'Desperate times, desperate measures' - Twitter reacts as Hardik Pandya resumes bowling after 16 months

‘Desperate times, desperate measures’ – Twitter reacts as Hardik Pandya resumes bowling after 16 months

The situation was so desperate that Hardik Pandya had to bowl and he did well.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo Source: Twitter)

At a time when the Indian fans were having a tough time seeing their team being taken to cleaners by Australia in the ongoing second ODI, Hardik Pandya’s decision to resume his bowling must have cheered them up. The all-rounder finally resumed his bowling in the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday.

He was not bowling because of his back issue. He had missed the better part of the second half of 2019 due to a back injury and had to undergo a surgery. Hardik Pandya returned to action in high-profile cricket during IPL 2020 but did not bowl at all for Mumbai Indians. The pacer did not bowl in the first ODI against Australia either despite India being in desperate need of a sixth bowling option.

He, however, made his mark with the bat and scored 90 although India lost the game by 66 runs. Following the game, he had stated that he was not willing to rush his return to bowling and run the risk of exhausting himself. Hardik Pandya stated that he has his eyes set on the upcoming T20 World Cups as he said he was looking at long-term goals.

“It is a process. I am looking at a long-term goal where I want to be 100% of my bowling capacity for the most important games. The World Cups are coming. More crucial series are coming. I am thinking as a long-term plan, not short-term where I exhaust myself and maybe have something else [injury] which is not there. I can’t tell you exactly when I am going to bowl but the process is going on,” he had said after the first ODI.

Fans react as Hardik Pandya resumes bowling

Just a couple of days after saying that he was not sure about resumption of his bowling, Hardik Pandya took the ball for the sake of the team. With India’s main bowlers being taken to the cleaners by Australia, Virat Kohli was desperately looking at other options. He gave one over to opener Mayank Agarwal before Pandya decided to take the ball, leaving the Indian fans in the stands delighted.

Interestingly, he did extremely well compared to the other bowlers and returned with the figures of 1/24 in his four overs. He picked the crucial wicket of Steve Smith as well, however, clearly didn’t look fully fit to bowl at full tilt. Hardik Pandya resuming his bowling is drawing huge reactions on the social media too.

Most of the fans were pleasantly surprised to see the all-rounder rolling his arms while some were also apprehensive that he might end up getting injured again.

Here are some of the reactions: