik Pandya was part of the biggest trade in the history of the Indian Premier League. The all-rounder was transferred to Mumbai Indians from the Gujarat Titans for a whopping amount of INR 15 crore. He captained GT for two years in the league and guided them to the title in 2021, followed by runners-up in 2022.
Hardik Pandya before joining the Gujarat Titans was part of the Mumbai Indians. He started his career there and played with the franchise for 7 years. He played a huge role in the team winning titles and contributed equally well with bat and ball for the team.
With his return, Hardik Pandya has been named captain of the Mumbai Indians. The franchise removed Rohit Sharma as captain and made the all-rounder as captain. The Indian captain was the captain of the team that won 5 league titles and it was a surprise when the team eliminated him. Hardik will face the season with added pressure due to what Rohit has done as a leader