Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya in a file shot.

Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant rescued India from a precarious position in the third one-day international against England in Manchester on Sunday.

The recent performances of Hardik Pandya have been nothing short of amazing for the Indian cricket squad. In the third one-day international against England, he and Rishabh Pant (125*, 113 balls) saved India’s blushes in Manchester on Sunday. At 72/4, India’s innings were saved by Pandya’s 71 off 55 balls and the pair put on a 133-run fifth-wicket stand. The partnership was vital in India’s successful chase of a 260-run mark in 42.1 overs and the series 2-1 victory. Prior to his return, he had bowled 4/24, his highest ODI bowling performance, to hold the hosts to a score of 259.

However, until a few years ago, things were a little bumpy. His lower back was surgically repaired in 2019. He was then kicked from the squad because of the damage it had done to his bowling. When the Gujarat Titans triumphed in the Indian Premier League 2022, Pandya was recalled to the squad. He even captained India against Ireland in a recent two-match Twenty20 International series.

A heartfelt film of Pandya’s “ups and down” journey has been published online.

Hardik told the reporters after the third one-day international that he enjoys being able to bowl consistently. “So, first and foremost, my bowling, as you may be aware after the IPL. After each series, I train for four to five days to replenish my fitness and recharge my batteries. I enjoy playing to the fullest extent possible since it allows me to do all of the things I accomplished today “Hardik uttered these words.

In the previous series, he struggled to find his groove in Ireland, but England brought out the best in him. “I returned to play in the South Africa series after the IPL. I bowled one over and missed a couple of games, but overall it was a good day. Bowling is extremely important to me as a professional bowler. So I couldn’t get into the groove “he asserted.

“Because I’m a control bowler, I couldn’t get into a rhythm when playing in Ireland. When it comes to getting the batter out, I don’t have much of an arsenal, but I’m a smart player. I’m always looking for ways to get the better of the batter.”

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