Hardik Pandya reveals his comeback date in Team India post his back surgery
Pandya made his last international appearance against South Africa in 3rd T20I.
Updated - Dec 10, 2019 11:46 am
Hardik Pandya, the young Indian all-rounder, who underwent successful surgery of his back in October has revealed that is main aim is to be back until T20 World Cup. He is currently going through rehabilitation and has started working hard for his comeback into the national squad as soon as possible.
The all-rounder told BCCI about his back problem after final T20I against South Africa in Bengaluru on 22nd September. The spine specialist suggested cricket board that he should get surgery of his back if they seek for a long term solution. Pandya got his surgery on 2nd October and informed his fans by sharing some pictures on social media. However, it was also assured that Hardik Pandya would be sidelined from Team India for at least three to four months.
Hardik Pandya gives an insight over his decision to get a surgery
Recently, Pandya revealed that he tried everything to avoid getting surgery but nothing worked out. It also affected his performances and knew that he wasn’t able to give his best for his team. As a cricketer, he was not doing justice to himself as well as with the team. It was at that point when he decided to get his surgery done.
Pandya added that it was the right time for surgery because it takes at least four months to get recovered. Hence, it meant that he would be back before the important tour to New Zealand that is scheduled to be held next year in late January. Moreover, the plan was to play some international games, IPL and then the marquee event that is slated to be held next year in Australia.
The main concern was the T20 World Cup and now it looks like Pandya can be a part of it. The 26-year-old also stated that he wants to win the mega event as their side have come close to it on several occasions but couldn’t win it. This time he would like to contribute well to help his side get the trophy.
“I was managing the back, tried everything possible not to get into surgery or anything. After trying everything, we concluded that it wasn’t working. I noticed that I was not able to give my 100 per cent and that meant I was not doing justice to myself and the team. That is when I decided to go for the surgery,” said Pandya.
“We thought this was the right time because even if I take four months, I will be coming back before the New Zealand series, mid-way actually. That was the plan that I play some international games, the IPL and then the World T20. The biggest concern was the World T20 which touch wood is now in place.”
“I want to win the World T20 and that is the plan. Have come close to it many times — the Champions Trophy in 2017 and sadly missed the 2019 World Cup. Our game might suit Australia. I wish to help the team get the trophy,” Hardik Pandya said as quoted by Hindustan Times.