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Injured Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma dance to a Bollywood song at NCA

India have seen a number of injuries hurting their causes of late.

Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma
Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma. (Photo Source: Instagram)

India have seen two of their frontline cricketers — Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya — going out of action for some time now. While Dhawan injured his shoulder while fielding during an ODI against Australia in Bengaluru last month, Hardik made a futile attempt to return to the international set-up for India ‘A’ in New Zealand recently.

Currently, both the ace cricketers are undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, along with another injured national cricketer Ishant Sharma. On Thursday, the trio was seen undergoing the recovery proceedings but there was no sign that the players were finding it monotonous.

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One would suspect the three to be feeling low at a time when their national team-mates are sweating it out in New Zealand but the reality was different as they were seen dancing to the tunes of a Bollywood classic during a traditional gym session.

While Dhawan and Hardik are still uncertain over their returns to the national fold, Ishant could still play in the two-Test series in New Zealand starting February 21. The lanky pacer suffered a Grade-3 tear on his right ankle while playing for Delhi in a Ranji Trophy match last month and is under observation ahead of the red-ball series. Ishant is India’s most experienced pacer in Test cricket with 292 wickets under his belt.

Dhawan, 34, shared on his Instagram account a video of the dance at the NCA and he captioned it: “Who said rehab is boring??? Yahaan ke hum sikander”.

India have seen a number of injuries lately

India have seen a number of injuries hurting their causes of late. Ace opener and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma suffered a calf injury while taking a quick run in the fifth T20I against the Black Caps in Mount Maunganui recently. The absence of the in-form batsman made India pay a price in the ODI series that followed the 20-over series and the Men in Blue lost it 0-3.

Another ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah also made his comeback to the national side in the home series against Sri Lanka but his form has not been the same, raising alarm. He failed to pick a single wicket in the three ODIs against the Kiwis besides going for a lot of runs.

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