Hardik Pandya has been out of action for the Indian cricket team ever since sustaining an injury to the lower back while bowling against Pakistan in the Asia Cup of 2018, which was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The all-around sensation is currently on his road to recovery after taking part in the Ranji Trophy while playing for his hometown, Baroda and impressed one and all through his fast bowling abilities by scalping a fifer after being given the responsibility of starting off with the new ball. Pandya picked the early wickets of Aditya Tare and Vikrant Vilas Auti from the Mumbai side.
The 25-year-old then came on to bowl in the latter stage of the innings and took the big wicket of Shivam Dube who is top form this season. Mumbai scored a total of 465 runs before losing all 10 wickets in their respective innings, while Hardik Pandya ended up with bowling figures of 5 for 81 for Baroda.
The chief selector of the Indian cricket team, MSK Prasad had admitted that there aren’t many players in the domestic circuit who match Hardik Pandya’s capabilities. His recent performance with the ball against Mumbai has served as a positive signal for Prasad and the Indian team as speculations of Hardik Pandya being in the squad for the final two Tests against Australia arise even higher.
Hardik Pandya's presence in the Indian team provides Captain Kohli with stability and also provides him with a platform to go with an extra pacer or spinner, which pays dividends for the team.
Having played 11 Tests for the nation, Hardik Pandya has four – fifties and one – century to his name with the bat, with an average of 31.29, while in the same number of matches, Pandya has claimed 17 wickets for India under his belt.
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