India allrouder Hardik Pandya, who is on a mission to make a speedy comeback from a back injury, underwent a productive session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Also Read - Virat Kohli Best Batsman In World: Tim Paine
According to a report in PTI, Pandya was seen facing throwdown in the nets and mainly played with a straight bat. Question marks still hover over his fitness for South Africa ODIs next month or the subsequent IPL. Also Read - WTC 2021: Hanuma Vihari Confident Of India Doing Outstanding Things
Meanwhile, Pandya was ruled out from the upcoming Test series against New Zealand after failing to regain full match fitness. The decision was taken after the 26-year-old consulted spinal surgeon James Allibone in the United Kingdom. Also Read - Coronavirus In India: Recoveries Surpass Fresh Cases For 5th Straight Day; Govt Says Situation Stabilising
Pandya underwent a successful surgery in October last year to treat an acute lower-back injury and has remained out of action since. He last played for India during the T20 International series against South Africa, taking part in the third match in Bengaluru. He has not played Test cricket since the Southampton match against England in September 2018. The back problem had kept him in and out of the national team since mid 2018.
Pandya’s injury has also kept him out from last month’s India A team’s tour of New Zealand after failing mandatory fitness tests in Mumbai. The all-rounder had also taken part in a practice session with the Indian team before an ODI against Australia in Mumbai last month.
Pandya’s fitness is paramount for the Indian team in a T20 World Cup year since his inclusion lends much-needed balance to the side.