Hardik Pandya’s return to Team India? BCCI’s Jay Shah shares key update – Magazine Creations

As Team India advances to their next assignment in South Africa, the injury of one of their players remains on everyone’s minds. Hardik Pandya, who suffered an ankle injury during the ICC World Cup match against Bangladesh, would have led India in the white-ball format if he was available to play. Ever since his injury, Team India fans have been wondering if the player will be available for the IPL or more importantly the 2024 T20 World Cup.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah shared an update on Hardik Pandya’s injury status and said that the all-rounder is expected to make a comeback during India’s T20 squad against Afghanistan in January. “Hardik Pandya may be fit for the Afghanistan T20 series in January,” the BCCI secretary said, as quoted by PTI.

Hardik’s crucial role as the sixth man

Team India faced some problems after Hardik Pandya had to leave the 2023 World Cup after injury as he entered many matches with 5 bowlers. Pandya was India’s vice-captain in the World Cup and also captained the Gujarat Titans in IPL 2021 and 2022, so fans can’t help but wonder if Hardik Pandya’s presence during the controversial World Cup final might change things for India.

After leaving World Cup heartbreak behind, Hardik Pandya’s potential return during the Afghanistan series is crucial as this will be the last time India will play T20 as a team before the T20 World Cup in June. If Rohit Sharma decides to step down as India’s captain in the white-ball system, Hardik Pandya is among the best options to lead India in this system.

In Hardik Pandya’s absence, Suryakumar Yadav is also filling his boots as he led Team India to a stunning win over world champions Australia 4-1 in the first T20 series played by India after the 2023 ICC World Cup setback.

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Published: 09 December 2023 08:13 PM IST


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